Apocalypse Baby

Apocalypse Baby By Virginie Despentes Siân Reynolds, Apocalypse Baby Valentine the troubled daughter of a well off but dysfunctional Parisian family vanishes on her way to school Inexperienced private detective Lucie Toledo is hired to find the missing teenager and
  • Title: Apocalypse Baby
  • Author: Virginie Despentes Siân Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9781847657909
  • Page: 495
  • Format: ebook
  • Apocalypse Baby By Virginie Despentes Siân Reynolds, Valentine, the troubled daughter of a well off but dysfunctional Parisian family, vanishes on her way to school Inexperienced private detective Lucie Toledo is hired to find the missing teenager, and enlists the help of a formidable agent with a past, known to her friends as the Hyena Their quest, from Paris to Barcelona and back, uncovers a rich cast of characters whoseValentine, the troubled daughter of a well off but dysfunctional Parisian family, vanishes on her way to school Inexperienced private detective Lucie Toledo is hired to find the missing teenager, and enlists the help of a formidable agent with a past, known to her friends as the Hyena Their quest, from Paris to Barcelona and back, uncovers a rich cast of characters whose paths have crossed Valentine s, leading to an alarming climax Part political thriller, part road movie, part romance, the latest novel by subversive writer and film maker Virginie Despentes won the Prix Renaudot 2010 for the pitiless gaze it directs at society in the age of the internet.
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    1. Virginie Despentes Siân Reynolds

      Virginie Despentes is a French writer, novelist and filmmaker, born in Nancy, Meurthe et Moselle Her most famous novel, and film of the same name is Baise moi, a contemporary example of the exploitation films genre known as rape and revenge films Her most recent biographical, non fiction work, King Kong Theory has also been translated into English, and recounts her experiences working within the French sex industry, and attendant infamy and praise associated with the aforementioned Baise Moi.

    784 thoughts on “Apocalypse Baby”

    1. Wow This book was quite a ride Lucie is a somewhat hapless private detective, paid by rich parents to keep tabs on their teenage kids When one of her charges goes missing, she hires a legendary unhinged lesbian detective named The Hyena to help her find the girl Their quest to find Valentine takes them from Paris to Barcelona, and the stories of those who knew the missing girl are gradually revealed The story is told partly in first person from Lucie s POV, but also via chapters from the point o [...]


    2. Wow this book was not exactly what I was expecting It was described to me as a feminist road trip with a kick ass lesbian P.I and yes it is exactly that But it also a much darker side to it Lucie is a somewhat inept investigator who gets paid to watch rich kids and report back to their parents When one of assigned kids disappears on her things get interesting She really has no idea how to go about a missing person investigation so she invests the help of The Hyena Enter the kick ass lesbian P.I [...]


    3. Apocalypse b b , norme C est rare que je finisse un livre en me disant que, en sachant autant quel point, j ai pris du plaisir le lire.J adore son style, pr cis, affut , la fois sans d tour et sophistiqu Immanquablement, cette langue qui claque, la bonne phrase, la bonne tournure au bon moment Fulgurance de la pens e ultra d brid e et pourtant, ultra ma tris eDespentes est galement une super portraitiste ses personnages sont attachants, retiennent tr s vite l enti re attention du lecteur On pass [...]


    4. This book just whacks you on the head and takes you for one hell of a ride, sparing nothing and no one about French society even Catalan society in the process Quite an exhilarating experience, though I tend to prefer my novels measured and less direct.



    5. Shocking and mind blowing, this story leaves the readers to decide on their own Respects the readers weight of mind under all the pressure that it has them undergo But, you have to read her King Kong Theory before reading this.


    6. Il s agit ici de mon premier livre de Virginie Despentes A en avoir trop entendu parler j ai pr f r pendant des ann es me r server, attendre la fin de vague, mais celle ci ne s arr te pas et a fini par attiser ma curiosit Apocalypse B b est une fable sociale noire, peupl e de divers personnages qui rythment le livre et s approprient un un les chapitres Les d tails des personnalit s de chacun sont d voil s, le sentiment d une noirceur et d un malaise ambiant s empare de nous au fil du roman, pour [...]


