La Verite sur laffaire Harry Quebert by Joel DickerA New York, au printemps 2008, alors que l’Amerique bruisse des premices de l’election presidentielle, Marcus Goldman, jeune ecrivain a succes, est dans la tourmente : il est incapable d’ecrire le nouveau roman qu’il doit remettre a son editeur d’ici quelques mois. Le delai est pres d’expirer quand soudain tout bascule pour lui : son ami et ancien professeur d’universite, Harry Quebert, l’un des ecrivains les plus respectes du pays, est rattrape par son passe et se retrouve accuse d’avoir assassine, en 1975, Nola Kellergan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, avec qui il aurait eu une liaison. Convaincu de l’innocence de Harry, Marcus abandonne tout pour se rendre dans le New Hampshire et mener son enquete. Il est rapidement depasse par les evenements : l’enquete s’enfonce et il fait l’objet de menaces. Pour innocenter Harry et sauver sa carriere d’ecrivain, il doit absolument repondre a trois questions : Qui a tue Nola Kellergan? Que s’est-il passe dans le New Hampshire a l’ete 1975? Et comment ecrit-on un roman a succes?
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker – review
He began work on his first novel encouraged by the award of the International Prize for Young French-speaking Authors for one of his short stories. During the time it took his first book to be recognised, Joel was working on second, which he researched by travelling though Quebec and Maine by bike, later travelling to Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, as well as living in a tent for several weeks in Yellowstone National Park, before crossing British Colombia and the Yukon on the way to Alaska. In the summer of , struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.
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Twenty-eight-year-olds whose first books become blockbusters? His darkly comic debut thriller already a blockbuster in Europe! The book is written in the voice of another literary wunderkind, Marcus Goldman.
Going on with the reading, the feeling is that each resident of Aurora has something to hide. In this respect, Aurora is like Twin Peaks , fic. In this respect, Aurora is like Twin Peaks , fictional town of Washington state in which the homonymous cult TV series of the s is set. Not a masterpiece in my opinion, a good and enjoyable thriller, though. Il presente: un promettente romanziere, Marcus Goldman, alle prese col suo primo blocco dello scrittore. Il passato: un promettente romanziere, Harry Quebert, alle prese con una storia d'amore proibita con una quindicenne di Nome Nola.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair comes with some fanfare: translated into 32 languages; 2m copies sold in a year; winner of three French literary prizes; trailing comparisons to Roth , Franzen and Bellow. A reviewer should ignore all this, of course — even when the book under discussion includes an acidic commentary on publishing hype — but I must mention it out of fairness. So many critics seem to have been knocked on their behinds by Dicker's novel that I can't be sure I'm not missing something in filing what you might call a minority report. They see a masterpiece; I see a completely ordinary, amiably cartoonish and well aerated page-turner that does nothing interesting in literary terms at all. The protagonist of Dicker's novel is Marcus Goldman, a shallow, handsome, praise-hungry young man whose first novel made him rich and famous. He dated an actor, swanked around at New York parties and revelled in his celebrity. Soon afterwards, the body of Nola Kellergan is discovered on Quebert's property.