In Those Arms

In Those Arms

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"All my life I have been interested only in men. That's how it is. You can call it a defect, if you want..." Camille has begun divorce proceedings and a new novel. While sitting in a cafe, she falls in love with a man who walks past. She follows him, and discovers he is an analyst, specialising in marriage guidance. Camille sees this neither as an absurd cliche (falling in love with one's analyst!), nor as a strange coincidence, but as a slice of good fortune, a promise for the future - with him, she can go straight to the point, to love. In Those Arms is about the loving of men, and of being loved by them. Within it is Camille's own book, about a writer like herself and all the men in her life -fathers, brothers, grandfathers, friends, colleagues, bosses, husbands and lovers. Stylish, subtle and clever, this is a seductive and witty novel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 074756132X
  • 9780747561323

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This is the story of Camille, a woman who loves to love, and loves to be loved. Her world is completely male-dominated; women have no part in her life. Having commenced divorce proceedings, and fallen in love with a stranger who coincidentally turns out to be a marriage counsellor, Camille decides to write a book about men 'as loved objects and loving subjects'. We are introduced, one by one, to the various male influences in her life - sexual partners, husbands, friends and relatives. Punchy, short paragraphs provide us with a growing psychological insight into each male character, as well as Camille herself - why does she follow this relentless pursuit of male love? A stylish, witty piece of literature by the winner of the Prix Femina 2000.
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About Camille Laurens

Born in 1957 in Dijon, Camille Laurens is the author of six previous books. She lives in the south of France.
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4 25% (41)
3 32% (52)
2 17% (28)
1 9% (14)
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