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Magasin général, Tome 1 : Marie

by Régis Loisel, Jean-Louis Tripp

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This is the kind of book that the regular North-American comics-reading audience is probably not used to. It is, however, the kind of tale that the BD (Bandes Desinees) reading audience is familiar with. It really makes me glad to be trilingual!

Marie is a widow who finds herself responsible for the General Store in a very small rural village of Quebec (Notre-Dame-des-Lacs). We watch as she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband dies and she's forced to take the lead in continuing to be the town's link to the bigger city. She seems to possess the only car in the village and takes her responsibility to heart as the demands of everyone begin to consume all her time. But, she doesn't seem to mind as it gives her purpose and she is the kind of person who wants to help.

I don't know how many people can relate to Marie's tale (be it directly or becomes of some still-living relatives) but considering the push of the local press when it was released, there is no doubt that are plenty of us out there.

It is a beautiful book both in execution and in context with characters (and a whole village, actually!) that come alive and become as real as the people you meet every day. It is a very moving tale of human nature, perseverance, and the ability to come together in difficult times.

Régis Loisel & Jean-Louis Tripp have created a truly wonderful book and I very much look forward to the subsequent volumes. ( )
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