You know that thing when you get your hands on the latest 600 page literary blockbuster, full of excitement and anticipation So you are reading greedily and it s okay, but not completely engaging However, in the back of your brain you are very aware of the many international literary awards this book has clocked up, the fact that it has been translated into 32 different languages and been reviewed gushingly over and over again so you just know that any minute now you will be gobsmacked by it s erudite insight and finely crafted words.Soon you realize that you are 350 pages into it and the much lauded literary merit is yet to smack you between the eyes, but perhaps the prosaic writing, two dimensional characters, improbable plot and editorial oversights are all part of some cunning device that you are clearly not enlightened enough to understand.Then you find that you ve finished it and there was no cunning device, just every ridiculous story twist and red herring that the author could possibly come up with Far from great 21st century literature, this was just another poorly written, poorly edited, over hyped, shallow potboiler.And you are feeling seriously short changed because, not only did you waste 30 on this, but you are past the halfway mark for your likely years on this planet and you ll never get back the hours you wasted reading this book.Yeah, that. How do you know when a book is finished Books are like life Marcus They never really end I just loved this book Grand story and writing, unique in many ways, a calm but formidable buildup of the story which makes you want to keep going steady but with a building tension thinking all the time what s going on here , great whodunit with unbelievable twists and turns til the last pages, remarkable set of characters, great setting I just really enjoyed it from start to end And it s not only a crime story, it s a book about life, love, mistakes made Learn to love your failures Markus, because it is your failures that will make you who you are It is your failures that will give meaning to your victories , small town community living, boxing, running, writing so much and all in such a great story It s about a summer in New Hampshire, in small town Somerset, when struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with 15 year old Nola Kellergan, a forbidden love 33 years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame, The Origin of Evil Quebert is the only suspect Markus Goldman, student once coached by Quebert, now a writer and friend, sets out to Somerset to investigate and clear Harry of any blame Then the story unfolds be careful not to pick up any spoilers Interesting to see this book is controversial in reviews, I see ratings going from 1 to 5 I m on 4.5 going on 5 Fabulous book, worth every page for me Made me think of John Irving s Garp, must be because of the setting New Hampshire, but also the sports, boxing instead of wrestling, but close, and the weird set of characters Made me think of Donna Tartt s Goldfinch, maybe because of the setting New York and also, because of the quirky set of characters Made me think of Twin Peaks, yes, definitely, because of the freaky atmosphere among the various characters From my side Recommended You see Markus, the way it works in our society, we are constantly having to choose between reason and passion Reason never helps anyone and passion is often destructive So don t ask me to help you choose. La V rit sur la verit sur l affaire Harry Quebert Reading bestsellers is like boxing, Marcus They can both cause brain damage But wait, said Gahalowood I still don t understand Why is the book so badly written Why is the writing so atrocious that every other sentence causes the reader physical pain, why is the dialogue so flat, and why are none of the characters even remotely credible I sighed You see, I said, that s exactly the point The book is meant to be terrible It s evidently constructed as a satire on the modern bestseller That s why it reads as though it s been Google translated from American with minimal cleaning up That s why it s so ridiculously long aren t all these bestsellers way too long That s why there s all the stuff about the publishing industry That s why the narrator is an author who can t write and doesn t have an idea in his head except that he wants to be a successful writer That s why he constantly underlines that successful today just means getting large advances and selling a lot of copies, and has absolutely nothing to do with literary quality One must admit that the book achieves what it sets out to do I m sure it s put me off reading bestsellers for at least the next five years Gahalowood nodded thoughtfully Yes, he said