The Sunday of Life

3.77 avg rating
( 230 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780811206464: The Sunday of Life
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The Sunday of Life (Le Dimanche de la vie), the late Raymond Queneau's tenth novel, was first published in French by Gallimard in 1951 and is now appearing for the first time in this country, in a translation by Barbara Wright. Critics are universally agreed that it and the later Zazie dans le métro (1959) show Queneau at his zaniest and most cheerful, and it is not surprising that both these novels have been made into popular and successful films. But as always with Queneau, beneath the apparent absurdities of plot and the bumbling of his rather ordinary characters, there is a precision of structure and purpose that, ironically enough, places the work of this earliest of new-wave novelists squarely in the tradition of the eighteenth-century roman philosophique. In the ingenuous ex-Private Valentin Bru, the central figure in The Sunday of Life, Queneau has created that oddity in modern fiction, the Hegelian naif. Highly self-conscious yet reasonably satisfied with his lot, imbued with the good humor inherent in the naturally wise, Valentin meets the painful nonsense of life's adventures with a slightly bewildered detachment. As Barbara Wright so aptly writes: "Though The Sunday of Life is set in one of the most traumatic of recent periods--1936-40, the dark years leading up to the Second World War and including the fall of France... it nevertheless does indeed manage to be one of Queneau's happiest, sunniest, and most undated novels: it far transcends anything like a mere chronicle of times."

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A very funny book with great charm. * The Times *

From the Back Cover:

The Sunday of Life, the late Raymond Queneau's tenth novel, was first published in French by Gallimard in 1951 and is now appearing for the first time in this country. In the ingenuous ex-Private Valentin Bru, the central figure in The Sunday of Life, Queneau has created that oddity in modern fiction, the Hegelian naif. Highly self-conscious yet reasonably satisfied with his lot, imbued with the good humor inherent in the naturally wise, Valentin meets the painful nonsense of life's adventures with a slightly bewildered detachment.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781847497109: The Sunday of Life

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1847497101 ISBN 13:  9781847497109
Publisher: Alma Classics, 2017
Softcover

9780811206457: The Sunday of Life: A Novel

New Di..., 1977
Hardcover

9781847491824: The Sunday of Life (Oneworld Classics)

Onewor..., 2011
Softcover

9780714536415: The Sunday of Life

Calder..., 1977
Softcover

9780714535210: Sunday of Life

Calder..., 1976
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Raymond Queneau
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation, United States (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation, United States, 1977. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. The Sunday of Life (Le Dimanche de la vie), the late Raymond Queneau's tenth novel, was first published in French by Gallimard in 1951 and is now appearing for the first time in this country, in a translation by Barbara Wright. Critics are universally agreed that it and the later Zazie dans le métro (1959) show Queneau at his zaniest and most cheerful, and it is not surprising that both these novels have been made into popular and successful films. But as always with Queneau, beneath the apparent absurdities of plot and the bumbling of his rather ordinary characters, there is a precision of structure and purpose that, ironically enough, places the work of this earliest of new-wave novelists squarely in the tradition of the eighteenth-century roman philosophique. In the ingenuous ex-Private Valentin Bru, the central figure in The Sunday of Life, Queneau has created that oddity in modern fiction, the Hegelian naif. Highly self-conscious yet reasonably satisfied with his lot, imbued with the good humor inherent in the naturally wise, Valentin meets the painful nonsense of life's adventures with a slightly bewildered detachment. As Barbara Wright so aptly writes: "Though The Sunday of Life is set in one of the most traumatic of recent periods--1936-40, the dark years leading up to the Second World War and including the fall of France. it nevertheless does indeed manage to be one of Queneau's happiest, sunniest, and most undated novels: it far transcends anything like a mere chronicle of times.". Seller Inventory # APC9780811206464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 13.52
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Queneau, Raymond
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation 1/1/1977 (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation 1/1/1977, 1977. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Sunday of Life. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780811206464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 13.83
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Raymond Queneau
Published by New Directions Publishing (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description New Directions Publishing, 1977. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780811206464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 13.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Raymond Queneau
Published by New Directions Publishing Corporation, United States (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation, United States, 1977. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. The Sunday of Life (Le Dimanche de la vie), the late Raymond Queneau's tenth novel, was first published in French by Gallimard in 1951 and is now appearing for the first time in this country, in a translation by Barbara Wright. Critics are universally agreed that it and the later Zazie dans le métro (1959) show Queneau at his zaniest and most cheerful, and it is not surprising that both these novels have been made into popular and successful films. But as always with Queneau, beneath the apparent absurdities of plot and the bumbling of his rather ordinary characters, there is a precision of structure and purpose that, ironically enough, places the work of this earliest of new-wave novelists squarely in the tradition of the eighteenth-century roman philosophique. In the ingenuous ex-Private Valentin Bru, the central figure in The Sunday of Life, Queneau has created that oddity in modern fiction, the Hegelian naif. Highly self-conscious yet reasonably satisfied with his lot, imbued with the good humor inherent in the naturally wise, Valentin meets the painful nonsense of life's adventures with a slightly bewildered detachment. As Barbara Wright so aptly writes: "Though The Sunday of Life is set in one of the most traumatic of recent periods--1936-40, the dark years leading up to the Second World War and including the fall of France. it nevertheless does indeed manage to be one of Queneau's happiest, sunniest, and most undated novels: it far transcends anything like a mere chronicle of times.". Seller Inventory # APC9780811206464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 13.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Raymond Queneau
Published by New Directions Publishing (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description New Directions Publishing, 1977. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780811206464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 12.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 5
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Queneau, Raymond
Published by New Directions
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)

Book Description New Directions. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0811206467 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9780811206464

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 15
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 5.37
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Queneau, Raymond
Published by New Directions (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description New Directions, 1977. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0811206467

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 20.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.67
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Raymond Queneau, Barbara Wright (Translator)
Published by New Directions Publishing (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description New Directions Publishing, 1977. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0811206467

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 24.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Raymond Queneau
Published by New Directions Publishing (1977)
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description New Directions Publishing, 1977. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory # x-0811206467

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 17.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 7.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Queneau, Raymond; Wright, Barbara
ISBN 10: 0811206467 ISBN 13: 9780811206464
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Looks like an interesting title!. Seller Inventory # M-0811206467

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
£ 87.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 3.80
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book