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Betty Blue

by Djian, Phillipe. Tr. H Buten

on 07/02/2011

Price: £8.09

Published: Dec 1989

Format: paperback

No Pages: 352 pages


ISBN-13: 9780349101101

Category: Fiction

Betty Blue is a translation from Philippe Djian's book, "37.2 Degrees In The Morning".

A book I found hard to put down. A narrative of a story of a relationship between a handyman (Zorg) working in France and a young woman who is beautiful, wild and unpredictable. The plot centres on mental illness, a destructive relationship, and obsession.  Betty encourages Zorg to write, she makes it her mission in life to type every hand-written page and get a work published, but it is rejected which makes Betty fly into a rage. Betty's wild manners soon start to get out of control.  As the story progresses, Betty's mental illness becomes more apparent, she lives in a manic world of passionate highs and lows.  Ultimately doomed, the author depicts her slow and very real descent into her own tragedy.

A fantastic book which creates a real feeling for the characters and understanding of the emotions involved in their love. This book has: laughter, tears, romance and emotions, an unforgettable read.


Dr Sabrina Fudge

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