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First published in Quebec in 1981, Beauchemin’s highly acclaimed comic masterpiece of storytelling follows in the tradition of the great novels of the 19th century.

When Florent Boissonneault comes to the aid of an accident victim, his life changes forever. One onlooker, the powerful and sinister Egon Ratablavasky, comes to haunt his ambitions and dreams, lurking behind his
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Paperback, 552 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by New Canadian Library (first published January 1st 1982)
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Stela
C'est le troisième roman de Beauchemin que je lis et c'est sûr que ce sera le dernier! Très puéril et maladroitement rocambolesque, avec des tentatives humoristiques assez pénibles et une construction sans adresse, Le matou, considéré la meilleure oeuvre de Yves Beauchemin m'a semblé la plus faible. La seule excuse que je me trouve pour l'avoir fini est qu'il fait partie de la littérature québécoise avec laquelle je voulais me familiariser.
Doris
Feb 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people fascinated by bodily functions
Recommended to Doris by: a professor at university who said he laughed his head of when r
Strange - I seem to be the only person who does not like this book... The story is burlesque and absurd, the depiction of a society searching for food and sex, no values whatsoever except money. The englishspeaking people are stupid or agressive, Europeans even worse, an old stinking freak pops up every now and then and scares everybody to death for no comprehensible reason so ever... All this with a sense of humor which is totally childish and scatological. If you feel like laughing about carac ...more
Dana Burda
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romanul scriitorului canadian de limbă franceză Yves Beauchemin '' Le Matou'' a apărut în limba română cu titlul '' Motanul'' la editura Univers în anul 1994. Traducerea cărții a fost sprijinită financiar de către Conseil des arts du Canada iar traducerea a fost făcută de către Sanda Anghelescu. Romanul în versiunea în limba română se bucură și de o postfață foarte interesantă care prezintă o imagine a literaturii din Quebec la momentul apariției acestei cărți, postfață scrisă de către Fritz Pet ...more
☯Emily
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: no one
Actually 2.5 stars. It took a long time to finish this book because it was WAY TOO WORDY. It was written in a soap-opera style with one improbable happening after another. The action went on way too long and then ended without a satisfactory conclusion. In fact, I might actually change the star rating to 2 in a few days. I need to think about it some more.
jess
Mar 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
i received this book from one of my best friends, lucy, and in turn passed it on to someone special...
it's like a fairy-tale for adults...i can't think of any other way of describing it, except for the fact that it's excellent and amazing and all excellent and amazing people should read it.
Vanie
L'histoire me laisse perplexe... Je suis plutôt déçue de la fin qui n'offre pas tellement d'explication sur les motivations étranges d'un des personnages.
Esteryn
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though I did not like the book, I can't deny it is well written with a great deal of mystery and suspens, and a lot of cynical humor, in all fairness and objectivity, so I can understand why some people like it. But not everyone will, I guess it depends on your sensitivity.

Subjectively, I found it very offensive socially and I could not get to like any of the characters. They all seem caricaturally misandrist and sometimes racist visions of men : unfaithful, machist, egocentric, abusive towards
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Yavor Petkov
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le roman raconte les aventures du jeune couple d’époux Florent et Elise Boissonneault. C’est un roman d’aventures épique, retraçant les péripéties traversées par les héros dans leur quête de prospérité économique, de calme et d’épanouissement familial. Ces aspirations sont systématiquement entravées pas le sinistre vieillard Egon Ratablavasky. En effet, il me semble que l’intrigue centrale du roman tourne autour dudit vieillard. La nature de ce personnage et surtout les motifs qui le poussent à ...more
Alonso
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est un livre très amusant à lire. On apprend beaucoup d'expressions québécoises. Il est très bien écrit. J'ai adoré.
Emilie
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré! Presque un conte fabuleux, un roman tout à fait hilarant et des personnages très attachants. Malheureusement (pour les autres!) je ne crois pas que l'effet est le même si le lecteur n'est pas québécois. Le roman est toujours très bien, mais il y a des choses qui se perdent et ne se comprennent pas. Vraiment très bon. Wow.
Diana
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it's because it opens with someone getting brained by a big letter off a building or what but I really enjoyed this book (translated from the original French). I read it back in the day when I was in 2nd year Canadian Lit at university (back in 1992) and it was one of the few novels I loved.
Catherine
My French teacher thought it wasn't necessary to read the entire book. She just had us read the beginning and the end.
Ibis3
Aug 02, 2010 marked it as to-read
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thought this was on here! i read this when i went to live in Montreal in 1988, but my life there was nothing like this... i was a young anglophone, to start...
Stephanie Veilleux
Je n'ai pas aimé la fin par contre....
John
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
wonderful book, like an adult fable. don't really know how to describe it; like trying to explain a rainbow to a blind person---genre? who knows...just READ IT!
Jen Booth
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
And it's not just 5 stars because the cat wins in the end.
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