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Un sentiment d'abandon

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  360 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Salué unanimement par la critique américaine, le premier livre de Christopher Coake annonce la naissance d’une voix singulière et puissante, remarquable par son lyrisme et son art de susciter l’émotion.
La compassion aussi, pour des personnages qui tentent, coûte que coûte, de faire face à des situations difficiles : ainsi, ce couple de jeunes marginaux incapable d’échapper
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 28th 2009 by Livre de Poche (first published 2005)
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Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down one of the most riveting collections of short stories I've ever read. Each vignette places a main character in the midst of a crisis, and what sets this book apart is that Coake achieves the nearly impossible: He makes you really feel something for each person, whether it's sympathy and pity or loathing and fear in a matter of a few pages. As each tragedy unfolds, he peels away the layers of each character, revealing their true nature. His writing is dynamic and at times incendiary, a ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Utsav by: Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby may have oversold this book a little bit in his review (collected in The Polysyllabic Spree; this edition also prominently features a quote from that review on the front jacket), but this is nevertheless a pretty tight collection of stories by Chris Coake.

While it starts and ends strong, it does slump a little in the middle. However, any fiction exploring the darker recesses of the human mind is always welcome, and this is a very well-written sample of it. At its best, it can make yo
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply amazing. One of my favorite books of short fiction in a long, long time.
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This shit ruled me.
Kristen Shupe
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't often give 5 stars but this book unquestionably deserved it. I'm also not a huge fan of short stories, but wow! Each story was incredible. This was the author's first book, but hopefully wasn't his last! What a talent. He could have developed each of these stories into a novel. Amazing characters and plots. This book will stay with me for quite some time.
Brandon B
I wanted to love this, but only the second story ("Cross Country") held my attention. Sadly and ironically I ditched the book during "Abandon" and it seemed like a fitting end. Now on to something with at least a pinch of optimism.
Brett Starr
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb, masterful writing...

Christopher Coake's debut collection is nothing less than exceptional!

"We're in Trouble" is easily one of the top three best books of short stories I have ever read. The book has seven magnificent stories, all covering different subjects and each one leaves an impression.

This book will literally grab you from the start, with the first story "We're in Trouble - A Suite", which has three parts to it, with each story being different and not related to the others.

Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alzheimer's patients, I surely wont remember any of it
Recommended to Nicholai by: Some book critic
I'm not going to lie to you, im not planning on finishing this book. What exactly does the author do with this book?
Well, lets see, he tells a bunch of small stories, with no real ending to any of them, not a hell of a lot to take example off of, and gives us quite a few characters that strongly resemble cliches in modern society.
I suppose to some, one or two of the three things above can be taken as a good thing. Perhaps the fact that they are cliches paints a better picture, but I personally p
Laura  Yan
This is impeccable writing, and impeccable, literary short stories of love and death. In fact, they're perfect. And, I don't know, I appreciate the beauty and the sadness and the perfection, but, somehow, this feels a little too...polished. Like there is something, underlying here, some passion, something beautiful, but it's too much, so instead Christopher Coake turned to these well crafted stories--really, beautiful, well crafted stories, but they stop short of something, something raw that's ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me so long to read for the sole fact that I couldn't read it out in public for fear of inducing tears. All these stories are rooted in relationship or family drama and are all heartbreaking in a way that takes you off guard. I had never heard of Christopher Coake before he started showing up on some "Authors Under 40" lists, but I can recommend this as one of the best short story collections I have read in some time.
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories by Christopher Coake is a true work of art--a must-read. A wife emotionally struggles with raising her young son while her husband is climbing Everest, a pair of young lovers become trapped in a rustic cabin during a deadly blizzard... Beautiful stories, all skillfully told.
I liked this collection of short stories, but they are very disburbing. They are written in a way that nearly gave me an anxiety attack; yet the style and substance are undeniable.
Don't read during the depressing, gray months of would just be too much.
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great writer ! Cant' wait for him to write something new - will read anything this man writes . You can feel all of the emontions from the pain to love to sorrow , This book leaves you wanting more from him ....
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories were completely heartbreaking, but amazing.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This collection of short stories was emotionally challenging and at time terrifying. Coake's stories draw on fears that are perhaps in the family of those irrational fears that we may have in our daily lives. It is not that they cannot or do not happen as much as they are probably rare and unlikely, but we all harbor them to some degree. I won't detail them all in the stories, but they are akin to the discomfort of being under a busy highway, worrying about an accident from above, or worrying ab ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some stories better than others; some stories couldn't hold my interest and some had me on the edge of my seat. Just a mixed bag for me on this one.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...if Raymond Carver was a romantic.
Katy Connolly
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some spooky, some just downright depressing. Really interesting and heart-wrenching and beautiful though.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
None of the stories go anywhere.
Simone Subliminalpop
Scrittura efficace, pulita, e un buonissimo ritmo. Come arma principale del narrare di Coake c’è la drammaticità, ma nessun eccesso o colpa di scena improvviso, solo una sensazione che serpeggia e ogni tanto si erge, si compatta per far capire che nonostante sembri andare tutto come sempre, lei è sempre lì, sveglia, pronta a colpire nel momento più opportuno.

