No suelo leer libros que versen sobre las guerras que asolaron la Europa del siglo XX, pero esta vez me he dejado llevar por la buena prensa de esta novela. El primer libro se titula El gran cuaderno , es el germen de la historia, donde los dos hermanos se quedan al cuidado de su abuela, una mujer analfabeta y atroz. No hay lamentaciones, no hay dolor. No lleva bragas.
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Shelves: read-in-french Le grand cahier is a first-class lesson in how to say more with less. The words grand cahier mean a copybook or school jotter and this particular copybook is composed of short pieces in the style of junior school essays, each one recounting an event as it happens. The writing style is factual: description is kept to a minimum, only what is absolutely necessary to move the events of the book forward, is included.
The language is simple with no embellishments of any kind. Everything is in the Le grand cahier is a first-class lesson in how to say more with less. Everything is in the present tense except for one sentence near the beginning. The essays are written in first person narrative, first person plural, but we rarely see inside the minds of the joint narrators of these pieces. All we have is their description of what they see and hear, what they and others say, the main burden of clarity being placed on the sections of dialogue which convey everything of real importance.
The reader never hears the narrators speak to each other; they seem to be always of one mind and act jointly without the need for words. This kind of focused writing makes for a very intense reading experience. The pace is calm at first but the tension, when it increases, is as remorseless as the events described.
Kristof is absolutely merciless about delivering this message. We may pretend not to hear, not to understand, but her relentless voice goes on and on, her message refusing to go unheard. When language matches the themes of a work as closely as it does here, the resulting combination is incendiary.
This book should carry a warning: there may be an explosive device hidden within these pages.
"Claus y Lucas", de Agota Kristof
Le grand cahier