Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review: L'hiver de force

L'hiver de force
L'hiver de force by Réjean Ducharme

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Réjean Ducharme continuously surprises me with the richness of his text. Every sentence in the book is thick with meaning, playfulness and a dark sense of humor that I cannot help but enjoy.

The main characters are enigmatic and unpredictable but completely consistent in their rejection of everything that can be considered the norm. They escape being discarded as angry 30 somethings thanks to a few displays of innocence brought forward by their inability to navigate adult situations. Much like L'Avalée des avalés this story celebrates the impetuousness of childhood but brings it forward in the shape of a young adult couple living in Montréal during the early 70s.

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