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La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes

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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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Jul 09, 2016 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashes of writerly goodness, sometimes approaching brilliance, and the story unfurls like the conflagration foretold by the title, but the nibbles at the edges of PoMo make me want to read this book again, written by Ben Marcus.
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
Here's how the progression of my reading went:

1st couple of pages: What is going on and why is grammar not a thing.

A little further in: Okay no this is cool and weird and a little creepy I like it

Near the end of the first half: THIS IS PRETTY and I need to copy stuff down, this is actually SUCH an effective way to use words how did the author pull this off? And what does it look like untranslated?

Moving into the second half: PERFECT IT GETS DARKER, I'm at a good level of unsettled. Also, words?!
M. Sarki
Mar 12, 2013 M. Sarki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2016 Justė rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brrr. Kraupokoka knyga. Einu slėpti degtukų ir lyginti beskaitant atsiradusias raukšles.
Jun 30, 2008 Sister rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 29, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2016 Dovilė rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, 2016
Skaičiau ir iki galo taip ir nesupratau, patinka man ji, ar ne. Kai kas nuspėjama, kai kas vertė nejaukiai pasijausti, kai kam paaiškinimų norėjosi daugiau. Pradžia lėta, vidurys - pats tas, pabaiga - balaganas. Priminė ne vieną matytą filmą (We Are What We Are, Miss Violence, Kynodontas) ir, žinoma, ,,Širšių fabriką" bei ,,Storą sąsiuvinį".
Šiaip svarsčiau tarp 3 ir 4, tai realiai toks viduriukas tarp jų ir būtų tikslesnis įvertinimas.
Apr 03, 2016 Skaistė rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oj, oj, oj. Daug laiko praėjo nuo tada, kada skaičiau, bet iki šiol pamenu, kad labai labai labai nepatiko. Nesupratau, buvo keista, nemalonu, kartais net šlykštu. Nepraturtėjau perskaičius, nieko iš jos nepasiėmiau. Ar ką praradau? Turbūt laiką, kurį galėjau praleisti ir geriau. Jeigu būtų galima duoti minus žvaigždutę, duočiau nedvejodama. ...more
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 -- an excellent palate cleanser between Tolstoyan courses.

I couldn't be more pleased with my choice of light reading to serve as intermission between the two massive classics. Little Girl is everything Tolstoy is not: the mundane to Tolstoy's
Sep 29, 2016 Amélie rated it really liked it
Shelves: québec, 2016
Livre essoufflant & éminemment troublant -- mais aussi joueur, aérien à sa façon, barbouillé de cette joie particulière qu'amène les mots bien choisis.

C'est difficile de parler de La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes sans trahir ses secrets, mais disons que c'est un livre qui a) fait honneur à son titre & b) ne s'enfarge pas dans les fleurs du tapis. S'il semble exister dans une dimension parallèle à la nôtre, initialement, le récit nous ramène peu à peu au raz des pâquerettes
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
Sep 28, 2008 marissa rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 21, 2014 Aideeeee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lectores arriesgados
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
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
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.

Sep 28, 2008 Lavinia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005, fiction
An interesting experience. Quite a bit scary.

o experienta interesanta. chiar mai mult, oarecum terifianta.
Oct 02, 2013 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Burak Göral
Zor bir hikayenin izinden gitmiş Kanadalı yazar Gaétan Soucy. Bir kasabanın maden sahibi dul, zengin adamının iki çocuğu, hayatlarında malikanelerinin dışına çıkarılmamışlar, dış dünyaya tamamen yabancı bir hayat yaşamışlar. Hikayeyi anlatan kız bile kendisini erkek sanıyor hatta. Romanın hemen başında babanın ölümü iki kardeşin giderek bir vahşete dönüşecek olan hikayesini de başlatıyor.

Soucy’i üne kavuşturan 1998 tarihli bu ilk romanının zorluğu, doğduğundan beri dış dünyadan tecrit edilerek y
Feb 05, 2016 Winter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
4,5 Stars

Sometimes you read a book that’s just brilliantly written. This one is just that, it is brilliant. Written inside the head of one of two siblings who has recently lost their father. Being isolated from the world pretty much all their life, the transition is a shocking one when they have to connect with their fellow persons.

It is a beautiful book writing wise and I can’t really get over how clever it is written. However it’s also inside the head of a person who doesn’t really know hygien
Aug 08, 2007 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Sep 05, 2013 Anibalector rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
It was difficult to read, and while I see the poetic aspect of the novel, the strong emotions I initially felt were hard to overcome. Need to analyze this novel more to understand better.
Leylak Dalı
Ruh karartıcı, ürkütücü, şaşırtıcı, bir o kadar da ilginçti. İzleyen varsa "Köpek Dişi" filminin daha hafif bir müsveddesi gibiydi sanki. Okuyup okumamak keyfinize kalmış, ben karışmam...
Oct 24, 2007 Karma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 26, 2016 KayG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-recs
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!
Jan 18, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
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...
Jul 17, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and disturbing at the same time
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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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