An Abundance of Katherines (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 10 janvier 2012
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The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated fromhigh school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine,he took a bath. Colin had always preferred baths; one of his general policiesin life was never to do anything standing up that could just as easily bedone lying down. He climbed into the tub as soon as the water got hot, andhe sat and watched with a curiously blank look on his face as the water overtookhim. The water inched up his legs, which were crossed and folded intothe tub. He did recognize, albeit faintly, that he was too long, and too big, forthis bathtub—he looked like a mostly grown person playing at being a kid.As the water began to splash over his skinny but unmuscled stomach,he thought of Archimedes. When Colin was about four, he read a bookabout Archimedes, the Greek philosopher who’d discovered that volumecould be measured by water displacement when he sat down in the bathtub.Upon making this discovery, Archimedes supposedly shouted “Eureka!” and then ran naked through the streets. The book said that manyimportant discoveries contained a “Eureka moment.” And even then, Colinvery much wanted to have some important discoveries, so he asked hismom about it when she got home that evening.
“Mommy, am I ever going to have a Eureka moment?”
“Oh, sweetie,” she said, taking his hand. “What’s wrong?”
“I wanna have a Eureka Moment,” he said, the way another kid mighthave expressed longing for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
She pressed the back of her hand to his cheek and smiled, her face soclose to his that he could smell coffee and makeup. “Of course, Colin baby.Of course you will.”
But mothers lie. It’s in the job description.
Colin took a deep breath and slid down, immersing his head. I am crying, hethought, opening his eyes to stare through the soapy, stinging water. I feellike crying, so I must be crying, but it’s impossible to tell because I’m underwater.But he wasn’t crying. Curiously, he felt too depressed to cry. Too hurt.It felt as if she’d taken the part of him that cried.
He opened the drain in the tub, stood up, toweled off, and got dressed.When he exited the bathroom, his parents were sitting together on his bed.It was never a good sign when both his parents were in his room at the sametime. Over the years it had meant:
1. Your grandmother/grandfather/Aunt-Suzie-whom-you-never-met-but-trust-me-she-was-nice-and-it’s-a-shame is dead.
2. You’re letting a girl named Katherine distract you from your studies.
3. Babies are made through an act that you will eventually find intriguingbut for right now will just sort of horrify you, and also sometimespeople do stuff that involves baby-making parts that does not actuallyinvolve making babies, like for instance kiss each other in placesthat are not on the face.
It never meant:
4. A girl named Katherine called while you were in the bathtub. She’ssorry. She still loves you and has made a terrible mistake and is waitingfor you downstairs.
But even so, Colin couldn’t help but hope that his parents were in the roomto provide news of the Number 4 variety. He was a generally pessimistic person,but he seemed to make an exception for Katherines: he always felt theywould come back to him. The feeling of loving her and being loved by herwelled up in him, and he could taste the adrenaline in the back of histhroat, and maybe it wasn’t over, and maybe he could feel her hand in hisagain and hear her loud, brash voice contort itself into a whisper to sayI-love-you in the very quick and quiet way that she had always said it. Shesaid I love you as if it were a secret, and an immense one.
His dad stood up and stepped toward him. “Katherine called my cell,”he said. “She’s worried about you.” Colin felt his dad’s hand on his shoulder,and then they both moved forward, and then they were hugging.
“We’re very concerned,” his mom said. She was a small woman withcurly brown hair that had one single shock of white toward the front. “Andstunned,” she added. “What happened?”
“I don’t know,” Colin said softly into his dad’s shoulder. “She’s just—she’d had enough of me. She got tired. That’s what she said.” And then hismom got up and there was a lot of hugging, arms everywhere, and his momwas crying. Colin extricated himself from the hugs and sat down on his bed.He felt a tremendous need to get them out of his room immediately, like ifthey didn’t leave he would blow up. Literally. Guts on the walls; his prodigiousbrain emptied out onto his bedspread.
“Well, at some point we need to sit down and assess your options,” hisdad said. His dad was big on assessing. “Not to look for silver linings, but itseems like you’ll now have some free time this summer. A summer class atNorthwestern, maybe?”
“I really need to be alone, just for today,” Colin answered, trying to conveya sense of calm so that they would leave and he wouldn’t blow up. “Socan we assess tomorrow?”
