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St. Martin's, May 2003, 11.95, 132 pp.
ISBN: 0312302487

A baby known as la Plante or the Tube abruptly moves and cries. Then the Tube's Belgium grandma arrives with the most devastating poison known in the universe, white chocolate. The Tube tastes the sweetness and a new conscience has metamorphosed. Life in the tube has turned quite sweetly though the awakening of Amelie makes her realize that paradise will be lost.

This unusual autobiographical tale first is told in the third person until the pivotal moment in history, the infamous chocolate incident, when the plot is written as a first person narrative. Not everyone will want to read this metaphysical story, but those who do will find a clever, witty, and intelligent tale that even makes the earliest of days come across realistically. Except for the title, fans will appreciate Amelie Nothomb's work that does not miss a beat in the translation from the original French MÉTAPHYSIQUE DES TUBES.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Daughter because he/she is    -   physically ill Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   general child raising

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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