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L'Eau des collines, Tome 1 : Jean de…

L'Eau des collines, Tome 1 : Jean de Florette (edition 1974)

by Marcel Pagnol

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Absoluut een mooi, goed verteld verhaal. Twee hoofdfiguren: de impressionante en tragische figuur van Jean, een stadsman die uit de boeken denkt te weten hoe hij het paradijs op aarde kan creëren en daar bijna in lijkt te slagen; en de weifelachtige Ugolin, die gedreven door hebzucht en een beenharde, cynische oom, Jean ten gronde richt, maar daar tegelijk erg onder lijdt. Met andere woorden: de thema's van de onmacht van het modernisme, en de strijd tussen hebzucht en geweten. Prachtig verteld, met veel oog voor de idyllisch lijkende maar eigenlijk onverbiddelijke natuur van de Provence. ( )
1 vote lamotm | Apr 26, 2012 |
French (2)  English (1)  Dutch (1)  All languages (4)
This was an enjoyable read. It's a well-written book, with only a few jarring moments where the author milks the villagers' narrowmindedness for comic relief. Less romantic and idealized than I had imagined, the story the slowness never descending into boredom. If you're familiar with the 1987 movie, then this book will hold enough material not included there to keep you interested: Jean's farming ploys and attempts at befriending the villagers occupy the main stage for a while, for instance, and plenty of the background characters in the movie get a more thorough treatment here, making the village and the surrounding beauty more real, more like genuine characters. And that's always a good thing. This book, too, feels much more like a finished story than the movie, which is very clearly a longish prologue to the second half: this is less obviously only the first part of a longer story. I would recommend reading the second half too, though, simply because Manon des sources is such a good old read. ( )
  Petroglyph | Feb 12, 2012 |

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