Paperback ¶ Diva PDF Á

Paperback  ¶ Diva PDF Á
  • Paperback
  • 136 pages
  • Diva
  • Delacorta
  • English
  • 05 June 2018
  • 074753182X

Diva[Read] ➭ Diva ➵ Delacorta – Essayreview.co.uk Set in the neon lights of the Parisian punk underground, Diva is a rollicking tale of infatuations, stolen tapes and sets of competing blackmailers It is filled with double crosses, cunning reversa Set in the neon lights of the Parisian punk underground, Diva is a rollicking tale ofinfatuations,stolen tapes andsets of competing blackmailers It is filled with double crosses, cunning reversals and a cast of wild characters.


About the Author: Delacorta

Delacorta is a pseudonym used by Daniel Odier for some of his works, notably his Alba fiction series.


10 thoughts on “Diva

  1. says:

    I recently saw the movie version of this book and switched it off half way through, not because it was bad but because I was so excited by the style and content that I simply had to read the book first It arrived today and I devoured it in no time.It s a light, fun, read an enjoyable update of the hard boiled style in to what I can only agree with others is quite similar to French New Wave but from the 80 s instead of the 60 s The content is all pulp crime staples underworld figures, innocen I recently saw the movie version of this book and switched it off half way through, not because it was bad but because I was so excited by the style and content that I simply had to read the book first It arrived today and I devoured it in no time.It s a light, fun, read an enjoyable update of the hard boiled style in to what I can only agree with others is quite similar to French New Wave but from the 80 s instead of the 60 s The content is all pulp crime staples underworld figures, innocent men caught up in something unwholesome, murder as a matter of course and in the figures of Able and Gorodish you have the beginnings of a great pair of crooks who would go on to star in several other novels I think somebody else mentioned Charles Willeford in their review and from my experience of his work that seems to be quite accurate Light, enjoyable with a dark undertone Only Delacorta refrains from inflicting the existentially downbeat ending on his light breeze of a story.A brief note on the lead pair from this series he is an older man, a former concert pianist echoing the protagonist from Shoot the Piano Player, a favourite David Goodis novel of mine and highly popular in France, made in to a French New Wave film by Truffaut who admits early in this book to having previously taken nude photos of underage girls an anti hero who is an admitted paedophile Whilst she is a 13 year old in a hurry to grow up and be loved as a woman should be by her man, she is a talented thief aware of the machinations of those around her but seemingly quite innocent of the ways of the underworld.I m sure this kind of partnership will unsettle a lot of people but there s something about the matter of fact, unseedy way that Delacorta writes their relationship that seems to make it acceptable there s no sex for example, he makes a point of rebuffing her advances throughout and he tries his best to care for her in his own way.Whilst this wasn t as incredible as I had hoped it would be, it did provide me hope that the series will grow and I might be lucky enough to enjoy the later books even

  2. says:

    I won t rate this book as I bailed on it after four pages.The author seems to think that paedophilia is hip and cool, but I don t Maybe he just put this element in to shock, in which case it worked too well for me.

  3. says:

    Many differences from the acclaimed film, but it s a quick, breezy mystery romp that is fun Sometimes you think Delacorta or Daniel Odier is just being trashy for the sake of being trashy It s a very odd style.

  4. says:

    Good story, very poor writing Rarely can I say the movie was better, but definitely in this case.

  5. says:

    I read it when the movie came out Like it when we heard what he was listening to on his Walkman.

  6. says:

    Quick, frantic reading candy, short and sweet What some call French Pop A terrific thriller.

