Monsieur Linh and His Child is a novella by French author Philippe Claudel, originally published in French in Monsier Linh is an East Asian—possibly. 27 May Monsieur Linh and His Child is Claudel’s third book in English, after Grey Souls and Brodeck’s Report, which last year won the the Independent. 4 Apr Monsieur Linh and His Child, first published in France six years ago, couldn’t on the face of it be more different, even though this story also has.

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The story passes minsieur disturbing shadow, making us think of the inadvertent cruelty with which, albeit with the best of intentions, we often treat old people, orphans, and aliens. Be the first to ask a question about La petite fille de Monsieur Linh. Una historia dura y tierna al mismo tiempo. He is the only person who knows this is his name because all those who once knew it are dead.

The two men share their solitude, and find friendship in an unlikely dialogue between two very different cultures. To ajd out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Delicate and restrained, but with an extraordinary twist, Monsieur Linh and His Child is another limpid, immensely moving novel of perfect simplicity, by the author of Brodeck’s Report. One day he dresses her in the beautiful dress Monsieur Bark gave him and sets off in search of him.

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In his directorial screen debut, I’ve Loved You So Longwhich won the Bafta for best film not in English, Kristin Scott Thomas was reticently compelling as a woman haltingly resuming life with her sister in eastern France, after 15 anc in jail for an ostensibly unfathomable crime. He carries the child everywhere with him, pressed close to his body. Time passes and eventually Monsieur Linh makes his escape in order to find his one and monsjeur friend in the city.


The Children of Lovers by Judy Golding — review. To ask other readers questions about La petite fille de Monsieur Linhplease sign up. No, they are not the same, although both are about an old man and a child. Ik was even haha, understatement niet met hia Franse taal bezig geweest, maar dankzij Philippe Claudel is mijn liefde terug aangewakkerd.

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The little girl, her eyes wide open, unharmed and wrapped in a blanket, and beside the child a doll, her own doll, the monsieeur size as her, which had had its head blown off by the blast of the bomb. Jan 12, Ann Braeken rated it really liked it. He found their bodies and “the little girl, her eyes wide open, unharmed and wrapped in a blanket, and beside the child a doll, her own doll, the same size as her, which had had its head blown off by the blast of the bomb.

I read it in one sitting, my coffee forgotten and felt genuinely moved by this perfect little novel. Monsieur Linh and His Childpublished in France inis the simplest and shortest of the trilogy, which Euan Cameron’s deft translation now completes in English.

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He likes the voice whose incomprehensible words cannot make him flinch: Monsieur Linh struggles beneath the weight of his sorrow, and becomes increasingly bewildered and isolated in this strange, fast-moving town. But both are short, both are very moving, and there is a childlike wonder to the writing in both books that makes me think of them in the same breath.

He makes his way through the unfamiliar land that will “never be his”, where soup lacks the “tang of lemongrass, the sweetness of fresh coriander, the smoothness of cooked tripe”, just as a convict is “compelled to endure his punishment”. A mbiguous guilt and estranging trauma link Philippe Claudel’s justly garlanded work as both novelist and film-maker.


Then they catch sight of each other on the opposite sides of a busy road. The puppet strings, which should have been artfully hidden, are out in plain sight, and they are attached to the reader!

Daarbij stuitte ik vanuit het niets op de clou van het verhaal, die een normale lezer pas op het einde te weten zou komen. Wat een pareltje van een boekje, hoe er in 60 pagina’zoveel emoties losgemaakt kunnen worden.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The other refugees in the detention centre are unsure how to help the old man; his caseworkers are compassionate, but overworked. Monsieur Linh doesn’t understand him, but the pain and regret in the voice fills him with sympathy. Sencillo, pero no por ello un libro menor. It is a story of loneliness, mourning, endurance, fortitude and the redeeming power of love and friendship.

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Brodeck’s Reportwhich won last year’s Independent foreign fiction prize in John Cullen’s translation, examined the aftermath of genocide, as a survivor returns from a death camp anguished at having collaborated with his guards, to discover the atrocities his fellow villagers are capable of visiting on women and outsiders. Open Preview See a Problem? PaperbackPochepages. But just as one is beginning to think that the book is in danger of getting sappy and over-optimistic, other people—social workers—intervene who have other ideas of proper homes for the two of them.