Tuesday, 14 March 2017

"No et moi" by Delphine de Vigan

Lou Bertignac is smart. She learned reading by the age of four by looking at the labels of cereals and detergent, before proceeding to books. She has skipped two classes at school and can always answer a question if none of her peers can. But she is shy, worried about her mother who became depressed after losing her second child, Thaïs, and is so happy to read the encyclopedias she gets as a gift that her father doesn't let her do so until after dinner.

For her social studies assignment, she decides to interview a homeless girl. It is maybe a not very active decision, it seems to come from inside, and here starts what a Swedish literary critic called a love story. Is it really? Maybe; I do at least not agree fully. I think it is a search for a true friend, a sister, an attempt to understand the world outside of school which is so close and yet so far. How can we make huge technological advancements and yet let people sleep on the streets? Lou asks.

"No and me" is a nice path to walk, with precise observations, no redundant words, unsad sadness and equally calm joy, but yet very strong and pleasant - so do come along. 

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