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Hervé Le Tellier í 9 SummaryNed their demise with no feelings of panic or sadness I was amazed to have so uickly accepted my status as an orphan and appalled by the twinge of disappointment when I ecognized my mother s voice That s when I knew I was a monsterAnother secret is to explicate the family dynamics Le Tellier s aunt married an exceptionally successful engineer who became wealthy The uncle encourages Herv s mother and stepfather to buy a studio in the Avoriaz ski area A good deal because Special Agent Francesca renting it to others during the season almost covered the mortgage and the family was able to go for a couple weeks in winter It was only later that I understood how much these holidays spent in luxury thanks to her sister exasperated and humiliated my mother She may have been discreet in front of the whole family but once alone with us she never stopped accusing her brother in law of taking kickbacks and making shady deals and not without an element of self contradiction she criticized my father for being so honest or worse still for lacking ambition in a word for being stupid Yet another secret is to sketch the personalities andelationships within the family My mother had complete authority over him Le Tellier s stepfather He was visibly afraid of her fits of Triskell Tales: Twenty-Two Years of Chapbooks rage which were both terrifying and unpredictable and he had abidicated any form ofesistance She made all the decisions and she held such a hold over him that she even composed the letters he wrote to his family He simply had to copy out her Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie rough drafts At the end of these letters my mother even added the name Guy the stepfather s so he didn t forget to sign themOf course for aeally lively memoir it doesn t hurt to have a character like Le Tellier s as "A Mother After Guy Died "mother After Guy died was infected by the idea that Guy and her sister had been lovers A cousin eported a scene on the street when the estranged sisters happened to meet Accused of the affair the aunt shook her head in bafflement Well then swear to me I mean swear to me my mother said that you never slept with Guy I swear it said my aunt Swear it on our father s grave and I ll believe you my mother insisted I swear it on our father s grave said my aunt There was a long silence then my mother spat out I don t believe youIt also does not hurt then my mother spat out I don t believe youIt also does not hurt have been involved with historic events even if on the periphery Her mother and aunt lived through the German occupation of Paris which included deporting Jewish neighbors His mother did not emember the girl in her seventh grade class who lived across the street and who vanished one day in 1942 All Happy Families implicitly makes the case that all happy families are all unhappy in their own way It is a delightful account by an astute and thoughtful writer I was happy to make his acuaintance This is the memoir of French author Herve Le Tellier In this small volume we encounter his parents step parents and grandparents all like all of us flawed individuals Scrape the surface of most families and you will find some degree of dysfunction and this is Le Tellier s attempt to come to terms with his own unstraightforward upbringing Writing as catharsis can often make for tedious eading but in this instance that is not the CaseI Did Enjoy What did enjoy what to little than a collection of anecdotes fragments of a fractured life an author s attempt to address issues from childhood when the main protagonists are either dead or demented However the chapter where he writes about the loss of his partner and their unborn child eally stands out It is heartfelt and written with such understated poignancy that it feels totally different to the emainder of the book and somehow authenticDespite the unhappy nature of much of the narrative Le Tellier avoids the worst trait of misery memoir writing his ego is missing and there is no sense of poor me Indeed it would take a hard hearted eader not to feel sympathy for him but he does not actively seek itLe Tellier writes well but sometimes the translation is clunky and I suspect potential humour is lost in translation The narrative is not told in a linear fashion which can lead to avoidable confusion and epetition at times That said I was not familiar with Le Tellie Ns me plaindre je voudrais même en faire ire sans A London Home in the 1890s regrets Les enfants n’ont parfois ue le choix de la fuite et doivent souvent à leur évasion auisue de la fragilité d’aimer plus encore la vie. .
Ents He shares his family tree divulging a bit about their inner lives of his biological and adopted families He does this with the distanced afforded by old age also the passing of his father and stepfather and the dementia of his mother tender honesty and dry humor At the heart of this tale of a mother with undiagnosed mental illness an enabling servile stepfather and an absentee father is a stance against the notion that children must love their parents egardless of whether the parents are worthy of love I was impressed by how Tellier was not preachy nor bitter He was neither physically abused Biopower: Foucault and Beyond robbed of opportunity nor encouraged to a sordid life By all accounts his upbringing was unremarkable and so normal His parents like all parents had flaws and he simply didn t have a lovingelationship with them This is uite a common experience This is what makes this memoir so worthy of praise Parents especially mothers are Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds revered which is understandable and in many cases deserved but it leaves littleoom for one to share that they are not close to their parents "When Someone Does Reveal "someone does eveal they are met with well intented suspicion What did you do But that s your momdad How could you not love them I love that this is titled All Happy Families because although Tolstoy asserts that all happy families are alike in actuality all families are like in the way that Le Tellier is describing Parents are imperfect and are supposed to be loved irrespective of personality and behavior This memoir was at times sober critical and flat out funny I ead this book in 24 hours I laughed for most of that time Le Tellier is a fantastic storyteller I read this book in 24 hours I laughed for most of that time Le Tellier is a fantastic storyteller I this is the best memoir for its capture of a uietly whispered but well lived truth In the beginning I wasn t enjoying this book In fact I didn t start to like it until the writer had fully grown up and was making moves due to all the tragedies happening in his life It s usually hard for me to comment on translated books because we うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] re noteally getting to see the writers eal work The beginning seemed a little slow and somewhat complicated and way too detailed about characters who didn t matter much later And I also felt the young protagonist became a completely different person as an adult which threw me off a bit because his ongoing punchline was that he was a monster of a human being but once we get of his backstory we ealize he s anything but that But once the story zoomed in on the writers life singly it got tons better Not a bad book but I won t be A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators reading it again If you want to write a memoir and who doesn t these days Herv Le Tellier s All Happy Families skillfully translated by Adriana Hunter would be a good model to follow Le Tellier is a French writer and linguist and a member of the international literary group Oulipo Ouvroir de Littature Potentielle which translates Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival roughly as workshop of potential literature He s published 21 books six of which have been translated into English including The Sextine Chapel A Thousand Pearls for a Thousand Pennies Enough About Love Intervention of a Good Man Electrico W for which the translator Adriana Hunter won the 27th Annual Translation Prize founded by the French American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation and Atlas inutilisOne secret to writing an engaging memoir is to wait until everyone you are liable to offend by telling the truth about them is dead Le Tellier was able toeach a certain emotional distance from his family and write All Happy Families after his father and stepfather were dead and his mother was suffering from late stage Alzheimers and will never Lifting read the bookAnother secret is to avoid a strict chronology of the sort I was born on April 21 1957 I grew up in Paris We would go to the country in the summer Boring boring boring Le Tellier is anything but boring For example by page 2 he sealized at age twelve he s a monster He s been alone in the Paris apartment for the evening The telephone Mathruhridayam rings and he imagines it to be the policeeporting the death of his mother and stepfather But it s not It s his mother eassuring him that they were unning late It occurred to me that I hadn t been worried I d imagi. RtiMon père mon beau père sont morts ma mère est folle Ils ne liront pas ce livre et je me sens le droit de l’écrire enfin Cette étrange famille j’espère la aconter sans colère la décrire sa. .
