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Les Grandes Marées

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  229 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

"Poulin is a master of imagery and dialogue: They rest like froth on top of something much more murky and morose: an underlying fear of emptiness."-The Silhouette

Peacefully employed on an uninhabited island, a translator of comic strips (codename Teddy Bear) lives in the company of his dictionaries, his marauding cat, Matousalem, and his tennis ball machine (the Prince).

Poche, Babel, 224 pages
Published January 16th 1996 by Actes Sud (first published 1978)
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Feb 24, 2015 Tonymess rated it really liked it
Earlier this month I celebrated my birthday and my family knowing me quite well (you’d hope they would!!) delivered a number of gifts that were all neatly wrapped and rectangular in shape. They’d been online shopping choosing a raft of Archipelago Books that weren’t already on my shelf. Jacques Poulin featured with three gifts so straight into his work I delved. No logic with the one I chose first, just the one that happened to be closest to my hand when selecting.

Our protagonist is Teddy, he li
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Sep 26, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone anxious to taste existential angst of Quebeckers
Recommended to Czarny by: An angst ridden Quebecker.
Les Grandes marees published in 1978 is a quintessential book of its era in Quebecois literature. It tells the fable of a translator of comic strips who moves to a small abandoned island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River because he cannot feel at home in his society. His supportive employer who wants him to be happy alters his paper's work procedures to accommodate the distressed comic strip translator.

After a short period, the employer concludes that the author is unhappy in his solitude
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Oct 29, 2015 Evan Hutchinson rated it did not like it
I had to read this for a class in college. I could literally skip some paragraphs and it wouldn't even make a difference. I found it really boring to read, as it feels like nothing truly interesting is happening.
Oct 08, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canadians, sea-farers, dreamy linguists and so on.
This edition lends itself to reading in bed, with its textured cover and endearing size. In fact, it makes you so comfortable, that the beautiful and sad ending is even more so jarring, for by then, this little book has been sleeping on the pillow next to you. You've found yourself endeared to the main character, Teddy Bear, and then again, you're so endeared that the end is furthermore tragic and painful. Read it anyway, though, for it is lovely.

Thank you library, for your display of this book.
Mar 14, 2016 Chaaron rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
3.5 stars

Un bon livre qui commence une conversation sur ce qu'est la joie :)
Jan 05, 2014 Noelle rated it it was amazing
I read this book for a high school French class, and it was one of my favorites. The French has a quiet, meditative sweetness to it and Teddy and Marie especially are very lovable characters. I went out of my way to buy my own copy of the book, and I brought it with me when I went to college.
Jun 04, 2013 Mttgrms rated it really liked it
very easy read, I like the way the author cut the fat out of the story, making it void of dull moments. Read this book for school and appreciated the choice
Aug 04, 2014 Kriptess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kriptess by: Teacher
Absolutes confused. No real climax to the story at all.
Aug 10, 2008 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
was reading it for a book group. could not finish.
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