The Giraffe by Marie Nimier

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A finalist for the Prix Goncourt, the second novel by a critically acclaimed French writer describes the unique love affair between Solange, a giraffe, and Joseph, her young caretaker at the zoo. IP.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published March 1, 1995 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 199 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And thus begins a word-feast of a tale, told at the breathlessly unstoppable pace of a Beckett novel, that includes not only Joseph's love for Solange of the long lashes and soft eyes (``She was adorable''), but also scenes of Joseph's childhood, his several introductions to sex (he'd basically r...

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Childhood feelings of abandonment manifest themselves in many adult disorders: in this literate and profoundly perverse novel, a lonely man becomes obsessed with an animal over which he has complete c

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The narrative loses momentum in the aftermath of Solange's death, but the substantial force and wit of Joseph's words retain their stunning effect.

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