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  1. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    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


  2. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    “She had known right from the outset that things would turn out badly for us” Young disaffected students along with the failed and weary are the patrons of the cafe Condé—collectively known as “the lost Youth” gathering throughout day and night to pass timeWar is over there is a new calm throughout Paris but meaning has been drained from life and lost souls seem to be in every direction But then there’s Louki to provide a pick me up young elegant mysterious and heavenly uiet Who is she? where does she come from? who's the brown haired guy in the suede jacket?With a minor obsession a small number of the Condé crowd look back on the past with bittersweet sadness around the time she entered their lives touched in one way or another little does Louki realise just the effect she had on this band of patrons Louki’s identity always hazy takes clearer form as the slender narrative progresses towards a most tragic end Some of the entanglements feel like floating on air whilst others have a deep and meaningful purpose Central to the novel is the circle run by the now canonical philosopher Guy Debord whose double in this novel is himself obsessed by the escapist novel Lost Horizons Modiano casts a spell of deft touches on themes of intellectual despair and nostalgia but never crosses the border into a darker bleakness More so he writes with a passion for memory impression and our cursed inability to truly know what reality is to say nothing of the person across the table from us while drawing your own sharp picture as to who they areParis becomes a character in it's own right but it feels a Paris off the beaten track and by the still of night evoking tenderness as one looks at the sad characters lonely journeys that last metro empty wide boulevards and late night rendezvous he uses the city to complement the tone of the novel to perfection Modiano's few characters tip toed through my consciousness like despondent ghosts pining for their lives again searching for that longing sifting through thoughts of a departed adolescence craving for what once was This is how to write of melancholy and human destinies and he pulls it of remarkably well 45


  3. Dolors Dolors says:

    Set against the backdrop of the sixties in Paris “In the Café of Lost Youth” explores the idea of a safe haven for those who wander through the “neutral zones” of a city where past present a future are disuietingly interconnected Bohemians undergraduates writers and philosophers find common ground in the “Condé” a café where the four narrators struggle to set straight their half remembered lives while navigating the turbulent waves of an elusive present But unlike Proust’s “recherche” time and memory can’t be recaptured again they disappear along with the list of names set of addresses and Metro stations that try to give permanence to the passers by that populate this story In the end we are felt to aimlessly roam the meandering streets of Paris maybe lingering in its transitional zones in the no man’s lands that border on everyting and merge with nothing and leave us suspended in limbo not knowing exactly where that feeling of emptiness has come from but blinded with the radiant light of a fleeting moment of happiness of lost youth never regainedPS – I read this novella in Catalan hence my original review view spoilerL’escena és el París dels anys seixanta “En el cafè de la joventut perduda” explora la idea d’un punt de trobada per auells ue deambulen les “zones neutrals” d’una ciutat on el passat el present i el futur es donen la mà d’una manera inuietantBohemis universitaris escriptors i filòsofs es troben al “Condé” un cafè on uatre narradors intenten recordar les seves vides mentre naveguen a la deriva del seu present Però a diferència de la “recerca” de Proust el temps i la memoria són irrecuperables ja ue es dissolen juntament amb les llistes de noms adreces i estacions de metro ue intenten futilment donar un cert sentit de permanència als vagabunds existencials ue habiten auesta històriaAl final el lector es troba caminant sense destí pels carrers de París potser aturant se en les zones de transició les zones de ningú ue es touen amb tot sense fondre’s amb res i ue et deixen en eterna suspensió en el limbo sense saber exactament d’on ve auest buit ue t’empapa l’ànima però encegat per la llum radiant d’un moment de felicitat fugaç vist i no vist un moment de joventut perduda ue mai més tornarà hide spoiler


  4. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    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


