Diccionario de Nombres Propios (Spanish Edition). Amelie Nothomb. 2, ratings by Goodreads. ISBN / ISBN Published. Diccionario de Nombres Propios (English, Spanish, Paperback) / Author: Amelie Nothomb ; ; Modern fiction, General & literary fiction, Fiction. Libros de Segunda Mano (posteriores a ) – Literatura – Narrativa – Otros: Amelie nothomb. diccionario de nombres propios. anagrama primera edicion.

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This is simply not the case as the author spent all the previous pages trying to convince us readers that Plectrude nothomn anything but normal. Unusual and charming is definitely this author’s trademark. In a vaguely surreal story, an extraordinary little girl is born from strange circumstances – her mother murdered her father, gave birth in prison, and then hanged herself.

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Cover for Plectrude by Amelie Nothomb. Aber es macht das Buch nicht schlechter, sondern legt ihm ien Mysterium auf.

This is a pointed critique of a culture – in this case western girlhood and its relentless emphasis on beauty and romance. Bestimmt unser Name was aus uns geschieht?

Quotes from The Book of Prope She is lazy and aemlie, yet gets hailed as a genius and high flyer at school. Dec 03, Neva rated it liked it.

She enters a dance school after she is unable to adapt to the normal children’s school. Far from sight, a voice she once knew called her.

She decides that she will do no harm to the father dicccionario her child and just like her mother she had the urge to kill herself right after the baby born.


This novella is a riff on the child-prodigy-runs-into-obstacles theme, with an undercurrent of murder and nlmbres.

The baby is raised by her aunt, becomes an anorexic ballerina, then an actress, then a singer, then she decides she needs to mimic her real mother’s life and have a baby and kill herself by age Destila cierto humor que la hace muy entretenida de leer.

Nothomb moved often, and did not live in Europe until she was 17, when she moved to Brussels. Maybe it was the quality of the translation, but I doubt it.


Saved by a man named Mathieu. Enraged, not by herself but by her new mother. I find her style whimsical but profoundly insightful.

And even though she was insufferable, I felt for her, especially after her mother turned on her and began one of the most savage bullying tirades that I ever had to read about. She’s dangling her feet at the bridge, contemplating between the sorrow of her child fate will have with her and the promising of her child life in others care.

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The teachers praise her for her thinness, the other dancers envy her. Characters strain to be exceptional but are only unpredictable. The girl who was just about to jump from a bridge throws herself in the arms of her lover instead and finds solace there.

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She is from a distinguished Belgian political family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister Plectrude is trained to become a ballet dancer – the best of the best – and we follow the girl’s education in a Paris ballet school.


I actually feel quite mad myself writing this review because I cannot put my thoughts adequately into words. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Very unusual and a bit strange. Ayer le comentaba a una amiga que yo soy una fangirl de Nothomb. Ci provo -anche se mi sembra che il pensiero sia ancora un po’ acerbo.

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I didn’t norhomb much for the ending, but that’s the point – I’m a western woman and didn’t l I finished this in one subway round trip plus 5 minutes – a lovely little book! She used the French Minitel, while he used the Italian Videotel system, connected with the French one.

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It made me give this book 3 stars instead of 5. If this brief synopsis sounds proplos little demented it’s because the story is indeed a rather demented fairy tale for grown-ups. The father, Fabien who are far from reach when she needed wants a different fate for his child. This is an unusual book for me. I think I’ve used the phrase “wit and panache” in about fifteen reviews so far.

While in Japan, she attended a local school and learned Japanese.