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Warning There is an unavoidable spoiler here La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh Monsieur Linh s Granddaughter was published by the award winning novelist and film maker Philippe Claudel born 1962 in 2005 In deceptively simple language Claudel tells the story of two older men from whom life has takenthan they can bear to lose.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 fou Warning There is an unavoidable spoiler here La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh Monsieur Linh s Granddaughter was published by the award winning novelist and film maker Philippe Claudel born 1962 in 2005 In deceptively simple language Claudel tells the story of two older men from whom life has takenthan they can bear to lose.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 His village destroyed and his son and daughter in law killed by bombs, Monsieur Linh has little to live for, except that he found his six week old granddaughter safe not far from her parents torn corpses Resolved to continue for her sake, he manages to be one of the relatively lucky persons given sanctuary by the French Arriving in the winter cold of what must be Marseilles, Monsieur Linh, who his entire life had barely ever ventured out of his little village, is understandably confused and anxious in the large, foreign city In a providential accident life sometimes arranges for us, he sits on the bench a nearly equally elderly Frenchman likes to frequent, for just across the street is the park in which is located the merry go round his wife ran before her recent death Both men, haunted by their losses and livingin the past than in the present, slowly find a connection, though neither knows the other s language, as two lost and lonely persons can Not unexpectedly, the Frenchman, Monsieur Bark, had been obliged as a young man to take part in the mutual and random murder called the French War by the Vietnamese And then Monsieur Linh and his granddaughter are transferred to an old person s home a baby in an old person s home where no one speaks Vietnamese , where the inmates are obliged to wear identical pajamas and bathrobes 24 hours a day Linh escapes and crosses Marseilles in his pajamas and slippers, carrying the baby At the end of his strength, he finds Monsieur Bark Ten meters apart, Linh is run down by an automobile.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 second 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 The puppet strings, which should have been artfully hidden, are out in plain sight, and they are attached to the reader Rating (((Read Pdf))) ⇸ Monsieur Linh and His Child ☙ An alternate cover edition can be found hereTraumatized by memories of his war ravaged country, and with his son and daughter in law dead, Monsieur Linh travels to a foreign land to bring the child in his arms to safety The other refugees in the detention centre are unsure how to help the old man his caseworkers are compassionate, but overworked Monsieur Linh struggles beneath the weight of his sorrow, and becomes increasingly bewildered and isolated in this strange, fast moving town And then he encounters Monsieur Bark Neither speaks the other s language, but Monsieur Bark is sympathetic to the foreigner s need to care for the child Recently widowed and equally alone, he is eager to talk, and Monsieur Linh knows how to listen The two men share their solitude, and find friendship in an unlikely dialogue between two very different cultures 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 I love this book It was so refreshing to read I couldn t put it down so I read it in one sitting Although it isn t the biggest of books, the story is unusual and memorizing A must read in your life You will laugh and cry and you won t see that twist coming Great, but a very sad story It gets a well deserved 5 points I love this book It was so refreshing to read I couldn t put it down so I read it in one sitting Although it isn t the biggest of books, the story is unusual and memorizing A must read in your life You will laugh and cry and you won t see that twist coming Great, but a very sad story It gets a well deserved 5 points Home NOTE I read this in French in 2011 I am copying the review to Goodreads now after having read Fredrik Backman s And Every Morning the Road Home Gets Longer and Longer No, they are not the same, although both are about an old man and a child But both are short, both are very moving, and there is a childlike wonder to the writing in both books that makes me think of them in the same breath An old man stands on the stern of a boat, watching his homeland disappear into the distance He ho Home NOTE I read this in French in 2011 I am copying the review to Goodreads now after having read Fredrik Backman s And Every Morning the Road Home Gets Longer and Longer No, they are not the same, although both are about an old man and a child But both are short, both are very moving, and there is a childlike wonder to the writing in both books that makes me think of them in the same breath An old man stands on the stern of a boat, watching his homeland disappear into the distance He holds a small suitcase and an even smaller child, a baby girl His name is Monsieur Linh, but he is the only one to know that, since everybody else who knows him is dead So begins Philippe Claudel s novella of 2005, so simple it is almost a fable Monsieur Linh comes to a big Western city where he is put into a dormitory for refugees The other families feed him, following the custom which dictates respect for their elders, but otherwise leave him alone to tend to himself and the tiny child, Sang Di , rescued after an atrocity that killed his son and daughter in law.At first, this new city seems neutral and forbidding to Monsieur Linh, lacking the warmth, the scents, the colors of his tropical home But resting on a bench one day, he is joined by a big man who introduces himself as Monsieur Bark 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 Although Monsieur Linh does not understand the meaning of the actual words, he picks up on their emotional content, and the two become fast friends, seeing each other every day, with the old man s grandchild sitting between them, as quiet as an angel.There is much beauty in Claudel s almost simplistic writing, as the old man, who has lost so much, finds a new home in the heart of his unexpected friend, just as he makes his own heart a home for the little girl But just as one is beginning to think that the book is in danger of getting sappy and over optimistic, other people social workers intervene who have other ideas of proper homes for the two of them The story passes into disturbing shadow, making us think of the inadvertent cruelty with which, albeit with the best of intentions, we often treat old people, orphans, and aliens But Monsieur Linh has not survived the desolation of his country for nothing, and his determination to be reunited with his friend brings this brief tale to a climax that is both inevitable and surprising.One assumes that Monsieur Linh comes from Vietnam, though Claudel never says Indeed, having now read four books by the author, I realize that one of his central techniques is to give noinformation than is absolutely necessary It explains his latest as of 2011 , The Investigation, a surreal nightmare in which neither the setting nor any of the