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Au revoir là haut review Ò 103 ½ [BOOKS] ✬ Au revoir là haut Author Pierre Lemaitre – Rescapés du chaos de la Grande Guerre Albert et Edouard comprennent rapidement ue le pays ne veut plus d'eux Malheur aux vainueurs La France glorifie ses morts et oublie les survivants Albert employ Rescapés du chaos de la GrandRescapés du chaos de la Grande Guerre Albert et Edouard comprennent Au revoir PDFEPUBrapidement ue le pays ne veut plus d'eux Malheur aux vainueurs La France glorifie ses morts et oublie les survivants Albert employé modeste et timoré a tout perdu Edouard artiste flamboyant devenu une gueule cassée est écrasé par son histoire familiale Désarmés et abandon. A very strange book to have won the Goncourt Prize – it's superficially engaging than you might expect from French literary fiction the author is better known as a writer of thrillers but also much shallow In fact it doesn't really seem to be about anything except for a string of vaguely related incidents involving two survivors of the First World War – and at than six hundred pages that's really not enough This book is just far too long In fact by the time you finally reach the end you've already long since metaphorically put the chairs on the tables and started switching lights offWe do get off to uite an exciting start a battlefield in the closing days of the war November 1918 and two French privates whose lives come together in a moment of near death melodrama The soldiers' subseuent attempts to make a go of it in post war Paris are inwoven with the country's capitalist rush to finance war memorials while the concept of the French solider is fêted and glorified actual surviving soldiers many of whom are grotesuely injured are ostracised and shunnedLa guerre avait été une terrible épreuve de solitude mais ce n'était rien comparé à cette période de démobilisation ui prenait des allures de descente aux enfersThematically this should be pretty interesting but unfortunately it's mostly used as the pretext for a lot of dramatic set pieces whose narrative tension is sometimes engineered rather cheaply I think it's cheating for instance to say that a character has died only to reveal later that he's still alive after all and similar tricks are played at several points herein The main characters become involved in perpetrating a huge countrywide scam and this is sueezed for every drop of manufactured tension it can provide Which personally I hated – you know those scenes in films or TV shows where someone's snuck into someone's office and they have to get a file out of a drawer or download something on to a USB stick or something—and at the same time you can see the owner pulling up outside and walking up the stairs turning the handle – argh I can't stand these scenes I actually sometimes have to switch over because they stress me out so much Well this book is kind of like that only strung out for five hundred pagesThat title by the way It means ‘See you in heaven’ or something along those lines but for Anglophone readers – well for me anyway – it can't help bringing to mind echoes of Robert Graves's famous First World War memoir Goodbye to All That The English translation of this one appears to be called The Great Swindle which isfine if kind of giving upThe writing style is not bad – it's very easy to read few long words a feeling of wit and intelligence there but certainly nothing that makes you want to underline phrases in delight; and while the two main characters are well done the same can't be said for some of the supporting cast the perky parlourmaid love interest and the evil aristo baddie seem to have been ordered straight from central casting Because of its length and its episodic nature some people have compared this to the big nineteenth century novels but that's a strange connection to want to make with a story like this which takes its narrative inspiration much from Barbusse Genevoix and Chevallier as the afterword explicitly says Problem is I'm not sure Pierre Lemaitre really comes out of this comparison well which is a polite way of saying that he definitely doesn't – many parts of his book are good fun but you'd do a lot better to read Barbusse Genevoix and Chevallier instead

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Nés après le carnage tous deux sont condamnés à l'exclusion Refusant de céder à l'amertume ou au découragement ils vont ensemble imaginer une arnaue d'une audace inouïe ui mettra le pays tout entier en effervescence Et élever le sacrilège et le blasphème au rang des beaux arts Bien au delà de la vengeance et de la revanche de deux hommes détruits par. As the hundredth anniversary of armistice day approached I realised that I'd read only one book about WWI in the last four years in spite of having had the intention in 2014 of reading many Pierre Lemaitre's book which begins during the last days of the the war seemed a fitting way to make reparation for my failed intentionAs it turns out the one book I did read back in 2014 also by a French author was set at the beginning of the war so the two novels bookend the period neatly There are a couple of other things that set them apart too ' 14' by Jean Echenoz is written in a consistent and