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The Waitress Was New

The Waitress Was New Pierre is a veteran bartender in a caf in the outskirts of Paris He observes his customers as they come and go the young man who drinks beer as he reads Primo Levi the fellow who from time to time st

  • Title: The Waitress Was New
  • Author: Dominique Fabre Jordan Stump
  • ISBN: 9780977857692
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pierre is a veteran bartender in a caf in the outskirts of Paris He observes his customers as they come and go the young man who drinks beer as he reads Primo Levi, the fellow who from time to time strips down and plunges into the nearby Seine, the few regulars who eat and drink there on credit sizing them up with great accuracy and empathy Pierre doesn t look outsiPierre is a veteran bartender in a caf in the outskirts of Paris He observes his customers as they come and go the young man who drinks beer as he reads Primo Levi, the fellow who from time to time strips down and plunges into the nearby Seine, the few regulars who eat and drink there on credit sizing them up with great accuracy and empathy Pierre doesn t look outside than necessary he prefers to let the world come to him Soon, however, the caf must close its doors, and Pierre finds himself at a loss As we follow his stream of thoughts over three days, Pierre s humanity and profound solitude both emerge The Waitress Was New is a moving portrait of human anguish and weakness, of understated nobility and strength Lire est un plaisir describes Dominique Fabre as a magician of the everyday.

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    1. The Book Report: Over the course of three days, fifty-six-year-old barman Pierre's life at Le Cercle cafe goes from six-year-long trudge towards retirement to unemployment as his creep of a midlife-crisis-ridden boss apparently abandons wife and business for the arms of a younger woman. Said wife even sends Pierre looking for her husband in all the usual suspects' haunts. Pierre, faithful to his own code of honor, does his best to make the situation work by hunting boss-man down, but comes up em [...]

    2. This was a perfect little novella about 3 days of a barman in a French cafe. He is proud of his work, and goes above and beyond to do a good job. "Let the world turn around us, beyond our spotless bars, in the end every day will be carefully wiped away to make room for the next". He believes he performs a valuable service, so when the bar is closed because the owner has a mid-life crisis and disappears, he is lost. What does a 57 year old barman do when he's too young for French social security, [...]

    3. just had an email to say this is in at the library (after an eon of waiting) but as they're closed today and I can't make it tomorrow, and then it's Easter it will be next week before I'm 'currently reading'. But am looking forward to this, not least because the protagonist is 56, same age as me, and maybe the resonance will resonate and I will be resonating all round the place.A lovely book, both in terms of the elegant cover and square pages (although I found it hard to read the blurb) and the [...]

    4. I came to The Waitress Was New through the website Three Percent's "Best Translated Book of 2008" longlist (here, if you're interested). Narrated by Pierre, a fifty-six year old barman in a cafe on the outskirts of Paris, Waitress provides a quick and quiet glimpse into the life of a man who has spent his life observing others and catering to their whims, but is only just starting to develop the same acute awareness of himself. Pierre is profoundly alone—a state which only occasionally seems t [...]

    5. A character study that is easy on the eye and brain. Reminded me a little of Remains of the Day. Both have an old narrator going over his years of service. However, it's not as great as Ishiguro's novel.

    6. "You really are a useful thing in other people's lives when you're a barman."First a micro-review of this micro-book: Not much of a story, no overt message, yet a good read: well-captured everyday life, unadorned with literary frills.Dominique Fabre's novella The Waitress Was New (2005) with its 110 half-size pages may be - gasp! - a bit short even for me. However, what is does not exhibit in terms of volume it makes up by being thoroughly unusual: the novella is a quiet celebration of the ordin [...]

    7. Great little read if you're looking for something short and like books with a French sensibility.

    8. Not long ago I and a bunch of folks I know read and loved Stewart O’Nan’s Last Night at the Lobster, a beautiful melancholy novella about a restaurant’s last shift, so you know I was intrigued when a friend told me about a book she said was like the French version of O’Nan. Indeed, in many ways the books are doppelgangers: brief, wistful stories of what happens to the staff when the restaurant they work in shuts down. The effect is similar yet also strikingly different, O’Nan’s book [...]

    9. Ci sono pochi titoli editi da Calabuig, ma se tutti hanno la qualità di questo racconto è una collana da tenere d'occhio.Fabre ci porta per tre giorni nella vita di Pierre, cameriere in un bar di Parigi non così distante dalla pensione che tenta di mantenere una sorta di stile classico sul lavoro (si parla coi clienti e, coi colleghi e coi titolari, ma non si dà confidenza) e viene invece coinvolto dalla stupidità del capo, colto da una crisi di mezza età. Il capo scompare, senza un spiega [...]

    10. A veteran bartender of Le Cercle, Pierre, lives a simple life. He is the unassuming listener of customer stories and covers up for the boss of the cafe when he disappears for a day or two with his latest fling, and helps out at the cafe until he returns. On the day a new waitress is hired at the cafe, the boss disappears in the afternoon without word to his wife or Pierre. Bu this time he doesn't come back the day after, or in a week. In the meantime, Pierre has to suddenly not only manage the c [...]

    11. Pierre is a divorced 56-year-old barman in a Parisian cafe who has come to find the cafe a sort of home and safety net for himself. He knows the customers and he studies them, often living vicariously through their lives, or, barring that, taking cues from them as he witnesses them. It's a quick read, just over 100 pages, and told entirely from inside Pierre's mind. He considers himself a "fixture" in the cafe, so when changes occur around him he finds himself needing to rethink his place in lif [...]

    12. A nice little short French novella with a soft, persistent narrator. It was like looking through a microscope, rather than a telescope, and was a worthy bus and coffee companion today. I chose it because it was short and the author's surname was the one closest to my own when shelved. A pleasant surprise for a random shelf pick!

