Diva: A Novel

Diva A Novel Made into a modern French film classic this is another novel in the NFT BFI Film Classics series

  • Title: Diva: A Novel
  • Author: Delacorta Daniel Odier
  • ISBN: 9780345312655
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Made into a modern French film classic, this is another novel in the NFT BFI Film Classics series.

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      Delacorta is a pseudonym used by Daniel Odier for some of his works, notably his Alba fiction series.

    732 thoughts on “Diva: A Novel”

    1. I recently saw the movie version of this book and switched it off half way through, not because it was bad but because I was so excited by the style and content that I simply had to read the book first. It arrived today and I devoured it in no time.It's a light, fun, read; an enjoyable update of the hard-boiled style in to what I can only agree with others is quite similar to French New Wave but from the 80's instead of the 60's. The content is all pulp crime staples; underworld figures, innocen [...]

    2. Μικρό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα που διαβάζεται μονορούφι μέσα σε δυο-τρεις ώρες. Σ'αυτό το βιβλιαράκι βασίζεται η ομότιτλη γαλλική ταινία του 1981, την οποία κάποια στιγμή θα κατεβάσω και θα δω. Είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο μιας σειράς με ήρωες τον πρώην πιανίστα και νυν κομπιναδόρο Σε [...]

    3. A quick, fun read that I have been meaning to get to for years. I remember seeing the 1981 movie made from the book (Diva) and enjoying it as a very stylized mystery that reminded me a lot of something a French Michael Mann would have made. Then I found this on the bookshelf after the kid woke me up at 2AM the other day.This is the first of a four books: Diva, Nana, Lola, and Luna that feature Gorodish - a professional criminal in his 40s - and his 13 year-old ingenue partner Alba. The plot is i [...]

    4. Warning: The Alba series of books centre on the relationship between a 13 year old girl who is frequently described in sexual terms and a man in his late 30s. Although it is made clear that no sexual intercourse occurs, their sharing of beds and nudity is unsettling to the modern reader. However, the fact that Alba is more mature than most 18 year olds makes it possible to enjoy the stories despite the qualms as it hard to believe that the character described is really only 13. I suspect that De [...]

    5. This is the book that French film director Jean-Jacques Beineix adapted into his marvelous 1981 masterpiece of the same name, a movie which marked both his feature debut and the start of what was retroactively labeled as the "cinéma du look," a grouping of films noteworthy for their beautiful visuals. Who can forget the breathtaking aria from Catalani’s “La Wally” that opens the film (youtu/mTLF9TIx6lE)? I remember, the first time I watched the movie, being blown away by the combination o [...]

    6. The source material for the visually stunning 1981 French film of the same name, Diva is an interesting but not essential companion given the films lack of emphasis on narrative. The clearest difference here is that Alba the 13 year old nymphette is here a blonde French girl rather than a Vietnamese orphan while other plot points were rightly streamlined and omitted from the movie. On its own Diva stands up as a quick, sleek crime read. Forgotten by many this is the first in a series of six tran [...]

    7. Like everyone else here, gonna do the movie (which I saw when it was first released, and still remember as a fun romp). Yes, a quick read, and fun. Plot holes here and there. And really, it is quite superficial about opera and Classical music. A lot of name dropping, but that is about as deep as it gets (the author's wife is a classical musician). Maybe it is a European thing, but I find it quite creepy that the lead female is 13 going on 14, and has quite an adult attitudes towards sex. Well, a [...]

    8. This is the second opportunity I've taken to read Delacorta's Diva. The first was after the first time I'd watched the movie of the same name. The second was after the second time I'd watched the movie and gotten to meet Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez at the foreign film festival here in Lexington (she now teaches special ed kids here in Lexington and spoke at the showing).The book itself is enjoyable, but what I think I like even more are the changes that were made to turn the book into the movie [...]

    9. Started reading in rebellion while waiting for appointment to start at the Genius bar (they were late by 10mins). Many more plot twists than the movie, but in the end a fantasy of the Paris underworld & infatuation with a star that both have the best possible endings and so, unbelievable & unrealistic but still a fun read. One super creepy thing that's not entirely clear in the movie: Alba is 13 in the book so her relationship w Gorodish is that of an inappropriate & unrealistically [...]

