The Foreign Student by Philippe LabroThe Foreign Student by Philippe Labro

The Foreign Student

byPhilippe Labro

Paperback | May 12, 1988

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A #1 bestseller in France, this is a nostalgic portrait of a French scholarship student’s discovery of America during the academic year of 1954–1955.
I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be American, like any ordinary student, because I figured that was my only chance to survive the immense loneliness looming ahead of me. I was elated to be there, in that remote Virginia alley, on that college campus. I was elated because back there, far away in France, my brothers would never experience this. And the school friends I left behind—they too were missing out on this tremendous adventure.
Soon the young freshman becomes seduced by American culture and the popular icons of the mid-fifties: Jack Kerouac, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Fats Domino . . . a green Buick convertible, drive-in movies, and pretty Grace Kelly lookalikes in tight cardigans.

Praise for The Foreign Student
“One of those books that is beyond criticism . . . a vivid portrait of life, American style.”L’Express
“A love affair with America . . . told with precision, clarity, and warmth.”France-Soir
“A Sentimental Education of the American South.”Lu
“A grand risk, successfully realized . . . F. Scott Fitzgerald, French style. A splendid novel about a fragile, fugitive era.”Magazine Litteraire
“The freshness of a first novel combined with nuanced reporting.”Le Monde
Title:The Foreign StudentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 12, 1988Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345346963

ISBN - 13:9780345346964