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The book of proper names

Author: Amélie Nothomb; Shaun Whiteside
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"To have an extraordinary life, Lucette believes, one must have and extraordinary name. Horrified by the pedestrian names her husband chooses for their unborn child (Tanguy if it's a boy, Joelle if it's a girl), Lucette does the only honorable thing to save her baby from such an unexceptional destiny - she kills her spouse. While in prison, Lucette gives birth to a daughter to whom she bequeaths the portentous name
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Genre/Form: Fiction
French fiction
Humorous fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amélie Nothomb; Shaun Whiteside
ISBN: 0312320558 9780312320553
OCLC Number: 54817132
Description: 122 pages ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Robert des noms propres.
Responsibility: Amelie Nothomb ; translated from the French by Shaun Whiteside.
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"To have an extraordinary life, Lucette believes, one must have and extraordinary name. Horrified by the pedestrian names her husband chooses for their unborn child (Tanguy if it's a boy, Joelle if it's a girl), Lucette does the only honorable thing to save her baby from such an unexceptional destiny - she kills her spouse. While in prison, Lucette gives birth to a daughter to whom she bequeaths the portentous name of an obscure saint, Plectrude, before hanging herself."

"From her beginnings, Plectrude seems fated for a life like no other. Raised by an indulgent and adoring aunt, she is a dreamy child who is discovered to have enormous gifts as a dancer. Accepted at Paris's most prestigious ballet school, Plectrude devotes herself to artistic perfection, giving dance her heart and soul - and ultimately her body. As her world shatters as easily as her bones, she learns to survive in the only way she knows how - by committing an act of deadly self-preservation her mother would have understood best."--Jacket.

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