  5. Duane Duane says:

    Paris in the 1950's If I could choose a time travel destination it might just be there and then The War was history the city was beautiful and a Bohemian lifestyle existed in a cafe culture that I would have loved to experienceThat's the setting for this melancholic story by Modiano The story of Louki the enigmatic young woman who is emotionally and spiritually lost She is constantly on the move through the streets and cafe's of Paris seeking out others like herselfThis is my second novel by Patrick Modiano the Nobel laureate of 2014 He has written 30 novels most of them only recently translated to English There is something about his writing style his themes and his characters that strike the right note with me4 solid stars


  6. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    At the halfway point of the journey making up real life we were surrounded by a gloomy melancholy one expressed by so very many derisive and sorrowful words in the cafe of lost youth With this epigraph by Guy Debord I feel ready to dig into my first mystery novel by Patrick Modiano and discover what is so special about his stories to merit a Nobel Prize in literatureThe central mystery of this slim yet multi layered novel is the eternal cherchez la femme – the uest to unlock the mystery of the beautiful stranger nicknamed Louki a uiet young woman who used to come to a small cafe near the Place de l'Odeon in Paris She was taking refuge here at the 'Conde' as if she were running from something trying to escape some danger This thought came to me upon seeing her alone all the way at the back where no one would notice her Louki's portrait is sketched by four narrators each of them in his or her own way a drifter through life who seeks refuge among the friendly and slightly decadent atmosphere of a bar at night First there is a student at the nearby Sorbonne then a private investigator hired by the woman's abandoned husband followed by Louki herself and concluded by an artist companion I've always believed that certain places are like magnets and draw you towards them should you happen to walk within their radius And this occurs imperceptibly without you even suspecting All it takes is a sloping street a sunny sidewalk or maybe a shady one Or perhaps a downpour And this leads you straight there to the exact spot you're meant to wash up I fell under the spell of Modiano's prose right from the start – almost like coming home to my own version of Paris constructed out of those black white movies of Truffaut and Goddard from the 60's and fleshed out during day long walks through the streets of the town as I returned year after year to this city that has become my favorite destination in Europe I know all about magnets and my favorites are not very far from the haunts of Louki and her friends Boul St Michel going to Jardin de Luxembourg and climbing the hill of Montmartre from Pigalle to Place du Tertre Modiano fills his pages with the name of these streets that may sound confusing to a stranger in the city but are filled with history and romance for the true 'boulevardier'Step by step though the author guided me from the tourist view to the disturbing sad inner landscape of people living at the edge of society – misfits bohemians loners – a group of mostly young people who meet at the 'Conde' to hide from the world than to plan to take it by storm 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 One of these ties Louki hopes will give her direction in life is marriage to a wealthy businessman Yet despite the showroom apartment in posh Neuilly and the attentions of her husband Louki feels imprisoned by the bourgois lifestyle and runs away Two photo booth snapshots one facing the camera one in profile And that's what we're supposed to forge links with?Louki's escapes started years before as a lonely child left to fend for herself by an unknown father and a mother working long evening hours at a cabaret in Pigalle She started to walk the night streets alone as a teenager got in trouble with the police and sought help from a friendly woman casually met on the street ending in the circle of local drug smugglers from another small cafe It was without the slightest trace of lightheartedness that I returned to that apartment each night I knew that sooner or later I would leave it for good I was counting a great deal on the people I would eventually meet which would put an end to my loneliness This girl was my first encounter and perhaps she would help me take flight on my own Further attempts at flight from reality from herself from toxic friends and family ties define Louki's journey illustrated by her favorite books Lost Horizon Louise Sister of the Void her occasional drug use and her tentavive relationship with Roland a young man she meets at a bookshop for esoteric material and the final narrator of her story Our having met when I think about it now seems like the meeting of two people who were completely without moorings in life I think we were both alone in the world Roland an aspiring poet and novelist spends time in bars and roaming the streets than working yet he is atuned to the central theme of the novel that of lost youth and of the places where it can be found buried Neutral zones have at least one advantage They are only a starting point and we always leave them sooner or later Roland is also providing us with the epitaph for the Louki mystery She wanted to escape to run farther and farther away to break violently with her everyday life to finally be able to breathe —«»—«»—«»—As far as I am concerned Patrick Modiano deserves all the praise and the awards that he gets he is a master stylist who can combine mood and mystery into a compelling tale of human frailty I plan to read from his catalogue