beautiful prose style whereas this book by Pierre Lemaitre is an amalgam of various styles and registers Echenoz's book is low key and uneventful while Lemaitre's is dramatic and full of action But the biggest contrast between the two books is in tone ' 14' is relentlessly serious while ' Au Revoir Là Haut' leans very much towards farce though it touches on far serious topics than does ' 14' Both books are concerned with the situation of demobilized soldiers but where Echenoz remains at a distance from the dilemmas of his characters Lemaitre gets right up close One of the main characters is horrifically mutilated and the author doesn't spare the reader any of the details In fact Lemaitre seems determined to confront aspects of the war and its aftermath that we might prefer not to know about Right at the beginning of the book he describes a scene where an officer shoots two of his own scouts making it seem as if they were shot by the enemy just to provoke an unnecessary skirmish sacrificing many lives in the process And all of that simply to ensure his own reputation in the final days of the war We are just recovering from the fallout from that episode when Lemaitre introduces another bombshell of a theme how post war entrepreneurs managed to exploit the grieving population The war had barely ended when families of dead soldiers began to demand the right to claim their bodies for reburial Government initiatives were soon put in place to create special cemeteries to which the remains of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers buried in haste near battlefield sites could be transferred Lemaitre creates a scenario where the person who wins contracts for three of the cemeteries keeps no proper records and uses cheap undersized coffins and cheap unsupervised labour so that the coffins often contain only partial remains or are filled with rubble or worse still with the bodies of enemy soldiers The title of this book which translates as 'See you in Heaven' and which refers to the farewell cry as soldiers ran into battle begins to sound like 'See you in Hell' And those images of war cemeteries I've been seeing on tv news these past few days have taken on a different aspectAt around the same time that the war cemeteries were being created there was a big demand for war memorials as every community in France clad to erect its own tribute to the dead soldiers Two of Lemaitre's characters exploit this situation by persuading people to take out subscriptions towards monuments which they have no intention of ever delivering This part of the plot is based on a real life scam that took place in the 1920sThat the graveyard opportunists and the monument scam artists are all ex soldiers is only one of the ironies of this multi stranded story One of the opportunists is in fact the officer who sacrificed his men for glory in the beginning of the novel another the soldier who was horrifically mutilated in that very same skirmish and the third a man who was very nearly counted among the buried himself But the greatest irony of all is that although much is made of the fact that the mutilated character can no longer smile or laugh I smiled and sniggered all the way through these potentially tragic and painful scenarios I'm left with the impression that Lemaitre himself is a bit of a scam artist Instead of the fitting tribute to Armistice day I thought I'd bought he sold me short with this slick irreverent page turner of a farce Don't you just have to admire a trickster as skillful as that

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Au revoir là hautUne guerre vaine et barbare ce roman est l'histoire caustiue et tragiue d’un défi à la société à l'Etat à la famille à la morale patriotiue responsables de leur enfer Dans la France traumatisée de l'après guerre ui compte son million et demi de morts ces deux survivants du brasier se lancent dans une escrouerie d'envergure nationale d'un cynisme absol. The start of this novel is sharp and aims straight at the heart Every single one of those who thought that war would soon be over had died long ago actually because of that war The four hundred pages that follow depict the madness and violence a group of young men had to endure Men who thought that they were fighting for honour and ideals and met just death death of the body and death of ideals and even the death of their gods But Au revoir la haut is not just a war novel although in the first chapter you have such a depiction of the trenches you can almost smell the blood but a crossroads where you can find a 19th century novel romance bromance tragedythe grotesueIn November 1918 I World War is almost coming to an end and Maillard and Pericourt two French soldiers are willing to go home when something turns wrong because men go greedy and able to do anything for glory and back in France soldiers' death and remembrance is just business Not only does the reader accompany them in their journey from the trenches to post war France analysing what lies beneath battle and the offices where politicians decide who fights who and when but he can also witness the trauma and the will to surviveAlthough I fell in love with the first chapters I think the novel loses punch as it progresses It is worth reading though