    7. Well, my timing for reading this book was pretty good, I must say _I was not quite sure whether to give Apocalypse B b 3 or 4 stars, but I settled for 3, since I found the book a little bit too long Even though I really enjoyed reading it, there was something missing and a little bit too much of something else, notably side characters Despentes always has interesting characters, perhaps just a couple too many this time around I particularly like La Hy ne and Valentine It s just a shame that for [...]


    8. Like a number of her contemporaries Anna Gavalda, Amelie Nothomb, etc in present day French literary fiction,Virginie Despentes is incredibly talented Her prose flows without a snag, the characters, losers one and all, frustrated would be authors, PIs, teachers, adolescent rebels, draw us in instantly There s a great love of fiction here, and a look of compassion and humor at humantiy with all its failings These people are us, we so understand them Great book


    9. For several years I ve been following a couple blogs that deal solely in translated literature Three Percent and The Complete Review This year I set myself a challenge to read novels translated from other languages by writers that live in other countries than the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia How have I done so far Counting up I found that out of 92 books read this year, eight were originally written and published in another language That is almost 9%, so not too [...]


    10. 3,8 stars.Pour le coup, la fin de ce livre fait l effet d une bombe J ai eu l impression de bri vement m ennuyer durant l enqu te, mais alors je suis contente d tre all e au bout J aurais, de toute fa on, continuer ne serait ce que pour les nombreux th mes, ET POUR LA HY NE D qui captent notre attention et captivent du d but la fin J ai juste ador cette fin, compl tement appropri e, colle parfaitement l intrigue qui est d autant plus tonnant, ce genre de fin sans r ponse aux questions aurait plu [...]


    11. La premi re partie du livre m a touch au plus au degr justement par son humour poignant et par la mani re dont tous les aspects noir tres de la jeunesse fran aise, en principal sont d crits Ensuite, les choses se sont un peu dilu es cause des biographies assez lourdes des personnages et auxquelles je m tais d j habitu par l interm diaire d autres ouvrages fran ais contemporains En tout cas, reste une satire lucide, am re et marrante de toute une poque en d rive 4,3 5


    12. The beginning was a bit slow But it started to warm up to me The story unravelled and sucked me in I can t say to much without spoiling something The book was writing from the view of different people, some returned, some only for one chapter This way you get to know the characters and you have to adjust your opinion.I really liked the book it wasn t belittling something I was a bit afraid of and kept your attention.



    13. My 3 star rating is such a surprise half way through the book I wasn t impressed, it felt like a boring story that had been told before but with mainly female characters But in the end this book actually delivered and the I think about it, the levels there is and the there is to think about.It starts quite slow, it s boring in parts and seemed like the usual odd couple detective crime story The characters seemed like caricatures and they seemed excessively unlikeable In my opinion none of the [...]


    14. Provocative French author Virginie Despentes is best known for her debut novel Baise moi, which was published in 1993 to much controversy The book was adapted into a film, which was also written and directed by Despentes This debut novel is often considered the most controversial French novel of recent times, exploring a punk fantasy of two women on a vengeance rampage la Thelma and Louise The novel and film are modern examples of a crime thriller genre known as rape and revenge.Virginie Despent [...]


    15. 3.5 stars.Chosen for France in my read around the world challenge.Lucie Toledo is a woman working for a PI agency who is moderately good at her job After botching a job tailing a teenager named Valentine, she is then promptly hired to find Valentine by the girl s grandmother Lucie is out of her depth, having never worked missing persons, so she turns to someone who she has only ever heard of, a legend in the PI unofficial LEO circles the Hyena, an unrepentant hardass and lover of women Lucie is [...]



    16. I couldn t finish it The characters were uninteresting parodies of themselves and the action was terribly slow When the cousins are introduced, red flags started waving in my head It was a rapid downward spiral for me from there and I had to put it down Too bad, because the prose had some really interesting moments and I really wanted to like it I m not opposed to feminist revenge fantasy, but the execution here was poor.


