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Description - The Girl from the Chartreuse by Pierre Peju

The owner of the bookshop THE VERB TO BE, is a red-haired giant imprisoned in an enormous body and his solitude. One wet afternoon, driving a vanload of new and second-hand books, tienneVollard knocks down and seriously injures a little girl, va. In the hospital, he meets va's mother, Ther se, a struggling single parent who lacks maternal instincts and whose dream is to be faraway, alone. Both are haunted by guilt- Ther se because of her lateness in collecting her daughter, and Vollard because he did not manage to stop his car on time (even if he knows that he could not have avoided -va- indeed she seemed to throw herself in front of the car). Vollard visits va regularly while she is in a coma and reads books to her, while Ther se spaces her visits out. When va eventually wakes up, she has become mute and is terribly weakened. A few weeks after va has been sent to a rehabilitation centre in the Massif de la Chartreuse, Ther se gets a job faraway and asks Vollard to visit her daughter on her behalf. Soon, Vollard enjoys their walks in the mountain, where he tells her stories and poems he has memorized and tries to break her out of her mute, impassive shell. However, nothing seems to help "La Petite Chartreuse" - Vollard calls va that way in reference to the monastic order of the Chartreux - to enjoy life again. She becomes weaker everyday to such a point that Vollard decides to find Ther se and to take her back to her daughter before it is too late . . .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781784705626
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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