Betty Blue, Paperback
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They were predicting storms for the end of the day but the sky stayed blue and the wind died down.

I went to take a look in the kitchen - make sure things weren't getting clogged up in the bottom of the pot.

Everything was just fine. I went out onto the porch armed with a cold beer and stayed there for a while, my face in the sun.

It felt good. It had been a week now that I'd been spending my mornings in the sun, squinting like some happy idiot - a week now since I'd met Betty.' BETTY BLUE remains a cult book and film nearly twenty years since its first outing.

The extraordinary story of an erotic, doomed love affair has transfixed hundreds of thousands of readers around the world.




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Despite the melancholy and many tints of "blue" in this novel, I could not help but see it as a fairytale. What a carefree life! What bohemian ease! How the main character can easily overcome money problems, escape criminal charges, cruise along life like nothing serious ever happened... It is a fantasy, so in the end, I wanted to have a friend who would let me stay in his house in a small town close to the beach for free, sell his pianos and pocket the money. Why don't I have such friends? Why isn't life this easy?<br/><br/>I suppose the point is, life is never easy. I'd love to have Betty's carefree life, with a partner who is crazy about her, but clearly Betty has other problems.<br/><br/>I saw the film first, and I could not get the narrator's voice out of my head while I read the book. So the translation and language seemed apt to me. I do see that for some, the writing style will seem a bit choppy and maybe immature.<br/><br/>Recommended for those who, in their 30s, can remember the good old days of sitting in the sun with a bottle of cold beer with a melancholic smile, and feel still young, yet wiser.