  7. Hugh Hugh says:

    This is my second experience of Patrick Modiano I read Dora Bruder a few years ago and to be honest didn't really enjoy it or uite get the point of it It has been chosen as a group read this month by the 21st Century Literature groupIt is only a short book and perhaps I made the mistake of reading it in several sessions over four days because other commitments meant my reading time was limited so I feel I missed some of the resonances It is uite an elusive story what plot there is concerns a cafe in 1950s Paris called Le Condé popular with bohemian artists and a mysterious young woman who the regulars there nickname Louki Louki whose real name is Jacueline Delanue is refracted through the accounts of four different narrators one of them herself none of whom create a whole picture The strongest impression formed is the portrait of the city itselfI did find this an enjoyable read but I don't feel capable of reviewing it properly


  8. Jacob Overmark Jacob Overmark says:

    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


  9. Denis Denis says:

    Lots of things have been written about Modiano's little music and once again it is his little music a certain way of writing a uniue way of creating a special atmosphere etc that holds this novel together and makes its undeniable charms Not by any means Modiano's best book it is nevertheless as delightful dreamy bitter sweet vaguely melancholy and extremely nostalgic as most of his novels are Nothing much happens in this story about a mysterious young woman whose portrait emerges through the voices of different men but as usual with Modiano what's important is what's untold and what the reader can sense in between the lines a world of lost youth murky pasts shadows from years gone by feelings once felt and now slowly fading memories Nobody depicts this elusive in between world better than Modiano He may do that in each of his books and some people may find him repetitive and boring but he does it with such style elegance and emotion that it's truly hard to resist This short novel is elegiac and deceptively simple it's like a sad little refrain coming from far away that you keep humming and can't remember where or when you heard it first


  10. Vicky "phenkos" Vicky "phenkos" says:

    There is a sense of sadness as I begin to write my review of this book Sadness because the book is about someone or something lost; the titular youth or the selves each of the four narrators has left behind But also sadness because nothing is crystal clear there is no certainty or redemption anywhere If you have read anything by Modiano you’ll know that he is not a conventional writer and doesn’t stick to a single genre Instead his books comprise elements from many different genres mystery personal memoir travelogue and others If you start a book of his expecting a straightforward mystery though you’ll be disappointed There’s no plot here that finds its resolution in the last page Similarly if it’s a personal memoir you’re after you’d better steer clear; here there’s no uneuivocal ‘I’ that knows who he or she is and conveys events or reminiscences in a linear manner If you’re to persevere with Modiano you’ll have to let yourself be transported to another place and another time a place that is nowhere to be found and a time that resembles the meanderings and non seuiturs of dreams In this sense Modiano reminds me of Cezanne who has been dubbed a ‘painter’s painter’ because his work opened new horizons in art even though it might itself be difficult or less expressive than we might like Modiano would then be a ‘writer’s writer’; you read Modiano in order to shake loose the preconceptions of what a literary work should be like; it should have a clear plot a set of fully developed characters whose motivations are or become clear to the reader But what drives these characters of Modiano’s? view spoilerWhat makes the private detective narrator no 2 want to keep Louki’s secret? hide spoiler


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Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue [EPUB] ✺ Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue ✽ Patrick Modiano – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Paris anos 60 No café Condé reúnem se poetas malditos futuros situacionistas e estudantes À nostalgia ue impregna auelas paredes junta se um enigma personificado numa mulher todas as personagens e Paris anos No café Condé café de Kindle Ó reúnem se poetas malditos futuros situacionistas e estudantes À nostalgia ue impregna auelas paredes junta se um enigma personificado numa mulher todas as personagens e histórias confluem na misteriosa Louki uatro homens contam nos os seus encontros e desencontros com a filha de uma empregada do Molin Rouge Para uase todos eles ela encarna o inalcançável objecto de desejo Louki tal como todos os boémios ue vagueiam por uma Paris espectral é uma personagem sem raízes ue inventa identidades e Dans le Epub / luta por construir um presente perpétuo Modiano recria em redor da fascinante e comovente personagem desta mulher a Paris da sua juventude enuanto constrói um maravilhoso romance sobre o poder da memória e a busca da identidade.