Solo un racconto non mi è piaciuto “Siamo nei guai”, mentre più di tutti “Abbandono” e “Caso mai”.
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven short stories about people in trouble after witnessing or dealing with death, with superb dialogue. In Back Down to Earth, during a bedroom chat, a man tells his lover the story of his failure to rescue his dog at the edge of a precipice, and his witnessing the fall, feeling that he should fling himself after his dog, and that his act was so wrong that he had condemned himself. in All Babies Come From Heaven, a lesbian couple arguing about whether to have a baby find their positions revers ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully and subtly written collection of literary suspense stories. That's what I'm assuming the relative genre is, at least, since the "trouble" is present in all the stories, where it often has a little more bite than mainstream short fiction.

In some cases, like "Cross Country," the threat is ambiguous enough that your own anxiety as a reader over your interpretations (and potential misinterpretations) adds a chill to the proceedings. In other cases, such as "All Through the Hous
A great collection of stories that left me wanting more. Three of these were especially memorable to me:

"In the Event," in which a rock musician learns of his best friends' deaths and is left as guardian to their 3 year old son. He had agreed to do this, in the event of their untimely demise, but of course none of them ever thought it would actually happen. His loss and uncertainty about the next steps are very believable.

"Abandon," where a young, reckless couple goes to Michigan to get away for
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, short-stories
We're In Trouble by Christopher Coake was somber, moving, and more than once brought tears to my eyes.

All of the stories in this collection have to do with loss and love and what people will do when faced with the death of a loved one. While this theme unites them all, the individual stories are worlds apart. From a married couple's actions and reactions to the husband's terminal cancer, to a father and son taking a road trip, as told by both of them plus an outside observer, to a small town sh
dead letter office
This is a tough book to like. The stories are all about love ending in tragedy, hope ending in destruction, innocence ending in death, and good intentions leading to ruin. Actually, that's not entirely fair, there is one that is about death, tragedy, ruin, and despair leading to some halfhearted good intentions.

To put it uncharitably, he sets up his lovers and dreamers for their encounters with death and violence in the way a child might arrange toy soldiers for eventual disaster. To see it in
Daren Girard
This is a collection of short stories where the common theme is unanticipated trouble and conflict. Some of the plots involved characters who plan poorly and get in over their heads, such as a couple who go to a cabin in Michigan's upper peninsula and are unprepared and ill-equipped for a sudden mid-fall snowstorm. In another story, the wife of a world-renowned mountain climber is helpless as she sits at home, waiting to hear updates of her husband's solo attempt up the west face of Shipton's Pe ...more
Jan 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eenvoudige verhalen over mensen in extreme situaties die moeten bewijzen hoe sterk hun loyaliteit of liefde is en kan blijven. Een verhaal over een jongeman die enkele beloftes moet nakomen nadat zijn beste vrienden zijn omgekomen bij een ongeluk. Een schrijfster die een tragedie in een klein dorp probeert te vatten. Een vader en zoon die een lange rit maken. Een koppel dat probeert te overleven in een geïsoleerde sneeuwhut. Niets bijzonders, en daarom is het dubbel zo straf dat Coake ervoor wee ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best book that I have read in a long time. It was perfect for the location I was reading it in as well, as I was on my tour of Fraser Island this whole weekend [Thanksgiving, 2008] and I didn't really want to be seen carrying around a huge chicklit novel. This book was short, sweet and not embarrassing at all. And perfect for the ADD audience! Each chapter was like about some sort of situation that as a human, we hope to never be in. Cheating, dying, secrets, everything. Har ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every story in this book is haunting, intense, engrossing and so powerful. "In the Event" is about as perfect a short story as you can get. Character development, conflict, struggle, arc, and as soon as the central conflict has a resolution (subtle and brilliant) it's done. I met Mr. Coake at Mason during a reading and discussed the book with him. One thing he mentioned was that he learned early on to end your story in the middle of it. And each of his stories ends in a powerful and compelling f ...more
Lynda Calder
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a sad book. The stories were poignant and really stayed with me. It was excellently written, though. You tell that this writer has done the University courses. This was the type of reading I have workshopped in my own courses. He crafts a short story so well, giving volumes of information in such a small number of words and then, doesn't really leave the reader hanging at the end, but allows the reader to make their own meaning of how things finish. Just picked it off the shelf at our Bea ...more
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