Catherine Certitude grew up in Paris, but is now an adult living in New York, reminiscing about her Parisian childhood. Catherine lives with her father at his business.
We lived above a kind of shop on Hauteville Street, with a steel shutter that Papa rolled down every evening at seven.
Catherine takes dance classes.
In the beginning, I envied my classmates who didn't wear glasses. Everything was simple for them. But as I though about it, I realised I had the advantage of living in two different worlds, depending on whether I was wearing my glasses or not. And the world of dance wasn't just real life, but a world where you jumped or did entrechats instead of just walking. It was a dream world, like the soft, blurry one I saw without my glasses.
It is a very odd book. I read it through twice, back to back. I'm not sure that I still got it really. Catherine's concerns and perspective are rather adult.
We always stay the same, and the people we have been in the past go on living until the end of time. So there will always be a little girl called Catherine Certitude, who is still walking with her father through the streets of the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
I'm not sure what I'd think of this book if I read it as a child. It's not surprising that a Nobel Laureate should write a charming but rather serious children's book I guess.
Other Nobel Laureates to have written children's books include Toni Morrison, Selma Lagerlof and Rudyard Kipling. While googling about I found this great page loaded with the books Nobel Laureates liked when they were kids. They sure were some geeky kids.
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