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Boyfriend
Boyfriend
par R.Raj Rao
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 11,89

2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Poor boys..., 7 novembre 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Boyfriend (Broché)
Mr Rao tells the story of Yudi, a forty year old freelance journalist living in Bombay and his twenty year old boyfriend Milind. The novel offers nothing more original than the old tale of a middle-aged man falling in love with a boy half his age. Other authors have dealt with this topic in a more refined manner: Stefan Zweig in "Confusion" or Thomas Mann in "Death In Venice".
What may make this novel worth reading are the sights and sounds of India which are described in a humorous way by the author.


La petite fille de Monsieur Linh
La petite fille de Monsieur Linh
par Philippe Claudel
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 15,75

2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une histoire hantée par un enfant, 3 octobre 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : La petite fille de Monsieur Linh (Broché)
Dans ce court roman, le lecteur suit la pérégrination de M. Linh qui a fui son pays asiatique ravagé par la guerre avec sa petite fille Sang diû pour arriver dans un pays d'asile, probablement l'Angleterre bien que cela ne soit pas explicite dans le texte. Le style extrêmement économe de mots montre de manière émouvante la solitude et le désarroi d'un vieil homme perdu dans une civilisation dont il ne comprend pas le fonctionnement et qui est anéanti par la perte des siens. C'est sa dévotion sans limite à sa petite fille qui explique sans doute la survie de M. Linh bien que son existence, comme le lecteur le découvrira à la fin du roman, ressemble à un cheminement incertain aux confins de la folie.
Il ne parle à personne puisqu'il ne comprend personne et que personne ne le comprend et pourtant cela ne l'empêche pas de se lier d'amitié pour M. Bark qu'il rencontre au hasard sur un banc et qui devient son ami. Philippe Claudel montre de manière subtile qu'un échange profond peut se passer de mots parce que le coeur suffit.
Un récit bref, sobre et intense qui continue de bouleverser une fois le livre refermé.


La petite fille de Monsieur Linh
La petite fille de Monsieur Linh
par Philippe Claudel
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 15,75

7 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une histoire hantée par un enfant, 3 octobre 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : La petite fille de Monsieur Linh (Broché)
Dans ce court roman, le lecteur suit la pérégrination de M. Linh qui a fui son pays asiatique ravagé par la guerre avec sa petite fille Sang diû pour arriver dans un pays d'asile, probablement l'Angleterre bien que cela ne soit pas explicite dans le texte. Le style extrêmement économe de mots montre de manière émouvante la solitude et le désarroi d'un vieil homme perdu dans une civilisation dont il ne comprend pas le fonctionnement et qui est anéanti par la perte des siens. C'est sa dévotion sans limite à sa petite fille qui explique sans doute la survie de M. Linh bien que son existence, comme le lecteur le découvrira à la fin du roman, ressemble à un cheminement incertain aux confins de la folie.
Il ne parle à personne puisqu'il ne comprend personne et que personne ne le comprend et pourtant cela ne l'empêche pas de se lier d'amitié pour M. Bark qu'il rencontre au hasard sur un banc et qui devient son ami. Philippe Besson montre de manière subtile qu'un échange profond peut se passer de mots parce que le coeur suffit.
Un récit bref, sobre et intense qui continue de bouleverser une fois le livre refermé.


Necessary Evil
Necessary Evil
par Shaun Hutson
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 10,41

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Fair..., 28 septembre 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Necessary Evil (Broché)
For Matt Franklin and his comrades in arms, robbing a Securicor van should have been a routine operation but things didn't turn out the way they should have and the result was a disaster. Two of Franklin's companions are shot dead and a third one severely injured. Who is trying to wipe them and their families out? Could it be that the British army and government were implicated in the massacre? What lies behind the walls of a mysterious and secret research centre in the English countryside?
Finally the only one left alive, Matt Franklin, with the help of DI Crane, becomes involved in a series of events that lead to the climax in the London underground.
Such novels are to literature what instant soups are to gastronomy. They taste bad because the ingredients are miserable: guns, cars, blood, explosions, pursuits... But readers possessing the necessary degree of naiveté might be content with such a story line.


The Ventriloquist's Tale
The Ventriloquist's Tale
par Pauline Melville
Edition : Relié

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A sharp, rich and fantastic story, 16 août 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Ventriloquist's Tale (Relié)
Mrs Melville's original tale tells the story of the McKinnons who lived in the Rupununi district of the Guianas at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a fairly complex tale involving many protagonists and what is interesting is that the plot revolves around the Amerindian mythology of the brother-sister incest, in this case involving two characters called Beatrice and Danny McKinnon.
The myth concerns the eclipse which represents brother-and-sister incest in the form of a copulating sun and moon and it is widespread throughout the Americas, from the Bering Straight in the North to the southern parts of Brazil. People believe that a brother came secretly to his sister at nights. She enjoyed this but, not knowing who he was, painted his face in black with some genipap plant to identify him. In his shame, the brother rose to the sky and became the moon which explains why the moon has dark patches on its face. Other events are interesting in the novel: Father Napier's pathetic attempt at converting the Rupununi district to Christianity and his subsequent failure and descent into madness, the existence of Beatrice's son Sonny and his tragic disappearance and also Beatrice's threat uttered to her sister Wifreda during an eclipse to make her blind. An impressive first novel well worth reading.


