So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano

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2 Responses

  1. L.O. says:

    Just completed this book – the ending was abrupt and left the story dangling.
    What are your thoughts on the ending?

  2. Jeff Alford says:

    To be completely honest, I had to revisit the ending because I didn’t recall anything particularly thoughtful about it at all. As I mentioned in the review, I think Modiano is much more interested in dissecting the nature of these kinds of stories than writing and solving an actual mystery. I feel like he painstakingly tries to avoid resolving anything, to try to teach us a lesson instead about why we read and why we read mysteries. Trouble is, in order to get to that place where he can discuss these themes on a theoretical level, he had to lay out what looks a lot like a traditional mystery story. Abandoning those threads for the sake of something conceptual is a bold move and I think I get why he did it, but I, too, think his decision landed abruptly and leaves things feeling unfinished.

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