Your analysis makes sense And, at the same time, it doesn t After all, the author has written a bestseller The book has all the faults he points out, in spades Most people read it straight And, above all, why does the plot make no sense whatsoever, with every shred of possible meaning sacrificed for the sake of absurd twists Why would any author do that At that moment, Gahalowood s mobile rang He picked it up and listened A second later, a look of stupefaction crossed his face What I began But Gahalowood waved me away Yes, he said to his unknown interlocutor Yes yes, I see Yes Thank you He hung up Who was that I ventured after a moment The DNA laboratory, breathed Gahalowood They have the results of Jo l Dicker s genetic tests It turns out that he is the illegitimate child of James Patterson and Danielle Steel Of course I said Patterson raped her when she was only fifteen She insisted on keeping the baby but put him up for adoption with a Swiss family and never told a soul what had happened When Dicker found out about his origins, you can imagine his feelings He simultaneously loved the bestseller and hated it He wanted to emulate his parents and at the same time get even with them What else could he do but write this book You explain it so well said Gahalowood You are a genius You need to write a Goodreads review about it, it will be the greatest review of all time Everyone will vote for it Not at all, I said modestly, but I knew he was right And that s how you come to be reading this piece, La V rit sur la verit sur l affaire Harry Quebert. This is an unusual book and a great mystery detective story It s unusual in that it s set in New England and you would never know that it was translated from the French The Swiss author used to spend his summers in Maine.The story is Lolita ish Thirty three years ago a college English professor famous author from New Hampshire fell in love with a 15 year old girl But unlike Humbert, Nabakov s predator, this author genuinely tried to block his emotions discouraging the girl from visiting his home breaking up with her trying to leave not seeing her He just couldn t overcome his feelings The older author lives in a seafront house so we get some local color of New Hampshire, especially in a local diner where a lot of the action takes place Then the girl disappeared The older man never recovered emotionally from her loss Then thirty three years after her disappearance, the girl s body is accidentally found buried on the author s property and, still grieving for her, he is charged with her murder.While he is in prison awaiting trial, a younger author, also a famous writer, comes to the aid of his former professor and mentor They are both loners each other s only friend The younger author, the book s main character, sets out to prove his mentor s innocence and our mystery begins At first the case against the older author seems so convincing that we start with believing how could the perpetrator NOT be him Little by little a second suspect emerges, and we are led to see how wrong we were But it turns out the young girl led a much dramatic life than we were aware of and now numerous suspects emerge It s a complex, tightly knit plot, but we don t get lost because of periodic discussions on the status of the investigation between the younger author and the lead detective on the case With both main characters being famous authors, the older mentor to the younger, we learn a lot about the writing process, creative inspiration, technique, writer s block, etc Most chapters are prefaced with snippets of the mentor s advice on writing We also get quite a bit on dealing with publishers and literary agents An example that also illustrates the humor in the novel The main character starts receiving threatening letters while investigating to help his friend Since he intends to write a book about the investigation, his agent tells him That s great That ll really help sell the book Imagine if someone tries to kill you you could add another zero to the sales figures.two if you actually die As long as I die after finishing the book That goes without saying The writing is good, not great, but, hey, it s a mystery detective novel Some snippets I liked No matter where you go, your problems go with you As the author of a non fiction book published a few months ago, I offer this one with trepidation Only write fiction Anything else will just bring you trouble People all over the world take responsibility, without even being aware of it, for advertising your product on a global scale Isn t that incredible Facebook users are just people wearing sandwich boards for free The book was a huge seller internationally when published in 2012 than 