Asylum
Asylum
par Patrick McGrath
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 9,46

2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A superb, somber and realistic novel, 16 août 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Asylum (Broché)
Max Raphael becomes the deputy superintendent of a provincial hospital for the criminally insane in 1959. He has been appointed by superintendent Jack Straffen and is going to work together with psychiatrists John Archer and Peter Cleave, the latter being the narrator of the ensuing events. Max is accompanied by his wife Stella and his son Charlie.
But soon Stella comes to despise the claustrophobic atmosphere of the mental institution and her husband Max - it was a cold and white marriage - who has a weak sexual drive and lacks the moral and physical imagination to continue to find Stella attractive and who channels his libido into his work.
It is therefore understandable that after meeting one of Peter's patients, a sculptor called Edgar Stark, she feel irresistibly attracted by his strong manliness.
But Edgar is a delusional patient who killed his wife Ruth, then cut her head and mutilated her. This was the result of an unconscious process and the product of the delusional structure of his mind to suppose his wife's infidelity. Edgar structured his sculpting around Ruth until the idealisation of her person collapsed and he developed morbid delusions about her infidelity.
One day Edgar manages to steal some of Max's clothes and absconds to London. When Peter notices that Stella has secretly visited Edgar several times in London, he tries to warn her about the dangers such a situation is bound to present, but to no avail. Stella decides to join Edgar and flees her family thus placing her life into the hands of a dangerous criminal.
The narrative structure of the novel is particularly original since it combines both events which unfold chronologically and a retrospective account or confession to Peter of Stella's relationship with Edgar. The narrative is superb and unruffled and the slowly shocking descent into the tormented depths of madness is a brilliant achievement. Few authors have shown with such elegance and restraint the extremes of mental derangement.


Songdogs
Songdogs
par Colum McCann
Edition : Broché

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A remarkable achievement, 16 août 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Songdogs (Broché)
Mr McCann portrays a young man, Conor Lyons, visiting his ageing father Michael during six days in Mayo, Ireland. During these six days - they seem like the days of the Creation indeed - Conor retraces his father's epic life from his early childhood after the first World War when he was just a bundle of abandoned skin and rescued by two Protestant ladies who raised him. Later, when the ladies died, Michael sold their property and developed a strong passion for photography. He sold his prints to various newspapers. In 1939 he went to Madrid and subsequently to Mexico where he married Juanita. Obsessed with the beauty of her body, Michael took hundreds of pictures of her in various stages of nudity. These photos became a strong point of discord between them in later years and they're the probable cause for Juanita's vanishing 11 years before Conor's account. After that they moved to California, Wyoming and New York before finally returning back to Ireland.
It is the impressive tale of a son retracing his parents' long journey in order to try to find his mother again. It is also the story of a son witnessing the physical decay of his old father rotting in his own dirt and whose sole preoccupation in old age is fishing. A formidable novel by the best contemporary Irish novelist.


Agnes Grey: With a Memoir of Her Sisters by Charlotte Bronte
Agnes Grey: With a Memoir of Her Sisters by Charlotte Bronte
par Anne Bronte
Edition : Broché

4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The tale of a governess, 13 août 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Agnes Grey: With a Memoir of Her Sisters by Charlotte Bronte (Broché)
Mrs Brontë tells the tale of Agnes Grey, a young governess of a little over 20 and her experience working for two families, The Bloomfields and their 3 children Tom, Mary Ann and Fanny, and with the Murrays and their two daughters Mathilda and Rosalie.
In writing her first novel, Mrs Brontë must have drawn from her own experiences in 1839 when she worked for the Ingham family at Blake Hall and from 1840 till 1845 with the Robinsons at Thorp Green Hall. As her sister Charlotte sated, this personal experience lies behind many of the characters and events as well as Agnes's feelings in the novel.
As a first novel, it show an astonishing maturity and technical accomplishment since "Agnes Grey" is in many ways a very personal story. Mrs Brontë describes as vividly as possible the strong pressures that a governess' life involved at that time - the isolation, the frustrations, the insensitive treatment of employers and their families. Actually it transpires in this novel that middle-class households used to consider a governess as little more than a servant thus undervaluing her role as an educator. And the author's view of such households is sharply cynical: they are self-satisfied, vulgar, small-minded snobs who delight in social pretension. They are mercilessly depicted in their moral emptiness and Agnes actually suffers from moral isolation which becomes more and more oppressive and alienating, especially during her stay with the Murrays. In this family Agnes feel deprived from ordinary human kindness and warmth of affection so much so that she falls into depression because she feels that her moral identity is being destroyed, no longer confident in her "distinctions of right and wrong".
A remarkable novel about a young woman and such issues as moral behaviour, moral responsibility and individual integrity.


