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If You Cross the River

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From celebrated Belgian author Genevive Damas, a modern fable about friendship, self-determination, and the power of words.

Illiterate, isolated, and held at arm's length by a bitter father, Franois Sorrente has spent his seventeen years within narrow confines. By day he tends the family farm's pigs; by night he manages the household chores. Still, Franois can't help but
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Milkweed Editions (first published February 1st 2013)
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Hélène
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comment mettre des mots sur ces mots-là?
Emouvant comme c'est pas permis; je suis entrée dans cet univers comme si plus rien d'autre n'existait.
J'ai souri, ri, pleuré.
L'écriture est d'une justesse et d'une vérité; jamais de fausse note.
Il entre dans ma bibliothèque pour toujours.
Delphine
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comment parler de ce court roman si simple soit-il mais si prenant ? Tout cela va vous sembler banal à l’image que certains auront sans doute de cette histoire, mais cette simplicité donne toute la force à ces pages.

Qui est François, cet enfant, me suis-je dit ? Qu’est-il advenu à sa mère, à sa soeur, mais également à Jean-Paul ? Qui est-il ? Des questions que je découvre dans les premières pages. Mais, François, si simple, n’est pas l’enfant que j’imaginais. Il a 17 ans. Et, ce sont les
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Alan
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting little book. Sad but interesting.
Amit Verma
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strongly moving, raw and warm story. This is a small novella about a young boy, Francois, on the verge of becoming a man; who faces day to day adversities in most feeble way possible.
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He fears his aloof father and tantalizing brothers and tries to find answers to his long list of curiosities with the help of friends; a priest, a pig and memory of her lost sister.
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. It tickles reader throughout and makes one to giggle and causes whirlpool of emotions.
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Boy is simple and so is writing which keeps
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Anneke Alnatour
Even though the book is short, there is so much happening that it felt like a complete story. I really liked Francois, though he definitely doesn't make a whole lot of great choices. He really tries to get his life together and work things out, and overall I really enjoyed following his life path for a while, and finally, crossing that river.
Cynthia
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this novel, it kept me a little wondering. It’s a short read and pleasant. I like how the young man finally finds love & peace. Most important a decision for himself that matters the most.
tomasawyer
Histoire presque émouvante d'un jeune paysan qui ouvre les yeux sur les secrets de famille et la réalité du monde hors de la ferme. Au pire, on pourra trouver ennuyeuse la naïveté et l'innocence enfantine du narrateur mais ça plaira sûrement aux fans de Giono... :x
Marij Frantzen
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prachtig ontroerend verhaal over een kind op zoek naar zijn afkomst.
V-Hayden Lachance
Je ne suis pas arrivée à accrocher à cause du style d'écriture que je trouve plat, de plus le choix de narrateur donne un côté enfantin au texte ce que je n'aime pas. Pas terminé.
Marie-Christine
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre simple, mais rempli d'une sensibilité exceptionnelle.
Myriam St-Denis Lisée
Excellent livre, je manque de mots, mais je vous le conseille fortement!
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Dramaturge, comédienne et metteure en scène, Geneviève Damas vit à Bruxelles. Elle a obtenu le prix Rossel 2011 et le Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie pour son premier roman Si tu passes la rivière. Histoire d'un bonheur est le troisième titre de l'auteure à paraître au Québec chez Hamac.