The Mustache has ratings and reviews. emma said: basically this book chewed up my brain like a piece of gum. and then spit it out. because that. Le mari d’Agnès, un matin, rase sa moustache, sans le lui dire, pour la surprendre. Mais elle ne remarque rien et prend à témoin ses amis, son entourage. Emmanuel Carrere, Author Collier Books $ (p) ISBN in sensuous detail, his shaving off, at whim, of a year-old mustache.

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The complete review ‘s Review:. The Mustache begins with a man asking his wife, Agnes, “What would you say if I shaved off my mustache. So, “like a child about to play a prank” he cuts and shaves it off — and looks particularly forward to his wife’s reaction.


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The reaction he gets is not what he expected: Agnes doesn’t even notice. He doesn’t press her too hard, willing to play along at this game, but fairly quickly he comes to find it annoying that she won’t acknowledge his changed appearance. But she claims carreree to know what he’s talking about: The Mustache focuses entirely on the now or always?

The situation becomes increasingly disturbing, moustachr it’s not just his wife who doesn’t notice any difference. At first he thinks she might have gotten to everyone, and convinced them to play along with her joke, but it truly seems that no one can recall the mustache.

The man doesn’t know whether his wife is playing some sort of cruel mind-games on him, or whether she isn’t the one to have lost her mind.

His reading of the situation shifts constantly, but for a moment moustace can believe: Caught in the net of madness, she was struggling, trying to make him comprehend. For the last two days she’d made up this carrwre farce, this absurd business about his mustache, like someone who was screaming and making faces behind a soundproof opaque window, to get his attention, to call for help.


The beauty of the story is, of course, the lingering uncertainty about who is delusional and his flailing efforts, as self-doubt creeps in, to find proof, one way or another — with every reaction bearing still some ambiguity and allowing doubt to gnaw all the deeper.

The story also takes a darker turn when it’s no longer just the mustache that he, and mlustache alone, remembers, and the man flees France, winding up in Hong Kong and Macao.

It makes for a novel that has an undeniably clever premise and yet still reads more like a writing-class exercise than a satisfying story. Certainly worth reading, but simply not entirely satisfying.

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