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Philippe Claudel
Knopf; Translation edition (June 13, 2006)
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Author Paul Claudel's novel "By a Slow River" is the exploration of these four deaths and the slow revealing of the cause and effect of each.

Author Paul Claudel's novel "By a Slow River" is the exploration of these four deaths and the slow revealing of the cause and effect of each. A parallel theme is the neighboring slaughter of millions in the trench warfare that continued unrelentingly for four years, with its direct impact on lives in the village.

By a Slow River book. A bestseller in France and winner of the Prix Renaudot, By a Slow. Last week, coincidentally on Armistice Day, I unintentionally found myself reading Philippe Claudel’s WW1 related novel Les Âmes grises (translated into English as Grey Souls/ By a Slow River) for a second time, because my son for the first time had to He told me you couldn’t live forever in books. One day you had to take a firm hold of life and its beauties.

?;Philippe Claudel was born in 1962. Before becoming a novelist, he was a teacher and a screenwriter.

On a bleak winter morning in 1917, a ten-year-old girl is found strangled near a riverbank in rural France. ?;Philippe Claudel was born in 1962.

Two deserters from the 59th Infantry. They weren’t the first the mounted police had caught in their net. For several months now, things had begun to unravel. For several months now, things had begun to unravel ished into the countryside, at times preferring to die all alone in the thickets and copses than be blown apart by the shells. Let’s just say that these two could not have come along at a better time. It suited everybody: the army, which needed to make an example of someone, and the judge, who needed a culprit

In French the novel is called Les âmes grises-literally, The Gray Souls-an allusion to Joséphine’s words at a key point in the narrative.

A wild, Kafka-esque romp through a dystopian landscape, probing thedarkly comic nature of the human condition. The Investigator is a man quite like any other. He is balding, of medium build, dresses conservatively-in short, he is unremarkable in every way. He has been assigned to conduct an Investigation of a series of suicides (twenty-two in the past eighteen months) that have taken place at the Enterprise, a huge, sprawling complex located in an unnamed Town

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Although By a Slow River features several violent deaths and much emotional brutality . The book is narrated by the man who was a policemen there at that time, looking back upon events and the mysteries of those years.

Although By a Slow River features several violent deaths and much emotional brutality, and contains in its final pages a couple of shocking revelations, the novel is curiously undisturbing ) Claudel seems to want to investigate the very mystery of life, but he's too worried that we might not understand exactly what he's doing. Philippe Claudel's tale is made up of recollections, regrets and a set of melancholy memories which are unfolded chapter by chapter. A style of prose so replete with metaphors is difficult to translate.

By a Slow River – original title Les àmes grises – translated from .

By a Slow River – original title Les àmes grises – translated from French by Hoyt Rogers was the winner of th. This book was recommended to me by author Elizabeth Speller during a Twitter conversation about WW1 books. I have to confess I had previously not heard of either the novel or the author. Mierck an unpleasant, malevolent character, chillingly drawn by Claudel, is quickly called to the gruesome scene outside the chateau, and directs the start of the investigation. Before that moment we had all accepted Judge Mierck for what he was. He had his place and he held it, not liked much, but respected.

In this grave, achingly beautiful novel by Philippe Claudel, a village policeman writes out his sorrow-laden journal of the plague years. Their miasma envelops individuals' evils, decencies and mutual distances, and the deaths of four innocents.

As the First World War rages on, the daily life of a small town near the front is hardly disturbed by the report of artillery fire and the parade of wounded in its streets. But within the space of a year, this illusion of ordinary days is shattered by the deaths of three innocents—a charming schoolmistress from “the north,” who captured every male heart only to take her own life without apparent reason; an angelic eight-year-old girl, who is strangled, her body abandoned by the canal; and the cherished wife of the local policeman, who dies in labor while her husband is hunting the little girl’s murderer. Twenty years on, the policeman still struggles to make sense of these mysteries that both torment and sustain him. In the pages of his notebooks he continually—desperately, obsessively—summons up the past and its ghosts. But excavating the town’s secret history will bring neither peace to him nor justice to the wicked. And as his solitary detective work continues on these long-closed cases, we come to see that his efforts can lead only to an unimaginable widening of the tragedy. In the policeman’s simple, plangent voice--full of unflinching scrutiny and the compassion of weary experience--Philippe Claudel gives us a tale of galvanizing suspense and an indelible meditation on morality.
  • Within earshot of the WWI front lines of northern France, three deaths occur in a small village--one is clearly a murder. All of the deaths have connections to the passing of the wife of a prominent local citizen some years before. Author Paul Claudel's novel "By a Slow River" is the exploration of these four deaths and the slow revealing of the cause and effect of each. A parallel theme is the neighboring slaughter of millions in the trench warfare that continued unrelentingly for four years, with its direct impact on lives in the village.

