Le Club des incorrigibles optimistes by Jean-Michel Guenassia

By Jean-Michel Guenassia

Michel Marini avait douze ans en 1959. C'était l'époque du rock'n'roll et de los angeles guerre d'Algérie. Lui, il était photographe novice, lecteur compulsif et joueur de baby-foot au Balto de Denfert-Rochereau. Dans l'arrière-salle du bistrot, il a rencontré Igor, Léonid, Sacha, Imré et les autres. Ces hommes avaient passé le Rideau de Fer pour sauver leur peau. Ils avaient abandonné leurs amours, leur famille, trahi leurs idéaux, et tout ce qu'ils étaient. Ils s'étaient retrouvés à Paris dans ce membership d'échecs d'arrière-salle que fréquentaient aussi Kessel et Sartre. Et ils étaient liés par un bad mystery que Michel finirait par découvrir.

Cette rencontre bouleversa définitivement l. a. vie du jeune garçon. Parce qu'ils étaient tous d'incorrigibles optimistes.

Portrait de génération, reconstitution minutieuse d'une époque, chronique douce-amère d'une early life : Jean-Michel Guenassia réussit un most effective roman étonnant tant par l'ampleur du projet que par l'authenticité qui souffle sur ces pages.

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29 Louis knew how upset his mother would be about his trying to cross the river on a night like this. His mother had begged his father to stop carrying slaves across the river. ” “My father isn’t here,” Louis said. “There’s ice on the river and the wind is strong. ” “No water’s too cold and no wind is too strong for us, child,” Sarah said. “We already crossed two rivers, but the Detroit River is freedom’s river. It’s our last chance. Our master sold away these children’s daddy. They were going to sell away Tyler just like he was no different from a horse or a cow.

Lucy hugged his leg. The two boys shook hands. “I’ll come over this summer and we’ll get us a sturgeon,” Louis promised. Then Louis left them to their new freedom. 44 The cold wind stung his face. Over and over Louis had to break the ice with his paddle. His hands were so cold he could hardly hold the oars. The boat was lighter now and easier to row. It was also a lot easier to be afraid when you were alone. He wished Tyler were there. To keep himself company he began to sing, Keep me from sinkin’ down.

Whitefish, herring, perch, sturgeon. ” 41 “That’s a big fish. You got to be strong to catch it. You got to be smart to catch a catfish. ” The wind was against them and the ice was thickening. For every foot they gained, the boat seemed to slip back a foot into the black water. Louis had never been so cold. He wished he could ask his papa if he had done the right thing to risk their lives. Sarah began to sing and the children joined her. 42 O Lord, O my Lord, keep me from sinkin’ down I tell you what I mean to do Keep me from sinkin’ down Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down Keep me from sinkin’ down Sometimes I’m almost on the ground Keep me from sinkin’ down I look up yonder and what do I see?

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