Monsieur Linh and His Child

Claudel, Philippe

| 2012

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Traumatized by memories of his war-ravaged country, and with his son and daughter-in-law dead, Monsieur Linh travels to a foreign land to bring the child in his arms to safety. The other refugees in the detention centre are unsure how to help the old man; his caseworkers are compassionate, but overworked. Monsieur Linh struggles beneath the weight of his sorrow, and becomes increasingly bewildered and isolated in this unfamiliar, fast-moving town. And then he encounters Monsieur Bark. They do not speak each other's language, but Monsieur Bark is sympathetic to the foreigner's need to care for the child. Recently widowed and equally alone, he is eager to talk, and Monsieur Linh knows how to listen. The two men share their solitude, and find friendship in an unlikely dialogue between two very different cultures. Monsieur Linh and His Child is a remarkable novel with an extraordinary twist,...

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Marianne Strandberg

2012-06-26

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En liten, st, speciell men sorglig bok.

harriet karlsson

2011-07-07

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Underbar bok.

Kristina Simar

2011-03-28

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nnu en underbar och poetisk skriven roman av Philippe Claudel ? frfattaren till Gr sjlar (2006) och Brodecks rapport (2009). Precis som dessa romaner r ven denna skriven p ett s gripande och knslomssigt stt att det naturligtvis tras i gonen. Det r ltt att knna sympati fr Monsieur Linh och hans lilla flicka. Han fr ven ver sina egna knslor p ett sdant stt att jag knner hur dligt han mr ver att ha ftt fly frn sitt hemland tillsammans med sin lilla flicka p gamla dagar och hur det knns att komma till ett oknt land och inte kunna gra sig frstdd. Philippe Claudel skriver vackert och det gr inte att stressa igenom texten. Den ska lsas sakta fr att man ska kunna minnas hela berttelsen. Innehllet r mycket dramatiskt och som alltid nr det gller Philippe Claudels bcker r det svrt att veta om man befinner sig i verkligheten eller i fantasin.