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A Season in the Life of Emmanuel by Marie-Claire Blais
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Oct 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: canada, fiction
Read in September, 2009

It would be very difficult for someone who is not French-Canadian to write this novel. The mood is quite authentic; I see that Blais was convent-educated herself and I think she knows even more than she has written.

This is one of the darkest books I've ever read, which is really saying something. Blais spares the reader in some respects by drawing a veil of words over terrible situations but that veil is quite thin. Imagine a life not just guided but ruled by the concepts of sin and you have the gist of this book. Blais gives us the worst news with beautiful prose translated beautifully.

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