  • Paperback
  • 111 pages
  • Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue
  • Patrick Modiano
  • Portuguese
  • 19 January 2016
  • 9789892304540

10 thoughts on “Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue

  1. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    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

  2. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    “She had known right from the outset that things would turn out badly for us” Young disaffected students along with the failed and weary are the patrons of the cafe Condé—collectively known as “the lost Youth” gathering throughout day and night to pass timeWar is over there is a new calm throughout Paris but meaning has been drained from life and lost souls seem to be in every direction But then there’s Louki to provide a pick me up young elegant mysterious and heavenly uiet Who is she? where does she come from? who's the brown haired guy in the suede jacket?With a minor obsession a small number of the Condé crowd look back on the past with bittersweet sadness around the time she entered their lives touched in one way or another little does Louki realise just the effect she had on this band of patrons Louki’s identity always hazy takes clearer form as the slender narrative progresses towards a most tragic end Some of the entanglements feel like floating on air whilst others have a deep and meaningful purpose Central to the novel is the circle run by the now canonical philosopher Guy Debord whose double in this novel is himself obsessed by the escapist novel Lost Horizons Modiano casts a spell of deft touches on themes of intellectual despair and nostalgia but never crosses the border into a darker bleakness More so he writes with a passion for memory impression and our cursed inability to truly know what reality is to say nothing of the person across the table from us while drawing your own sharp picture as to who they areParis becomes a character in it's own right but it feels a Paris off the beaten track and by the still of night evoking tenderness as one looks at the sad characters lonely journeys that last metro empty wide boulevards and late night rendezvous he uses the city to complement the tone of the novel to perfection Modiano's few characters tip toed through my consciousness like despondent ghosts pining for their lives again searching for that longing sifting through thoughts of a departed adolescence craving for what once was This is how to write of melancholy and human destinies and he pulls it of remarkably well 45

  3. Dolors Dolors says:

    Set against the backdrop of the sixties in Paris “In the Café of Lost Youth” explores the idea of a safe haven for those who wander through the “neutral zones” of a city where past present a future are disuietingly interconnected Bohemians undergraduates writers and philosophers find common ground in the “Condé” a café where the four narrators struggle to set straight their half remembered lives while navigating the turbulent waves of an elusive present But unlike Proust’s “recherche” time and memory can’t be recaptured again they disappear along with the list of names set of addresses and Metro stations that try to give permanence to the passers by that populate this story In the end we are felt to aimlessly roam the meandering streets of Paris maybe lingering in its transitional zones in the no man’s lands that border on everyting and merge with nothing and leave us suspended in limbo not knowing exactly where that feeling of emptiness has come from but blinded with the radiant light of a fleeting moment of happiness of lost youth never regainedPS – I read this novella in Catalan hence my original review view spoilerL’escena és el París dels anys seixanta “En el cafè de la joventut perduda” explora la idea d’un punt de trobada per auells ue deambulen les “zones neutrals” d’una ciutat on el passat el present i el futur es donen la mà d’una manera inuietantBohemis universitaris escriptors i filòsofs es troben al “Condé” un cafè on uatre narradors intenten recordar les seves vides mentre naveguen a la deriva del seu present Però a diferència de la “recerca” de Proust el temps i la memoria són irrecuperables ja ue es dissolen juntament amb les llistes de noms adreces i estacions de metro ue intenten futilment donar un cert sentit de permanència als vagabunds existencials ue habiten auesta històriaAl final el lector es troba caminant sense destí pels carrers de París potser aturant se en les zones de transició les zones de ningú ue es touen amb tot sense fondre’s amb res i ue et deixen en eterna suspensió en el limbo sense saber exactament d’on ve auest buit ue t’empapa l’ànima però encegat per la llum radiant d’un moment de felicitat fugaç vist i no vist un moment de joventut perduda ue mai més tornarà hide spoiler

