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Free read Au revoir là haut 106 ☆ 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 survivants Albert employé modeste et timoré a tout perdu Edouard artiste flamboyant devenu une gueule cassée est écrasé par son histoire familiaGuerre 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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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 par une.  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 novel a century before that Secondly it is a book that changes its colors as it progresses The opening 150 pages have a philosophical depth psychological perception and richness of style which does not at all conflict with the Prix Goncourt world But as it becomes increasingly of a plot driven novel it also becomes commercial—though doubtless highly successful in that genre

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Au revoir là hautRescapés 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 survivants Albert employé modeste et timoré a tout perdu Edouard artiste flamboyant devenu une gueule cassée est écrasé par son histoire familiale Désarmés et abandonnés après. A very strange book to have won the Goncourt Prize – it's superficially engaging than you might expect from French literary fiction the author is better known as a writer of thrillers but also much shallow In fact it doesn't really seem to be about anything except for a string of vaguely related incidents involving two survivors of the First World War – and at than six hundred pages that's really not enough This book is just far too long In fact by the time you finally reach the end you've already long since metaphorically put the chairs on the tables and started switching lights offWe do get off to uite an exciting start a battlefield in the closing days of the war November 1918 and two French privates whose lives come together in a moment of near death melodrama The soldiers' subseuent attempts to make a go of it in post war Paris are inwoven with the country's capitalist rush to finance war memorials while the concept of the French solider is fêted and glorified actual surviving soldiers many of whom are grotesuely injured are ostracised and shunnedLa guerre avait été une terrible épreuve de solitude mais ce n'était rien comparé à cette période de démobilisation ui prenait des allures de descente aux enfersThematically this should be pretty interesting but unfortunately it's mostly used as the pretext for a lot of dramatic set pieces whose narrative tension is sometimes engineered rather cheaply I think it's cheating for instance to say that a character has died only to reveal later that he's still alive after all and similar tricks are played at several points herein The main characters become involved in perpetrating a huge countrywide scam and this is sueezed for every drop of manufactured tension it can provide Which personally I hated – you know those scenes in films or TV shows where someone's snuck into someone's office and they have to get a file out of a drawer or download something on to a USB stick or something—and at the same time you can see the owner pulling up outside and walking up the stairs turning the handle – argh I can't stand these scenes I actually sometimes have to switch over because they stress me out so much Well this book is kind of like that only strung out for five hundred pagesThat title by the way It means ‘See you in heaven’ or something along those lines but for Anglophone readers – well for me anyway – it can't help bringing to mind echoes of Robert Graves's famous First World War memoir Goodbye to All That The English translation of this one appears to be called The Great Swindle which isfine if kind of giving upThe writing style is not bad – it's very easy to read few long words a feeling of wit and intelligence there but certainly nothing that makes you want to underline phrases in delight; and while the two main characters are well done the same can't be said for some of the supporting cast the perky parlourmaid love interest and the evil aristo baddie seem to have been ordered straight from central casting Because of its length and its episodic nature some people have compared this to the big nineteenth century novels but that's a strange connection to want to make with a story like this which takes its narrative inspiration much from Barbusse Genevoix and Chevallier as the afterword explicitly says Problem is I'm not sure Pierre Lemaitre really comes out of this comparison well which is a polite way of saying that he definitely doesn't – many parts of his book are good fun but you'd do a lot better to read Barbusse Genevoix and Chevallier instead