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La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  786 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Nous avons dû prendre l’univers en main mon frère et moi car un matin un peu avant l’aube papa rendit l’âme sans crier gare. Sa dépouille crispée dans une douleur dont il ne restait plus que l’écorce, ses décrets si subitement tombés en poussière, tout ça gisait dans la chambre de l’étage où papa nous commandait tout, la veille encore. Il nous fallait des ordres pour ne pa ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Boréal (first published 1998)
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There are books, however short or long, that take forever to get through; books that make you twist and dig and plunder for meaning behind painfully skillful, cruelly dense language. Gaetan Soucy's The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches is that.

This isn't a bizarre story, its just bizarrely written. And bizarre is good. Its about two siblings, ages estimated around late teens, who one morning discover their father dead by hanging. One of them decides to venture out to town to purchase a co
Wow. I hardly know what to say after having finished this book. I am shaken.

Reading this book was sort of like having bandages removed from your eyes, layer by layer.

Things become lighter and lighter, clearer and clearer, and you are excited by the anticipation of the possibilities of the world you will behold once your vision is completely unobstructed.

And then the picture begins to emerge, and there you are, drowning in burning, blinding light, raw and unprotected.

Part of you wishes you co
I have to admit I have just finished reading this book, and I'm speechless(which is not a good time to try to write a book review). This book was a bit hard to get used to but once I was about halfway I got the hang of the language and tone of it! It is so rich and deep with layers that I kept having to stop and re-read sections just to pick up on minor details i had missed or overlooked. At first I didn't think I would like this book at all and I almost put it down, but it is so short I decided ...more
If you like over-the-top gothic horror, you probably will like this book. I found it to be silly and pointless. Two children, raised in isolation by an abusive father, have to face the outside world when their father dies. Some reviewers think the language is beautiful and poetic. But the language is an artifact of the narrator's point of view, which was implausible to the point of being ridiculous. SPOILER ALERT: On the one hand, this kid has read enough from her father's vast library that she ...more
M. Sarki
I was completely disappointed in this novel and not because there wasn't some good writing in it, there was. But my expectations were so high for it. Even a particular blurb on the cover announced this Soucy fellow, this philosopher, as being compared almost religiously to Samuel Beckett which got my attention and I wished it hadn't. There were several clever lines in the book, but not enough to override the lack of any delectable flesh for me to mash my teeth on. I was wishing for more violence ...more
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Jun 30, 2008 Sister rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: child psychologists, children of priests, horse owners, pyromaniacs, and employers of puns
I stole a copy of this from my friend who has too many books, as partial payment for taking care of his misogynist cat. He didn't mind, because of course he had another copy tucked away. Well honestly it pissed him off at first, because he didn't realize he had two copies, and was planning to read the copy I pilfered. He's since forgiven me, and allowed me to come over and clean up after his vomiting she-beast while he prances off to glamorous book events such as BEA (I'm never invited).

I decide
Sep 28, 2008 marissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: indie-film junkies
The narrator of this story speaks with an old-world cadence, startlingly original and evocative phrasing folded in among distressingly detailed accounts of cruelty, filth, and deviance. After reaching the alarming conclusion of the book with its multiple revelations, I went back to the beginning and realized that most of the "twist" elements are present right up front; Soucy creates a reality that's so dense with peculiarity that the reader gets disoriented, unable to figure out how to weight ea ...more
I don't know how good it would be but it's been translated in English : The Little Girl who was too fond of matches

This was disturbing, upsetting, moving, and absorbing.
At first the style is hard to get used to; the narrator is a girl who's been cut off from the world by her father. She has been made to believe that she is a boy and has no awareness of the world as we know it. She creates words, mingles formal and colloquial expressions and we slowly discover through clues that she leaves innoc
Es que... WOW

Éste es un libro diferente, supe de él por un artículo que amablemente me compartieron, titulado "3 Novelas Sucias". Las otras dos no las he podido conseguir, lamentablemente.

Y vaya que no hay mejor manera de describir esta historia, que con la palabra "sucia".

Cuenta la vida de una persona que ha vivido aislada toda su vida junto a su hermano y es cuando su padre (y carcelero) muere que éste ser se ve obligado a salir de casa para conseguir un ataúd y en el camino empieza a desentra
An interesting experience. Quite a bit scary.

o experienta interesanta. chiar mai mult, oarecum terifianta.
Par où commencer ? Ce livre, c'est d'abord une langue, drôle, colorée, sauvage, d'une inventivité folle. C'est ensuite un personnage, le narrateur, qui nous échappe dès qu'on croit le connaître. C'est un monde, vivant et foisonnant, qui brouille tous nos repères, notamment historiques. C'est enfin une histoire, un apprentissage du monde, plein d'aventures, de rebondissements et de tristesse.

Deux jeunes garçons découvrent un matin que leur père s'est suicidé. Ils habitaient seuls avec lui dans un
Пришлось нам с братом зажать вселенную в ладошке, потому что как-то утром, когда только-только начало светать, папа наш отдал богу душу и даже не предупредил нас об этом заранее.

Это неплохой трешак, такие встречаются на моем пути крайне редко. Скорее всего, потому что я их просто не читаю. Мерзотные подробности, диковатые герои, сакраментальные фразы, которые переворачивают историю с ног на голову, искаженная реальность, сюжет, раскрывающийся с середины, и полная хрень в начале, когда голова иде
If you have decided that it is long past time that you read War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and you have, by chance, decided to read both of them over a two month period, then this book by Gaetan Soucy is a wonderful novel to read in the middle of the two, serving as an excellent palate cleanser between Tolstoyan courses.

