Synopses & Reviews
People talk about love at first sight, about the way that men and women fall for each other immediately, but there is also such a thing as friendship at first sight.
Luke moves to Paris with the idea of writing a novel but things get in the way. He becomes friends with a fellow expatriate, Alex; then he falls in love with Nicole. Alex meets Sahra, and the two couples form an intimacy that changes their lives. As they discover the clubs and cafes of the eleventh arrondissement, the four become inseparable, united by deeply held convictions about dating strategies, tunneling in P.O.W. films, and, crucially, the role of the Styrofoam cup in action movies. Experiencing the exhilarating highs of Ecstasy and sex, they reach a peak of rapture-the comedown from which is unexpected and devastating.
In his latest book, Geoff Dyer fixes a dream of happiness-and its aftermath-with photographic precision. Boldly erotic and hauntingly elegiac, comic and romantic, Paris Trance confirms Dyer as one of England's most original and talented writers.
"Entrancing . . . I can't think of a recent novel that better describes the scarily charged beginning of a love affair."--The New York Times Book Review
"A beautifully composed rave-generation rhapsody . . . In prose dripping with eroticism and aching with melancholy, Dyer masterfully dissects the vicissitudes of twenty-something love."--The Sunday Times
(London) "Witty and sexy and experimental."--Lucinda Ballantyne, The Boston Globe
"Absorbing and darkly romantic . . . However it's labeled--as a novel thick with essay point, and old-fashioned story in postmodern dress, or a fiction that contains its own dissertation--Paris Trance is a haunting work."--Tom Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Tender is the Night
for the Ecstasy Age."--Tim Pears, author of In the Place of Fallen Leaves
"A beautiful, remarkable book about sad, unremarkable lives."--Ian Sansom, The Guardian (UK)
The definitive novel about young love and the city of Paris—sexy, intense, and daring.
Paris Trance is the story of two expatriates, Luke and Alex, who meet in Paris and become inseparable. Each falls in love, and the two couples travel the city together in a fever of indulgence and self-discovery. Boldly erotic and hauntingly elegaic, comic and romantic, this brilliant retelling of the classic Lost Generation novels confirmed Geoff Dyer as one of our most daring and versatile writers.
About the Author
Geoff Dyer's last book was Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence. He lives in England.