“Jacques Poulin is one of the finest and most underrated novelists in Quebec. Volkswagen Blues confirms his calibre as a writer, and may give him the. 1 The year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Governor General’s Award-winner Jacques Poulin’s popular novel Volkswagen Blues. The novel Volkswagen Blues is a novel that was written by Jacques Poulin. It was originally published in French in , and was translated into English in

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And drove my family a couple of times across Australia, from Melbourne to Perth and back.

Recently added by turcottesebJ. Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin. Deesirings Aug 7, Nov 06, Michelle Boyer rated it really liked it Shelves: But one of my favorite instances is a romantic encounter where the protagonist view spoiler [ prematurely explodes when “The Grasshopper” attempts to ride him out in the open. I will hopefully post a more detailed review later I’m going to study this book in class, thus i guess it will add to my critique.

I like these road trip books a lot and like volkswzgen novel, good ones are little gems. I think it is actually what makes them ring so realistic!

Notify me of new comments via email. My advice — don’t bother — there are so many more-entertaining books about the impact of the French in North America, about road trips, and so on. Along the way they work themselves through a great deal of North American history via the things they see and the “borrowed” library books they read to each otherlooking both at the often-overlooked French voyageur tradition and at the fate of the Native Americans as Europeans moved into their lands.


A painful read indeed.

Dr Tony Shaw: Jacques Poulin: Volkswagen Blues ()

The characters are dull and flat, being toyed around too easily by the writer. The occupation was a turning point in Native claims for human rights; although the island was never returned, the occupation forced Americans to recognize and take the claims of Native peoples seriously. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Their vehicle is an old, second hand Volkswagen bus that has been rebuilt but in a rather matter of fact way and one that will slow the rusting but won’t prevent it.

Volkswagen Blues

volksagen Metaphor for Quebec needing to stop looking backward Je me souviens and figure out how to get along with others in the present? Jul 19, Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing Shelves: It calls attention to the violence of European exploitation and colonisation of Indigenous peoples and land.

Where did the brother go? Dr Tony Shaw at 9: The writing just is – it isn’t great, nor particular in any way – just simplistic and hacques times somewhat childish and boring. A Canada Reads Selection.


Did they translate the passages in footnotes? I suggest that you look into some of the allusions to get a full understanding of the text. In order to survive, cultures must be able to vlokswagen, and there is no reason not to volkwsagen more than one cultural influence, or one influence in particular.

Throughout the story Jack learns a lot about himself and about the history of the U. They travel in a ‘s Hippie Volkswagon bus equipped with all one needs to travel and live.

With no chance of building community in the present, la Grande Sauterelle suffers from a sort of nostalgic melancholia and spends a great deal of volkssagen looking off into the horizon: I really liked this North American road novel. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. His characters are friends, lovers sometimes but sex is more a comfort than anything else.

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Why is this book not an ebook? Feb 12, Brodie Hay added it. Comments in French are welcome Cancel reply Enter your comment here An Insatiable Craving for Book… on.