The Kites by Romain Gary () Original French title: Les cerfs-volants. The Kites is a novel by Romain Gary translated by Miranda. Les Cerfs-volants has ratings and reviews. Anatoly said: I never really got into it. Can’t put the finger on the reason why, but I can say that. It seems extraordinary that Romain Gary, the Frenchman and only novelist we have this novel Les cerfs-volants – The Kites (first published in.

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Time is running out and nothing daring can come out of it. Roain he comes from a modest background and is an orphan to boot, Ludo has the great good fortune of being brought up by a wise old uncle whose hobby consists in buildin If only French books were edited like British and American ones! Marco Sermoneta rated it it was ok Apr 29, He was greatly decorated for his bravery in the war, receiving many medals and honours.

I disagree with that.

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Anyway, all that aside, the book sounds good and I now know what rutabagas are! Although it was published in French inits English version was only released end of Gary fills his novel with colorful characters, but most are not developed much beyond their idiosyncrasies and what seems to be nationalistic iconography. He also wrote one novel under the pseudonym of Fosco Sinibaldi and another as Shatan Bogat.


He is a dour musical prodigy who becomes a heroic RAF pilot. I think the American one is the best. She managed to translate the French play-on-words with an equally good pun in English.

Amira Adel rated it it was ok Oct 28, Crefs love to hear your thoughts, thanks for commenting. Les justes Albert Camus. Victim of his infallible memory, he will wait for her return during four years.

It brings a lightness to the story, a little spring in his sentences.

He is the only person to win the Volantw Goncourt twice. He succeeds in exploring a theme of how crises tend to reveal the best and worst traits of people with his characters and plot, but much of the novel seems to lack nuance.

Les cerfs-volants

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Les Cerfs-volants

Learn how your comment data is processed. You are commenting using your Facebook account. She says at one point: Ludo falls in love, as a young teenager, ceffs a girl he meets randomly in a Normandy forest.

Time and again Gary tries to mint aphorism about reason, madness, memory and other lofty themes, but none of his efforts quite hit the mark. La nausee Jean-Paul Sartre.


Ludo is invited to their estate and gets to know her and her family. To give that back meant to find adequate expressions in English and these are rooted in a territory. I sometimes find US translations jarring, either because words have slightly different meanings or because they just sound oddly to me. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Mana rated it it was ok Dec 17, This prize for French language literature is awarded only once to an author.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Suffering from depression after Seberg’s suicide, Gary died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 2, in Paris, France though he left a note which said specifically that his death had no relation with Seberg’s suicide.

The Kites is a tale, definitely not a historical novel. Topics Fiction The Observer. All that said, I imagine most Americans prefer translations in American English for exactly the same reasons I prefer them in British English — why should they have to google what a Swede is?

Viktorija Metiolkina rated it it was ok Apr 22,