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The Swedish academy, in awarding J.M.G. Le Cezio the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, praised Desert as Le Cleio's "definitive breakthrough as a novelist." Published in France in 1980, Desert received the Grand Prix Paul Morand from the Academie Francaise, was translated into twenty-three languages, and quickly proved to be a best-selling novel in many countries around the world.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : David R. Godine, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781567923865
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dickson, C.


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Mar 05, 2012

At times seemed tedious in describing the minutia of Lalla's experiences. But at the end of the book I was stunned by the brilliance of the story. I plan to read it again to better understand the culture of the desert and to fully appreciate Le Clezio's descriptive language.

Jul 12, 2011

great concept, but overly flowery language makes it almost absurd. I didn't enjoy this book overall- I felt the same things were described over and over again in similar ways with very little actual point.

daffodill Jun 28, 2010

Loved the vivid descriptions of the landscape, it made you feel you were there in this vast expanse of desert. Interwoven with the people that live there and abroad. Each with their own culture,so different to ours.


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