The Foreign Student

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A #1 bestseller in France, this is a nostalgic portrait of a French scholarship student's discovery of America during the academic year of 1954-1955.

I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be American, like any ordinary student, because I figured that was my only chance to survive the immense loneliness looming ahead of me. I was elated to be there, in that remote Virginia alley, on that college campus. I was elated because back there, far away in France, my brothers would never experience this. And the school friends I left behind--they too were missing out on this tremendous adventure.

Soon the young freshman becomes seduced by American culture and the popular icons of the mid-fifties: Jack Kerouac, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Fats Domino . . . a green Buick convertible, drive-in movies, and pretty Grace Kelly lookalikes in tight cardigans.

Praise for The Foreign Student

"One of those books that is beyond criticism . . . a vivid portrait of life, American style."--L'Express

"A love affair with America . . . told with precision, clarity, and warmth."--France-Soir

"A Sentimental Education of the American South."--Lu

"A grand risk, successfully realized . . . F. Scott Fitzgerald, French style. A splendid novel about a fragile, fugitive era."--Magazine Litteraire

"The freshness of a first novel combined with nuanced reporting."--Le Monde

Author: Philippe Labro
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 05/12/1988
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.84lbs
Size: 8.74h x 5.52w x 0.70d
ISBN13: 9780345346964
ISBN10: 0345346963
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Coming of Age
- Fiction | Cultural Heritage
- Fiction | Urban & Street Lit