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The Child

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  9 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Simone and Claude live in a house with a lush garden, surrounded by a hedge that barely protects them from the growing violence and unrest in their low-income neighborhood. Simone mourns the loss of youth and possibility as Claude, a gym teacher who has been diagnosed with cancer, edges toward death. This is an unflinching portrait of a couple ravaged by illness and locked ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Bellevue Literary Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 11, 2014 Full Stop added it
Shelves: spring-2013

Review by Patrick Nathan

Rats, they say, can sense within one another undesirable genetic anomalies. In 2007, researchers at the University of Texas examined mate selection in various rat populations, and while the males weren’t all that picky, females, they discovered, routinely rejected male rats whose ancestors had been exposed to vinclozolin, a common fungicide linked to kidney disease and cancer. Scientists attribute this unique ability to the rat’s hi
May 15, 2014 Darin rated it really liked it
Sometimes the smallest packages deliver the biggest gifts.

The Child is a slim novella about a man dying from cancer, his wife's attempts to rationalize life in the face of her husband's impending death, and the upheaval in what they expected to be an orderly march towards oblivion presented by the appearance of the man's pre-teen child from an affair he had with a married woman before he met his wife.

Claude is in his 40s and is resigned to dying from his cancer, going so far as to refuse treatme
Aaron (Typographical Era)
A former gym-teacher now disgraced by scandal, Claude is slowing dying of Cancer. The father of two children from previous relationships – one of which is full grown with a daughter of his own, the other an 11-year-old boy he’s never met – Claude has been married to a woman named Simone for many years now. This relationship, at least in her eyes, has seen better days. She thinks, “We weren’t carefree, but we were happy all the same, mostly because we respected each other… From now on, we’re goin ...more
Apr 19, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
I think this is a remarkable book, and unlike anything that I have read before. The story is a heartbreaking situation, and some could view it as depressing. What is remarkable about it is how the author manages to put the reader into the reality of the situation, moment by moment. The experience of reading this is truly like being a person experiencing what the main character, Simone, is experiencing,with her senses and emotionally, from one minute to the next. Each word must be read carefully ...more
Jan 26, 2016 nikki marked it as lost-interest
No rating, since I dnf'd after only about 10 pages. Sometimes you pick up a book to read at random with no preconceived notions and end up loving it. Other times, you just don't connect with it. For me, this was a case of the latter.

To sum up: Grammatically awkward, choppy, hard to follow prose that made it difficult for me to get into this book. I'm not sure if this was due to the translation, or if it's like this in the original text, as well.

My focus is shit at the best of times, and since I
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