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Le Vieux Chagrin

Le Vieux Chagrin Sur les rives du Saint Laurent o il vit retir en compagnie du chat Vieux Chagrin un crivain pie jusqu l obsession l inaccessible silhouette d une jeune femme dont le voilier est venu mouiller dans

  • Title: Le Vieux Chagrin
  • Author: Jacques Poulin
  • ISBN: 9782868694713
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sur les rives du Saint Laurent, o il vit retir en compagnie du chat Vieux Chagrin , un crivain pie jusqu l obsession l inaccessible silhouette d une jeune femme dont le voilier est venu mouiller dans une anse du fleuve Un excemplaire des Mille et Une Nuits, abandonn dans une grotte proche, est la seule preuve tangible de l existence de cette muse r calcitrante, Sur les rives du Saint Laurent, o il vit retir en compagnie du chat Vieux Chagrin , un crivain pie jusqu l obsession l inaccessible silhouette d une jeune femme dont le voilier est venu mouiller dans une anse du fleuve Un excemplaire des Mille et Une Nuits, abandonn dans une grotte proche, est la seule preuve tangible de l existence de cette muse r calcitrante, laquelle se substitue bient t une enfant malheureuse venue trouver, aupr s de l crivain, refuge et r confort Tandis que l oeuvre tant d sir e s labore lentement, le narrateur se laisse prendre en otage par la confusion du r el jusqu y d couvrir l inspiration.

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    1. Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: By the Governor General Award and Quebec-Paris Prize-winning writer, a novel about a struggling writer and Mister Blue, his cat and sole companion until the day they discover a copy of The Arabian Nights in a cave along the beach. Tinged with melancholy, Mister Blue is at once playful, understated, and deeply human.Jacques Poulin (1937-) is the author of twelve novels. Among his many honors are the 1978 Governor General’s Award, the 1990 and 2000 Molson [...]

    2. Jim, the narrator of this outstanding novel, is a writer and former professor, who lives in his isolated childhood home alongside the St. Lawrence River, close to Quebec City. He lives alone, save for his old feline companion Mister Blue, as he attempts to write a "the most beautiful love story in the world." However, he has never been truly in love, and he struggles to provide a face and a voice to the woman in his novel.One day Jim walks on the bank of the river, and he is surprised to see foo [...]

    3. Ah ce cher Jacques Poulin! Ce don qu'il a de nous réchauffer le coeur avec des mots simples, mais tellement puissants. Ce livre est le premier de cet auteur que j'ai lu pour la première fois à douze ans. J'avais vraiment aimé, mais j'étais loin de me douter que ces réflexions sur la vie, le bonheur, les rêves et l'âme sont une réelle merveille. Tellement qu'à trois reprises, j'ai trouvé ce que j'appelle des petits « trésors de citations ». À chaque fois, je devais arrêter ma lect [...]

    4. This is a wonderfully tender novel about a sweet charming man who lives alone with his chat named le Vieux Chagrin (the old sorrow). He reflects upon his friends and his life. The most painful memories are those of the woman he loved most and whom he lost to a more dynamic lover.Although the premise of this work may be slim, it is appropriately short and efficient in its execution. Le Vieux chagrin is a lovely read from one of the leading Quebecois writers of his era.

    5. Mr. Blue is a cat and he has an easygoing character. The book is about relationships and how our approach to them shapes our personality. This is one of the few books that I am actually living it as if I am walking step by step by the main character, experiencing his realities and helping him solve the mystery of people, love and being. It is very much enjoyable!

    6. Mr. Blue is a book about an author trying to write a love story - alas he has never loved, so how can one write about what they do not know? A mysterious women arrives at the beach and, though never seeing her, he falls head over heals in love with her and she becomes the muse for his book. This book is a charming summer read.

    7. Ceci n'est pas mon premier Poulin, heureusement, car je sais qu'il peut faire mieux. Je n'ai pas particulièrement aimé ce roman. Malgré la beauté d'écriture qui se retrouve dans tous les livres de Poulin, j'ai trouvé que l'histoire aurait encore pu être travaillé. J'ai eu l'impression qu'il ne se passait quasiment rien, et c'était un peu décevant. Sur ce, ça ne sera pas mon dernier Poulin.

    8. Un auteur, une jeune fille, le fleuve St-Laurent, un vieux chat tout y est. Et que dire des réflexions de Poulin sur l'écriture, Hemingway, l'âme et le bonheur. J'ai savouré chaque mot.

    9. Gentle and seems to claim the sunshine view that all we really need are a few spare parts and creatures for a satisfying many, many years of middle-aged life.

    10. Disons plutôt 3.5 sur 5. Ce n'est pas mon préféré de Jacques Poulin, mais j'aime la poésie et la musicalité de son oeuvre. Un roman beau et doux pour toutes les âmes blessées.

    11. Review published at Three Percent: rochester/College/tran***The fictional world of Québécois novelist Jacques Poulin can, poetically speaking, be likened to a snow globe: a minutely-detailed landscape peppered with characters who appear to be frozen in one lovely, continuous moment. Mister Blue, recently published in a new English translation, captures this timelessness in a fluid and deceptively simple story about the complex bonds that can develop between completely unlike people, if only th [...]

    12. I’m going to do something outrageous, skip the summary and head straight to the “Canadian Encyclopaedia” to delve a little into the background of Jacques Poulin. There I learned that Poulin (born 23 September 1937) is the author of nine novels and the winner of several literary awards including the Prix David in 1995 and “is among the most widely read Quebecois novelists of his generation and the most respected by critics.” Geez that’s a strong call to make in an encyclopaedia “wi [...]

    13. Translated in English from French, an author's solitary writing idyll is broken when he spies footprints in the sand, oddly, the same size as his own, that lead him into a cave, wherein he finds a copy of The Arabian Nights with the name Marie K inscribed in it. Developing an obsession with a woman he hadn't seen or met, he prepares his house to receive her, sends her an invitation to visit and spies on her sailboat anchored off the cove from his attic while he struggles with a bout of writer's [...]

    14. In an old frame cottage on the Ile d’Orleans in Quebec, Jim, a writer is spending a magical summer battling writers block with his only companion, an insightful cat named Mister Blue.This is a story about love (its illusiveness), about the soul (what is it?), and the enigmatic soul mate (does it exist?). It is a little about the creative process of writing as well (writers often write about what they know – writers and writing).Poulin has made it all fit together snugly like the pieces of a [...]

    15. "J'essayais d'écrire une histoire d'amour sans être moi-même amoureux. J'avais sans doute choisi ce sujet, parce que, me sentant vieillir, j'avais peur qu'il ne me reste pas le temps d'être amoureux, une dernière fois." Il y a de ces rares romans qui -vous le savez secrètement- ont été écrits pour vous, juste pour vousune âme soeur, vous vous y retrouvez, vous vous y perdez. "Le vieux chagrin", c'est mon livre!

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