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ePub Î mobi Au revoir là haut ñ 9782253194613 ç [Reading] ➽ Au revoir là haut ➳ Pierre Lemaitre – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Rescapés du chaos de la Grande Guerre Albert et Edouard comprennent rapidement ue le pays ne veut plus d'eux Malheur aux vainueurs La France glorifie ses morts et oublie les surAr une guerre vaine et barbare ce roman est l'histoire caustiue et tragiue d’un défi à la société à l'Etat à la famille à la morale patriotiue responsables de leur enfer Dans la France traumatisée de l'après guerre ui compte son million et demi de morts ces deux survivants du brasier se lancent dans une escrouerie d'envergure nationale d'un cynisme abso The start of this novel is sharp and aims straight at the heart Every single one of those who thought that war would soon be over had died long ago actually because of that war The four hundred pages that follow depict the madness and violence a group of young men had to endure Men who thought that they were fighting for honour and ideals and met just death death of the body and death of ideals and even the death of their gods But Au revoir la haut is not just a war novel although in the first chapter you have such a depiction of the trenches you can almost smell the blood but a crossroads where you can find a 19th century novel romance bromance tragedythe grotesueIn November 1918 I World War is almost coming to an end and Maillard and Pericourt two French soldiers are willing to go home when something turns wrong because men go greedy and able to do anything for glory and back in France soldiers' death and remembrance is just business Not only does the reader accompany them in their journey from the trenches to post war France analysing what lies beneath battle and the offices where politicians decide who fights who and when but he can also witness the trauma and the will to surviveAlthough I fell in love with the first chapters I think the novel loses punch as it progresses It is worth reading though

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Donnés après le carnage tous deux sont condamnés à l'exclusion Refusant de céder à l'amertume ou au découragement ils vont ensemble imaginer une arnaue d'une audace inouïe ui mettra le pays tout entier en effervescence Et élever le sacrilège et le blasphème au rang des beaux arts Bien au delà de la vengeance et de la revanche de deux hommes détruits p  To their graves again Those who thought that this war would be over uickly are all dead Of the war of course Early November 1918; what a marvelous opening This massive novel winner of the Prix Goncourt for 2013 has all the makings of a popular success Something of a sucès de scandale in France where it challenges the national preoccupation with patriotic valor and paints a vitriolic portrait of virtually the entire establishment But it is also a mighty good story by any account that starts in the trenches of WW1 and changes into a fascinating tale of crime and corruption with a nail biting finish It will surely be a best seller in translation and I can already imagine the Hollywood movie or BBC miniseries However I find it hard to gauge its literary value; it is a very different animal from the works of previous Goncourt winners such as Michel Houellebec Marie N'Diaye or Jean EchenozThe set up is simple Two French soldiers Albert Maillard and Édouard Péricourt both wounded in a pointless operation a few days before the Armistice of November 11 1918 save each other's lives Albert is buried alive; Édouard digs him out in the nick of time but is himself wounded Their recovery is hindered by Lieutenant Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle who sets up the attack to seize his last chance at promotion killing some of his own men to further his own heroic legend; he is a made for the movies villain handsome ubiuitous and utterly detestableAfter 150 pages the action moves forward by a year Albert is scraping a living while trying to look after Édouard who feels he is too disfigured to return to his rich family and is living under a false name D'Aulnay Pradelle meanwhile has married into Édouard's family and is using his connections to rise rapidly in society He becomes a postwar profiteer contracting with the government to disinter the bodies of soldiers from their battlefield graves and rebury them in large official cemeteries But he is greedy and cuts corners Albert and Édouard meanwhile start their own scheme to raise money for war memorials based on Édouard's extraordinary abilities as an artist The author cites several articles suggesting that something of this kind was an actual scandal in the years following the War Certainly he has a remarkable knowledge of French bureaucracy and a perfect ear for how the rich use their status to manipulate those less powerfulI am in awe at Lemaitre's skill at plotting Starting from just these three major characters he gradually introduces others—Édouard's sister and father Pradelle's fellow directors a tenacious inspector from the Ministry the landlady's daughter who becomes fascinated with Édouard and the beautiful maid who falls for Albert—working them into the remainder of the novel as integral parts of the action He has a way of presenting plot twists as faits accomplis and only then going back to explain how they came about He is brilliant at building a climaxMorally the book is challenging I found myself liking uite a few of the characters but approving of none of them The attractive ones include the meek yet resourceful Albert Édouard's sister and even his banker father cold though he seemed at the beginning But none of the characters are without bad traits and even our heroes engage in deceptive if not downright criminal behavior The back cover calls the novel a fresco of a rare cruelty and there is certainly a uality of violence