La Scouine has 80 ratings and 6 reviews. LA SCOUINE est le surnom donné à l’ une des filles de l’habitant Urgèle Deschamps, et c’est autour de ce personna. La Scouine has 80 ratings and 6 reviews. Julie said: Une oeuvre étonnante qui devrait provoquer la jalousie de plusieurs de nos contemporains par l’audac. De à , Albert Laberge fut chroniqueur sportif au journal La Presse à Montréal. Mais il y fut aussi, simultanément, critique d’art. Membre de l’.

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The violence and excess of this episode recall Maupassant’s story “Coco” in Contes du jour et de la nuit.

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Books by Albert Laberge. The priest’s face at one point is red from the cold and is described as “un morceau de viande saignante” p. Carlos rated it liked it Dec 10, Tim rated it it was ok Sep 27, Return to Book Page. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. And fornot just Quebec but anywhere, it is indeed bracingly unsentimental, squalidly unromantic, and gleefully impious. In oa event, to call Laberge’s book an objective representation of the actual world it purports to describe is, I think, to misread it.

Moreover, Laberge’s scluine are diminished and ls by their labours, unlike the hero in Jean Rivard, who, through work and integrity, comes to symbolize the utopian continuity of rural French-Canadian Catholicism – conservative, hard-working and pious:. The irony which marks this kind of brutalized characterization and this kind of prosperity is distinguished scouins a considerable degree by the grotesque.

However, in Lemelin’s description of the “basse ville,” one recognizes similarities with Laberge’s evocation of the unrelenting deprivation of an almost sub-human world.

Finally, it is the castrator Baptiste Bagon, most alienated from life, who is most physically hideous:. In fact, Gaston Boucher is an emblem of the world of the novel:.

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ArthurSarry rated it liked it Feb 20, Paperbackpages. The parallels between Laberge and Lemelin are rooted in a common literary ancestry. It would be unendurable, probably, if it weren’t quite short and if Laberge didn’t have a poker-faced sense of humor; as it is, its combination of episodic structure and Canadian landscape made me think of it as a sort of cruelly distorted mirror image of L. Want to Read saving…. Luc Bourbonnais rated it liked it Jul 13, Other details have the same repugnant effect.


Au pied de la pente douce contains elements of farce and the picaresque which are not found in La Scouinebut there is a striking affinity between the two books in Lemelin’s use of an episodic structure and in his exploitation of the grotesque fusion of the human and non-human in his characterization.

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The juxtaposition of the well’s darkness to the light of the struggling animal’s eyes is an image of hopeless and unwitting entrapment. In both stories, the implicit respect of man for beast is ruthlessly violated by actions which underline and indict what seems to be fundamental human perversity. Thanks for telling us scoujne the problem.

Two examples substantiate this difference. Les Anciens Canadiens and particularly Maria Chapdelainefor all the romance elements in them, are also famous for detailed scenes or tableaux of verifiable authenticity.

The use of the grotesque, so important to later French-Canadian fiction, brought down on Laberge the souine opprobrium of the church when several chapters of La Scouine were published in the reviews Le Terroire and La Semaine in Lemelin belittles his characters through caricature and through exaggeration of the banal. Ultimately, his techniques and themes were to prove among the early, disturbing fruits of a rich and productive soil. L’Arbre HMH,p.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The site is described in detail which approaches the necrophilic – ‘Teau s’infiltrait lentement dans le sol, pourissant les cercueils en quelques mots et faisant de la chair humaine une sorte de bouillie fangeuse et ,a p.

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The degree to which Laberge’s work may have influenced the French-Canadian writers who followed him is ecouine. La Scouine is true to the unremitting presentation of distortion, deformity and estrangement which characterize rural life in terms that can hardly be called impartial:. These rustic tableaux have often been discussed in terms of their crude harshness. Laberge scouind to suggest that the grotesque distortions of life and environment are deadly parts of a brutalizing and destructive interdependence.


It is true that La Scouine defies the rural idyll by depicting life on the land as the existence of unthinking human beasts who have been brutalized, degraded and ground down to defeat Nevertheless, in its careful exploitation of the grotesque, the book lacks the balance of paradox and ambiguity characteristic of much realistic fiction.

Piguin and le Schno, are forced to dig holes without their shoes and are refused their dinner. This was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

La Scouine by Albert Laberge. Le Cercle du Uvre de France,scluine. One cannot be sure that, before the completion of La Scouine inLaberge was familiar with Maria Chapdelainefirst published in the Parisian review Le Temps in The brothers’ idiocy is a counterpart to the physical and scouinee exhaustion around them.

The episode opens with the brutal murder of the chicks by one brother and this is followed by bloody physical punishment. Implicitly, this past could also serve as the model for future continuity through fidelity to tradition. Anh rated it liked it Feb 07, Corallia rated it liked it Sep 19, An old man, begging on his knees in the mud for a miracle from the bishop, only succeeds in being thoroughly splashed by mud as the ecclesiastical carriage passes by.

Their feet become bloodied and the story’s details are made progressively more morbid and repulsive. Paul Wyczynski et al.