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After recommending “Le Grand Meaulnes” by Alain Fournier last week, our member Jane recommends another book she read in her AFW literature class. Find here her review about this French book which was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 2019.
“When we read the first pages of Tous les hommes n’habitent pas le monde de la même façon, each of us had the same reaction: “Ugh, this is just not my kind of book!” It opens in frigid winter in a prison outside Montréal, where Paul Hansen, a Danish pastor’s son, and Patrick Horton, a colossal-sized Hell’s Angel biker, share a 6 x 6 meter cell. But from that unappealing premise, Jean-Paul Dubois has pulled off an exhilarating narrative that is by turns poignant, thoughtful, gritty, and – yes – howlingly funny. Hip, contemporary, and linguistically rich, this novel won the Prix Goncourt in 2019. It is available on Amazon in paperback, on Kindle, and via Audiobooks.” (Jane)
This novel was published in August, 2019. It is written as a fictive autobiography. From his cell, the narrator remembers his whole life
before going to jail. He thinks about his childhood, his parents, his partner Winona, etc. He also remembers his job at the
"Excelsior" apartment building, where he helped the tenants to deal with their problems. Eventually, conflicts began, the
narrator made bad decisions, and his life changed.
This is a book for adults, about memories, regrets and failure.
The Prix Goncourt is the most prestigious French literary award. It is given each year to the author with the most imaginative prose, and most of the time to a novelist.
You can find it online for free on Culturethèque, our Digital library, to which our members have free access. It is
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