That happens to be the camp in which I have found myself, and I couldn't be more pleased with my choice of "light" reading to serve as intermission between two massive classics
A weird little book translated from the French and with an epigraph by Wittgenstein to start things off (that, basically, explains everything right there). It took me about an hour to places more like a fantasy novel (reminds me a bit of Crowley's Little Big or something like that) and in other ways a pretty modern/harsh assessment of, let's say, basic human nature(s).

Weird little book. The narrator is a sort of feral child, who speaks a language that is simultaneously naive/innocent
On ne referme pas ce livre sans être un peu (beaucoup) sous le choc de l'horreur qui progresse et qui culmine. Brillamment écrit mais un récit qui me laisse dubitative. Les mots me manquent...
Definitely an interesting read.

Written from the 1st person perspective of a well-read yet isolated young woman who confidently misuses language and metaphor, the POV is truly strange and engaging.

I liked the story best when it was at its most poetic. Because there's so much wordplay and confusion, I wonder how it was possible to translate from the French and what the original is like.

Anantha Lakshmi
I would like to tear up the pages of this book into tiny little pieces to erase all memory of its existence, but my brain has already been imprinted with the story and the narrative so I am just going to have to bury it someplace where I don't find it for a long time. I cannot remember the last time I cringed and swore this much while reading a book. The crudeness and the truths got more and more shocking with every page, so I am glad the book was as short as it was. The brutal honesty in the na ...more
Really liked the style, the syntax and of course, the story. Brutal, but amazingly beautiful. The innocence of those teens is really heartbreaking and the author knew what to extract from their story. One of the best books I`ve read recently.
Tatiana Scutari
Doi copii crescuţi de un tată tiran, care îi abuza fizic şi mental. O fată care credea că e băiat, pentru că aşa i-a spus tatăl ei şi un băiat nebun, doi copii care nu ieşiseră vreodată din casa în care îi ţinea captivi tatăl lor, un om foarte bogat de altfel şi influent în sat. Sărăcia şi mizeria îi transformă pe cei doi copii în nişte debili sălbatici, incapabili să facă un pas din casă şi să iasă în sat. "Pedeapsa divină", care apare în tot romanul fără a crea mare sens apare "dezgolită" la f ...more
What an astonishing little novel! As the dark story is told, facts are slowly revealed, and tale becomes increasingly horrific. This one will stay with me for a long time!
The best word to describe this book is weird. My mother gave it to me as a gift so I had to read it. I'm glad I did. It has become one of my favorites.
Tres bizarre, creatif, mysterieux, interessant, unique. Je veux le relire tout de suite!
Apr 03, 2012 April rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to April by: The Dollar Store
I appreciate my own family more after reading this book
Beautiful and disturbing at the same time
Anne Claire
Swap automne 2011 - Suzanne ecrivain
Deux enfants pris au d��pourvu par la mort de leur de p��re, dans un ��trange domaine r��gi par le 'code de la bonne maison', se demandent ce qu'ils peuvent bien faire du cadavre et de la vie qui leur reste �� vivre hors de sa loi. Un univers myst��rieux s'��difie, que le lecteur ne p��n��trera jamais compl��tement, un monde qui participe �� la fois du conte fantastique et de la fable philosophique.
If you find a translation of that book I recommend! :)
But I have read the original french version.

C'est un livre qui reste avec nous et qui nous marque. Un livre que je n'aurais jamais choisi moi même. Je l'ai lu pour un cours de français au secondaire et je dois dire qu'au début les phrases sans fin, les mots inventés, ça mélange un peu et ça prends du temps avant de vraiment comprendre le narrateur. Mais un coup bien encré dans l'univers de ces enfants laissés à eux-même, on ne peut plus s'arr
This was well done.

It's unsettling and you know right from the star that it's not quite what it appears to be. It's unique. The language is fabulous. It's narrated by a character who did not have a traditional upbringing so their use of words isn't quite correct, so the book is one endless puzzle of trying to figure out what's being talked about or described based on what we're told, taking into account the point of view we're told it from.

The language really works. Which brings me to the transl
Diana Welsch
This is quite possibly the strangest book I've ever read. I can barely believe that it exists, that someone could write this. It's also possibly a five-star book, but I'd have to read it again to really make that judgment, because I know that I did not understand it 100%.

This is a first-person last will and testament of a young person of indeterminate age. This person is probably at least 15 and might be a full adult. I'm guessing late teens or early twenties, but all I can say for sure is that
It has been a while since I picked up a book that changed the way I write. Drastically, I mean. Every book I read contributes a little to my writing style and process--but some books becomeevents. Gaétan Soucy's The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matchesis one such book, for me, at this moment. Should I ever have the luxury of looking back at my developmental arc as a writer, and should I ever zoom in a bit on my years as a graduate student in the University of Arizona MFA program, Soucy's li ...more
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Gaétan Soucy est né à Montréal, le 21 octobre 1958. Après des études en physique et en mathématiques à l’Université de Montréal, il termine des études littéraires à l’Université du Québec, puis obtient une maîtrise en philosophie par un mémoire remarqué sur la théorie transcendantale des sciences dans la philosophie critique kantienne. Enfin, il consacrera quelques années à l’étude exclusive de la
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