CanLit
L'Habitude des bêtes de Lise Tremblay - Critique

L’Habitude des bêtes est un roman superbe, court et simple, qui s’attache à mettre en récit l’impermanence–la qualité éphémère de toute chose–à travers les yeux d’un jeune retraité nommé Benoît. Narrée à la première personne, l’histoire vous enveloppe dans l’intimité…

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This Week in CanLit

This Week in CanLit is a new feature I’m experimenting with on MapleBooks. I’m reading so much about books that I figured I could write a weekly sum-up for people who have a better social life than I do! 1….

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Les Héritiers de la mine de Jocelyne Saucier - Critique

Il y a tout un pan sublime de la littérature canadienne-française dont les histoires se situent dans des communautés très reculées, voire oubliées, et dont le style magnifique et poétique de l’écriture contraste violemment avec les tragédies qu’elles narrent. Il…

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Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy - Review

In France, where I grew up, Little Sister would be at home in my favourite genre: le fantastique. As Wikipedia describes it: “What is distinctive about the fantastique is the intrusion of supernatural phenomena into an otherwise realist narrative.” Fantastique…

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Wayworn Wooden Floors by Mark Lavorato - Review

Poetry. Rhymes, verses, literary devices, cryptic meaning, my school-year headaches. When I was a student, I figured poems were pretentious pieces of literature meant to be deciphered, mainly to produce a decent essay. To me, poetry were mostly obscure and…

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Annabel by Kathleen Winter - Review

We are in 1968. A small coastal village of Labrador sees the birth of a baby with ambiguous sexual traits. At the hospital, it’s a mere ruler who decides upon the infant’s fate: “Penis size at birth is the primary…

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Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis - Review - CanLit

Did you love Animal Farm by George Orwell? Then Fifteen Dogs is for you. This new novel by André Alexis, shortlisted for the Giller Prize 2015, features a group of pet dogs who are suddenly given human intelligence. Greek gods…

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There’s nothing as terrifying as being told your newborn “will be sick a good deal and require special medical and nursing care, which cannot be given at home.” This is what Margaret Harrington from The Unfinished Child was told after…

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Daydreams of Angels is a little piece of magic. It brought me back to the same feelings I had in my childhood while reading Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz. These books immersed me in a world of wonders,…

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