I wanted him to draw this bow too and show us how he had embraced his life away from the home How does one go on to develop empathy caring kindness and healthy relationships when one has a childhood lacking in all of the aboveFull review here 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 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 being raised by this grandparents He shares his family tree d 35. Ns me plaindre je voudrais même en faire rire sans regrets Les enfants n’ont parfois ue le choix de la fuite et doivent souvent à leur évasion au risue de la fragilité d’aimer plus encore la vie. .
Voids 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 reader not "to feel sympathy for him but he does not actively seek itLe Tellier writes well but sometimes the translation "feel sympathy for him but he does not actively seek itLe Tellier writes well but sometimes the translation 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 repetition at times "That said I was not familiar with Le Tellier s fiction before reading this book but am now prompted to seek "said I was not familiar with Le Tellier s fiction before reading this book but am now prompted to seek out This was my first book by this author and I am glad that it was his memoir He is open and 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 I recommend this book 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 re not really getting to see the writers real 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 oung 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 realize 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 reading it again If ou 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 Litt rature Potentielle which translates roughly as workshop of potential literature He s publish 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. 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 raconter sans colère la décrire sa. En lisant ce titre je ne peux m emp cher de penser "la premi re phrase de Anne Karenine de Tolsto Toutes les familles "premi re phrase de Anne Karenine de
TOLSTO TOUTES LES FAMILLES SE RESSEMBLENTToutes les familles se ressemblent famille malheureuse l est sa fa on Il s agit d un 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 diff rents
chapitres ui sont des portraits de famille on d couvre ue laui sont des portraits de famille on d couvre ue la des membres taient d nu s de la facult d aimer Son p re biologiue est parti du domicile familiale t t son beau p re s est tenu en retrait et sa m re refusait 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 re ou s inui ter pour elle uand celle ci tait en retard Cela montre aussi 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 le rythm 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 ou 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 reading but in this instance that is not the caseI did enjoy what amounts 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 really stands out It is heartfelt and written with such understated poignancy that it feels totally different to the remainder of the book and somehow authenticDespite the unhappy nature of much of the narrative Le Tellier « 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.