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An Attempt At Exhausting A Place In Paris (1975)

by Georges Perec(Favorite Author)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 2
0984115528 (ISBN13: 9780984115525)
Wakefield Press
review 1: An interesting exercise in Georges Perec observing everything from Place Saint-Suplice in Paris over a three day period in October 1974. He exhaustively records colors, buses, people passing by, the different angles of vision, just about everything except the grand, historic and architectural items that would comprise just about every other account of Place Saint-Suplice. It feels like a performance art exercise that is interesting and thought provoking enough to justify the amount of time/attention it takes to read through the relatively sparse 50 or so pages of the book. It is the only Perec I have read but I would try more.
review 2: I enjoyed this nicely designed slim volume of George Perec's stream of observations from a cafe window and a park bench in Sai
... morent-Sulpice, Paris, over three days in Oct 1974. I sat by the front window of a cafe in Philadelphia for almost five years myself, watching everything and everyone in the street while I worked, so I found something familiar in the rhythm and melancholy of Perec's narrative. It's good warm-up for his much longer Life a User's Manual. less
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I liked it. It is definitely an exploration of the nuances of "exhausting".
A perfect read while sitting in a cafe and drinking coffee.
If tweeting had existed in 1974.
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