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Translation Is a Love Affair by Jacques Poulin
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Nov 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: french, in-translation, canadian, 2011, archipelago
Read from March 14 to 18, 2011

A lovely, multi-layered story which says more about human relationships in its thin volume than many more showy books do in double the page count. The prose is clear and simple, as is the story--at least at first. But Poulin manages to create very vivid worlds and circumstances for his characters, each of whom have very real back stories, quirks, and habits, and each of whom is seeking their own way of really connecting with other people.

Translation is a Love Affair is a novel which celebrates the deep and truly meaningful relationships that one forms unexpectedly--the family that one creates for herself. While its plot is somewhat whimsical--a translator and the author she translates find a cat with a mysterious message for help on its collar and track down the original owner--it conveys the importance of looking out for others, of taking on the responsibility of helping people you see in need, even those you don't truly know.

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