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Le temps n'efface rien

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A neuf ans, Henry est un garçon solitaire ; son pied bot l’empêche de partager les jeux des enfants de son âge. Cet été-là, comme à son habitude, il reste dans sa chambre, lit beaucoup et ne fréquente que sa jeune voisine, Janice. Le jour de la fête nationale, elle lui propose de l’accompagner à la plage avec son frère et sa sœur. Henry, complexé, refuse. Les quatre enfant ...more
585 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Presse de la cité (first published December 7th 2009)
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Jan 19, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Miles Franklin Longlist 2011
I put off reading this book. Despite its inclusion in the longlist for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award and regional shortlist for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, I feared it would be like the execrable Room and I don’t much like the idea of novelists mining the pain of celebrity victims for their books. For Time’s Long Ruin is loosely based on the disappearance of the Beaumont children in Adelaide in 1966, and their parents, if still living, would be in their eighties. They have, by all acco ...more
How can you make a story "gripping" when the outcome is well known? Somehow Stephen Orr manages to achieve this. Many Australians, especially Adelaideans, know about the Beaumont children. This book is loosely based on their story, with some significant changes, the most obvious being names and exact locations. Nevertheless, the incident on which the story is based is unmistakable to most Australians over the age of 40.

Orr recasts the story, from the point of view of the next door neighbour and
Jeannie May
I read this purely as it had been selected to represent our state ( SA)in the 'our story' competition, but found it difficult, depressing and confronting! As a mother, the pain and heartbreak was clearly conveyed and felt by the reader, in more ways than one, and I felt, very strongly the urge to hold my children close, and within sight. Once I committed myself to the book, I didn't put it down, however, I did not find it a pleasurable read at all. Between domestic violence, pedophilia and child ...more
Jack Ward
This is quite a long book for its subject matter. It is fiction based loosely on the disappearance of the Beaumont children in Adelaide in the 1960s. It is well written but ambles along for most of the book. Like real life, nothing is ever resolved and in many ways it is quite depressing. Life is like that though. Certainly, if you live in South Australia and have any memories of that time it proves very evocative of time and place.
Apr 14, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent character study of the devastating effects on a family and a community from the unexplained disappearance of three young siblings. The story is a retelling of the disappearance of the Beaumont children, but using different names and locations. As a South Australian brought up with knowledge of the events surrounding the disappearance, the familiarity of the story gave it a particular poignancy (or perhaps macabre interest). Although the author altered the facts, the physical situati ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this 3.5 stars. It was well-written and quite moving in places. It was a very slow-burn, but worth reading.
I feel ambivalent about this book. The voice seemed flat, but in the logic of the story this makes some sense. The narrator is an older man, stuck in the past, reflecting back on a claustrophobic life in Adelaide's suburbs. But it left the book lifeless. The scenes where Henry imagines what happens broke the submersion in the fictional world. It picked up at the beginning of the second half, but ultimately the two parts were mirror images of each other: Henry was still disconnected, the mothers ...more
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Mar 15, 2015 Brenda Kittelty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fictionalised version of the Beaumont children disappearance, as told by their young next-door-neighbour Henry. Adelaide in 1960 brought vividly to life as the small dramas in small suburban lives inflate to become national news when the Riley children disappear from a day at the beach. This is a stunning, compelling and un-put-downable novel. I loved every page.
Nov 06, 2012 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic novel, compelling, riveting one you can't put down. Once you've finished reading it the characters stay with you long after you've finished.
Apr 19, 2012 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my style of writing and unsatisfying end.
Jan 03, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very thought provoking.
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Stephen Orr is the author of Time’s Long Ruin, which has been long-listed for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award. It’s his third novel, and it’s also been shortlisted for the South East Asia and Pacific Best Book Award in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Stephen lives with his family in Adelaide where he is a teacher and freelance literary reviewer and columnist. He has worked as a writer
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