    17. A colorful cast of characters and an ending that is quite a different tone from the rest of the book I think I appreciated the fact that we never really got a reason as to why for the ending There s no monologue explaining anything, it was just done.I liked the fact that the ending for our protagonist is so traumatic for her because it would be in the real world.I enjoyed the book but I wasn t amazed by the book 3 5.


    18. Fast h tte ich ihr 5 Sterne gegeben Vielleicht war mir die politische Analyse zu grob, das Ende auch ein bisschen abstrus und gewollt Vielleicht brauche ich aber auch gerade nur etwas mehr Utopie und Hoffnung.


    19. DNF, unfortunately This story didn t hook me I got through 100 pages total, but I never read than ten pages consecutively Maybe it has to do with key elements of the narrative being lost in translation, or maybe the story simply wasn t what I wanted or expected.



    20. Worth reading for Despentes worldview She has a way of explaining why people do shitty things but she never excuses them The story is about Lucie, an apathetic French PI who teams up with the Hyena to track down a lost teenage girl The Hyena is fascinating a violent lesbian europunk debt collector who has a reputation for finding people Clearly she owes a lot to Lisbeth Salander There s a joke about whether her nickname is from her fierce reputation or because she has an oversized clitoris The i [...]


    21. Un polar social, assez cru.Ce livre m a un peu d concert e Un peu surprise par cette super woman enqu trice qui sait tout l avance, genre Lisbeth de Millenium.Mais se lit bien, c est un roman moderne, avec une fin inattendue dans un monde bien r el.Critique pioch e dans la presse que je partage Lucie est une jeune d tective priv e qui doit surveiller Valentine une ado fragile en rupture de lyc e que son p re et sa grand m re soup onnent de mener une double vie Mais un jour elle la perd dans le m [...]


    22. C est un excellent livre pour peupler vos insomnies vraiment, je vous le recommande On s ennuie moins Virginie Despentes, que j avais certainement mal comprise la premi re fois que j ai lu Baise moi, et qui me pla t tellement dans King kong th orie et Mutantes le documentaire sur la pornographie, que je recommande encore et encore , reprend ses images de road trips et de rencontres lesbiennes, pour donner le cadre d un polar d cal et d brid Une enqu trice, Lucie, perd la trace de Valentine, une [...]


    23. Valentine, une adolescente a disparu Lucie, la narratrice de l histoire tait depuis quelques temps charg e de la surveiller et de faire un rapport d taill sa grand m re Mais Lucie a perdu Valentine dans le m tro, son devoir maintenant est de la retrouver Pour ce faire, elle va s associer la Hy ne on ne la nommera jamais par un autre nom C est une d tective priv e, une lesbienne qui s assume parfaitement, rayonnante qui ne manque pas d assurance A c t d elle, on aurait tendance oublier Lucie qui [...]


    24. feminist prostitute cultural conflict modern technology social media post modern Straight out of the high rise slums of Seine Saint Denis A way of talking she d spent a long time suppressing, but it could rise to the surface when she needed it People who live in the smart districts of Paris aren t used to being spoken to like that And they don t like it That s why they spend so much money taking holidays in Russia, Romania or Thailand, unlike what people think, it s not just to have sex with und [...]


    25. Een ontzettend goede roman die leest als een trein vreemd dat ik er zo weinig over gehoord heb Al hebben het onaantrekkelijke omslag en de weinig uitnodigende titel misschien ook niet meegeholpen aan een goede receptie die doen mij eerder een postmoderne sociale satire verwachten, terwijl je iets heel anders voorgeschoteld krijgt In feite doet het verhaal eerder denken aan de Britse detectives die de KRO graag mag uitzenden, maar dan n met meer diepgang en meer sociale kritiek Compleet met speur [...]


    26. It s 8 22 am and I m on vacation at the beach It s oppressively hot and I woke up at 6 30 My husband is asleep and I snuck off to the balcony to finish reading this book and sip on coffee Today is our seventh wedding anniversary, and I m going to spend this humid, ocean breeze day thinking again and again about this book I will look into my husband s eyes over dinner and think of the Hyena and Lucie and Valentine My mind will wander to the cruel act visited on Valentine by a gang of boys and how [...]


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