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FREE READ ì Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue » Les années 60 dans un café à Paris une jeune femme joue un rôle énigmatiueParis dans les années 60 Dès sa jeunesse Louki fuit plusiers fois la maison de sa mère une ouvreuse au Moulin Rouge Son père elle n'a jamais vu Elle uitte son mari un agent d'immobilier riche un an aprLes années 60 dans un café à Paris une jeune femme joue un rôle énigmatiueParis dans les années 60 Dès sa jeunesse Louki fuit plusiers fois la maison de sa mère une ouvreuse. There were two entrances to the café but she always opted for the narrower one hidden in the shadows Paris 1950s We're inside a café called Condé Bohemian youth and some older men form the crowd of this Condé where our central character walks in She's a young lady mysterious elegant and awkwardly uiet in her ways The regulars at the café call her Louki but no one apparently knows her real nameWhere did Louki come from What was her past like What is with this enigma surrounding her It appears that no one really knows In the Café of Lost Youth is a glimpse into post war France when celebrations and parties are galore Bohemians come up with fresh perspectives and ideologies to define the new times We walk among drunks shady detectives gangsters and junkies We drift from alley to alley walking along the streets of a Paris long lost in time The story constantly reminds us of the cruel hand time plays to our urban souvenirs Cafés and apartments lost in time replaced by new shops and labels without a trace from their past An ephemera of urban existenceThe story is told from the perspectives of four different narrators each of them with their own degree of mystery Louki is one of the narrators recounting chapters of her past with a certain vagueness that continues the foggy train of thought of the novel In this life that sometimes seems to be a vast ill defined landscape without signposts amid all of the vanishing lines and the lost horizons we hope to find reference points to draw up some sort of land registry so as to shake the impression that we are navigating by chance So we forge ties we try to find stability in chance encounters The story explores a theme where every character's journey is essential marked with a start and and end point with many such reference points in between The story also explains a concept of neutral zones There was a series of transitional zones in Paris no man’s lands where we were on the border of everything else in transit or even held suspended Within we benefited from a certain kind of immunity These zones are continuously referred to along with references to Nietzche's Eternal Recurrence giving a notion that our fates are inescapable As usual Modiano brings Paris to life in his story writing about it like a living breathing mechanism where the lifeblood are the people the characters drifting throughout time

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Au Moulin Rouge Son père elle n'a jamais vu Elle uitte son mari un agent d'immobilier riche un an après le mariage Avec son amant le jeune écrivain Roland elle se promène pendant. The focus is initially on a group of Paris café regulars; men and women all between the ages of 19 and 25 Three older men hang out with the group The young people may or may not be students – they drink too much even for students The motherly café owner things of them as stray dogs and thinks “things will turn out badly for them” One of the older men says “I didn’t have high hopes for their futures” A mysterious young woman habitually alone in the cafe is invited into the group They give her the name “Louki and it sticks – they never know or care what her real name is The story’s focus shifts to her It turns out Louki was one of those beautiful young women who at 15 looked 20 She never knew her father Her mother a dancer at Moulin Rouge leaves her daughter home alone each night until the wee hours of the morning At that early age Louki starts going off on her own into the Paris night scene The story begins when we learn that Louki has left her husband older wealthy adoring boring The private investigator hired by her husband to find Louki starts falling in love with her Both Louki and the PI are rootless with no moorings and it’s as if their concern for landmarks and neighborhoods of Paris substitute as a way of grounding themselves in something One of the characters implies this and the author is famous for his local color of Paris We get street names plazas how buildings disappeared or were re purposed and how neighborhoods have changed or stayed the same How a café located in one neighborhood really “belongs” in another A week or so ago I posted a review of another one of Modiano’s novels called Young Once I didn’t rate that one very highly because I felt it was a bit unfinished But it’s as if Young Once was a preliminary sketch or a rough draft of Café of Lost Youth which is much developed and has much better writing There are a lot of similarities in the two novels For example in Young Once we learn that the two main characters a man and a woman are both 35 In Café they are not that old but we learn they were born within a month of each other A good novel with good writing from a Nobel prize winner Cafe in Monmatre from flickrcom The author from irishtimescom


Dans le café de la jeunesse perdueDes jours dans la grande ville Dans le café Le Condé «le café de la jeunesse perdue» Louki pense trouver refuge mais le détective recruté par son mari est déjà sur sa piste. This has been a very emotional trip to Paris touching on so many levelsI picture myself walking the streets of Paris My then girlfriend was studying and working near the Opera and I had too much spare timeIt is morning midday afternoon evening and night At all hours I am exploring new streets and new uarters going by the Metro to the last station on the line some times walking backI have seen all the characters who might have lost their youth and those clinging hard to what´s left of itStopping at a Tabac buying Le Parisien and exchanging the obligatory courtesies sitting in Parc des Buttes Chaumont watching life pass by Taking in the facades of the buildings in the uartier Tolbiac almost expecting to bump into Nestor Burma when I turn the next cornerAt that time I felt I could easily disappear into Paris I felt the pulse and went with the flow Stranger in a strange land we seek sympathy in faces that pass by and those that stop and step into our lives for a whileTo me this is what the Cafe of My Lost Youth is aboutHow we grow from young to mature and how the urge to belong one day meets with the feeling of integrity and give birth to the knowledge that you belong wherever you want to