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Laurent Mauvignier

Autor(a) de The Birthday Party

18 Works 510 Membros 14 Críticas

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Obras por Laurent Mauvignier

The Birthday Party (2020) 143 exemplares
The Wound (2009) 90 exemplares
Apprendre à finir (2000) 59 exemplares
In the Crowd (2006) 49 exemplares
Continuer (2016) 45 exemplares
Loin d'eux (1999) 34 exemplares
Ce que j'appelle oubli (2011) 25 exemplares
Autour du monde (2014) 24 exemplares
Le lien (2005) 10 exemplares
Ceux d'à côté (2002) 9 exemplares
Seuls (2004) 7 exemplares
Retour à Berratham (2015) 6 exemplares
Une légère blessure (2016) 3 exemplares
Visages d'un récit (2015) 1 exemplar
Voyage à New Delhi (2018) 1 exemplar
Proches (2023) 1 exemplar
Geschichten der Nacht Roman (2023) 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val-de-Loire, France
Locais de residência
Toulouse, France



A wild, broken, and human narrative. The consciouses that we (readers) experience, that seemingly digresses through all stages of human nuance and grief and violence and safety, will have readers grasping for any semblance of comfort they can perceive. A distressing story, a human story, with so many layers, sentence level and beyond. Whew.
ocassim | 4 outras críticas | Dec 26, 2023 |
This is the story of the four denizens of a hamlet and the terrible events that happened the night three of them threw a small birthday party for the fourth. There's Bergogne, the farmer, content with his cows, in love with his wife, but worried about money. There's his wife, Marion, who works in town and who is about to turn forty. There's their daughter, Ida, who is so excited about the planned celebration and who spends the day before carefully painting a picture for her mother. And there's Christine, who left the art world in Paris for this quiet backwater, and spends her day painting, with only her dog, Rajah and the neighbor's daughter for company. Lately she's been getting some threatening letters though.

What makes this novel so magnificent is the perfection of the pacing and how well the author creates an unbearable feeling of dread in the reader. The novel gives each character a chapter, following their thoughts and every minor preoccupation of their day. It's a style that takes effort to read, until the reader is immersed in each character's life. And, as events move from daily chores or preparation for the party, into the events that make this novel a thriller of sorts, this structure serves to amplify the tension. And by closely following the thoughts of each character in turn, this book is a wonderful collection of complex and conflicted character studies. I was astonished by how good this book was and I hope we see more of Mauvignier's novels translated into English.
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RidgewayGirl | 4 outras críticas | Jul 29, 2023 |
This book started off strong, though it was too strong on the suspense for me personally. Also too much gory violence. Yet about 150 pages in the suspense turned to boredom as this book was just way too long and slow and there is just too much stuff that is irrelevant.

And then the last 50 pages gets moving, slowly and then quickly. Yet despite all of those extra pages, we still don't find out how everything resolves at the then end. What happens to everyone present?

Also, if I never read another male-authored book that is largely about violence against women, I am good.… (mais)
1 vote
Dreesie | 4 outras críticas | Jul 19, 2023 |
UN très grand roman, techniquement c'est du très bel ouvrage, le choral est un art difficile, il maitrise totalement. Les voix sont toutes différentes troublantes émouvantes touchantes. Un roman qui rend les années 80, le tabac partout, le foot, la musique. De ce drame, il fait une tragédie grec avec ses héros et son choeur. La petitesse et la grandeur de l'homme, la jalousie au milieu d'un drame, la faiblesse de l'individu face à la masse. Et puis le deuil et le fait qu'on échappe jamais à sa famille sauf à l'affronter. Tana est un personnage féminin d'une force incroyable.
Un grand livre sur le déplacement de nos deuils, sur le drame de ne pas parler, sur le drame de s’enfermer dans le silence. Reproduire alors qu'on veut à tout pris fuir l'image de sa mère. Un grand texte sur la transmission, sur la peur, sur la tristesse. Cet auteur est un grand romancier.
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PUautomne | 1 outra crítica | May 2, 2018 |



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