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Guys Like Me by Howard Curtis, Dominique Fabre

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By Howard Curtis, Dominique Fabre

Dominique Fabre, born in Paris and a lifelong resident of town, exposes the shadowy, nameless lives of many that inhabit the French capital. during this quiet, subdued story, a middle-aged workplace employee, divorced and alienated from his in simple terms son, meets up with youth neighbors who're equally adrift, with out passions or clients. He's searching for a moment act to his mournful lifestyles, looking the harbor of affection and a real reference to his son. Set in palpably actual Paris streets that think miles clear of the town of sunshine, men Like Me is a stirring novel of remorse and shortage, but now not with out a glimmer of desire.

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His voice seemed to come from very close by, completely isolated from the world, if you can say that. “Don’t mention it. ” Two strangers, sometimes, who compete at seeing who can be most attentive and polite, try to meet, and never say goodbye again. I should have stopped him once and for all. Of course, I knew: no second acts, I’d been thinking about that on the way back from the river bank, and I didn’t like the idea. Yes, I was sure we could meet this week. Hadn’t we already talked about that in the café?

I bought a bottle of Bordeaux, a very good one, I couldn’t remember if Aïcha drank it or not. I’ve often made errors in tact without realizing it. The trees in the Eiffel neighborhood lining the beltway had also been trimmed. When had they even been planted? Who’d made that decision? I had an old man’s thoughts, as Benjamin always said. I had an old man’s thoughts, but I was still fed up with it. I walked as far as Sainte-Odile, which is one of the ugliest churches in Paris. I lit a two-euro candle.

Should we invite him on Friday too, then the three of us would be together? Yes, why not? Friday arrived without mishap. He’d called me at the office, but I had an outside meeting, I think, visiting clients. Marie didn’t go online every evening, I wondered if she was sulking, but because of what? I even wandered onto the other sites, where could you find love after the age of fifty? Nothing in the newspaper. Nothing on the cork noticeboard at work either, nothing anywhere. I burned the songs she’d sent me and listened to them in my room in the evening.

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