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La Quarantaine

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«Que reste-t-il des émotions, des rêves, des désirs quand tout disparaît ? L'homme d'Aden, l'empoisonneur de Harrar sont-ils les mêmes que l'adolescent furieux qui poussa une nuit la porte du café de la rue Madame, son regard sombre passant sur un enfant de neuf ans qui était mon grand-père ? Je marche dans toutes ces rues, j'entends le bruit de mes talons qui résonne dans ...more
Paperback, 539 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Gallimard Education (first published 1995)
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Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer
My father gave it to me in December of 2008.

The translation from French to Spanish was a dissapointing. The prose was difficult to absorb. The topic was good and the words/vocabulary was extremely rich. I don't think I would have been able to read it in French.

The story was nice and it provided the point of view of a culture that I know little about. The description of some of the characters was foreign to me because there were some etnicities I had not heard of. I had to imagine these people a
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Juan Pablo
Nov 23, 2015 Juan Pablo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro nos cuenta el infortunio vivido por un grupo de personas que yendo a la isla de Mauricio, tienen que ser desembarcados en una isla inhóspita debido a un brote de cólera que se presenta en el barco. Aislados en cuarentena, se pone de manifiesto la condición humana en situaciones extremas, el amor, el odio, la supervivencia y el deseo de volver a una patria que por el momento les da la espalda.

Escrita por el francés Jean Marie Gustave Le Clezio, premio nóbel de literatura en 2008, con u
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Delphine
Feb 23, 2009 Delphine rated it it was amazing
Le Prix Nobel remis à Le Clézio fut pour moi l'occasion de lire La Quarantaine, ce que je n'avais jamais fait auparavant, malgré mon affection pour l'oeuvre de cet auteur.

J'ai absolument ADORÉ ce roman, entre récit d'aventures et Bildungsroman exotique.

En 1891, Jacques et Léon quittent la France pour retrouver leurs racines mauriciennes. Ils sont accompagnés par la femme du premier, Suzanne. Toutefois, la variole se déclare à bord du bateau qui les emmène et ils se retrouvent coincés sur l'î
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Gerardo
Jul 28, 2011 Gerardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Con un estilo poético, hermoso, Le Clezio nos presenta la historia de Jacques, Suzanne -su esposa- y su hermano Léon. Ellos viajarán a Mauricio, su tierra natal, en donde les aguarda el clan familiar que tiempo atrás expulsara al padre de Jacques y Léon. Durante este viaje, quedan varados en la isla Plate, frente a Mauricio, para pasar la cuarentena. La paradisiaca isla se convertirá en la fuente de la desesperación, frustración; en un infierno terrenal.



Esta novela presenta temas muy interesant
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Eric
Aug 06, 2011 Eric added it
Jean Marie Gustave me refait le coup des voyages autobiographiques avec allers retours entre plusieurs époques. J'ai l'impression de lire une synthèse de Desert et Le Chercheur d'or.

Je me suis aussi parfois retrouvé chez Mircea Eliade (pour le reflet surement lointain entre Surya et Maitreyi) voire chez Romain Gary (mais ne me demandez pas pourquoi).

Et puis Rimbaud, the Song of Hiawatha, la curiosité du naturaliste (qui me rappelle des découvertes d'enfance), Elephant & Castle... L'envie de
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Laura
Jan 06, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Beautiful rituals and poetic writing. At times. The plot is never there... Le Clezio can't plot and teaches you that the plot is not the most important thing - beauty is in the words and the myths.
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Li a edição brasileira, da Companhia das Letras, com tradução de Maria Lúcia Machado. Tem o ritmo da vida em uma ilha deserta. É um mergulho na história de um país desconhecido para nós, Maurício, mas que tem tudo a ver com o Nordeste do Brasil. (A propósito, o nome da ilha vem de Maurício de Nassau...)
Rolando Duran
Le Clézio logra una combinación fascinante de la descripción bio-geográfica y sociohistórica con el plazo corto e intenso de unos personajes exóticos pero muy creíbles. Es mi primera inserción en su literatura, pero no dudo que seguirán muchas más.
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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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