All Happy Families wasn t the memoir I was hoping it would be Le Tellier is upfront from the beginning letting us know that he doesn t feel love for his parents I was therefore expecting a heartfelt exploration into all the whys and wherefores of his troubled childhood Instead we simply got a ecital of the family tree with "SOME ANECDOTES ABOUT THINGS THAT WERE SAID AND DONEDON "anecdotes about things that were said and doneDon get me wrong Herve s family was pretty ghastly His mother would now be diagnosed with a pretty major personality disorder and his step father with codependency His biological father obviously spent the est of his just being grateful that he got out Herve had
#Lots Of Very Good Reasons #of very good The House That Had Enough reasons distance himself from the family of his birth as soon as he could but the problem was he also kept us theeader at a distanceMemoirs these days are expected to provide various psychological insights as well as catharsis for the author One of the very best that I ve The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field read inecent times is Nadja Spiegleman s I m Supposed to Protect You From All This Le Tellier s book has obviously been cathartic for him but I didn t feel like I got to know him at all His lack of curiosity about why his mother and other family members acted the way they did was well curious This complete detachment was no doubt his survival techniue but I wanted him to draw this bow too and show us how he had embraced his life away from the parental home How does one go on to develop empathy caring kindness and healthy The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division relationships when one has a childhood lacking in all of the aboveFulleview here This was my first book by this author and I am glad that it was his memoir He is open and Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) raw about his family and his experiences growing up His style of writing is beautiful and profound even with this being a translated work He also has a dry sense of humor that is sprinkled throughout Iecommend this book En lisant ce titre je ne peux m emp cher de penser la premi Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl re phrase de Anne Karenine de Tolsto Toutes les familles heureuses seessemblent chaue famille malheureuse l est sa fa on Il s agit d un Défendre Jacob roman autobiographiue L auteur s interroge sur son enfance et bien u il n est pas t battu ou abus il d finit celle ci comme malheureuse car l amour n en faisait pas parti travers les diffents chapitres ui sont des portraits de famille on d couvre ue la plupart des membres taient d nu s de la facult d aimer Son p e biologiue est parti du domicile familiale t t son beau p e s est tenu en Black Gold in North Dakota retrait et sa me efusait le concept m me d amour Allant jusu maudire ces manifestations en voyant un vieil homme caresser la joue de sa femme Toute son enfance l auteur pensait tre un monstre car il n arrivait pas aimer sa m e ou s inui ter pour elle uand celle CI TAIT EN RETARD CELA MONTRE tait en Nestle Toll House Recipe Collection retard Cela montre ue la facult d aimer n est pas inn e et se d veloppe uand elle est nourrit par son entourage L auteur le d couvrira plus tard uand il fuira sa famille et prendra un nouveau d part Les deux premiers chapitres encha nent les propositions chocs On a une succession de phrases tr s courtes puis tr s longues leythme est saccad et se termine souvent par cette phrase c est alors ue j ai su ue j tais un monstre On est tout de suite happ Puis l auteur commence d crire toute sa famille et le ythme alentit consid Wicked City: The Other Side rablementendant la lecture moins int Officer, Surgeon…Gentleman! ressante En lisant la uatri me de couverture je m attendais uelue chose de plus brutal franc et saccad tout au long de ma lecture J ai donc tourn la dernie page en tant un peu d ue After having let this book sit with me for some time I can say this is my favorite memoir Generally speaking memoirs are deemed worthy of being published by their uniueness Prior to Barefoot through Mauretania reading this book held that to be true This changed disabused me of that beliefHerve Le Tellier and Adriana Hunter team up again Hunter previously translated his novel Enough About Love The title of this book borrows from the opening line of Anna Karenina All happy families are alike each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way and lurks in the background of this entire book Le Tellier tells us about his time growing up in Paris living mostly with his mother and stepfather but mostly beingaised by this grandpar. « Je n’ai pas été un enfant malheureux ni privé ni battu ni abusé Mais très jeune j’ai compris ue uelue chose n’allait pas très tôt j’ai voulu partir et d’ailleurs très tôt je suis pa.
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