Les choses by Georges Perec was published in 1965 and received the prix Renaudot the same year. Jérôme and Sylvie are longing for happiness. They think that the shortest way to gain it leads through social ascension. These “choses”, these things appear with a totally different signification, they personify the social success. Thanks to a short and laconic text Georges Perec questions the misleading methods that are sold as goods of consumption by the society . Les choses is still actual and let us think about our own behaviours and habits. Though we are in the middle of a so-called economical crisis, consumption remains an illusion in which a majority believes. A book to be consumed (or not) but with reason… and in French!