As best I can. I bought it a couple of years ago, intrigued by the title, cover, brevity, and blurb — which tells of two generations getting to understand each other through a tale of wartime. This novella is based on events in the life of the author’s father. Paperback , Bilingual Edition , 85 pages. He never asked a penny for a performance — for having mucked up a Saturday or Sunday or some fine holiday from school we might all have spent together. And maybe, in the name of you all, I’ll manage to play the man, too. He has no clear goal and explains nothing to his close friends. How touching this fruit in our strange and terrible gardens.

Audible Download Audio Books. In Our Strange Gardens starts out with our storyteller confiding how embarrassed and ashamed he is of his father, who often performed as an unpaid clown at various events. To ask other readers questions about Strange Gardens , please sign up. How old do your offspring have to be that you don’t consider them children? Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Cul Fanny Michel Cordes Revelations that could come at the end of pages somehow hold the same weight in such a brief book.

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Preview this item Preview this item. Learn more More Like This. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A novel of revelation, innocence and ignorance, of the power of language and the strength and complexity of family, In Our Strange Gardens is a fable of nuance and power, a mesmerizing addition to the literature of war. The back story is a marvelous and gorgeous social commentary on the type of generous actions we could all take – to enrich our often-solitary elder-citizens’ lives.

Okay, French with English subtitles is not the usual stuff for most Germans which are used to dubbed films It is matter-of-fact and without undue sentiment in its style; Quint — or at least Bray; presumably both — manages to let the effroyables do its own telling, and the people present themselves.


Contact Follow us on Twitter: So sometimes the only way to hear your parents’ story is from midhel else who was there. Yes No Report this. A short and meaningful book about our understanding of our worlds from childhood to adults of who and what our parents are to us.

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Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Apr 07, Linda C rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 29, Olivermagnus rated it really liked fi,m Shelves: The French citizens, who disliked the occupation and the loss of their freedom, formed groups to fight back against the Germans.

I learned a lesson in human dignity from a clown and that can’t be a bad thing. Audible Download Audio Books. It is at once a story of war that offers hope as well as a coming of age story. On entre dans ces secrets de famille qui traduisent, et bien plus que cela: Jun 04, Waven rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very moving in parts, extremely funny in others unusual for a World War II bookthis translation from the French, by Barbara Bray, is short but will leave the reader thinking for quite a while about sacrifice, dignity, hope, and love both romantic and filial.

This very short book was an absolute pleasure to read. Let it suffice to note that effroyable means “frightening, appalling, horrifying”, whereas Bray offers “In Our Strange Gardens”. This very short WWII novel is what few war stories can be, uplifting and hopeful. The specific efvroyables or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied.


Apr 16, Lauraine rated it really liked it. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Teenager Lucien is embarrassed by his father Jacques’ circus clown routine, which entertains the rest of michwl village.

Cul Fanny Michel Cordes As a member of the French Resistance, he filk destroy a generator, was captured by t This World War II novel — really the length of a short story — tells the tale of a boy whose teacher father spends his off hours dressing and entertaining as a clown. Quoting from Vulpes Libris You are very welcome to quote up to words from any article posted on Vulpes Libris – as long as you quote accurately, give us due credit and link back to the original post.

He has no clear goal fjlm explains nothing to his close effroyaboes. It is told to the boy in a local patois that he says gives the story a humbling feeling. Published by Penguin Books Ltd first effroyaboes A touching novella about how people often run deeper than our impressions of them, particularly in times of great upheaval and conflict. His mother Claire has lodged him with her girlfriend Marcelle and her husband Pelo while she’s Jun 25, Elise rated it really liked it.

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Riesling is white wine. Start your free trial. Sep 20, Hanne rated it it was ok. This beautiful and painful story is the tale of a child learning his father’s secrets, a twisted series of events that left deep scars on everyone they touched.