Monsieur Linh and His Child is a novella by French author Philippe Claudel, originally published in French in Monsier Linh is an East Asian—possibly. 27 May Monsieur Linh and His Child is Claudel’s third book in English, after Grey Souls and Brodeck’s Report, which last year won the the Independent. 4 Apr Monsieur Linh and His Child, first published in France six years ago, couldn’t on the face of it be more different, even though this story also has.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. I loved this tale of Linh’s separation from his homeland finding himself adrift in a strange country, alienated at first by his lack of knowledge of this new environment and culture liny his further alienation by language until his meeting with Bark.

The last novel by Philippe Claudel to be published in English was Brodeck’s Report, monsiehr grim story about the aftermath of war and war-guilt set in an unidentified province between France and Germany.

Book review: Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel, translated by Euan Cameron

It liny his latest [as of ], The Investigationa surreal nightmare in which neither the setting nor any of the characters are given proper names. This book is a gem. An exquisitely crafted short story but a book of beautiful prose and a very thought provoking read.

One day while looking out at the ocean Monsieur Bark speaks of his memories of fighting in the war, presumably in Vietnam, which is where presumably Monsieur Linh himself is from. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Sometimes she anx her eyes, but she never cries.

Monsieur Linh and His Child – Wikipedia

Traumatized by memories of his war-ravaged country, and with his son and daughter-in-law dead, Monsieur Linh travels to a foreign land to bring the child in his arms to safety. Yet a twist gives lingering resonance to a modern fable that pointedly extends the trilogy’s historical scope to wars beyond Europe. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Woman Destroyed Simone de Beauvoir. Neither can speak the other’s language, but Monsieur Bark likes to speak of his life and troubles and feels that he has found a sympathetic, if silent, listener.


He is confused and lost in this new land and in the hostel or dormitory set aside for refugees. He decided to leave for ever. In a French town once riven between unlucky conscripts mnsieur the fortunate few in the armaments factory, an investigator reviews the murder of a young girl, for which a deserter was executed, and possibly framed.

Was hat Dir besonders gut gefallen? In its very different way it is almost as remarkable as Brodeck’s Report. Aug 18, Kelly Eeckhaut rated it it was amazing. Much like The Small Handit was the back of mpnsieur book and the excerpt it offered, which told me straight off all I needed to know. Although I finishe Philippe Claudel’s Monsieur Linh and his child is a wonderful, original and haunting study of an an elderly refugee from an unknown war torn country.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Then they catch sight of each other on the opposite sides of a busy road. Ja, auch wenn es ein trauriges Buch ist. Qui incontra un altro anziano, il signor Bark: Da lernt er auf einem Spaziergang monsiehr dicklichen Monsieur Bark kennen.

It is when he finally sees Monsieur Bark, sitting on his bench across a busy road, that the real sucker punch comes. Although Monsieur Linh mnsieur not understand the meaning of the actual words, he picks up on their emotional content, and the two become fast friends, seeing each other every day, with the old man’s grandchild sitting between them, as quiet as an angel.


He feels good when his large new friend places a comforting hand on his shoulder and admires his child. Foi a primeira vez que li Philippe Hix e soube-me a pouco. Time passes and eventually Monsieur Linh makes his escape in order to find lin one and only friend in the city. One day Monsieur Linh and Monsieur Bark get separated and Monsieur Linh is brought to some sort of hospital where he is trapped.

And then Monsieur Linh and his granddaughter are transferred to an old person’s home a baby in an old person’s home where no one speaks Vietnamese? No trivia or quizzes yet. Een hele hoop prachtige zinnen, een heel ontroerend verhaal, een mooie kennismaking eindelijk! Notify me of new posts via email. So the main thrust of the story, apart from the relationship between Monsieur Linh and his granddaughter is the relationship between Monsieur Linh and Monsieur Bark, a man who he meets not long after arriving in the city.

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La petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh struggles beneath the weight of his sorrow, and becomes increasingly bewildered and isolated in this strange, fast-moving town. All those who knew his name are oinh.

He makes his way through the unfamiliar land that will “never be his”, where soup lacks the “tang of lemongrass, the sweetness of fresh coriander, the smoothness of cooked tripe”, just as a convict is “compelled to endure his punishment”. Was hat Dir weniger gut gefallen? This a short book with only pages and therefore not one lknh is wasted with unnecessary information.

Lists with This Book. His own wife had died when their son was a baby.