I have more trouble with the verbs irregular and otherwise tenses are always my weakness and of course some idiom escapes me entirely. For these I try Google Translate, but the results are usually hilarious. Here it is, with all my howlers: Emma, enlighten me, please! Update: Vishy reviewed the English edition here. A little trick for the bilingual quotes. I use Word.
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Post a comment. One special event is mentioned, and is held in the narrator's memory - as we all freeze such memories - at the very time that he or she is performing a particular action.
For the narrator, Brel will always be associated with where he or she was at the time: on a motorway, speeding down a charmless valley somewhere between Evreux and Mantes-la-Jolie. Delerm's gift for writing often transforms the experience of the commonplace into something striking - even haunting - by his use of metaphor, such as in his description of the 'alligator jaws' of an escalator, or wet espadrilles represented as 'a complete shipwreck'.
Sometimes, these brief pieces remind me of other writers, as in this description: 'Shelling peas is easy. Thumb pressed on the slit along the pod and, obediently, it opens its offerings. Some, not as ripe, are more shy - an incision with the index fingernail allows the green to be torn and we can then breathe in the moistness and the thick flesh'.
It's not the sensuality of the language that I find particularly interesting here, but the detail of it, and I'm reminded of Nicholson Baker's paper clips and shoelaces in Mezzanine.
Unlike Baker, though, Delerm doesn't deliberately labour the detail: shelling peas is just briefly mentioned as a simple pleasure, and no more. This is my first taste of Delerm, and I look forward to his latest novel, Quelque chose en lui de Bartleby. My other posts on Philippe Delerm:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. Posts Atom. Comments Atom.
La premiere gorgee de biere et autres plaisirs minuscules (ill)
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LA PREMIERE GORGEE DE BIERE ET AUTRES PLAISIRS MINUSCULES [EDITION EN GROS CARACTERES] [Paperback]