La mémoire égarée

By Samantha Harvey

« Une série de coups de feu interrompt l. a. dialogue. Il y a l. a. guerre, ou il y a ecu los angeles guerre, ou… quoi ?… il ne sait pas, là maintenant. Fouiller au fond de sa mémoire est comme plonger sa major dans une boîte, les yeux bandés, sachant qu’elle contient des objets mais sans savoir vraiment lesquels. los angeles guerre a son rôle à jouer, mais peut-être n’est-ce que son grondement régulier qui ne l’a jamais quitté. Peut-être n’est-ce que le battement de son coeur mélancolique. »

Jake approche l. a. soixantaine quand il apprend qu’il est atteint d’Alzheimer. Quelque temps après l’annonce de cette bad nouvelle, il survole une legal dont il a bâti les plans, et on comprend que son fils y est incarcéré. Très vite, l’existence de cet homme apparaît dans toutes ses zones d’ombre : son amour pour Helen, qu’il épousa, peut-être un peu rapidement, sa relation avec le personnage imposant de sa mère, Sara, qui a survécu à l’Holocauste. Les autres femmes de sa vie, son désir de paternité. Son rapport à los angeles religion. 
Très vite, le lecteur s’interroge sur l. a. confiance qu’il peut accorder au récit de Jake, remarquant certaines incohérences, certains mensonges. Mais aussi l’influence sur sa mémoire de tous les récits qui lui ont été livrés…

L’ambition même de ce most efficient roman impressionne : explorer les méandres d’une mémoire qui se défait, des prémisses de l. a. maladie au grand ultimate. Tout en accomplissant cette prouesse, Samantha Harvey plonge le lecteur au cœur de los angeles vie même, de ses intrigues et discover los angeles manière dont los angeles nature fragmentaire du keepsake affecte nos existences.

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The Shadow-Line: A Confession

By Joseph Conrad

The masterpiece of Joseph Conrad's later years, the autobiographical brief novel The Shadow-Line depicts a tender guy at a crossroads in his lifestyles, dealing with a determined hindrance that marks the "shadow-line" among early life and maturity.

This short yet severe tale is a dramatically fictionalized account of Conrad's first command as a tender sea captain trapped aboard a becalmed, fever-wracked, and possible haunted send. with out wind in sight and his workforce disabled by way of malaria, the narrator discovers that the medication essential to retailer the in poor health males is lacking and its absence has been intentionally hid. in the meantime, his more and more apprehensive first mate is confident that the malignant ghost of the former captain has cursed them. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and deceptively easy, Conrad's story of the ocean displays the complicated topics of his most renowned novels, Lord Jim and center of Darkness.

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A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Charles Dickens

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― seriously in debt and obligated to his writer ― started paintings on a e-book to aid complement his family's meager source of revenue. That quantity, A Christmas Carol, has lengthy seeing that develop into the most cherished tales within the English language. As a lot part of the vacation season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite keeps to please new readers and re-ignite recommendations of charity and goodwill.
With its characters showing many features ― in addition to mess ups ― frequently ascribed to Dickens himself, the creative and unique story relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a chain of spectral viewers. traveling with them via Christmases earlier, current, and destiny, he's finally reworked from an smug, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a beneficiant, warmhearted, and worrying man or woman. Written via one among England's maximum and most well-liked novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the genuine which means of Christmas.

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