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The Lost Sailors

Jean-Claude Izzo

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Title: The Lost Sailors
Author: Jean-Claude Izzo
Genre: Novel
Written: 1997 (Eng. 2007)
Length: 262 pages
Original in: French
Availability: The Lost Sailors - US
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Les marins perdus - Canada
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  • French title: Les marins perdus
  • Translated by Howard Curtis
  • Les marins perdus was made into a film in 2003, directed by Claire Devers, and starring Bernard Giraudeau, Marie Trintignant, and Audrey Tautou

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Fairly good

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
Boston Globe . 2/12/2007 Katherine A. Powers
TLS . 10/10/1997 Elizabeth Beyer

  From the Reviews:
  • "What ensues is a tale of the three men's lives and loves, the former shaped and the latter doomed by maritime absence. In fact, Izzo's novel is something of a palimpsest. The travels of the Romans, and of the Greeks before them, have left their traces over which the lives of his characters are now etched. Though the stories unfold in today's world and against a backdrop of one of the world's great port cities -- now in decline and festering with crime and racial tension -- they nonetheless resonate with the Mediterranean's Homeric narrative." - Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe

  • "Izzo uses chronologies, digressions, associations of ideas and wanderings of spirit to give a rhythm to the narrative while tracing the trajectory of each character. Their present adventures and past loves, harvested in all the harbours of the world, mix with the cosmopolitan history of Marseilles under the bright violent Mediterranean light." - Elizabeth Beyer, Times Literary Supplement

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The Lost Sailors: Reviews: Les marins perdus - the film: Jean-Claude Izzo: Other books by Jean-Claude Izzo under review: Other books of interest under review:
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About the Author:

       Jean-Claude Izzo was a popular French author. He was born in 1945 and died in 2000.

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