Юношеското израстване на автора/герой Филип е свързано с мъчителен анализ на едно идилично семейно съществуване. Прекалено идилично, за да не крие в себе си някаква мрачна тайна. Той случайно научава, че истинската му фамилия е Гримбер, ...more
He notices his mother's silences, his father's sadness. They are athletic, good looking parents, but they have birthed him, a delicate child they must keep from the jaws of death.
I survived, thanks to the care of doctors and the love of my moth...more
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“Un Secret” is not a long book. At first glance, it looks simply to be the story of a young Philippe Grimbert, born in late 1940’s France, who invents an imaginary older brother to compensate for his self-esteem issues…
As the story progresses, it seems to develop into a look back at the life of M. Grimbert’s parents- namely, how they met and fall in love. However, the book soon takes a very ...more
Wow, this book was sad and powerfu ...more
And so I immediately bought it. It is a tiny book, less than 150 pages and the pages are about 6″x4″, the size of large index cards–but oh my, it covers so much psychic and narrative ground in that spare ground! It is full of soul. And it makes me want ...more
Although an only child, for many years I had a brother. Holiday friends and casual acquaintances had no option but to take my word for it. I had a brother. Stronger and better looking. An older brother, invisible and glorious.
Grimbert’s novel is the story of a family. The narrator, a sickly child of athletic and beautiful parents whose “every muscle had been buffed and toned”, recounts the family’s h ...more
It's easy to finish this slim volume in one sitting. But resist that urge--Memory is best savored over several sessions. Previously published as Secret, this little book is a catharsis for a deep family secret.
Philippe Grimert, a Parisian psychoanalyst, blurs fiction and autobiography in a sparse, lyrical telling of growing up as the sickly only child of beautifully athletic parents in postwar France. On his fifteenth birthday he learns from an old family friend about his family's survival duri...more
It's a novel about a family secret having to do with The Holocaust and missing family members. Some clunky writing in places, likely due to the translations ...more
This is the first novel I read in french and it was a different experience.
The story involves the unraveling of a families’ past through the eyes of a quiet, reserved boy of fifteen. The secrets he seeks to unlock involve his parents and their lives as Jews during WWII France. Our protagonist has alway ...more
'Memory' is the story of a family haunted by the secret of their past: an illicit love affair, a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second World War in Par ...more
It is not because it is French it is a disaster.
The book is about a French Jewish boy that lives with his parents in France. He is living a normal life as a lonely child and always imagine a bigger brother who is perfect. After a while he finds this weird looking doll and immediately falls in love with it. Together with this doll come a lot of questions about his parents their past. He finds a part of the answers at his neighbors house. The old woman that lives next ...more