3 million copies sold On GR it has than 55,000 ratings and almost 7,000 reviews It s not critically acclaimed but I think it s a great mystery detective read, a break from heavier stuff, so I m giving it a 5 and adding it to my favorites Top photo from newhampshirehomes.comMiddle photo from careyandgiampa.comPhoto of the author from Goodreads This book is, without a doubt, the worst thing I ve read in many years The fact that it was published at all boggles the mind HonestlyI want my money back Christ but it s terrible Joel Dicker should never publish another novel again Or write anything Even a grocery list Or speak He should go live in a monastery in the woods and never bother anyone again Dear lord Make it stop. This novel reinforces for me why I love big books so much 1 They cover a lot of territory without feeling rushed or cramped 2 They leave room for many different sub plots to add spice and enhancement to the main plot 3 Their expansiveness, when utilized properly, allows the reader to live thoroughly the experiences in the book, sharing space with the characters, and getting to know them.In this novel, I was completely occupied with being surprised, shocked, and moved by the characters sometimes I was busy being upset with them and judging them Only to find out I was wrong And then wrong again And how amazing and liberating to be wrong some , yet never for one minute relinquishing the urge to discover about the people involved in this story and to help solve the mysteries Yes, I did feel I was right there in the story with everyone else trying to figure out what had happened And what was still happening.Marcus Goldman wrote a book in his 20 s that made him famous Then he was hit with what is referred to in the book as the writer s disease For almost two years he couldn t put two sentences together and his publisher is now threatening legal action He even went to visit Harry Quebert kuh bear , his literature professor from college at his beautiful home in New England Not just his literature professor also his mentor, his master Even that did not help to get him unstuck and past the barrier of resistance that weighed on him.Shortly after Marcus visit, Harry Quebert is arrested for the murder of Nola Kellergan 33 years earlier Her remains are discovered in the grounds of Harry s home and Marcus discovers that when his mentor was 34 years old, he fell madly in love with a 15 year old high school girl shortly before publishing a masterpiece novel Marcus is determined to clear his friend s name and restore his reputation which is now in shreds He also asks Harry for permission to write a book about all of this both to set the record straight and to get some breathing space from his publisher s pressure.This story is about love Romantic love, obsessive love, protective love, ferocious love, fragile love, and many other shades of love Here are a few quotes on the diverse aspects of loveThe truth does not change how you feel about someone That s the great tragedy of love Love, love, always love But what is love It doesn t mean anything Love is just a trick invented by men so they don t have to do their own laundry Cherish love, Marcus Make it your greatest conquest, your sole ambition After men, there will be other men After books, there will be other books After glory, there will be other glories After money, there will be yet money But after love, Marcus, after love, there is nothing but the salt from tears This novel had me under its spell from the very beginning, and it kept me there completely mesmerized to the very end I don t think I have ever before read a book that is as dizzy making with its myriad curves and twists and sharp turns The story, the writing, the seamless integration of various timelines, and the characters all of these together make for one of the most engaging reads I have experienced.What s , although this book shows up as 624 pages on my eReader, reading it felt like I was flying through the pages This will be the first read of 2019 to land on my Favourites shelf my ultimate Sixth Star. Yeah, I have no idea why this is supposed to be so amazing The plot itself is kind of uninspiring and reminds me of so many dark secrets in a small town stories that Stig Larssen popularized And really, it s trying to be The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo just minus the secret Nazis so badly it s kind of laughable.The characters were universally unlikable and honestly the jet set life of the best selling author kind of made me laugh my ass off Maybe I missed when Jonathan Franzen was being recognized on the street The only reason why I know what James Patterson or Michael Connolly look like is because they showed