“Of course, sweetie,” his mom said. “We’ll be here all day. You justcome down whenever you want and we love you and you’re so so special,Colin, and you can’t possibly let this girl make you think otherwise becauseyou are the most magnificent, brilliant boy—” And right then, the mostspecial, magnificent, brilliant boy bolted into his bathroom and puked hisguts out. An explosion, sort of.
“Oh, Colin!” shouted his mom.
“I just need to be alone,” Colin insisted from the bathroom. “Please.”When he came out, they were gone.
For the next fourteen hours without pausing to eat or drink or throw upagain, Colin read and reread his yearbook, which he had received just fourdays before. Aside from the usual yearbook crap, it contained seventy-twosignatures. Twelve were just signatures, fifty-six cited his intelligence,twenty-five said they wished they’d known him better, eleven said it was funto have him in English class, seven included the words “pupillary sphincter,” and a stunning seventeen ended, “Stay Cool!” Colin Singleton couldno more stay cool than a blue whale could stayskinny or Bangladesh couldstayrich. Presumably, those seventeen people were kidding. He mulled thisover—and considered how twenty-five of his classmates, some of whomhe’d been attending school with for twelve years, could possibly havewanted to “know him better.” As if they hadn’t had a chance.
But mostly for those fourteen hours, he read and reread KatherineXIX’s inscription:
Here’s to all the places we went. And all the places we’ll go. Andhere’s me, whispering again and again and again and again:iloveyou.
yrs forever, K-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e
Eventually, he found the bed too comfortable for his state of mind, so he laydown on his back, his legs sprawled across the carpet. He anagrammed “yrsforever” until he found one he liked: sorry fever. And then he lay there in hisfever of sorry and repeated the now memorized note in his head and wantedto cry, but instead he only felt this aching behind his solar plexus. Cryingadds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had wassome horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something. He keptthinking about one word—forever—and felt the burning ache just beneathhis rib cage.It hurt like the worst ass-kicking he’d ever gotten. And he’d gotten plenty.
(1) Greek: “I have found it.”
(2) More on that later. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition CD.
Revue de presse
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
"Fully fun, challengingly complex and entirely entertaining." —Kirkus, starred review
“Laugh-out-loud funny…a coming-of-age American road trip that is at once a satire of and tribute to its many celebrated predecessors.” –Horn Book, starred review
“Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of “An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability.” --New York Times Book Review
“Funny, sweet, and unpredictable.” –The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The laugh-out-loud humor ranges from delightfully sophomoric to subtly intellectual.” –Booklist, starred review
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If you had the opportunity to devise a theorem that could correctly predict the outcome of a romantic relationship, would you do it? If it worked, would you use it? Can it even be done? This is the problem plaguing Colin Singleton, recent high school graduate, nearly former child prodigy, hopeful genius. Colin, you see, has a significant problem. He falls in love quite easily, which in and of itself isn't such a bad thing. The fact that all of his loves, nineteen of them to be exact, have been named Katherine can even be explained away by some form of twisted scientific method. What can't be explained, though, is why Colin has been dumped by all nineteen of those Katherines.
When he's dumped by the love of his life, Katherine XIX, he finds himself in a bad place. He can no longer call himself a child prodigy, since he's graduated from high school. He's not a genius, because he's never come up with anything that will change the world. There's an empty place inside of him where his latest Katherine's love used to live, and he doesn't know what to do with himself. Until Hassan Harbish (Muslim, but not a terrorist) devises a way to get Colin out of his funk--a road trip. With no destination in mind, the two set off in The Hearse, Colin's car, and go where the road leads them.
Where it leads them is a small town called Gutshot, Tennessee, where Colin gets the urge to see the supposed grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. It's also where the two meet Lindsey Lee Wells and her mother, Hollis. Not to mention where they get to live in a giant Pepto Bismol-pink house on a hill, interview employees of a factory that makes tampon strings, and eat Monster Thickburgers at the local Hardee's.
It's also the place where Colin decides to finish the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. Assign numerical value to different variables, plot it on a graph, and you'll be able to predict how long a relationship will last--and who will be the dumper, and who will be the dumpee. Except Colin forgot some pertinent information, like chance, and distorted memories, and the fact that love is never predictable. As Colin and Hassan learn a few things about life in the small town of Gutshot, we get to follow their journey of learning to grow up, to make a name for yourself, and how to matter as a person.
