How to Behave in a Crowd: A Novel

by Camille Bordas | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0451497546 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookczukwing of Charleston, South Carolina USA on 9/8/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbookczukwing from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Friday, September 08, 2017
Quite the quirky book, about a quirky boy, who is the odd duck in a quirky intellectual family. I think that part of the reason I didn't engage fully in the book is that I kept forgetting the narrator (eleven year old Isidore, called Dory by his family, when he really longs to be called Izzie) was a boy. Things would happen, and I'd assume the teller was female, and then be brought back suddenly. It has its moments of humor, mostly brought about by the frailty of human nature, and explored some bleak experiences with a candid hand. All in all, I liked the book, but just can't join in on the "I loved it" bandwagon.

Many thanks to the publisher and Blogging for books for sending me this copy.


Isidore Mazal is eleven years old, the youngest of six siblings living in a small French town. He doesn't quite fit in. Berenice, Aurore, and Leonard are on track to have doctorates by age twenty-four. Jeremie performs with a symphony, and Simone, older than Isidore by eighteen months, expects a great career as a novelist--she's already put Isidore to work on her biography. The only time they leave their rooms is to gather on the old, stained couch and dissect prime-time television dramas in light of Aristotle's Poetics.

Isidore has never skipped a grade or written a dissertation. But he notices things the others don't, and asks questions they fear to ask. So when tragedy strikes the Mazal family, Isidore is the only one to recognize how everyone is struggling with their grief, and perhaps the only one who can help them if he doesn't run away from home first.

Isidore's unstinting empathy, combined with his simmering anger, makes for a complex character study, in which the elegiac and comedic build toward a heartbreaking conclusion. With How to Behave in a Crowd, Camille Bordas immerses readers in the interior life of a boy puzzled by adulthood and beginning to realize that the adults around him are just as lost.


Journal Entry 2 by wingbookczukwing at Charleston, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Sending this on as a surprise to my sister.

Journal Entry 3 by wingbookczukwing at Charleston, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (9/27/2017 UTC) at Charleston, South Carolina USA

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Journal Entry 5 by alrescate at Strafford, Missouri USA on Tuesday, October 03, 2017
My sister sent me a box of interesting books! (And cool eclipse bookmarks.) I cannot wait to start reading them!

Journal Entry 6 by alrescate at Strafford, Missouri USA on Thursday, January 24, 2019
I'm very sorry this book got lost in Mt. Toberead and I didn't get to until recently. I'm a neglectful sister!

This book really wasn't my cup of tea, but I will say I enjoyed the last 100 pages of the novel more than the first 200. I'm not sure that is a very good recommendation, but I hope the next reader enjoys it more than I did.

Journal Entry 7 by alrescate at Nearly Famous Deli in Springfield, Missouri USA on Thursday, January 24, 2019

Released 9 mos ago (1/24/2019 UTC) at Nearly Famous Deli in Springfield, Missouri USA

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