Life in the Court of Matane
264 Pages

Life in the Court of Matane



Quirky. Beautifully written. Local myths and anecdotes mix with world events
Nadia Comaneci’s gold-medal performance at the Olympic Games in Montreal is the starting point for a whole new generation. Eric Dupont watches the performance on TV, mesmerized. The son of a police officer (Henry VIII) and a professional cook—as he likes to remind us—he grows up in the depths of the Quebec countryside with a new address for almost every birthday and little but memories of his mother to hang on to. His parents have divorced, and the novel’s narrator relates his childhood, comparing it to a family gymnastics performance worthy of Nadia herself.
Life in the court of Matane is unforgiving, and we explore different facets of it (dreams of sovereignty, schoolyard bullying, imagined missions to Russia, poems by Baudelaire), each based around an encounter with a different animal, until the narrator befriends a great horned owl, summons up the courage to let go of the upper bar forever, and makes his glorious escape.
Hunted and distrustful. Always looking over our shoulders to make sure no one had followed us. Always making sure the wind was blowing hard enough to cover the sound of our voices. Always coming up with an alibi when asked what had kept us at the beach for so long. Sandcastles, yes, that’s right, we were building sandcastles. Which wasn’t entirely untrue. We built sandcastles for Micheline Raymond, professional cook, often enough. People out for a stroll who happened upon these mausoleums in our absence had no way of knowing which god they had been erected for. The high tide washed away our footsteps, castles, and memories.


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Published 07 June 2016
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EAN13 9781771860772
Language English

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Life in the Court of Matane