to the writing that almost revels in injury insult and degradation not to mention decomposing bodies as though this were a 19th century melodrama seen through the lens of an R rated film makerHence I think my difficulty in finding a context within which to rate this Its subject is early 20th century and Lemaitre mentions a couple of novels from the period that influenced him But for me the overriding sensation was of reading a novel from the 19th century The obvious comparison is with Balzac's Le Colonel Chabert also about a soldier buried alive who finds it difficult to return to civil life But in scope it is like Stendhal or Zola or most of all Hugo's Les Misérables ; Lemaitre at one point even compares Pradelle to Javert In any case the kind of novel they don't write any —or write if they do to sell in airports rather than enter for prizes And yet I was always conscious of this being a 21st century product for its attitudes its authorial voice and not least for its language that kept me going to the online dictionary looking up presumably slang words that as often or not I could not find I feel I cannot possibly give it less than five stars but part of me wonders how much of this is due to the undertaking of reading it in French When it becomes a best seller in English will it seem then merely another blockbuster historical novel or truly a prizewinner something exceptional We shall seeAfter corresponding with a couple of Francophone friends I would add the following Much of my difficulty with context probably stems from the fact that the book is written simultaneously in two registers the literary and the popular which often jostle one another within the bounds of a single sentence It is a kind of sampling techniue that could really only be done in the postmodern era even though the story goes back a century and the idea of the grand nov

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Au revoir là hautRescapés du chaos de la Grande Guerre Albert et Edouard comprennent Au revoir eBook #223 rapidement ue le pays ne veut plus d'eux Malheur aux vainueurs La France glorifie ses morts et oublie les survivants Albert employé modeste et timoré a tout perdu Edouard artiste flamboyant devenu une gueule cassée est écrasé par son histoire familiale Désarmés et aban This novel won France’s highest literary award the Prix Goncourt in 2013To summarize from the blurbs two French WW I veterans find themselves in a society whose “reverence for its dead cannot uite match its resentment for those who survived” They are penniless One lost the lower half of his face and is morphine addicted Physically and psychologically destroyed by the war both are cut off from their families one man is gay abandoned and disowned by his father and the men seeks revenge against the country they feel has abandoned themThey still fear a lieutenant from the war who trying to make a name for himself in the last ten days before the peace kills two of his own men and tried to kill the two men who are the main characters in the book There’s a lot to the plot it’s almost 500 pages but much of the book is about two swindles; one real and one fictitiousThe real swindle researched by the author was a scandal in France after the war Imagine the impact of loved ones finding out how the bodies of their lost sons brothers and fathers were treated We are used to seeing pictures of row upon row of soldiers’ graves in neatly arranged cemeteries And we are used to seeing war dead returned with honor guards But that’s not how it was in the heat of battle in the trench warfare of WW I Bodies were tossed into pits gullies and bomb craters and hastily buriedWhat occurred after the war wasn’t pretty either An illicit practice started where wealthy people paid soldiers to reveal where their loved ones were buried and then paid others to retrieve their bodies for burial After the war a massive operation was undertaken by France to find and exhume bodies for proper burial in the national war cemeteries Companies bid on contracts that went to the low bidders Chinese and African immigrants did most of this nasty work Most were illiterate certainly in French They could not read “dog tags” or other identifying paperwork so bodies were mixed up Paid “by the coffin” German war dead were sometimes interred as French soldiers Empty coffins were assigned names and buried The companies scrimped on the size of coffins sometimes cutting off heads or feet to fit bodies into the smallest coffin possible Personal items and clothing were stolen One company even paid grave workers for dentures stolen from the dead After the war every town tried to outdo its neighbors in building monuments to honor their war dead The two destitute men left to shift for themselves resent this extravagance on the dead while living veterans are largely ignored Here’s the fake scandal Since the injured man is an excellent artist he concocts a scheme with the help of his buddy to sell war memorials and receive down payments for projects that will never be built There is good writing Some samples “He hiked up the front of his pants as if to say I could do with a drink now”“so many trips so many meetings scarcely time to screw his wife’s friends; this government order was taking up all his time and energy”“Having no one and nothing in his life – not even a cat – everything was about him his existence had curled in on itself like a dry leaf around an empty space”Of the town mayor who simply rambled when he spoke “What did it mean this prolixity It was impossible to tell Labourdin constructed sentences from sounds rather than ideas”“It sounded as though he had spent much time thinking about the uestion but never about the answer” A great read – I’ll give it a 45 and round up to “5”Top photo from thoughtcocomPhoto of Etaples Military Cemetery from tripadvisorcomukPhoto of the author from elperiodicocom