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The Truth about Marie (French Literature Series) (2009)

by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

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Hopeloos wijdlopig verhaal van een gescheiden koppel dat tenslotte weer bij elkaar komt. Het mysterie van het personage Marie bestaat er voornamelijk in dat zij iets met paarden heeft, nooit iets opruimt en bij catastrofes rondloopt in niet meer dan een T-shirt en slippers. Het mannelijk hoofdpersonage beperkt zich tot de vraag of ze het nu gedaan heeft met zijn overleden rivaal of niet. 'Dat ze geen seksuele verhouding met hem had gehad? Dat was hoogst onwaarschijnlijk, om niet te zeggen onmogelijk, al was het natuurlijk voorstelbaar dat hun betrekkingen niet stricto senso seksueel waren geweest, in de meest casuïstische betekenis van het woord, wat zou inhouden dat er geen sprake is van seksuele betrekkingen als er geen penetratie plaatsvindt - zodat fellatio en cunnilingus buiten een dergelijke rechtsopvatting vallen (genoeg, kortom, om toch een leuke tijd te hebben zonder evenwel minnars te worden) -, maar ik betwijfel ernstig of ze me dat had willen zeggen.' ( )
  joucy | Feb 20, 2013 |
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Later on, thinking back on the last few hours of that sweltering night, I realised we had made love at the same time, Marie and I, but not with each other.
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Moving through a variety of locales and adventures, The Truth about Marie revisits the unnamed narrator of Toussaint’s acclaimed Running Away, reporting on his now disintegrated relationship with the titular Marie—the story switching deftly between first- and third-person as the narrator continues to drift through life, and Marie does her best to get on with hers. Like all of Toussaint’s novels, The Truth about Marie’s plot matters far less than its pace and tempo, its chain of images, its sequence of events. From pouring rain in Paris to blazing fires on the island of Elba, from moments of intense action to perfectly paced lulls, The Truth about Marie relies on a series of contrasts to tell a beguiling, and finally touching, story of intimacy forever being regained and lost.
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The Truth about Marie revisits the unnamed narrator of Toussaint's acclaimed Running Away, reporting on his now disintegrated relationship with the titular Marie-the story switching deftly between first, and third-person as the narrator continues to drift through life, and Marie does her best to get on with hers.… (more)

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