    13. The Waitress Was New, written by Dominique Fabre, translated into English by Jordan Stump (Archipelago Books, 2008). I attended LitQuake's European fiction panel recently and bought this book, partly due to the author's amusing diffidence. He said, for instance, that he called the book The Waitress Was New because "no one would want to read a book about an old barman," who is the actual protagonist, and because the title is also the first line of the book so it was easy for him.Fabre's book is a [...]

    14. An unusual little book about the ordinary and often overlooked aspects of life: the safety and comfort of routine; the small gestures of superficial relationships; the interweaving of past and present that begins to increase as the amount of time in a life decreases; the effects of exterior change on such a life. One begins by seeing and feeling this life and its choices through the likeable main character, but ends by contemplating the nature of one's own life. The only drawback I found was som [...]

    15. Pierre's is a quiet life. The head barman at a small cafe in the Parisian suburbs, he was once married (for a very short time) and now, a bit older, doesn't even date anymore. His life consists of working at the Le Cercle, where he has worked for over eight years, and occasionally having a drink at a neighboring cafe, and seeing a movie or having dinner with a friend.The Waitress Was New focuses on Pierre's dealing with the changes at Le Cercle over the course of a week to ten day period, and ho [...]

    16. Dominique Fabre is a contemporary French novelist whose work focuses on the lives of individuals on the fringes of society, ordinary people just trying to get by as best they can. First published in France in 2005, The Waitress Was New was the first of his books to be translated into English.The novella is narrated by Pierre, a fifty-six-year-old barman who works in Le Cercle, a café-bar in the Hauts-du-Seine suburbs of Paris. We follow Pierre over the course of a few days as he works at Le Cer [...]

    17. The "waitress" in the title of this novella is surprisingly unimportant. She is filling in for a absent employee and is only around for two days until she quits. She's insignificant except as a harbinger of the change that is coming to the 56 year old narrator's life. He has been a bartender for years and is comfortable in Le Cercle, a bar and lunchroom restaurant in a working class suburb of Paris. He gets along well with the boss, the boss's wife, the cook, and in a casual way with the regular [...]

    18. E questa idea della Francia che appare nelle parole dure di Céline, in quelle onnicomprensive di Simenon, nel tragico scontro di vita e morte di Manchette e di Izzo, per non parlare dei monumentali Flaubert, Maupassant, Balzac, che hanno dato vita alla percezione del romanzo. E questa idea dell’Oltralpe, così a noi vicino nelle ibridazioni delle storie di confine di Francesco Biamonti, e sempre a noi comunque così irraggiungibile, aspettata meta letteraria, sentimentale, umana. E questa ide [...]

    19. "I'm only a barman, and when I forget that, the world around me seems like a bunch of different movies running at the same time. There are romance movies and sad movies, and if you pay attention most of their stories start to get all mixed together, till there's no way you can go on telling them to yourself. It's like they're all chasing after each other"This excerpt shows the complications inherent in the life of the "simple" bartender. Rather than being the nameless face behind the bar, import [...]

    20. In this small novel, or perhaps novella, but I have never liked that term, Fabre accomplishes exactly that which he sets out to achieve: a story about the possibly overlooked margins of life, of ordinary drama, and average daily struggles, fears and achievements.The story centres on Pierre, sometimes called Pierrot or Pierrounet, who believes he is at the end of his life, his vitality, or his working life, or perhaps all three. He mostly silently watches the events unfolding around him, silently [...]

    21. Pierre, what else?, is a bar tender in a Paris cafe. He is aging and thinking about retirement while the owners of the cafe are thinking about closing the business. This is a quiet little book about a lonely and sad man who follows his daily routine from home to work and observes the life around him. The book jacket talks about the loneliness of aging, but that does not say it all and I don't think that is the point. He is lonely and has been lonely for a long time. He has abandoned relationship [...]

    22. Books about lonely middle-aged men have a lot of potential pitfalls. But instead of lapsing into some rote statement about the essential indifference of the Universe, the alienation of consumer society, etc Fabre allows his narrator to be a human being. Pierre is solitary but it's mostly of his own making, and while his life is composed of humdrum routines, it's these very routines that provide him the greatest solace. Like most of us, several currents are running through him at any given moment [...]

    23. a quaint novella, the waitress was new is the first of dominique fabre's works to be rendered into english. this is the touching little tale of a late middle-aged french barman, pierre, content working in a small café and observing the daily lives of passersby. i didn't care much for the stream-of-consciousness style, but it does easily convey pierre's temperament. while the story alights upon themes of loneliness and aging, the book is far too whimsical to ever delve into morosity. the waitres [...]

    24. I read this in galleys months ago and loved it, was thrilled when the book came today. Dominique Fabre's voice is as unassuming as it is deeply humane. This is a quiet and moving meditation on the everyday work world from the perspective of a career bartender, seemingly not up too much, and yet the grist he bestows as the restaurant he works in folds over the course of a few days is truly sublime.

    25. This book was beautifully, lightly written. It isn't only a sad book, because there is so much lively insight sprinkled into the dialog Pierre has with himself. I read this in one sitting (it's a tiny book) and although it won't stick with me forever, it's a quick and thought-provoking dip into French culture, the mind of a barman in Paris who has essentially no life, and a man who sees his impending mortality "picking up speed" amidst the building and crumbling lives around him.

    26. Lovely, lyrical little book. Translated from the French, but I felt that I still got the essence of the author's skill in creating characters and finding the drama in seemingly mundane lives. The book is about what so many of us spend our lives doing--working and thinking about other people and speculating on their thoughts and going home and thinking some more--and I found it all quite engrossing.

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