characters are given proper names It explains his two most famous novels, Grey Souls and especially his masterpiece Brodeck, in which the vagueness of some details and the precision of others, in the shadow respectively of the First and Second World Wars, gives a nightmare quality, as though everything is taking place in a confined space by half light But what comes through all four books is Claudel s sympathy with forgotten people, the collateral victims of large conflicts, and small children Although requiring to be read as a fable, with a willing suspension of disbelief, this short novella is surely the brightest in Claudel s oeuvre, reminding us of those special moments in the other books when he also breaks free of the prevailing darkness 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 I read it in one sitting, my coffee forgotten and felt genuinely moved by this perfect little novel I loved this tale of Linh s separation from his homeland finding himself adrift in a strange country, alienated at first by his lack of knowledge of this new environment and culture and his further alien 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 I read it in one sitting, my coffee forgotten and felt genuinely moved by this perfect little novel I loved this tale of Linh s separation from his homeland finding himself adrift in a strange country, alienated at first by his lack of knowledge of this new environment and culture and his further alienation by language until his meeting with Bark The descriptive passages of his homeland and the murders of his family were evocative and heartwrenching and the playing out of his new friendship with Bark himself affected by personal loss and his experiences in Linh s homeland were perfectly weighted and affecting 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 A book that achievedin 130 pages than many books I ve read three times the length A wonderful study of the human essence and how we can all connect at some point with others despite our differences There is not so much to say about this little booklet it s a simple story about a refugee Mr Linh, clearly a Vietnamese who arrives by boat with his baby granddaughter and is taken care of in a refugee center He learns to know a man who has just lost his wife, and their gradual cordial relation is very delicate it shows the great drama associated with loss and also shows that simple human intercourse and empathy is possible, also with substantial language and cultural barriers To the atte There is not so much to say about this little booklet it s a simple story about a refugee Mr Linh, clearly a Vietnamese who arrives by boat with his baby granddaughter and is taken care of in a refugee center He learns to know a man who has just lost his wife, and their gradual cordial relation is very delicate it shows the great drama associated with loss and also shows that simple human intercourse and empathy is possible, also with substantial language and cultural barriers To the attentive reader already half way the clue of the story becomes clear Claudel uses a very distant style, in very short sentences, which gives the novel a timeless character Nice A relatively easy French read from the lyrical pen of Philippe Claudeland a very moving book In fact, I am tempted to give this five stars, but it might be a little slight for such a high rating An aged immigrant from an unnamed country, probably Vietnam, arrives somewhere in France He has fled his country in the wake of tragedy and now has only his petite fille, who is the one treasure of his life that remains Completely alone and isolated, unable to speak French, and carrying hi A relatively easy French read from the lyrical pen of Philippe Claudeland a very moving book In fact, I am tempted to give this five stars, but it might be a little slight for such a high rating An aged immigrant from an unnamed country, probably Vietnam, arrives somewhere in France He has fled his country in the wake of tragedy and now has only his petite fille, who is the one treasure of his life that remains Completely alone and isolated, unable to speak French, and carrying his infant granddaughter wherever he goes, he finally forms a friendship with another loner, Monsieur Bark The friendship is unforgettableand there are surprises This is a beautiful little book about loneliness, the capacity of friendship to transcend barriers of culture and language, and way in which madness may indeed save and even redeem Claudel s book also says much about the possible isolation of the immigrant As I read Le petite fille de Monsieur Linh, I couldn t help but be reminded of a historical account of a lonely immigrant Jonathan Spence s A Question of Hu If you have second or third year French, Claudel s little novel is definitely a book to read A beautiful book about the possibility of life after trauma M Linh and M Bark s friendship is an unexpected gift for them both I expect many readers saw the ending coming, but I didn t, and it charged the whole story with new layers of emotion and meaning It took me a long time to get to sleep afterwards 2.5 because why did this have to be so sad An old man is standing on the after deck of a ship In his arms he clasps a flimsy suitcase and a newborn baby, even lighter than the suitcase The old man s name is Monsieur Linh He is the only person who knows this is his name because all those who once knew it are dead This is how Monsieur Linh becomes a refuge in a far away foreign countryNothing is like anything he knows It s like being born a second time P Claudel shows really well the profound loneliness and isolation the old maAn old man is standing on the after deck of a ship In his arms he clasps a flimsy suitcase and a newborn baby, even lighter than the suitcase The old man s name is Monsieur Linh He is the only person who knows this is his name because all those who once knew it are dead This is how Monsieur Linh becomes a refuge in a far away foreign countryNothing is like anything he knows It s like being born a second time P Claudel shows really well the profound loneliness and isolation the old man feels in this alien country that smells of nothing, loneliness made even worse by the complete language barrier he experiences And then, quite by chance, he makes a friend and that gives him onereason to continue living He starts to care deeply about his friend who has sorrows on his own although they both don t understand a single word the other says But words, as we know, are far from everythingAlthough he does not know the meaning of the words spoken by this man who has been sitting beside him for several minutes, he is aware that he likes the sound of his voice, its solemn power He may also like the sound of this voice precisely because he is unable to understand the words it utters, and is therefore sure that they will not hurt him, they will not say what he does not wish to hear, they will not ask painful questions, they will not go back into the past in order to resurrect it brutally and hurl it at his feet like a bloody corpse This short, fable like story powerfully depicts human trauma in an simple, restrained but deeply sympathetic way with a surprising and devastating turn of the plot It manages to show us that loss, pain as well as friendship and ultimately humanity have no nationality and although we experience them differently we all hope for healing and light at the end of the tunnel