    This is a beautiful, if very dark, story told in rich language and understanding of how commonplace and relentless human tragedy can be. The author is eloquent on the pervasiveness of human cruelty and tendency to folly as well. There is no effort made here to justify any of the story's tragedies, but all of them are well-explained in the end.

    An engrossing, intelligent read. Recommended.

  • Summary and review:

    The main part of this story takes place during WW1, in a village in France very close to the trenches where the horrors of the war are being played out.

    As thousands of young men die in that conflict, this tale focuses on the murder of a 10 year old girl, the apparent suicide of a beautiful school teacher, and the death in childbirth of the wife of the narrator - a policemen investigating the murder.

    The story ends with the policeman's findings, years later,

    As much as I thought this was a touching and profound story with a *devastating* ending, and despite the fact this is a relatively short book, I found this novel tedious at times and was often tempted to skim.

    Part of this problem may be due to the fact this is a translation from French, but I just think the authors particular style and manner of writing was just not my cuppa.

    Still, recommended. Especially for those interesting in the time period around The Great War, and for those who like their mysteries dark and foreboding.

  • I found this book recommended in a French blog.
    I started reading and could not put it down. I read it in 24 hours.
    I enjoy historical French fiction. There are a few holes that can be forgiven
    because the overall effect is so engaging. Read it on my Kindle but immediately bought a copy for a gift for a friend.
    I also recommended it to my Francophile friends who found it at the library.

  • I liked this novel enormously. It builds momentum, and while the narrative isn't told in a perfectly linear way, it's plenty easy to follow. The writing is beautiful; there were many places where I stopped to reread sentences or paragraphs, for the sheer arresting beauty of the language. I might have hoped for something different in the ending, but, when I thought about it, the ending was truer than what I might have wanted. I recommend this book very highly, and wish more of the author's work was translated into English. If his other novels, any of them, are close to this good, I'll be very glad to have the chance, someday, to read them.

  • By mistake it appears with changed name the Grey Souls of same author.

  • Translation very poorly done

  • This is an exquisitely written book, a murder mystery, a psychological study, a book on philosophy or all three. The story is told by Police Officer Desdais about twenty years after the events of the story takes place. He is writing his story to take away the pain and guilt of past years or to be able to make life clear to him, to place his thoughts on paper.

    The story takes place during the Great War. The fighting is not far from the small town where Officer Desdais lives, a small city about 20-30 miles from a much larger city. There is always the sound of guns, cannons, a town hospital filled with wounded and dying soldiers. One cold December morning in 1917, a beautiful ten year old girl is pulled from the river, strangled. There are interesting characters in this book. the prosecutor, the wealthiest man in town, living in a beautiful chateau, hard on criminals, somewhat of a cold fish. Judge Mierck and the prosecutor hate each other. The town mayor is a buffoon, a fool. Officer Desdais is cynical aabout life, about his fellow man One day in 1915, along comes a lovely twenty two year old woman, the new school teacher. The school is badly in need of a teacher. The two men before, one was drafted, the second, an older man went mad, threw the flag to the floor and stomped on it. He was not a patriot and made sure to let students know. One day the young teacher committed
    suicide.. What was the reason? Desdais looked for relatives, she was from another part of France. He found none.

    The book is filled with loneliness, sadness, the wealthy prosecutor's wife died six months after marriage. He had a large expensive painting hanging on his wall, never to forget his love, he never remarried. Not long after the child's murder, Desdais's pretty young wife died in childbirth. Besides the rough men, there is Josephine, a lady who grew up with Desdais, as rough as a man but a philosopher. "Souls are never black or white, they're gray in the end." She is the most interesting character in the book. The second is the very wealthy prosecuter, Destinat. He was a lonely man, not close to anyone, always staying alone in his big home and grounds.

    The whole character of the book is gray, cold, dark, winters, hot stiffling summer. The loneliness and uselessness of existance , However, the four beautiful young women would never age, would always be beautiful, never old and ugly, worn out, beat down by life, as Desdaise muses and writes.
    This is the third book I just finished about war in Europe. I enjoy reading the French writers. I read this book a long time ago and decided to reread it. A short book Recommended read.