I do still appreciate the references and allusions to other material. While on the road, they discuss language, literature, American expansion, the Oregon Trailetc. To date, this has not been the case; it remains to be seen whether or not he will honour this commitment. Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin Hitch-hiking drives the narrative: Twenty-five years ago, Poulin undertook to demonstrate to what degree the continent was constructed on violence, and he produced a successful and popular work jzcques continues to attract readers. But without the alcohol and other mind-altering substances, and everything both in writing style and content associated.
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This edition: McClelland and Stuart, Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. ISBN: The two three! The novel consists of small episodes described in detail and strung out like beads on a chain. Great narrative gaps exist, filled we assume with miles and miles of driving. The Volkswagen early on takes on a personality of its own, it is the fourth member of the travelling band, and though in the main it is a reliable sort of creature, it does have a few episodes of road-fatigue itself, echoing the occasional emotional breakdowns of its human companions.
At some point in the journey the man and the girl for that is how Poulin refers to them most of the time become lovers, though we are never told that they are in love; sex is kept in its place as not the be-all-and-end-all of the relationship, but as merely something shared, a physical pleasure coming naturally between two people once affection and trust have been established.
The companions part, though possibly not for good. Each has found something that was searched for, but each still seems to be on an as yet unfulfilled quest, perhaps best tackled alone… A most interesting small novel, deeply Canadian, and even more deeply American in the continental sense. It was no trouble at all to follow, though.
I enjoyed it, and had many moments of wishing I could follow the physical route the journeyers took. I would cheerfully read another book by Jacques Poulin if one were to come my way. An appreciative 6.
"Volkswagen Blues" von Jacques Poulin. Eine road novel?