Charles le téméraire: Un saut dans le vide

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Les Editions Fides, 2004 - Burgundy (France) - 412 pages
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Série romanesque qui évoque la vie de Charles Thibodeau depuis sa naissance, un 11 octobre 1966, dans le quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, jusqu'à ses 32 ans, en 1998. Le premier volume raconte la jeunesse d'un enfant de la rue, orphelin de mère dès l'âge de quatre ans et négligé par son père. Fourmillant de détails, le récit est ancré avec précision dans un milieu et une époque. Il décrit avec verve l'apprentissage de la vie d'un jeune homme peu gâté par le destin: l'école, les copains, l'épagneul Bof, les commerçants du quartier, la découverte de la sexualité, la petite délinquance et l'amour des livres. Dans le second volume, le héros, "téméraire de charme" et "aspirant romancier" poursuit son apprentissage artistique, amoureux et politique dans un "Québec en pleine mutation" (selon l'éditeur). Un roman costaud, manichéen, roublard, dans la tradition de Dickens. [SDM]
 

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Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
29
Section 3
45
Section 4
62
Section 5
81
Section 6
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Section 7
88
Section 8
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Section 12
151
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
227
Section 17
245
Section 18
261
Section 19
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Section 9
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Section 10
126
Section 11
140
Section 20
358
Section 21
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Yves Beauchemin is a French-Canadian novelist whose work, which is full of both robust comedy and political themes, has been compared to that of Dickens and Balzac. Beauchemin was born in 1941 in Noranda, Quebec, Canada. An avid reader as a teenager, he devoured Balzac, Steinbeck, Dickens, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and other authors who inspired him to try his hand at fiction. Later he attended the College Universitaire Garneau in Quebec, where he taught foreign literature from 1965 to 1966. In 1969 he became a researcher for Radio-Quebec in Montreal, a position he retained while embarking on his career in literature. Beauchemin's first novel, L'Enfirouape (The Sucker, 1974), which was based on a 1970 political kidnapping in Quebec, won him the Prix France-Quebec. He then spent several years working on Le Matou, which was published in French in 1981 and in English as The Alley Cat in 1986. A combination of political allegory and black comedy, it won acclaim in both Canada and the United States.

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