  7. says:

    A quick, fun read that I have been meaning to get to for years I remember seeing the 1981 movie made from the book Diva and enjoying it as a very stylized mystery that reminded me a lot of something a French Michael Mann would have made Then I found this on the bookshelf after the kid woke me up at 2AM the other day.This is the first of a four books Diva, Nana, Lola, and Luna that feature Gorodish a professional criminal in his 40s and his 13 year old ingenue partner Alba The plot is i A quick, fun read that I have been meaning to get to for years I remember seeing the 1981 movie made from the book Diva and enjoying it as a very stylized mystery that reminded me a lot of something a French Michael Mann would have made Then I found this on the bookshelf after the kid woke me up at 2AM the other day.This is the first of a four books Diva, Nana, Lola, and Luna that feature Gorodish a professional criminal in his 40s and his 13 year old ingenue partner Alba The plot is interesting and fast paced, and it reminds me of the pulp fiction books I inhale Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, Jim Tulley, etc save that they take place in Paris in the 1970s and are a departure in setting and style from what is usually identified as a typically American genre.I m looking forward to the other books

  8. says:

    Warning The Alba series of books centre on the relationship between a 13 year old girl who is frequently described in sexual terms and a man in his late 30s Although it is made clear that no sexual intercourse occurs, their sharing of beds and nudity is unsettling to the modern reader However, the fact that Alba ismature than most 18 year olds makes it possible to enjoy the stories despite the qualms as it hard to believe that the character described is really only 13 I suspect that De Warning The Alba series of books centre on the relationship between a 13 year old girl who is frequently described in sexual terms and a man in his late 30s Although it is made clear that no sexual intercourse occurs, their sharing of beds and nudity is unsettling to the modern reader However, the fact that Alba ismature than most 18 year olds makes it possible to enjoy the stories despite the qualms as it hard to believe that the character described is really only 13 I suspect that Delacorta only gives her the age of 13 just to shock, he could easily have made her 15 the age of consent in much of Europe without changing anything else.Having got that out of the way, Diva is a fun read as anyone who watched the film will know The amoral nature of the heroes is great fun and the comeuppance for the baddies is very satisfying Compared to the other books in the series, the secondary characters and plots are very well drawn The noirish plot is good fun

  9. says:

    The source material for the visually stunning 1981 French film of the same name, Diva is an interesting but not essential companion given the films lack of emphasis on narrative The clearest difference here is that Alba the 13 year old nymphette is here a blonde French girl rather than a Vietnamese orphan while other plot points were rightly streamlined and omitted from the movie On its own Diva stands up as a quick, sleek crime read Forgotten by many this is the first in a series of six tran The source material for the visually stunning 1981 French film of the same name, Diva is an interesting but not essential companion given the films lack of emphasis on narrative The clearest difference here is that Alba the 13 year old nymphette is here a blonde French girl rather than a Vietnamese orphan while other plot points were rightly streamlined and omitted from the movie On its own Diva stands up as a quick, sleek crime read Forgotten by many this is the first in a series of six translated books which probably got lost between readers of popular fiction gravitating toward big 500 page tomes and serious readers that would be put off by its lack of literary aspirations If you approach this with an open mind it makes for an interesting euro curio and a fun way to spend a few hours

  10. says:

    This is the book that French film director Jean Jacques Beineix adapted into his marvelous 1981 masterpiece of the same name, a movie which marked both his feature debut and the start of what was retroactively labeled as the cin ma du look, a grouping of films noteworthy for their beautiful visuals Who can forget the breathtaking aria from Catalani s La Wally that opens the film I remember, the first time I watched the movie, being blown away by the combinati This is the book that French film director Jean Jacques Beineix adapted into his marvelous 1981 masterpiece of the same name, a movie which marked both his feature debut and the start of what was retroactively labeled as the cin ma du look, a grouping of films noteworthy for their beautiful visuals Who can forget the breathtaking aria from Catalani s La Wally that opens the film I remember, the first time I watched the movie, being blown away by the combination of a police thriller story and lush art film aesthetics So I was curious to know the source material.Unfortunately, while Delacorta s book is an entertaining enough read, it has none of what makes the movie so special Somehow, without Beineix s flourishes, the plot coincidences feel stale It s a functional thriller Nono less

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