Les Grandes Marées by Jacques Poulin Online

Les Grandes Marées
Title : Les Grandes Marées
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ISBN : 9782742706792
Language : English
Format Type : Poche
Number of Pages : 224

"Poulin is a master of imagery and dialogue: They rest like froth on top of something much more murky and morose: an underlying fear of emptiness."-The Silhouette Peacefully employed on an uninhabited island, a translator of comic strips (codename Teddy Bear) lives in the company of his dictionaries, his marauding cat, Matousalem, and his tennis ball machine (the Prince)."Poulin is a master of imagery and dialogue: They rest like froth on top of something much more murky and morose: an underlying fear of emptiness."-The Silhouette Peacefully employed on an uninhabited island, a translator of comic strips (codename Teddy Bear) lives in the company of his dictionaries, his marauding cat, Matousalem, and his tennis ball machine (the Prince). Convinced that the translator's happiness is in jeopardy, his boss helicopters in a few solitude-seeking companions-the beautiful and elusive Marie with her flirtatious cat Moustache; the seductive nudist, Featherhead; Professor Moccasin, the half-deaf comic strip scholar; the moody and contradictory Author; the Ordinary Man; and the Organizer, sent to "sensitize the population." As the spring tides drag ocean debris onto the shore, Teddy Bear and his companions seek out their own solitudes in this hilarious philosophical fable. Jacques Poulin's novels include Volkswagen Blues (a finalist for Canada Reads 2005) and La tournée d'automne (Autumn Rounds). Poulin received the 1978 Governor General's Award for Les Grandes Marées(Spring Tides) and the Molson Prize for lifetime artistic contribution in 1990 and 2000. He lives in Québec.


Les Grandes Marées Reviews

  • سلطان

    بدَأت الرواية بفكرة جيدة، لكن أحداثها أخذت تسير ببطء شديد وكادت أن تتجه إلى مستوى الروايات الهابطة، وتسرب الملل إلي، لولا الخاتمة المفاجئة التي كسرت رتم الأحداث.بشكل عام الرواية متوسطة المستوى.

  • Czarny Pies

    Les Grandes marees published in 1978 is a quintessential book of its era in Quebecois literature. It tells the fable of a translator of comic strips who moves to a small abandoned island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River because he cannot feel at home in his society. His supportive employer who wants him to be happy alters his paper's work procedures to accommodate the distressed comic strip translator. After a short period, the employer concludes that the author is unhappy in his solitude [...]

  • Evan Hutchinson

    I had to read this for a class in college. I could literally skip some paragraphs and it wouldn't even make a difference. I found it really boring to read, as it feels like nothing truly interesting is happening.

  • Camille

    Les Grandes Marées by Jacques Poulin is exactly what one would expect from a Canadian book; almost too kind, blend, and frankly not that interesting. Had to read that book for a class and I despised it. The characters are boring and self-centered, and the author is trying too hard to make it like a society's critique. The individualism of the characters, mainly Teddy and Marie get tasteless after a few chapters. I would not recommend this to anyone. The end is like the entire book, unclear and [...]

  • Sandra Miksa

    This seriously had the potential of receiving five stars but I'll settle for four.I like, borderline love, stories with no plots but the ending to this story was so abrupt not even anti-climatic but leading to nowhere (literally).I also liked that the characters are characterized by their traits.Another aspect I liked was the references to modern day objects, comics, dictionaries, etc contrasted to an old fashioned world like the Island its set in. I wish was on the Île Madame Island but that [...]

  • Yavor Petkov

    J’ai beaucoup aimé ce roman. C’est le premier roman de Poulin que je lis et je vais certainement continuer la découverte de son oeuvre. Un style unique, du moins pour mes connaissances, et une imagination libre et riche. Lire la suite sur mon blogue : puis-chap/2017/09/

  • Cora Lang

    Ce livre parle de solitude et d’envahissement, de bonté et d’égoïsme. Récit touchant et créatif d’un homme en quête de tranquillité.

  • Sarah

    J'ai eu beaucoup de mal à comprendre le sens de ce livre. C'est même en rédigeant cette critique que j'ai fini par comprendre certains aspects. J'ai beaucoup aimé les jeux de langage dans ce livre avec ces personnages qui portent un surnom qui les résume. Tous sauf deux, Teddy et Marie, qui sont les personnages les plus intéressants du roman à mon avis. Ce sont les âmes pures de cette aventure qui refusent de se faire corrompre. Ce livre parle de l'éphémérité du paradis terrestre, pa [...]

  • Tonymess

    Earlier this month I celebrated my birthday and my family knowing me quite well (you’d hope they would!!) delivered a number of gifts that were all neatly wrapped and rectangular in shape. They’d been online shopping choosing a raft of Archipelago Books that weren’t already on my shelf. Jacques Poulin featured with three gifts so straight into his work I delved. No logic with the one I chose first, just the one that happened to be closest to my hand when selecting.Our protagonist is Teddy, [...]

  • Emily

    This edition lends itself to reading in bed, with its textured cover and endearing size. In fact, it makes you so comfortable, that the beautiful and sad ending is even more so jarring, for by then, this little book has been sleeping on the pillow next to you. You've found yourself endeared to the main character, Teddy Bear, and then again, you're so endeared that the end is furthermore tragic and painful. Read it anyway, though, for it is lovely.Thank you library, for your display of this book. [...]

  • Noelle

    I read this book for a high school French class, and it was one of my favorites. The French has a quiet, meditative sweetness to it and Teddy and Marie especially are very lovable characters. I went out of my way to buy my own copy of the book, and I brought it with me when I went to college.

  • Debbie

    was reading it for a book group. could not finish.

  • Kriptess

    Absolutes confused. No real climax to the story at all.

  • Mttgrms

    very easy read, I like the way the author cut the fat out of the story, making it void of dull moments. Read this book for school and appreciated the choice

  • Chaaron

    3.5 starsUn bon livre qui commence une conversation sur ce qu'est la joie :)