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Matin Brun

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  377 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
You are living a fine life. You read the newspaper and play cards with friends. Gradually—things start to change. You are told that brown is the only acceptable color: if you have a black dog, put it to sleep. Buy a brown one. Add "brown" at the end of each sentence. Books are being burned. But you don’t notice. People still go to cafes; you feel secure. You get a ...more
18 pages
Published 2005 by Grand caractère (first published 1998)
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Greg
Feb 24, 2010 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has heard that quote about, "First they came for the Jews and I said nothing..... and then they came for me and there was no one left to say anything." This book is a slightly longer version of that quote.

Instead of Jews, the government has scientific studies that a)there are too many cats and dogs and b) that brown cats and dogs are superior, they eat less, are smarter and just better, so c) all non-brown cats and dogs have to be killed. This absurdity moves on to banning books that m
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Stephen  Alff (AlffBooks)
"On aurait du dire non. Résister d'avantage"

Short, very easy to read and much much more than just a story!

This book isn't just the words on the paper. Actually this book is mostly the words in between the lines, words that are heavy with meaning and most definitely are shouted. Shouted because everyone should hear them, shouted for the sake of freedom and peace, shouted for what is right and what we believe is right, I think so at least. I believe the message in this story is that we must stand
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Hanane
En 12 pages à peine, cet apologue sarcastique relève deux caractéristiques majeures de nos sociétés. Premièrement, cette lâcheté flagrante et unanime vis à vis des abus atroces du pouvoir et cette manipulation sans égale de notre liberté de vivre, de parler, de réagir, de vivre tout court. Deuxièmement, comment les dictatures exécutent doucement et progressivement leurs plans de servitude en usant de l'appui des scientifiques, des politiciens des médias .... Bref, c'est à force d'accepter ...more
Cindy
Oct 12, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This tiny book reveals, in a casual style as powerful as greats like Bukowski and Vonnegut, exactly the travesty of the surveillance culture of the 21st Century. Which continues, basically unchecked. I love this book and while it trumpets truth and summarizes one of the worst aspects of modern life, in just a few pages, the truth isn't enough ... it's the reader who must take action or be swept along in an increasingly dystopian world.
Or Ben zvi reif
A simplistic anti-facist allegory that is, in my humble opinion, nothing to write home about. Or maybe it is that the cliche that is Niemöller-esque works is no longer relevant in the 2010s, when the threats to freedom are from far more subtle than hostile takeovers.
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Genessa  KJ
Feb 24, 2010 Genessa KJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know those books that make you shiver after you've finished it. Yeah...my teeth were chattering.
Bryan Blanchot
Jan 12, 2016 Bryan Blanchot rated it it was amazing
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Al
Jan 04, 2012 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the shortest books you will ever read and fantastic.
Jessica
Nov 22, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Good book for an educational need (history or ethics per example).
Juanbpf
Jan 09, 2015 Juanbpf rated it it was amazing
J'ai trop aimé le fait que l'écrivain a pu décrire un monde si bien même si le livre est peut-être le plus court du monde. Des fois on lise des livres longs et on sait rien du lieu où les faits se dévelopent, mais dans Matin Brun c'est pas comme ça. C'était génial la critique à l'éxtrème droite. En géneral, je suis plutôt étonné pour ce livre parce que celui montre qu'il n'est pas nécessaire d'utiliser trop de mots pour créer un monde si complet ni une histoire si intéressante et réaliste. ...more
Amandine
Jul 17, 2013 Amandine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amandine by: Chloé
Marathon ABC recommandations (P)

Il y a quelques années, Chloé m’a conseillé cette nouvelle et avait tout à fait raison en la qualifiant de « Court(e), simple et efficace. Effrayant(e)... » En 12 pages à peine, Franck Pavloff parvient à retracer tout le processus infernal de l’intolérance et de l’extermination d’un groupe : d’un « Ce n’est pas bien grave » à un autre, on en arrive rapidement à être pris dans un engrenage bien plus grave qu’on ne voulait le croire.
Je ne peux dire mieux que Chloé :
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Thomas Stavrou
Feb 15, 2014 Thomas Stavrou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
θα 'πρεπε να έχουμε πει όχι. να αντισταθούμε περισσότερο, αλλά πως; όλα γίνονται τόσο γρήγορα, έχεις τη δουλειά, τις καθημερινές σκοτούρες. κι οι άλλοι το ίδιο κάνουν, σηκώνουν τα χέρια ψηλά για να 'χουν την ησυχία τους, έτσι δεν είναι;
Polytimi
Oct 03, 2012 Polytimi rated it really liked it
A short story that says everything within just 18 pages.A great metaphor (or not) for conformism and surrender to each society's extreme demands. Stupidity,ignorance and indifference are the worst vices of human nature after all and these lead him to his own both intellectual and physical slavery.
Gen
Jul 06, 2014 Gen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know those books that make you shiver after you've finished it. Yeah...my teeth were chattering.
Julie Mgt
Dec 18, 2015 Julie Mgt rated it really liked it
Court mais efficace ! Une nouvelle qui fait réfléchir. Je ne peux que la recommander ... à tout le monde !
Simon Vandereecken
Mar 23, 2015 Simon Vandereecken rated it it was amazing
Une nouvelle courte mais interpellante sur la lente montée du racisme... Que tout le monde devrait lire.
Kat
Apr 11, 2015 Kat rated it it was amazing
Un livre qui a fait toute mon enfance et qui aujourd'hui m'a à nouveau amenée à réfléchir sur les conséquences de nos non-actes. Un coup de coeur !
Malamas
Apr 23, 2014 Malamas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το πέτυχα τυχαία και το πήρα λόγω τίτλου και τιμής. Επίκαιρο όσο ποτέ, μια αλληγορία του ολοκληρωτικού-φασιστικού κράτους με πολύ απλό τρόπο. Ένα όμορφο βιβλιαράκι για έναν γρήγορο καφέ.
Alienor
Oct 06, 2013 Alienor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has 5 minutes to spare
Shelves: own, french
It may be a story all of us have heard many times before, but this (very) short novel is striking in its simplicity.
Jennifer Sabbane
Jan 18, 2015 Jennifer Sabbane rated it it was amazing
classic et toujours aussi pertinent, peut etre meme encore plus que d'habitude en considerant les recents evenements en France et en Belgique ...
Claire Redmond
Jul 07, 2016 Claire Redmond rated it it was amazing
One of my favourites and regularly revisited, 'Brown' (as my version is called) describes a chilling totalitarian society. A must read!
Victoria
Aug 11, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, favorites
Please read it - it will take you 10 minutes and it will probably be the best 10 minutes of your day (plus it's much shorter than 1984)
TeaButterfly
Feb 24, 2010 TeaButterfly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: read-in-french
Sait-on assez où risquent de nous mener collectivement les petites lâchetés de chacun d'entre nous ?
Manon
Manon rated it liked it
Aug 29, 2016
Maëva
Maëva rated it it was ok
Apr 14, 2016
verbava
Jul 28, 2013 verbava rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, illustrated
одна з найкоротших антиутопій, які я читала. (усі інші в тому списку - воннегутові).
V.
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