This book really surprised me I feel like not a lot happens, and a lot of the characters aren t very likeable, but I really liked this book The language is incredibly artful, and I found myself just underlining random sections of the page that struck me as being particularly beautiful The depiction of the poor was very heart wrenching and combined with some of the sentimental family love stuff and the french flavour of Montreal, makes this book feel like a Canadian version of Les Miserables my favourite book The early WWII atmosphere with the recruitment efforts and characters leaving to join the army does a great job of affecting my emotions as I read it It s just the tragedy of war, mixed with the thrill of adventure, the sense of duty, and the ne Gabrielle Roy has marvelous powers of description that make winter wind, snow, cold and choking city smoke descend and engulf the reader as well as her fictional characters Just as invasive are her powers of discernment which take the reader right inside the thoughts and desperation of a family caught inside the slums of Montreal during the depression that preceded world war two This is a Canadian classic, one of the finest books ever written However, don t expect to lift your head from its last page feeling anyoptimistic about life than you did before.
The Tin Flute, Gabrielle Roy S First Novel, Is A Classic Of Canadian Fiction Imbued With Roy S Unique Brand Of Compassion And Compelling Understanding, This Moving Story Focuses On A Family In The Saint Henri Slums Of Montreal, Its Struggles To Overcome Poverty And Ignorance, And Its Search For LoveAn Affecting Story Of Familial Tenderness, Sacrifice, And Survival During The Second World War The Novel Was Made Into A Critically Acclaimed Motion Picture InFrom The Hardcover [Gabrielle Roy] É Bonheur D'occasion [food-preservation PDF] read Online Å Edition Oh, so readable, so heartbreaking, so thought provoking.
What is the consequences of destitution on a family How does it affect one s psyche The author of this book shows the devastating affects of poverty on one family.
, but the author does it in a loving way I read this book through many tears.
Another theme is war Why do the poor fight It can t for loyalty to the country who has crushed their dreams in the past Who benefits from war Is it the soldiers or is the ones who stay home and make money The book was originally written in French, but my translation is so good, that I found it hard to believe it wasn t written in English Highly recommended.
ó Bonheur D'occasion ó I am of two poles like Gabrielle Roy Winnipeg born, with everything we needed but our parents struggled I encountered one distant resemblance to the Lacasses ofThe Tin Flute , the most destitute family about whom I ve read Not hitting the right career and financial plan in the beginning, was like a tire that kept puncturing, a black hole Throw money at the Lacasses and it got sucked up One of the reasons this award winning d but receives three stars from me, is disbelief that the Father and children did not earn money somehow A catholic place like Montr al in 1945 was ripe for babysitting The Mother worked but was too often pregnant That she was run ragged at home, I don t accept No kids did dishes, cleaned, or cooked She wouldn t ask her Mother or brothers for help The other reason for moderately grading an admirable, complex literary coup is This book is an important fictionalized version of herstory that sadly reflects many of the same issues we have in society today.
I should rather pull a toe off than read this book again It s nothan a catalogue of misery without redemption, and while it may be realistic, it s nothing I need to be told about in careful detail I had feared that this was an artifact of translation, but apparently it can move people the same way in the original language I finish with the perfect summation from this review Livre obligatoire l cole C est suppos ment un classique mais j ai trouv a atrocement plate.
Haha this book took me two months to read Why Because it s terrible originally titled Bonheur d occasion trans Second hand Happiness , The Tin Flute is the vivid story of the working poor in Quebec during World War II The story begins with the eldest daughter, Florentine, who works in the Five and Ten in order to help support her parents She falls for a machinist, Jean, who agrees to date her merely to benefit himself His friend, Emmanuel, in the meantime, falls for Florentine who has eyes only for Jean As the Afterword Philip Stratford mentions, Florentine was Gabrielle Roy s first and foremost character for the story, but Florentine s mother Rose Anna pushed her way into the story and was there to stay Lucky for us, the readers, as Rose Anna is truly the heart and soul of the entire story There would be no Florentine without Rose Anna, nor would Florentine s many siblings exist Mother holds the story together She
She was brooding over the fact that poverty is like a pain, dormant and not unbearable as long as you don t move about too much You grow used to it, you end up by paying no attention to it But once you presume to bring it out in the daylight, it becomes terrifying, you see it at last in all its squalor and you shrink from exposing it to the sun.
I might have wantedfrom the prose, and I was tempted to blame the translator Then I remembered that I m