Three addictive, intelligent volumes. Comedy, a way with words, and the collision of registers of language combine to make Vernon irresistible
Reflecting our chaotic times, Vernon Subutex 3 is a powerful, shocking, captivating work. Despentes completes her epic with a rare mastery. Where will she take us next?
A zigzagging novel that likes to let the intrigue wander, all the better to tug it back by the hair a few portraits later
A final volume even more explosive than the previous ones
An analysis of a startling harshness, which does not lessen the relentless, furious humanity pulsing through every page, every sentence
One of the most striking literary epics of the early 21st century
Invigorating ... there isn't really anything else like it right now
Either you're already onboard with this series and need no convincing, or you've somehow missed the fact that a cool French writer has been pumping out hilarious and corrosive novels about contemporary urban life at the center and fringes of Paris. Despentes writes like Armistead Maupin, but about aging Gen-Xers instead of hippies and New Agers.
Raw and rewarding
Brings the story of Vernon to a sometimes bleak, often very funny and possibly optimistic conclusion
Despentes' achievement is French realism rebooted: a modern-day Comédie humaine stacked with profanity and fury
Despentes' writing is intelligent, outspoken, witty, shocking, propulsive and streetwise
A literary phenomenon . . . [an] outrageous, often funny and frequently foul-mouthed trilogy