up on a couple episodes of Castle Also The Origin of Evil is about lovers separated by class What Also So Harry Quebert basically wrote The Notebook then And for all that this is about the amazing love affair betwen Harry Quebert and Nola SEE IT SOUNDS LIKE LOLA, WHICH IS REMINISCENT OF LOLITA, AREN T I MR CLEVER BOOTS and we re supposed to sympathize with Harry for his epic tale of love and loss, IT IS STILL ABOUT A 35 YEAR OLD MAN HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL I m sorry, I m just not going to get past the fact that we re supposed to sympathize with an hebephile who thinks a teenager was the love of his life Then there s the dialogue Holy shit The dialogue is atrocious People DO NOT TALK LIKE THAT Even allowing for the differences between dialogue in movies and books and reality, the dlalogue is clunky and awkward at best and just down right mindbogglingly bad at worst I m willing to split the difference in the blame here this originally was written in French IIRC , so there may be something lost in the translation but sweet sufferin Jeebus, if they re going to translate it, get someone who doesn t have a tin ear, huh This was awful. Fyrsta B K Marcusar Goldman Sk Tur Honum Upp Stj Rnuhimininn En Hann Basli Me N Stu B K, Tgefandinn Er Or Inn Olinm Ur Og H Tar M Lss Kn Marcus Leitar Sj R Hj L Rif Ur S Num, Hinum J Ekkta Rith Fundi Harry Quebert, Sem Sk Mmu S Ar Er Saka Ur Um A Hafa Myrt Nolu Kellergan, Unglingsst Lku Sem Hvarf Sporlaust Rj T U Rum Fyrr Marcus Hefur Eigin Ranns Kn Essum Gamla Harmleik Og Sm M Saman Afhj Past Fl Ki Net Starsambanda, Leyndarm La Og Lyga M Li Tekur Hva Eftir Anna V Nta Stefnu Ur En Dramat Skur Sannleikurinn M Li Harrys Quebert Er Leiddur Lj S Sannleikur Um M L Harrys Quebert Eftir Jo L Dicker Er Margver Launu Star Og Gl Pasaga H N Kom T Sviss Og Frakklandi Hausti Og Hefur Fari Sigurf R Um Heiminn S An Fri Rik Rafnsson Slenska I Par o commencer D abord les points Lecture facile, histoire pas mal ficel e les Cet ouvrage, qui a tout de m me re u le prix du roman de l acad mie fran aise et goncourt des lyc ens, n a AUCUN style litt raire, je sais pas quoi je m attendais mais j avoue tre tr s d ue Je suis un peu comme Galahwood au d but du roman j aimerais me faire rembourser Les caract res des personnages sont peu d crits et peu travaill s Les descriptions sont risibles, la sc ne de rencontre entre Nola et Quebert pourrait sortir d un roman de Daniel Steel Quoi qu elle aurait probablement prit la peine de d crire les sentiments ici, on sait juste que Quebert a eu le coup de foudre en voyant les remous des vagues fr ler les jambes de la damoiselle Beaucoup trop de r p titions inutiles Dommage. J ai t incroyablement d ue par ce livre Je ne comprends pas comment ce roman a pu tre r compens du prix de l Acad mie fran aise ou tre s lectionn pour le Goncourt Le style est tout simplement m diocre Les personnage sont creux, st r otyp s, et ne s exprime ni ne r agissent de fa on r aliste L histoire d amour autour de laquelle tourne tout le roman n est absolument pas d crite en dehors de nombreux dialogues mi vres si bien qu il est impossible d tre touch par cette histoire Si l auteur veut parler d une histoire entre un homme de trente et une fille de quinze ans, alors qu il prenne la peine de nous montrer comment cet homme a pu tomber amoureux d elle autrement qu en nous r p tant que la fille en question est extraordinaire C est le gros point faible de l criture de Dicker, il dit mais ne montre rien si bien que je n ai prouv aucune motion en le lisant Sans compter que l histoire manque profond ment de rythme Des passages entier pourraient tre omis et les nombreux flashbacks ralentissent le r cit Je n ai termin ce roman que parce qu on m a r p t que la fin tait extraordinaire mais l encore, j ai t d ue L une des r v lations les plus importante ne tient absolument pas la route et se base sur un malentendu grotesque, prouvant qu aucune personnage ne r agit de fa on r aliste Amen e autrement, elle aurait pu tre tr s int ressante mais elle m a plut t donn l impression que l auteur se moquait de ses lecteurs.Au final, un livre qui ne vaut absolument pas la m diatisation qu il a re ue et que je d conseille fortement.
Joel Dicker was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied law He spent childhood summers in New England, particularly in Stonington and Bar Harbor, Maine The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair won three French literary prizes, including the Grand Prix du Roman from the Acad mie Fran aise, and was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt Dicker lives in Geneva.
- 688 pages
- La Vérité sur l'affaire Harry Quebert
- Joël Dicker
- 07 June 2019 Joël Dicker