Spring tides /
Jacques Poulin ; translated by Sheila Fischman.
Toronto : House of Anasi Press, 1986.
166 p. : ill.
088784149X :
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Toronto : House of Anasi Press, 1986.
088784149X :
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Translation of: Les grandes marées.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-02:
Poulin, contemporary Canadian novelist and author of The ``Jimmy ''Trilogy (CH, May'80), published this novel originally as Les grandes mar;ees in 1978. We are indebted to translator Sheila Fischman who has made it accessible to the English-reading public. The story is simple. A Quebecois translator of comic strips is offered what he wants most by his boss who wishes to make him happy: an island retreat in the St. Lawrence River, l'Ile Madame. Here, his work, tennis, simple rounds of the island, and the presence of a lovely young woman keep him occupied happily. However, the boss, who arrives each week by helicopter to drop off comics and pick up finished translations, takes to dropping off, one each trip, additional characters, such as ``the Author'' or ``the Organizer.'' Gradually the translator's life on the island changes. The charm of this novel lies not only in the originality of the story and characters but also in the delightful comedy, which is sustained by the narration and dialogue. This is a novel one reads for enjoyment but one that invites reflection. The ambience is contemporary. The idiomatic English of the translator captures Poulin's style. Recommended for above secondary-school level and for general readers.- M.H. Nachtsheim, The College of St. Catherine
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