Zazie in the Metro (Paperback)
There are few books that are fully and actually funny while still being literary. The exception, always, is Queneau. A hilarious romp around Paris - this book is also a marvel of translation. Queneau writes it with a lot of words sounded out - as if writing out how a southern drawl sounds rather than how it is actually spelled - and Barbara Wright translated that into English. All around this is a superbly enjoyable novel.
-- Nick— From Nick B. Staff Picks
Impish, foul-mouthed Zazie arrives in Paris from the country to stay with Gabriel, her female-impersonator uncle. All she really wants to do is ride the metro, but finding it shut because of a strike, Zazie looks for other means of amusement and is soon caught up in a comic adventure that becomes wilder and more manic by the minute. In 1960 Queneau's cult classic was made into a hugely successful film by Louis Malle. Packed full of word play and phonetic games, Zazie in the Metro remains as stylish and witty as ever. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
About the Author
Gilbert Adair, writer, film critic, and journalist, is the author of Love and Death on Long Island, among other novels.