Music-Hall! Book Ù 391 pages Download

Text Ð Ï Gaétan Soucy

Music HallMusic Hall ou l'épopée new yorkaise dans l'entre deux guerres Épopée moderne faite de grues de parpaings de façades de camions et de bennes dans une ville debout comme disait Louis Ferdinand Céline de la Grosse Pomme dans Voyage au bout de la nuit Ici côté cour et côté jardin le décor est celui de la démolition des chantiers des éboulis Et dans ce bouillonnement ce joyeux chaos des êtres esseulés écrasés par le roulis continuel de cette effervescence essayant bon gré mal gré de tirer leur épingle du jeu Xavier X Mortanse immigrant hongr Gaétan Soucy died July 9 2013 age 54 of a heart attack What a shame that we will hear no new stories from this interesting and original writer Vaudeville is one of his two best books I think The time is a 1929 that never happened The place is a New York where the Order of Demolishers is tearing down buildings and the Demolished are looking for shelter wherever they can find it At a Demolition site Xavier a young apprentice Demolisher finds a little casket a with talking singing female frog inside He takes her back to his tenement room and it looks for a while as if she will be his ticket out of his troubled life if he can work her into a vaudeville act But all is not as it seems in Gaétan Soucy’s third novel which is sometimes very funny and sometimes creepily prescient The frog is not a cartoon character transplanted to a novel nor is Xavier the immigrant from Hungary he thinks he is It turns out he is not even Xavier but a creature just as unnatural as the devastated landscape left behind by the Demolishers Soucy has spent much time in Japan and began the book in Nagasaki site of the second A Bomb detonation in 1945 The destroying civilization he describes in Vaudeville is completely concordant with the one which developed nuclear weapons while the New York he paints looks like the pictures taken near Ground Zero after September 11 2001 Subplots like the one telling the interwoven stories of a pretty hairdresser and a bed wetting super macho Demolisher only make the novel complex and compelling The ending as Soucy’s fns have come to expect is surprising disturbing and weird

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Ges et des corps tremblant dans la lumière brûlante et les émanations d'asphalte surchaufféeMusic Hall est un arc en ciel de destins à New York plongés dans un enfer capable de toutes les merveilles où il ne manue rien ni l'émotion ni la petite musiue verbale ni la puissance d'évocation articulée autour de la démolition Il n'a pas suffi à Gaétan Soucy de jouer sur un décor original À la manière de John Dos Passos dans Manhattan Transfer il a aussi ajouté un récit foisonnant porté par un même élan celui des temps modernes Céline Darner A difficult read but two themes emerged giving me some context and a reason to keep readingThose themes were1A 1920's Steampunk setting and2A modernized take on Frankenstein's monsterThis would have been a enjoyable read if I had had those two ideas in mind when starting outDepending on how deeply you read into the authors story you can see some social commentary on science Though this was written years before the 2008 economic crisis I couldn't help but see the Demolishers as a symbol of those who arbitrarily risked and lost the finances of millionsThis is a novel that may prove a harder then normal read but the reward will be a story that stays with you You will find yourself puzzling and pondering its themes and characters months after you've put it down

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Music-Hall! Book Ù 391 pages Download ô Music Hall ou l'épopée new yorkaise dans l'entre deux guerres Épopée moderne faite de grues de parpaings de façades de camions et de bennes dans une ville debout comme disait Louis Ferdinand Céline de la Grosse Pomme dans Voyage au bout de la nuit Ici côté cour et côté jardin le décor est ceOis tout juste débarué sur le nouveau continent apprenti démolisseur mais baraué comme un oignon vert ; un philosophe doyen de l'ordre des démolisseurs ; un contremaître baptisé la Terreur des murs capable d'abattre à lui seul une maison à mains nues irrité par la moindre note de musiue ; des hommes massifs bâtis comme des pianos des pillards des démolis démunis une logeuse accroc à l'argent Entre ces personnages une haine sourde des trafics financiers des femmes fatales objets des premières amours un soleil brutal des rues bondées des visa I keep meaning to read this This review at intrigues me in part The translator thought it would be funny to give the English version a French title as the original French version had an English title Yeah guys ha ha but Vaudeville doesn't at all capture the nature of this book and its vision of America as echo chamber full of noises that may sound impressive to the busy ant people down below but are tinny and cheap in the vastness of infinite space Think of those widescreen movies from the 50's and 60's like Giant or Two for the Seesaw when directors hadn't yet learned how to fill the extra space so that you got this suffocating impression of useless inflation and empty bloat That's America; and that's Music Hall Soucy has described himself as a rageaholic and it's true there are many passages in this book where you can practically see the veins bulging on the author's forehead He has a way of setting up lots of details and potential byways for the story to follow and then just terminating them all with one brief scarifying scene leaving you with an impression of unuenchable cosmic fury of God's waste