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WS091 Bilingual books: Anne Enright, The Gathering (Retrouvailles)

  • 15 Sep 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
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Bilingual Book Club is opening its reading year with Irish novelist Anne Enright’s The Gathering which won the 2007 Booker Prize.

The Gathering is a powerful tale of the nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan who gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam.  It wasn't the drink that killed him – although that certainly helped – it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.  Enright writes with a lightness and beauty of the prose yet The Gathering manages to deal with love, death, pain, fear and pleasures.

‘There is something livid and much that is stunning about The Gathering, which deservedly won this year's Man Booker Prize. Anger brushes off every page, a species of rage that aches to confront silence and speak truth at last.’  - Washington Post.


Le Bilingual Book Club va démarrer la prochaine saison avec le roman Retrouvailles, par l’Irlandaise Anne Enright.

Compensée par le prestigieux Booker Prize en 2007, c’est le récit de neuf enfants de la famille Hegarty qui se recueillent à Dublin pour enterrer de leur frère rebel, Liam. On apprend que c’est moins l’alcool qui emporta ce dernier que ce qui se passa dans son enfance en hiver 1968, lorsqu’il vivait chez sa grand-mère. Enright se penche sur l’amour, la mort, la douleur, la peur et le plaisir avec une beauté et légèreté éblouissantes.

‘Avec cet imposant roman détergent, qui picote la mémoire honteuse d'une tribu irlandaise de douze enfants et sept fausses couches, Anne Enright invente un style littéraire à part : l'écriture squelette’ – Telerama.

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