This Is The Story Of Douard, St Phane, And The Spirited Girl They Find Alone And Apparently Lost In Paris When The Two Men Offer The Young Quebec Girl Shelter For The Night, Their Lives Are Profoundly And Irrevocably Changed St Phane Falls Quickly For Delphine, But Douard, A Man Without Expectations Who Hides From The World In A Life Of Mediocrity And Whose Only Desire Is To Live And Die Quietly, Is Slower To Accept Her He Is Disturbed By Delphine S Abrupt Arrival In His Life, Her Strange Accent, Her Excessive Passion Then, Just As He Opens Himself To Her Exuberance And Vulnerability, He Is Torn Violently From Her And Left To Unravel The Mysteries Of Her Sudden Presence And Absence Anne H Bert S Fifth Novel In Translation Originally Published Under The Title Est Ce Que Je Te D Range Springs From A Place Between Dream And Reality, And Offers A Disturbing Look Into The Workings Of Fascination And Obsession Tortured Love, Broken Childhoods, And The Forces Of Nature And Death Are Woven Into This Extraordinary, Poetic Tale From One Of Canada S Most Important Writers I sleep to my heart s content, day and night Between naps, I read A huge fatigue turns up between books, between naps A black hole to swallow me up The poets keep me company, I m damned along with them, in the books and in my room in the country where I read I read and I dream about hell and about the scarlet sky at the end of hell, like a bright border of flames.Sometimes you find what you need Am I Disturbing You by Anne H bert was that book, in a second hand shop I d never been to on a stretch of street I rarely walk.Overly poetic, dreamlike, confusing, empty of plot, characters too slight to make sense, too much white space And yet.What I take away from this slim novella, though, the relevant thing I need to process is how someone can enter your life for so brief a period and suddenly leave it and leave an indelible imprint on you and dredge up long forgotten long buried aspects of self, despite never really knowing each other, never having a claim on each other that is, no explicit claim.The story is of Delphine, evidently pregnant, and obsessed with Patrick Chemin, who has allegedly proclaimed his love for her but is recently married to the Fat Lady douard and St phane find Delphine in the square.St phane falls for her fast for douard it s a slow burn douard s a copywriter Delphine has eyes only for Patrick and speaks only of her dead grandmother Delphine never really disturbs anyone, until she does douard finally dredges up some deeply painful and painfully vague childhood memories that explain nothing. Despite being less than 100 pages in length, the story is tiring Perhaps that was Hebert s intent Like a character in Greek tragedy, Delphine is a figure of pathos Hebert s use of figurative language is strange and incomprehensible It s far weaker than her other literary works I had high expectations of this book because it was nominated for the Giller Prize but was disappointed It s also one of Hebert s last books to be published, and it s sad that a great writer left this world without a final literary blast. A novella with themes of betrayal, emptiness, obsession and compulsion, and memory The girl Delphine is a haunting figure, one whose sudden appearance and disappearance jolts Edouard into an understanding of himself The book has many striking images, but is too short to allow a real connection to its characters I wondered if it was perhapspoetic in the language it was originally written in Canadian French.
Anne H bert was born on August 1, 1916 in Sainte Catherine de Fossambault, a small village 40 kilometers from Qu bec city Born into a well respected Qu bec family, whose ancestors included some of the earliest settlers of New France, H bert was encouraged in her literary endeavours by her cousin, the poet Hector de Saint Denis Garneau The greatest influence on her writing, however, was undoubted
- 104 pages
- Am I Disturbing You?
- Anne Hébert
- 13 February 2019 Anne Hébert