Generally find it amusing and clever. Nothomb has attempted, with some success, to perform an amalgam of memory and a devised artistic heightening of it. The devising is most successful in this first part, with its wildly comic and poetic suggestion of the potential locked within the infant brain. Nous aussi, ravis. But it is when she starts philosophizing that her deadpan expression becomes iredeemably po-faced.
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Shelves: biog-and-autobiog , china-japan-asia Really 2. The youngest child of a Belgian diplomat in Japan, she tells it with the Japanese assumption that children are gods until their third birthday: "at three Unfortunately, I quickly found the gimmick of the omniscient and Really 2. Unfortunately, I quickly found the gimmick of the omniscient and self-centred narrator rather annoying. For the first two years, she is totally unresponsive and silent and is referred to as the Tube feeding and the Plant.
Then she suddenly switches on and screams almost constantly for six months. She becomes a model child, "The very idea of pleasure had set me into motion". After that, even allowing for hindsight, she claims far more knowledge and intelligence than is remotely possible, e.
She also taught herself to read before the age of three without anyone else realising. She admits she "stands little chance of being believed. What a charming way for an author to address her readers.
The idea of being a god makes her insufferable: one of her nannies adores her, but the other detests her: "How terrible it must have been for her not to adore me"! Then, amidst such annoying writing is the odd gem: "When I finally reached the water [the sea], it turned out to be as afraid of me as I was of it. Like a timid child, it approached and then ran away. I did the same.
Métaphysique des tubes