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The Fairy Gunmother by Daniel Pennac
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The Fairy Gunmother (1987)

by Daniel Pennac

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"In the bustling, multi-ethnic quarter of Paris known as Belleville, a policeman is shot dead by a sweet but gun-toting old granny when he tries to help her across the road. The grannies, it would appear, are fighting back against a reign of terror in Belleville that has seen half a dozen of them murdered by killers unknown. Into this tense situation stumble Benjamin Malauss ne, professional scapegoat, and his journalist lover Julie. In Pennac s frenetic and very funny thriller, drug dealers, OAPs, assorted criminals, a Vietnamese plainclothes detective and his cherubic partner, Malauss ne s large and extended family, and the resourceful scapegoat himself battle to make sense of the killings. Little does make sense in the anarchic world that Pennac has created but somehow, when the competing factions finally collide, the loyalty and decency of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people contrive to vanquish villainy.… (more)
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Qui donc à Paris égorge les vieilles dames de Belleville et transforme les papys en junkies ?

Tous les soupçons convergent vers Benjamin Malaussène, bouc émissaire de son état, dont la sympathique famille s'est enrichie de quelques membres.

Les héros du précédent épisode, "Au bonheur des ogres," sont là, avec quelques nouveaux venus: le doux inspecteur Pastor, la petite Verdun, l'inquiétant commissaire Coudrier, etc. Plus on est de fous..."

On retrouve avec bonheur la petite tribu de papier, dont Daniel Pennac développe à plaisir les personnages. Les intrigues et les destins se croisent au fil d'un récit dont la trame policière offre prétexte à s'attarder sur l'atmosphère du quartier, à épingler les méchants, les sans scrupules, les pas humains, toujours sur le mode de l'humour léger.

Un délice qui a fait l'objet d'une sympathique adaptation télévisée en 1988, réalisée par Yves Boisset avec Tom Novembre. --Bruno Ménard
  Haijavivi | Jun 10, 2019 |
So so good. Even as a reread. All the castbof characters are endaring even the bad guys. Not all is black and white and in the end love wins all. I just love the Malaussene tribe. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Dec 27, 2018 |
Deuxième tome dans ma relecture de la saga Malaussène: il fallait s'y attendre, c'est moins bien que le premier. Que voulez-vous, on a des espoirs, des attentes, et tout ça c'est trop haut, quoi.
Pourtant, quand je l'avais lu la première fois (il y a moultes années), j'avais commencé par ce deuxième tome, c'est ce deuxième qui m'avait donné envie de lire le reste.
Enfin, n'exagérons rien, c'est quand même un bien chouette livre, juste un peu moins planant décalé que le premier, mais ça se défend tout de même pas mal. Et puis le décalé est remplacé par un suspens un peu plus présent, qui m'a donné envie de ne plus lâcher le livre (ça faisait longtemps que cela m'était arrivé). Et puis j'ai eu plus souvent que dans le premier tome des instants "ah mais oui, il va se passer ça", de gros retours de mémoire qui ne gâchent rien à la lecture, au contraire, qui me font savourer d'avance la suite à venir... Et les personnages me plaisent toujours autant, voire même toujours plus, les nouveaux personnages comme les anciens, je les kiffe. Et puis c'est marrant, maintenant que je suis une (vieille) parisienne, de reconnaître certains lieux qui étaient totalement inconnus à la provinciale que j'étais.
Bref, hop, dévoré le Malaussène. ( )
  elisala | Feb 16, 2018 |
La fée carabine is the second book in the Malaussène saga - Benjamin finds himself mixed up in another criminal investigation, and more than likely to be wrongly accused, with a serial-killer cutting the throats of old ladies in Belleville. Meanwhile, Benjamin's girlfriend the investigative reporter Julia is on the trail of a gang of drug-dealers who specialise in supplying elderly addicts. And it's not at all clear whose side the police are on...

Pennac avoids the trap of repeating all the jokes from the first book by putting a lot less weight on Benjamin's family and his job as a professional scapegoat, although both are still there, of course, and still very funny. A lot of the story focusses on a couple of new characters, Inspector Pastor, a pullover-knitting policeman of almost Adamsbergish vagueness, and his cunning - but possibly schizophrenic - old colleague, Inspector Van Thian (alias the widow Ho). And there's also a new Malaussène sibling, a baby named - with good reason - after a First World War battle...

Lots of sharp comments about modern French society, a strong message about our common need for humanity, tolerance, love and storytelling, and plenty of jokes. Very enjoyable, but you shouldn't come looking for a technically perfect detective story - for that, Pennac would have to overcome his fondness for taking us by surprise by breaking the rules at inappropriate moments. ( )
  thorold | Jun 16, 2017 |
There are some Britishisms in the translation which are awkward for an American imagining a Parisian underworld, but a very fun read. I read it all in one morning. ( )
  mikyork | Dec 28, 2014 |
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Daniel Pennacprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ferranti, FerrantePhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Melaouah, YasminaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"E nessuno salvò nessuno con la spada. Questo cambiava il cane e me." - Robert Soulat, L'Avant-Printemps
"Invecchiare, che orrore!" diceva mio padre, "ma è l'unico modo che ho trovato per non morire giovane".
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