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Volkswagen Blues [Paperback]

Jacques Poulin , Sheila Fischman
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Nov. 12 2004
A 2005 Canada Reads Selection

In this classic road novel, Jacques Poulin tells the story of a man in search of his brother. The geographical journey — through Detroit, into Chicago, on to St. Louis, along the Oregon Trail and into California — becomes a metaphor for the exploration of the history of the French in North America.  

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...a gifted story-teller and a gracious writer...Volkswagen Blues is a gem of a book. -- Kitchener-Waterloo Record

A wonderfully lively and entertaining trip... This is a splendid book. -- The Toronto Star

Jacques Poulin is one of the finest and most underrated novelists in Quebec. -- The Globe and Mail

One of the best novels of the 1980s. -- Le Devoir

Shares a mix of detached humour, fantasy and compassion with Vonnegut and Salinger. -- Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

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Volkswagen Blues is one of several volumes selected as part of Cormorant's classic reprint line. These editions feature updated cover art, a more streamlined text design and a reduced list price. Other titles currently available in this format include: Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci, Tyler's Cape by Darren Greer, and A Casual Brutality by Neil Bissoondath.

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5.0 out of 5 stars roman April 2 2011
Format:Paperback
Mon gendre a adoré. Nous l'initions à la littérature québécoise et il existe très peu d'ouvrages d'auteurs qui sont traduits. Dommage...il en redemande.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream along Aug. 6 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was the first Poulin I have read. Eventually I read all of them, but this one is his best. Read it slowly, dream along, savour every page. I found some of his other books a bit hard to crack, but not this one. This is something everyone can (and should) enjoy. Beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Travel Nov. 19 2008
By Douglas P. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a rather pleasant and easygoing book about an unmarried couple who travel from Canada through the United States, including the Oregon trail. The most interesting part of the book is the relationship between the man and the woman. The writing style is simple and straightforward, and the story manages to keep one entertained throughout.Translator's Kiss
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and human Oct. 14 2008
By Rebecca Barratt - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this as back up to my french version (originally is in french). The story is a little slow, but it discusses deep human feelings as our main characters traverse across North America. I'd give it 3.5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sept. 21 2010
By Alisa - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read this in my French IV class & was interested in reading the English version just for fun. I very much enjoyed the book & am glad I purchased it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A masteroiece for the heart & the soul!Un chef d'oeuvre pour le coeur et l'esprit!! Feb. 23 2010
By M. Miville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mon nouveau livre de chevet. Beautiful & definitely one of the best novel I ever read.Also available in English,
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Listed for CBC Canada Reads 2005 June 10 2006
By Anne-Gigi - Published on Amazon.com
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A 40-year-old French-Canadian writer from Montreal set out to find his long lost brother, whom he had not seen for 20 years. The only trace he had was a 15-year-old postcard from a small town in Quebec. At the beginning of his quest, he picked up a hitchhiker, a young Métis girl. Together, driving an old Volkswagen minivan, they traced the footsteps of the French explorers from the St. Lawrence to St. Louis, Missouri and then headed west along the Oregon Trail. This turned out to be a journey of self-discovery as well as a history lesson for the writer where he learned about the plight of the Native Americans through the eyes of a Métis.

With translated work, one has to wonder how much of the style of the writer actually came through in the translation. Regardless, this English version was a really nice, easy read where I was drawn into the narrator's quest very quickly: Where did the brother go? What happened to him and what became of him? However, it was very clear soon into the book that the process of how one reaches a goal is often as, if not more, rewarding as achieving the goal itself. This book was short-listed as one of five books in CBC's Canada Reads program in 2005. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in exploring Canadian literature or who just wants a good read.
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