  4. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    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

  5. Duane Duane says:

    Paris in the 1950's If I could choose a time travel destination it might just be there and then The War was history the city was beautiful and a Bohemian lifestyle existed in a cafe culture that I would have loved to experienceThat's the setting for this melancholic story by Modiano The story of Louki the enigmatic young woman who is emotionally and spiritually lost She is constantly on the move through the streets and cafe's of Paris seeking out others like herselfThis is my second novel by Patrick Modiano the Nobel laureate of 2014 He has written 30 novels most of them only recently translated to English There is something about his writing style his themes and his characters that strike the right note with me4 solid stars

  6. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    At the halfway point of the journey making up real life we were surrounded by a gloomy melancholy one expressed by so very many derisive and sorrowful words in the cafe of lost youth With this epigraph by Guy Debord I feel ready to dig into my first mystery novel by Patrick Modiano and discover what is so special about his stories to merit a Nobel Prize in literatureThe central mystery of this slim yet multi layered novel is the eternal cherchez la femme – the uest to unlock the mystery of the beautiful stranger nicknamed Louki a uiet young woman who used to come to a small cafe near the Place de l'Odeon in Paris She was taking refuge here at the 'Conde' as if she were running from something trying to escape some danger This thought came to me upon seeing her alone all the way at the back where no one would notice her Louki's portrait is sketched by four narrators each of them in his or her own way a drifter through life who seeks refuge among the friendly and slightly decadent atmosphere of a bar at night First there is a student at the nearby Sorbonne then a private investigator hired by the woman's abandoned husband followed by Louki herself and concluded by an artist companion I've always believed that certain places are like magnets and draw you towards them should you happen to walk within their radius And this occurs imperceptibly without you even suspecting All it takes is a sloping street a sunny sidewalk or maybe a shady one Or perhaps a downpour And this leads you straight there to the exact spot you're meant to wash up I fell under the spell of Modiano's prose right from the start – almost like coming home to my own version of Paris constructed out of those black white movies of Truffaut and Goddard from the 60's and fleshed out during day long walks through the streets of the town as I returned year after year to this city that has become my favorite destination in Europe I know all about magnets and my favorites are not very far from the haunts of Louki and her friends Boul St Michel going to Jardin de Luxembourg and climbing the hill of Montmartre from Pigalle to Place du Tertre Modiano fills his pages with the name of these streets that may sound confusing to a stranger in the city but are filled with history and romance for the true 'boulevardier'Step by step though the author guided me from the tourist view to the disturbing sad inner landscape of people living at the edge of society – misfits bohemians loners – a group of mostly young people who meet at the 'Conde' to hide from the world than to plan to take it by storm 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 One of these ties Louki hopes will give her direction in life is marriage to a wealthy businessman Yet despite the showroom apartment in posh Neuilly and the attentions of her husband Louki feels imprisoned by the bourgois lifestyle and runs away Two photo booth snapshots one facing the camera one in profile And that's what we're supposed to forge links with?Louki's escapes started years before as a lonely child left to fend for herself by an unknown father and a mother working long evening hours at a cabaret in Pigalle She started to walk the night streets alone as a teenager got in trouble with the police and sought help from a friendly woman casually met on the street ending in the circle of local drug smugglers from another small cafe It was without the slightest trace of lightheartedness that I returned to that apartment each night I knew that sooner or later I would leave it for good I was counting a great deal on the people I would eventually meet which would put an end to my loneliness This girl was my first encounter and perhaps she would help me take flight on my own Further attempts at flight from reality from herself from toxic friends and family ties define Louki's journey illustrated by her favorite books Lost Horizon Louise Sister of the Void her occasional drug use and her tentavive relationship with Roland a young man she meets at a bookshop for esoteric material and the final narrator of her story Our having met when I think about it now seems like the meeting of two people who were completely without moorings in life I think we were both alone in the world Roland an aspiring poet and novelist spends time in bars and roaming the streets than working yet he is atuned to the central theme of the novel that of lost youth and of the places where it can be found buried Neutral zones have at least one advantage They are only a starting point and we always leave them sooner or later Roland is also providing us with the epitaph for the Louki mystery She wanted to escape to run farther and farther away to break violently with her everyday life to finally be able to breathe —«»—«»—«»—As far as I am concerned Patrick Modiano deserves all the praise and the awards that he gets he is a master stylist who can combine mood and mystery into a compelling tale of human frailty I plan to read from his catalogue

