The Flight of Icarus
Called by some the French Borges, by others the creator of le nouveau roman a generation ahead of its time, Raymond Queneau's work in fiction continues to defy strict categorization. The Flight of Icarus (Le Vol d'lcare) is his only novel written in the form of a play: seventy-four short scenes, complete with stage directions. Consciously parodying Pirandello and Robbe-Grillet, it begins with a novelist's discovery that his principal character, Icarus by name, has vanished. This, in turn, sets off a rash of other such disappearances. Before long, a number of desperate authors are found in search of their fugitive characters, who wander through the Paris of the 1890s, occasionally meeting one another, and even straying into new novels. Icarus himself––perhaps following the destiny his name suggests––develops a passion for horseless carriages, kites, and machines that fly. And throughout the almost vaudevillian turns of the plot, we are aware, as always, of Queneau's evident delight at holding the thin line between farce and philosophy.
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Review: The Flight of IcarusUser Review - Geraldine - Goodreads
What an interesting book! It was a pleasant reading experience with a really unexpected ending. I love the writing style especially with the role of the Doctor. He is the central character that links every one together. Read full review
Review: The Flight of IcarusUser Review - Jimmy Naufal - Goodreads
This story is about a kid who disobeyed his father and then died because both of them tried to fly with wings made of wax to escape a tower so Icarus flew to high and the wings melted and he fell and died. Read full review