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Soft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Roger
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SOFT IN THE HEAD is as billed “Brilliant and uplifting”. It’s written by a French author, and MUST be translated by a British translator because of phraseology. At any rate, it’s about a forty-four-year-old man named Germain who has been told all his life that he’s slow, or soft in the head. The reader soon learns it’s because his unwed mother, who wasn’t pleased to be an unwed mother, treated him terribly. In fact, the kid was basically a street urchin. As such, he learned to speak based upon common street language that mostly included swearing and poor grammar. Germain tells the reader that he was surprised to learn that one could form a sentence without swear words peppered liberally. He was surprised to learn that there were other words to express his feelings.

All this changes when he is at a park and counting pigeons, a favorite pass time of his. He meets a nice old “granny” who chooses to start a conversation with him. The novel is basically about his relationship with the granny, Margueritte. Margueritte opens his eyes to the world. She treats him as a person and compliments him on his curiosity. She encourages him to learn and think.

This is a short novel, 216 pages, easily read in a sitting or two short ones. It’s inspiring in that one never knows who one can positively effect a person. It’s contemplative in who we initially judge someone based upon their language, when we don’t know circumstances. It’s a novel that makes the reader want to be a better person.
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November 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
November 25, 2016 – Shelved
November 25, 2016 – Shelved as: short

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