How to Behave in A Crowd

How to Behave in A Crowd

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451497543 (hardcover)
0451497546 (hardcover)
9780451497550 (softcover)
0451497554 (softcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC BORDAS
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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Sep 02, 2018

This is an absolutely charming story. I fell in love with Izzy/Dory early on and enjoyed watching this intelligent little fellow grapple with complicated situations and people in his world.

Mar 05, 2018

20 pages development...same story line...I can’t do it. It was a promising title that caught my attention. Oh, marketing!


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