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The connection she’d established at the beginning was lost.

She was then adopted by a family that moved her to Aix-en-Provence. One of those books you should read before age 25 for the best effect, probably. Albertine Sarrazin was a French-Algerian writer.

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But overall I just didn’t think this was all that interesting, and it’s a shame because I wanted to love Patti Smith’s favourite book. The novel also performed well, but she died shortly afterwards from complications during kidney surgery; she was only 29 years old.

To ask other readers questions about Astragalplease sign up. Skickas inom vardagar. A surprisingly lyrical and well told narrative, and a compelling individual as well. In prison, Sarrazin wrote her first novels, L’Astragale and La Cavalewhich were published after her release in the astragale of the title is the French word for the talus bone, which both she and the main character of her novel broke on their escapes from jail. Patti Smith Goodreads Author. Clearly written by a young person, it does capture the essence of me or us vs the world – but, in the end of the novel, I really don’t care about the lead character or the others in the novel.

I never really liked the name Ann. In the opening scene, Anne Albertine Sarrazin’s nickname escapes from the window of a prison, fracturing the astragalus bone of her ankle when she jumps. She soon weeps, however, when she finds out that he has another woman, and it was she who was symbolically there to meet him at the prison gates.


I know she was 19, but that seems a bit old for that. Astragal follows Anne, a 19 year old girl who escapes from prison by jumping a wall and ends up badly breaking her ankle as a result.

One thing for certain is that this new edition could have used a solid proofreading; while it looks like spell-check caught everything it could, incorrect words sometimes pop up in the text, for instance: Held back by her damaged ankle, Anne spends her time on the run washing shirts, sewing ties and fending off pimps while Julian disappears for weeks at a time.

She makes it to a highway where she’s picked up by a motorcyclist, Julien, who’s also on the run. Anne is a wonderful anti-hero – a rare role for a woman – and her journey is thoughtfully and poetically expressed.

For a woman who struck me at times as being quite a strong character, at other times she really could be a bit of a lovesick teen. Patti Smith, who brought Astragal to the attention of New Directions, contributes an enthusiastic introduction to one of her favorite writers.

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Only he can astrahalo her happy now. Ce roman de jeunesse laisse entrevoir un potentiel qu’elle n’a pas su utiliser totalement. She is unwilling to compromise her sense of self in any way; in Paris, she begins earning money again, street-walking, and considers sending some of her earnings to Julien, who is in prison at this point.

Sarrazin’s description of the pain and, indeed, all her descriptions, are intense sarrazinn compelling. More important than this, though, is the mental effect of freedom: Share your thoughts with other customers. Forced to spend six months in prison on a minor charge, when he is released Anne hands over her money and future to him. Mar 05, Carol Switzer rated it really liked it. Albertine Sarrazin is a rare literary voice, and Astragal is a compelling view of the counter-culture of sarrazih time, retaining a powerful sense of urgency half a century on from its creation.


In the first half of the story this is due to the fact that her escape resulted in the shattering of an ankle bone, “l’astragale”, which is the sort of thing that can happen when you let go of a high wall and find that, “The sky had lifted at least thirty feet” as you now lay on cracked pavement. The narrative recognises that rebirth is astragqlo an easy process.

No wonder a young Patti Smith loved it and gushes about it in the foreword. The rest of the story follows her and Julian, the man who saves her from the roadside, as she travels sarraain France trying to keep out of the clutches of the law, as well as the various people who put her up.

El Astrágalo

A bewitching and timeless novel of youthful rebellion and romance, this new edition of Patsy Southgate’s original translation includes an introduction by Patti Smith.

Jan 05, Stacia rated it liked it Shelves: Autobiographical novel of teenaged French-Algerian girl, her escape from a youth reformatory prison, relationship with a petty criminal who picks her up, and carving out of a temporary life on the Parisian streets. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Sarrazin was an enigmatic outsider who had spent time in jail and who wrote only two novels and a book of poems in her short life – she died the year before Patti found her book, at the age of twenty-nine.

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