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Moon in a Dead Eye by Pascal Garnier
And t What a writer he was! And there were dinners with drinks and soon they got the management to open their clubhouse for expanded socializing. Of course there will be death as a new thing to experience for this group. Feb 03, Richard rated it really liked it. Another very entertaining, grimly humorous Garnier book. Lots of excellent lines like Simenon, Garnier has a remarkable knack for perfectly concise similes and memorable scenes.
There are parts that could have been developed more but that's a minor complaint. Hopefully one day he will write his own romans dur. Feb 07, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , mystery-thriller. Gallic Noir tales full of gallows humor, unsavory characters, and shocking plot twists. The problem is there are only about 10 or so translated out of his 60 plus works.
I have been savoring them. After Moon in a Dead Eye I only have one left and am constantly hoping that a new set of translations will arrive at some time.
Garnier, to provide a reference, has a style that can be likened to a cross between James Elroy and James M. Obviously he is an original in his own right, but that gives a new reader an idea. Garnier is so dark and twisted at least his stories are! As with most of his stories the characters fully realized and completely believable characters are damaged with secrets and hidden agendas that eat away at their peace of mind and color their actions.
You can also be sure that no matter how idyllic the situation, very soon these are novellas so the action comes on fast the crap is going to hit the fan and the whole thing will wind up getting darker by the minute. I only have one Garnier book left and am desperately waiting more translations.
Nov 12, Deborah rated it really liked it Shelves: own , works-in-translation , netgalley. The latter proved to be just as satisfying as it sounded. Garnier had a remarkable ability to get to the dark underbellies of everyday people in a way which feels so organic to the characters that not only the reader, but the characters themselves are surprised by the depths to which 4. Garnier had a remarkable ability to get to the dark underbellies of everyday people in a way which feels so organic to the characters that not only the reader, but the characters themselves are surprised by the depths to which they willingly sink.
Emily Boyce's translation was beautiful, with none of the incongruities which so distracted me in Florence's take on The A Literary noir seems to be making quite a comeback, with Akashic's Noir Series anthologies leading the charge. None of Garnier's work is included in the two French anthologies thus far Paris Noir and Marseille Noir , however, so kudos once again to Gallic Books for bringing his unique voice to the attention of English-speaking readers.
View 1 comment. Feb 25, Jane rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed , mystery , library , france , novellas , suspense.
Quick, fast-paced read at only pp. We get to know each one and their foibles intimately.
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Spare prose with terse dialogue. May 28, Dale rated it it was amazing. Loved this one, my third? Funny, grotesque, disorienting.
fensterstudio.ru/components/tegepyx/ze-descargar-whatsapp-espia.php Dry, fast psychological horror. Jul 27, Guy rated it it was amazing Shelves: france , , 20th-century-british. It was as though they had bought themselves a ticket to the afterlife; they no longer had a future.
Martial and Odette are like shipwreck survivors washed up in a ghost town. Imagine how thrilled they are when someone else finally moves in. Maxime with his false teeth and dyed black hair and former ballerina Marlene Node, another retired couple of course, move in up the street.
They engaged in the customary small talk for a quarter of an hour, all the while studying each other closely out of the corners of their eyes, like naturalists examining a newly discovered species. So now we have 4 people, 2 couples in this forced friendship created by circumstance. By this point, the other four residents are desperate for a new face: She had been a little taken aback to find the four of them on her doorstep.
The removal men had only just left and she had barely had time to get her breath back. He was the one who introduced everybody, showing them off as though trying to get a good price for them. Then they all began talking at once, each of them impressing on her their willingness to help. Too eager, too smiley, too many outstretched hands … so old and wrinkled it was hard to tell whether they were grasping or giving. A gated community exists to keep out the riff-raff, and the residents who buy into such an arrangement are happy with that idea.
When gypsies move in and set up an encampment down the road outside of Les Conviviales, paranoia reigns and all hell breaks loose. In theory this should comfort Maxime, but the isolation only fuels his paranoia. Living in a retirement community just confirms the fact that Maxime is no longer young, and this fuels his feeling of exposure and vulnerability.
They had been burgled three times in recent years. Nothing could stop them, not the most sophisticated alarm systems or the patrols that took place day and night. They were everywhere and nowhere, gnawing away like vermin at the foundations of the stable, quiet life people had worked so hard to build. Living in this retirement community is a sort of living-death, a hibernation phase just prior to the permanence of death.
Garnier shows how this sort of isolation is unhealthy and contributes to the idea that any sort of difference class, wealth feeds paranoia. Jan 24, Cleopatra Pullen rated it really liked it Shelves: own , contemporary.
If you like your humour dark and fuelled by a savage turn of phrase, this short book will most likely suit your needs perfectly. In this short novel Pascal Garnier turns his attentions to the elderly and those who are acquainted with his style realise that nothing good can come of Martial and Odette Sudre move to a gated retirement village. Odette is keen on the idea of living a life-like being on holiday each day of the year whereas Martial is a little more circumspect All those years spent dogge If you like your humour dark and fuelled by a savage turn of phrase, this short book will most likely suit your needs perfectly.
Odette is keen on the idea of living a life-like being on holiday each day of the year whereas Martial is a little more circumspect All those years spent doggedly accumulating a thousand little habits from which to spin a cosy cocoon of existence on first-name terms with the newsagent, butcher and baker, going to the market on Saturday morning and taking the Sunday stroll up to Mont Valerien… Then one by one, their neighbours had retired to the Loire valley, Brittany, Cannnes… or the cemetery.
But as Odette becomes seduced by talk of a clubhouse and a pool the pair move in. The pair were the first of the residents to move into the village and the winter months was a bit of a lonely one as well as a time to acclimatise. For the moment, it was closed, and they had not yet met nor even caught sight of the social secretary. Not that Martial was overly concerned.
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In fact, he was somewhat dreading the opening of the clubhouse. He had no desire to take part in pancake-tossing competitions with people he did not know. I liked Martial! After a long winter with Odette buying items for the new house and cooking culinary surprises they are keen to form a welcoming committee when a new couple move in; Maxime and Marlene Node, finally instead of imagining the new neighbours they could meet them for real!
Perhaps mindful of the dreary winter they soon share food, drink and outings together.