Why this book?
Life A User’s Manual is an astonishing book. Shaped like a jigsaw, and telling the story of an extraordinary jigsaw, a single second passes in the course of its hundreds of pages, but in that second the book visits so many different, extraordinary worlds, and finds a way, miraculously, to join them all together.
Life A User's Manual
Why should I read it?
2 authors picked Life A User's Manual as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
In this ingenious book Perec creates an entire microcosm in a Paris apartment block. Serge Valene wants to make an elaborate painting of the building he has made his home for the last sixty years. As he plans his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever known there. Chapter by chapter, the narrative moves around the building revealing a marvellously diverse cast of characters in a series of every more unlikely tales, which range from an avenging murderer to an eccentric English millionaire who has devised the ultimate pastime...