Monsieur Linh and His Child is a novella by French author Philippe Claudel, originally published in French in Monsier Linh is an East Asian—possibly. 27 May Monsieur Linh and His Child is Claudel’s third book in English, after Grey Souls and Brodeck’s Report, which last year won the the Independent. 4 Apr Monsieur Linh and His Child, first published in France six years ago, couldn’t on the face of it be more different, even though this story also has.

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Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel

A wonderful study of the human essence and how we can all connect at some point with others despite our differences The little girl, her eyes wide open, unharmed and wrapped in a blanket, and beside the child a doll, her own doll, the same size as her, which had had its head blown off by the blast of the bomb. Delicate and restrained, but with an extraordinary twist, Monsieur Linh and His Child is another limpid, immensely moving novel of perfect simplicity, by the author of Brodeck’s Report.

She is a very good silent child, so silent that one may soon start to wonder. It is when he finally sees Monsieur Bark, sitting on his bench across a busy road, that the real sucker punch comes.

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel – review

A widower grieving for his wife who used to operate a carousel in the park, Monsieur Bark is glad of somebody to talk to, even though the only phrases the men can exchange with mutual comprehension are the expressions for “Good day” in their respective languages. He is confused and lost in this new land and in the hostel or dormitory set aside for refugees. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Having rushed around like a loon this morning catching up on my day off tasks I sat down a couple of hours ago with a well-deserved cup of coffee and idly picked up ‘Monsieur Linh and His Child’. Although I finishe Philippe Claudel’s Monsieur Linh and his child is a wonderful, original and haunting study of an an elderly refugee from an unknown war torn country.

O velho chama-se Senhor Linh. Yet a twist gives lingering resonance to a modern fable that pointedly extends the trilogy’s historical scope to wars beyond Europe. Creo q es uno esos libros que hay que releer de vez en cuando.

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No, they are not the same, although both are about an old man and a child. Monsieur Linh sets off to cross kinh eagerly… and I think I should leave it there, adding only that the story has a twist in its tail.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I found the boundary line to bathos getting uncomfortably close a few times in this text, but this peregrination across an unknown city culminating in last bis tragedy, a baby who never cries, never even makes a sound throughout the book, Linh smiling away while he lies crushed by the car because he found his friend Show 25 25 50 All.

But what comes through all four books is Claudel’s sympathy with forgotten people, the collateral victims of large conflicts, and small children. He grows weak and unhappy, but still cares for his child.

Both men, haunted by their losses and living more in the past than in the present, slowly find a connection, though neither knows the other’s language, as two lost and lonely persons can. Lists with This Book. An old man is standing on the after-deck of a ship. He found their bodies and “the little girl, her eyes wide open, unharmed and wrapped in a blanket, and beside the child a doll, her own doll, the same size as her, which had had its head blown off by the blast of the bomb.

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Monsieur Linh is a refugee from the lengthy episode of mutual and random murder called the American War by the Vietnamese; he is one of the peasants whom all four primary parties in the war killed without much thought.

Monsieur Linh doesn’t understand him, but the pain and regret in the voice fills him with sympathy. Monsiejr a primeira vez que li Philippe Claudel e soube-me a pouco.

The unveiling of the true nature of his ‘granddaughter’ was so carefully placed within the narrative and added even further to the poignancy of the story. The author explains how she went about transplanting an Agatha Christie-type of mystery to a Harlem apartment.

La petite fille de Monsieur Linh

La petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel. I enjoyed the fact that I had to think about this as I read the story. Lonh I finished this book yesterday, I honestly cannot get the characters and story out of my head and find myself thinking about the story and analysing the places chld characters.

This is a novella of an exquisite simplicity, one in which every sentence and every detail go towards the creation of a whole, like every stroke of the brush in a painting.