    10. The most famous of the "Alba and Gorodish" novels of Delacorta, thanks to the excellent 1979 film of the same name. It has more plot than most of those novels, without sacrificing the somewhat surreal bohemian style of the others. It's hard not to like Jules, the "young man with an old name", who becomes infatuated with the opera singer Cynthia Hawkins.Stylish, tantalizing, at times breathless and at other times contemplative. Not a timeless classic, but an awfully good book.

    11. Spoiler*********spoiler*********spoiler*******This was an interesting read, especially if you have seen the movie. For me, the changes that were made for the film make the story more interestingamd more believable. I can't see the affair with the Diva, and the motivations presented in the book don't ring true. It is better to not present them and have audience wonder than to give things that ring false.

    12. very stylish, as you would think from the movie. The movie might be somewhat better though it's been thirty years -- I was an impressionable teen and was swept away with its style. I suspect this was written when the author was at USC. The plotting is very tight and though somewhat suspect, keeps things moving enjoyably enough to outmaneuver any uncharitable questions. interesting how easily corruption and innocence coexist in this book

    13. I was overjoyed to find this book secondhand because Diva is one of my favourite movies and I have fond memories of it as one of the first 'foreign' film I saw. From memory, the plot is almost identical in the book, with just a slight diversion towards the end when it all kicks off. The prose is short and sharp, the plot intricate yet simple. I would describe it as a perfect crime novel which has made me want to see the movie all over again.

    14. Serge Gorodish and his thirteen year old partner are two of the best characters I've come across. The two of them get involved in some really wild capers. This is I believe the second Gorodish and Alba book, and the basis for the excellent movie. The movie followed the book pretty well, but Alba in the movie is Asian while in the book she is blond and resembles Botticelli's Venus.A very quick read and very enjoyable. Once you read this you'll want to check out the others in the series.

    15. The book I read had the word DIVA in spray-paint script on a HOT PINK cover. The cover said everything--a fun, light, frolicking read. Kind of Lolita creepy with the 40 year-old man nurturing the young beautiful woman but I enjoyed it without the creepiness. The movie was great as well. Where, oh where did I put that book? I want it just for the cover.

    16. ***I have scored this so high because, for a time, it was one of my favourite books. Keep in mind I read it in junior high school so it's hard to take the loves of a 14 year old me seriously. The 80's weren't exactly one's finest hour. I'm positive that if I read these books again I would have nothing to say but that these were puerile fantasies unworthy of my time.***

    17. I've adored young Alba since the first time I envisioned her procuring Smarties in a Paris subway station, and so has her 40-year-old mentor Serge Gorodish. File under French New Wave, Eighties Pop Classics and Fresh Takes on Genre Fiction, in this case detective. Beach reading extraordinaire, perfect for plane rides.

    18. I read this along with Nana, Luna, Lola, Vida all in a series. I read these during my college days along with Margarite Duras, Lawrence Durell and Nabakov. Great easy reads, but really fun. In my top 10 for sentimental reasons.

    19. The literary equivalent to soda pop, Delacorta's new wave crime stories, mostly written in the Eighties, are light fun even at their most suspenseful. If you've seen the movie version you ought to catch the novel so you can grab the Truffaut-like gusto of the story. La Nouvelle Vague rocks!

    20. Back in the day I thought this series was so cool: sexy, and French, and awesome. I suppose it's telling that I've never felt a desire to re-read them. Nowadays the whole set up seems skeevy.Personal copy.

    21. This is part of a series - Diva, Nana, Luna, Lola (might be another one). All are brilliant little volumes. Very stylish - a cross between Raymond Chandler and Francesca Block.

    22. This series, featuring an unconventional love story between beautiful con artists, is one of my all-time favourites.

    23. I liked the movie better. The plot twists the film-maker added were less clumsy than in the book. BUT, still a really fun ride!

    24. At 19 I would go to the library and pick a well known book that I knew I would like and an unknown that looked interesting. The 'unknown' was how I came by this. Loved it.

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