Simone and Claude live in a house with a lush garden, surrounded by a hedge that barely protects them from the growing violence and unrest in their low income neighborhood Simone mourns the loss of youth and possibility as Claude, a gym teacher who has been diagnosed with cancer, edges toward death This is an unflinching portrait of a couple ravaged by illness and lockedSimone and Claude live in a house with a lush garden, surrounded by a hedge that barely protects them from the growing violence and unrest in their low income neighborhood Simone mourns the loss of youth and possibility as Claude, a gym teacher who has been diagnosed with cancer, edges toward death This is an unflinching portrait of a couple ravaged by illness and locked into mutual isolation that is, until the arrival of a young boy brings hope and upsets their delicate danse macabre to devastating effect.Pascale Kramer dissects romantic love s psychic carnage while unsentimentally revealing the unique beauty born of an adult s love for a child As does Marguerite Duras, she wields spare language like a club and plumbs emotional depths rarely reached outside of poetry A brilliant collision of hope and despair, The Child is a tour de force.
The Child Simone and Claude live in a house with a lush garden surrounded by a hedge that barely protects them from the growing violence and unrest in their low income neighborhood Simone mourns the loss of yo
Claude is a former gym teacher who is battling cancer and losing. He lives in a low-income neighborhood with his wife, Simone. There has been rioting in their neighborhood with the constant sound of police sirens. There isn’t much calm inside their home either as they each in their own way try to adjust to the end of Claude’s days. It’s just the two of them until a young boy comes for a visit and throws everything into even more discord.The author doesn’t flinch at describing the horrors [...]
full-stop/2013/02/11/rReview by Patrick NathanRats, they say, can sense within one another undesirable genetic anomalies. In 2007, researchers at the University of Texas examined mate selection in various rat populations, and while the males weren’t all that picky, females, they discovered, routinely rejected male rats whose ancestors had been exposed to vinclozolin, a common fungicide linked to kidney disease and cancer. Scientists attribute this unique ability to the rat’s highly developed [...]
Sometimes the smallest packages deliver the biggest gifts.The Child is a slim novella about a man dying from cancer, his wife's attempts to rationalize life in the face of her husband's impending death, and the upheaval in what they expected to be an orderly march towards oblivion presented by the appearance of the man's pre-teen child from an affair he had with a married woman before he met his wife.Claude is in his 40s and is resigned to dying from his cancer, going so far as to refuse treatme [...]
A former gym-teacher now disgraced by scandal, Claude is slowing dying of Cancer. The father of two children from previous relationships – one of which is full grown with a daughter of his own, the other an 11-year-old boy he’s never met – Claude has been married to a woman named Simone for many years now. This relationship, at least in her eyes, has seen better days. She thinks, “We weren’t carefree, but we were happy all the same, mostly because we respected each other… From now on [...]
I think this is a remarkable book, and unlike anything that I have read before. The story is a heartbreaking situation, and some could view it as depressing. What is remarkable about it is how the author manages to put the reader into the reality of the situation, moment by moment. The experience of reading this is truly like being a person experiencing what the main character, Simone, is experiencing,with her senses and emotionally, from one minute to the next. Each word must be read carefully, [...]
No rating, since I dnf'd after only about 10 pages. Sometimes you pick up a book to read at random with no preconceived notions and end up loving it. Other times, you just don't connect with it. For me, this was a case of the latter.To sum up: Grammatically awkward, choppy, hard to follow prose that made it difficult for me to get into this book. I'm not sure if this was due to the translation, or if it's like this in the original text, as well. My focus is shit at the best of times, and since I [...]