Journey To Ithaca
Journey To Ithaca
par Anita Desai
Edition : Broché

3.0 étoiles sur 5 The story of a troubled relationship, 13 août 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Journey To Ithaca (Broché)
Matteo and Caroline were both brought up in Italy. Caroline was sent to a convent school in Milan and Matteo to a school in Turin which had been recommended by his uncle. However Matteo performed very poorly: he was bad at maths, could not sing and played football in a disastrous way so that he was constantly bullied by his classmates. Finally his parents decided to take him back home and they found a tutor, Fabian, for his education. But he remained a rebellious student, learning nothing, eating nothing. Whenever his father talked to him about a career in banking or in the family silk business, Matteo would simply smile faintly. Finally in the summer of 1975, he married Sophie, the daughter of a German banker and together they left for India taking with them Matteo's much beloved copy of Hermann Hesse's "The Journey to the East".
In Bombay they met Pierre Eduard who took them to an elderly woman who performed a few tricks as a form of worship to the glory of Shiva. Whilst Sophie remained unimpressed with what she called "party tricks", Matteo on the other hand was quite transfixed by what he had seen. Later they met Mr Pandey, a "deus ex machina" as Sophie called him in her exasperation, who suggested that they go and live in an ashram. After that Matteo came up with the idea that they replicate the journey which a famous saint had undertaken on foot to a shrine where he obtained enlightenment. But Sophie could not share Matteo's enthusiasm about searching for "the mystery that is the heart of India" during the exhausting expedition and even after such a short time spent in the country, she had no doubt that it was a culture to which she would never belong. Matteo on the other hand was literally seized by madness with his quest for the "devine light" despite the warnings that "the gods are destructive in this country". Will Matteo's studying with a swami at a distant ashram help him recover his senses? Will Matteo and Sophie go through this adventure together and recover their love?
Mrs Desai shows hard and driven people in her novel, the mutual contempt of a wife and a husband, the rejection foreigners may experience in India and also a man deluding himself in an impossible quest. Perhaps the author's other novels like "Baumgartner's Bombay" or "In Custody" are more accessible, less obscure.


C'est égal
C'est égal
par Agota Kristof
Edition : Broché
Prix : EUR 12,20

5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vingt-cinq récits admirables, 13 août 2005
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : C'est égal (Broché)
Avec une extraordinaire économie de langage, Mme Kristof présente aux lecteurs une variété de situations et de personnages à la fois comiques et tragiques.
Un homme tombe accidentellement de son lit sur une hache. Un vieillard attend obstinément un train pour le Nord dans la gare désaffectée d'un village abandonné. Un narrateur à la recherche de son chez soi après le mauvais rêve qu'a été sa vie. Un autre perdu dans une citée bâtie d'or est à la recherche de son fils lorsqu'il tombe sur un mangeur d'âmes. Un ouvrier privé de souvenirs, de jeunesse, de force de vie après quarante ans de travail à la fabrique de montres. Ne plus manger bien qu'on ait "nappe blanche". Un narrateur qui met fin aux souffrances d'un enseignant de littérature talentueux. Un écrivain dont personne n'a encore reconnu le talent. Un enfant tourmenté par la rage de tuer les adultes. Un garçon de dix ans ressent un déménagement comme une mort. La solidarité entre un frère et une soeur dans le malheur. "C'est égal, de toute façon on n'est bien nulle part." Ouvrir une boite aux lettres vide, cela donne de faux espoirs. Etre un "faux numéro" de téléphone, ce la vaut mieux que rien par une soirée longue et silencieuse. La déception d'un père de famille qui devient propriétaire d'une modeste ferme à la campagne. Un musicien hanté par le souvenir des rues de sa ville natale. La seule chose qui puisse faire peur dans la grande roue de l'Eternité, c'est la vie. Le cambrioleur, c'est celui qui nous vole chaque jour un jour de notre vie. Une mère toujours fière de son fils. Que pense Madame de celui que ses amis qualifient de "mari en or"? La vengeance d'un homme sur ceux qui veulent oublier et vivre. Une ville devient effrayante à la fin de l'été. Monsieur B, chef de vente, perd graduellement tout ce qu'il a, sa famille, son emploi. Un penseur dont les pensées flottent au dessus de son existence vide de sens. Et enfin ce père dans une contrée "socialiste" et lointaine, décédé et incinéré contre son gré dans une ville industrielle.
Ce dernier récit est sans doute le plus autobiographique de l'auteur... Mort, abandon, solitude, silence, vide, souffrance, larmes, douleur, haine, monotonie, voilà les dominantes de ce recueil de Mme Kristof.


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