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Les Belles-Soeurs

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Germaine Lauzon, ménagère de Montréal, a gagné un million de timbres-primes. Une bonne occasion pour inviter parentes et amies à une soirée de "collage de timbres". Mais les 15 femmes entassées dans la cuisine n'en restent pas longtemps aux civilités : jalousies, vengeances et haines personnelles éclatent, venant gâcher la fête. Dans ce huis clos parfait, difficile de ne p ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published 1972 by Leméac
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This play put me in mind of a piano piece I played when I was growing up, entitled “Two Ladies Gossiping” by Russian composer Aram Khachaturian. Except that the title of this play could have been “Fifteen Ladies Gossiping.” With an all-female cast, the action of this play takes place on a single night when middle-aged Germaine Lauzon invites over all of her friends and relations to solicit their help in putting her recently won million department store coupons into coupon books. In other words, ...more
Becky R.
Billed as representing French-speaking Quebec, with their own working-class culture being stamped on the play, I really was quite intrigued. I can't say that I've read anything that was said to represent that culture, nor do I know much about it. In short, this was a pleasure to branch out and give a go.

Germaine seems like an image of a 1950's housewife, with her desire to redecorate her home and do it all on the trading stamps she won from the local department store. I suppose that I imposed my
Colin Hogan
In my continuous efforts to understand Québec, I bought this play. Michel Tremblay is the quintessential québécois writer, and this is one of his most important pieces. Written in the joual of Montréal, it tries to capture how people actually speak. Like the Irish of J.M. Synge or that weird New England accent of Eugene O'Neill. I would have loved to have my roommate read it to me because I can't hear the accent always in my head, but I don't know if that would have been considered weird.

Michel Tremblay’s play “Les Belles-Soeurs” is raucous, energetic, and boisterous – and, because women so rarely get to be boisterous onstage, it’s revolutionary. The play plunks you down in the kitchen of Germaine, a middle-aged housewife in 1960s Montreal. She’s just won a million department-store coupons in a contest, and she’s invited fourteen of her neighbors to help her paste the coupons into booklets. Gossip, squabbling, scandal, and even a brawl ensue.

John Van Burek and Bill Glassco have
Dec 10, 2014 Joy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: theatre
It has some interesting ideas, not sure if this is something that really happens (happened?) in Quebec or if the playwright invented it, but the play's premise begins with one of the sisters winning a million stamps and throwing a stamp pasting party where her friends all paste stamps in booklets. The booklets can then be redeemed for household goods - like furniture or dustpans.

It's very much about the lower class and their belief that they'll never get ahead while giving all of their money to
Care Thomas
My first encounter with "joual" and I will never forget it.
Marcia Oster
Great for learning/analysing Quebecois slang.
Natasha Whyte
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Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Quelqu'un qui veut mieux connaitre les Canadiens Francais
Recommended to Czarny by: Je l'ai lu après avoir vu une réprésentation au théatre
Pour quelqu'un qui croit mal connaitre le Québec, il n'y a pas de manière plus efficace d'approfondir sa connnaissance que de lire les Belles Soeurs ou mieux d'aller au theatre pour voir une representation.

À premiére vue, c'est un drame des milieux populaires ou les commeres du quartier se rencontrent dans le but de voler honteusement une des leurs. Cependant, les Belles Soeurs est aussi un ouvrage du lendemain de la Révolution tranquille ou les Quebecois se sont liberées de la classe dirigeante
I was expecting to REALLY dislike the book considering I have a hard time reading (and kind of dislike) the style of writing... but I surprised myself and actually enjoyed reading this! I was reminded of really good friend of mine who speaks like the characters in the book for fun at times.
Dara Potvin
Read this in my Canadian literature class and thought it was a great play for understanding aspects of québécois life.
Michel Bruneau
A play between book covers rarely measure-up to the “live happening” itself. This is particularly evident with “Les Belles Soeurs” as one must hear the vivid rhythmic lamentations recited by the sisters, in unison without expression, like a requiem for the lost hope of a meaningful life, to feel their dark despair and appreciate the innovative signature of the author. Nonetheless, while waiting for an opportunity to see the play, the written word also succeeds in conveying the forceful message. ...more
Not a favourite but fun to read nonetheless.
Painful to read. Too real.
Jessica Barkl
I read this play today with the Actor's Circle of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild, and it was quite a surprise of awesomeness. It is all female play and the characters are very blue-collar and very Catholic. The characters reminded me a lot of women I grew up in Northern Idaho. I absolutely loved the humor/farce and the monologues. This is definitely something to remember for an all female play and for anyone looking for a fabulous all female play with great characters...this is one of them...a lo ...more
c'était plutôt comique. je l'ai lu pour l'école, et ce n'était pas une tâche. Il peut se lire en une soirée.
This drama is hilarious, and very life-like! You may want to take a course in Québécois French dialect first though, because Michel Tremblay lays the dialect on really thick. For me it was perfect, because I studied the dialect before and love it. My only regret is that I can't seem to find any video of it even though it is said to have been on Canadian TV. I MUST see this played!
Wow. I can see what the fuss is about. What a great play with remarkably well drawn characters. Chus ben content d'l'ai lu. Au moins quatre étoiles. Je me demande que serait l'impacte de la pièce en traduction en anglais. I'm really impressed.
My 11th grade role in the school play as Gabrielle Jodoin made these women real to me, and very sympathetic. When I read this as an English student at university I realized how unsympathetic they could be. Interesting read, very funny.
Une pièce amusante, divertissante mais sans plus. Je comprends les tragédies qui se cachent sous chacune des femmes mais elles ne m'atteignent pas particulièrement, sauf peut-être Germaine à la fin.
Maudit que ça fait du bien lire du Michel Tremblay, surtout en habitant l'autre bout du monde sans jamais entendre un autre québécois parler.
D Teegan
Sep 21, 2007 D Teegan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody, notime
My master's thesis was based on this play. Don't ask me why...All I'll say is, I don't recommend to anyone, anytime.
On reconnaît indéniablement le talent inné de Tremblay, sa sensibilité, sa finesse.
Tracy Morton
Love it. A great place to find a ladies monologue for auditions.
Interesting bit of history I guess. Rude ass canadiennes
Du pur québécois qui accroche le coeur.
Bande de folles! :-)
Jul 24, 2013 David added it
-it's a hoot
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