Good Intentions

by Agnès Desarthe | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007100930 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingawaywithfairieswing of Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on 10/13/2006
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingawaywithfairieswing from Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Friday, October 13, 2006
Hugely controversial in its native France, Good Intentions is a concise, elegant dissection of the anxieties of daily life. It opens benignly enough by introducing us to a young couple, Sonia and Julien, who have recently moved into a seemingly unexceptional block of flats in Paris. However, what begins as a wry ensemble piece about the various eccentric inhabitants of the apartment block mutates into something far more disturbing. Sonia befriends an old man, Monsieur Dupotier who, following the death of his wife, becomes increasingly dependent on Simone, the caretaker, and her sadistic brother, Simono. Initially Sonia is repulsed by the filth of Monsieur Dupotier’s neglected apartment; however, as she learns of Simone and Simono’s bullying of the old man she embarks on a bitter battle with the police and social services to secure more humane treatment for Monsieur Dupotier.

Good Intentions paints a bleak picture of a Paris that is divided by the seemingly insuperable fault lines of race, class and poverty. Sonia, a Jew, feels constantly threatened by the latent anti-Semitism that threatens to boil over in her arguments with Simono. And yet, as a middle-class professional, she too is guilty of displaying distaste for the habits of her poorer, less well-educated neighbours. The novel isn’t intended to be an angry polemic about the state of the nation though; rather it is an examination of how one individual tries to respond to this cycle of ignorance and suspicion. Inevitably Desarthe asks more questions than she answers but she nevertheless succeeds in carving out a trenchant and often wickedly funny portrayal of the vicissitudes of urban living.

Journal Entry 2 by rem_NXS-581865 on Thursday, October 26, 2006
ooops... another one of yours picked up at the convention ;)
thank you

Journal Entry 3 by rem_NXS-581865 on Thursday, July 19, 2007
a quick read about the misplaced intention of 'doing good', the contents appeared to be somewhat disjointed and it was difficult for me to get a grasp on time and space.
earmarked to be released again at the 2007 convention in Melbourne.

Released 15 yrs ago (10/4/2007 UTC) at ABC2007 in 2014 - Melbourne, Australia, BookCrossing Convention -- Controlled Releases



sadly this book never made it to the convention as i very unexpectedly had to cancel...boohoo.., it is now off to hunnyb as part of a RABCK.

Journal Entry 5 by hunnyb from Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Looks very interesting - "a sly, wry novel about how hard it is to do good" (from the front cover). Thanks Makita21!

Journal Entry 6 by hunnyb from Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Monday, October 29, 2007
A quick and quirky read. I think it's one of those books that becomes more meaningful when you think about it over time, or maybe re-read it. Thanks for sharing :)

Journal Entry 7 by hunnyb from Sydney CBD, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, January 6, 2008
Bringing along to January Sydney meetup :)

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