  7. Hugh Hugh says:

    This is my second experience of Patrick Modiano I read Dora Bruder a few years ago and to be honest didn't really enjoy it or uite get the point of it It has been chosen as a group read this month by the 21st Century Literature groupIt is only a short book and perhaps I made the mistake of reading it in several sessions over four days because other commitments meant my reading time was limited so I feel I missed some of the resonances It is uite an elusive story what plot there is concerns a cafe in 1950s Paris called Le Condé popular with bohemian artists and a mysterious young woman who the regulars there nickname Louki Louki whose real name is Jacueline Delanue is refracted through the accounts of four different narrators one of them herself none of whom create a whole picture The strongest impression formed is the portrait of the city itselfI did find this an enjoyable read but I don't feel capable of reviewing it properly

  8. Jacob Overmark Jacob Overmark says:

    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

  9. Denis Denis says:

    Lots of things have been written about Modiano's little music and once again it is his little music a certain way of writing a uniue way of creating a special atmosphere etc that holds this novel together and makes its undeniable charms Not by any means Modiano's best book it is nevertheless as delightful dreamy bitter sweet vaguely melancholy and extremely nostalgic as most of his novels are Nothing much happens in this story about a mysterious young woman whose portrait emerges through the voices of different men but as usual with Modiano what's important is what's untold and what the reader can sense in between the lines a world of lost youth murky pasts shadows from years gone by feelings once felt and now slowly fading memories Nobody depicts this elusive in between world better than Modiano He may do that in each of his books and some people may find him repetitive and boring but he does it with such style elegance and emotion that it's truly hard to resist This short novel is elegiac and deceptively simple it's like a sad little refrain coming from far away that you keep humming and can't remember where or when you heard it first

  10. Vicky "phenkos" Vicky "phenkos" says:

    There is a sense of sadness as I begin to write my review of this book Sadness because the book is about someone or something lost; the titular youth or the selves each of the four narrators has left behind But also sadness because nothing is crystal clear there is no certainty or redemption anywhere If you have read anything by Modiano you’ll know that he is not a conventional writer and doesn’t stick to a single genre Instead his books comprise elements from many different genres mystery personal memoir travelogue and others If you start a book of his expecting a straightforward mystery though you’ll be disappointed There’s no plot here that finds its resolution in the last page Similarly if it’s a personal memoir you’re after you’d better steer clear; here there’s no uneuivocal ‘I’ that knows who he or she is and conveys events or reminiscences in a linear manner If you’re to persevere with Modiano you’ll have to let yourself be transported to another place and another time a place that is nowhere to be found and a time that resembles the meanderings and non seuiturs of dreams In this sense Modiano reminds me of Cezanne who has been dubbed a ‘painter’s painter’ because his work opened new horizons in art even though it might itself be difficult or less expressive than we might like Modiano would then be a ‘writer’s writer’; you read Modiano in order to shake loose the preconceptions of what a literary work should be like; it should have a clear plot a set of fully developed characters whose motivations are or become clear to the reader But what drives these characters of Modiano’s? view spoilerWhat makes the private detective narrator no 2 want to keep Louki’s secret? hide spoiler

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