I loved AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, even more than Mr. Green's previous book, LOOKING FOR ALASKA. That book won the prestigious Michael L. Printz award, and I won't be surprised if this book is nominated, as well. This story is funny, poignant, and informative. For example, if I hadn't read AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES I would never have known that:
1) Fetor hepaticus is a symptom of late-stage liver failure where your breath literally smells like a rotting corpse.
2) The junior senator from New Hampshire in 1873 was Bainbridge Wadleigh.
3) There is absolutely no scientific proof that drinking eight glasses of water a day will improve your health.
4) Dingleberries can be anagrammed into see inbred girl; lie breeds grin; leering debris; greed be nil, sir; be idle re. rings; ringside rebel; and residing rebel.
5) Nikola Tesla did a lot for electricity before Thomas Edison came along and stole some of his ideas, and he also loved pigeons.
6) I still suck at math.
Order this book today. It's great, you'll love it, and you'll actually learn stuff. Three for the price of one!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
Eh bien voilà la solution : lire un autre livre de John Green !
J'ai adoré ce roman, où j'ai retrouvé bien des atouts de l'auteur : des adolescents brillants, spirituels, tourmentés mais positifs malgré tout, des personnages incroyablement vivants, des dialogues drôles et pertinents, un éclairage indirect des adultes remarquable (un des atouts de l'auteur, qui aime présenter des relations parents-ados positives ; shocking, je sais).
Cette histoire est d'abord très distrayante, avec les malheurs de Colin, un jeune homme surdoué qui se cherche en cherchant l'amour, mais uniquement à travers des jeunes filles portant le prénom de Katherine... ce qui peut n'être qu'une très mauvaise idée, bien sûr ! Il décide de partir, en compagnie de son meilleur (et seul) ami, Hassan, un jeune musulman spirituel et rebelle (sa rébellion s'exprimant par le refus absolu de tout effort), faire un road-trip. Road-trip qui sera rapidement interrompu pour un séjour inattendu, suite à une rencontre fortuite.
Le personnage de Colin est très réussi : touchant, exaspérant, immature, insupportable, parfois très bizarre mais pourtant très familier dans ses errances. Celui de Hassan, en demi-teintes, est exceptionnel de subtilité.
Le thème de base est amusant : Colin a réalisé qu'être un enfant puis un ado surdoué (QI au plafond, connaissances phénoménales dans certains domaines) ne valait rien en soi. Connaître, apprendre, savoir, ne faisait pas de vous un génie. Pour cela il fallait faire une différence, vivre son Eurêka. A force de cogitation il a son illumination : trouver une formule mathématique qui permettra, en y adaptant différents paramètres, de faire le pronostic d'une histoire d'amour dès ses prémisses !
Une des choses que j'ai préféré de ce roman est la réflexion sur les capacités cérébrales d'une personne, une réflexion qui remet pas mal de choses en perspective. Pour commencer Colin n'est pas - pour une fois - un génie des maths, ni même de sciences. Son truc c'est le langage. Il apprend de nombreuses langues et occupe son cerveau survolté de surdoué en construisant sans cesse des anagrammes sur tout et tout le temps. Autre point fondamental, trop souvent oublié : le génie n'est pas capable de générer spontanément de l'information. Ce qu'il sait, il l'a appris, il n'invente rien. Colin est un bourreau de travail, il aime apprendre et y passe un temps fou depuis sa plus tendre enfance. L'explication de son fonctionnement par Hassan est très perspicace : Colin prête attention à tout de la même manière, chaque menu détail le passionne également ; du coup il retient tout, sans effort apparent, comme on retient facilement l'anecdote drôle ou surprenante dans un texte qui par ailleurs passera aux oubliettes. Cette explication de la mémorisation supérieure est d'ailleurs une réalité scientifique : nous sommes tous capables de grandes prouesses de mémorisation dès lors qu'un sujet retient complètement notre attention !
Les personnages sont tous attachants et même si il n'y a aucun suspense on ne peut pas reposer le livre. Je le conseille vivement!
Au détour d'une ville, les deux amis s'arrêtent et font la rencontre de Lindsey, une magnifique fille. Elle leur propose de leur faire visiter la ville. Colin craquera-t-il pour une fille ne s'appelant pas Katherine?
Je n'en dis pas plus, à vous de découvrir la suite!
J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre. Il est très bien écrit surtout avec cette touche de mathématiques. On voit l'évolution du théorème de Colin au fils des pages, ce qui est plutôt sympa.
Bon livre pour l'été!!!
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