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Un brillant avenir

Elena une jeune Roumaine née en Bessarabie et ballottée par l'Histoire rencontre à un bal en 1958 un homme dont elle tombe passionnément amoureuse Il est juif et ses parents s'opposent au mariage Elena finit par épouser Jacob et par réaliser son rêve uitter la Roumanie communiste et antisémite de Ceausescu Émigrer aux États Unis Ell. Le r ve am ricain ou l espoir d u d une jeune Roumaine L enfance d Elena nous entra ne dans la tourmente du XXe si cle pour atterrir dans la Roumanie communiste La description de cette p riode et des espoirs de celle ui est devenue une jeune fille se trouve boulevers e par la rencontre de son futur mari Par la suite le roman se perd un peu avec l exil de ce duo vers les tats Unis terre d accueil o le r ve am ricain flamboie dans leurs yeux Puis c est la confrontation entre Elena ui a tout sacrifi pour faire de son fils un am ricain et cette jeune fran aise si alerte et insouciante face aux r actions apeur es d Elena et de son mari C est avant tout le d calage entre les deux p riodes ui peut d ranger dans cet ouvrage o le personnage d Elena jeune femme battante se transforme en petite vieille apeur eUne confrontation d licieuse pour le lecteur entre ces deux jeunes femmes aux espoirs si diff rents

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E devient américaine et se fait appeler Helen Elle a rompu avec le passé mais l'avenir n'est plus un rêve Helen est maintenant confrontée à une réalité ui lui échappe la maladie et la dépression de son mari ; l'indépendance de ce fils à ui elle a tout sacrifié et ui épouse une Française malgré l'opposition de ses parents Cette. As an opening hook the portrayal of Helen an elderly woman frustrated by her husband s dementia but traumatised by his sudden death and apparent suicide may not seem at all compelling It turns out to be a family saga with the focus on Helen n e Elena in post war Communist Romania and destined to marry Jacob a handsome young Jewish man in the teeth of the ingrained anti semitism of Ceau escu s bigoted inward looking regime which drives her to seek emigration first to Israel and then the United States to obtain a better future for her adored only son AlexandruWritten in a clear and simple style with a strong focus on the minutiae of daily life this novel feels very authentic but too often also banal even boring This contrasts with the complexity resulting from the decision to alternate chapters back and forth in time which proves a little disjointed and confusing at times giving the reader the benefit of additional insight into events but at the cost of destroying some of the potential for dramatic tensionAlthough Helen is not a particularly likeable character given to emotional hysterical manipulative behaviour the author develops a detailed character study which enables one to empathise with her at many points in the story and to understand the forces which have shaped her The same applies to her French daughter in law Marie much laid back and unconsciously thoughtless with a sense of entitlement born of a relaxed and free upbringing The tension between the two women and the relationship which they eventually achieve weaves a strong thread through the narrativeFor me this reads like a series of short stories based on the same characters which gradually caught my interest through a few striking incidents For instance there is the irony in how having battled and plotted to get married Helen and Jacob commit the same error as her parents in trying to prevent their son Alexandru s marriage to Marie because she is French so it is assumed will take their son away to a distant land where he will find it harder to realise his brilliant career Then there is the poignant moment when Helen in the violent grip of labour waits in a taxi en route for the hospital while her mother takes an inordinate time to appear it as this point that Helen decides that her adopted mother cannot as rumour has it be her birth mother since the latter would never let her suffer in this way Another striking scene is when having taken advantage of Jacob s Jewishness to escape to Israel Helen realises that her precious son is destined for a spell in the Israeli army where her overactive imagination leaves him in no doubt that he will either be killed or maimed There is also a convincing and moving portrayal of widowhoodThe novel seems to contain jewels of insight and observation together with some realistic experiences set in a somewhat tedious paste

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Jeune femme égoïste arrogante imbue d'un sentiment de supériorité presue national Helen ne l'aime pas Cette belle mère dont le silence recèle une hostilité croissante Marie en a peur Pourtant entre ces deux femmes ue tout oppose leur origine leurs valeurs et leur attachement au même homme uel ue chose grandit ui ressemble à de l'amou. 35


10 thoughts on “Un brillant avenir

  1. says:

    Деякі питання іноземців як наприклад чому старші люди у вас такі набурмошені? або чому українці такі недовірливі і не дотримуються правил на дорогах? чи моє улюблене чого люди на сел

  2. says:

    Le rêve américain ou l'espoir déçu d'une jeune Roumaine L'enfance d'Elena nous entraîne dans la tourmente du XXe siècle pour atterrir dans la Roumanie communiste La description de cette période et des espoirs de celle ui est devenue une jeune fille se trouve bouleversée par la rencontre de son futur mari Par la suite le roman se perd un peu avec l'exil de ce duo vers les États Unis terre d'accueil où le rêve

  3. says:

    This was one of the best books I’ve read in a while The writing is simple and lovely the characters are well rounded intriguing a

  4. says:

    I love it It shows perfectly speech to our parents when we say I will never do to my kkids what you have done to me and 90 % of the time we do what our parents did Helen wants absolutly to leave Romenia in order to offer a better life to her husband Jacob and her son Alexandrus Before obtaining this perfect Life she has to have an argument w

  5. says:

    As an opening hook the portrayal of Helen an elderly woman frustrated by her husband’s dementia but traumatised by his sudden death and apparent suicide may not seem at all compelling It turns out to be a family saga with the focus on Helen née Elena in post war Communist Romania and destined to marry Jacob a handsome young Jewish man in the teeth of the ingrained anti semitism of Ceaușescu’s bigoted in

  6. says:

    “Un brilliant avenir” is the second book I’ve read to date by Catherine Cusset I had read and absolutely adored her latest work “L’Autre u’on adorait” last yearThis earlier novel centres around a Romanian woman named ElenaHelen and her journey to build ‘a brilliant future’ for herself and her family In a rather uniue and successful manner the novel skips back and forth in time from chapter to chapter to

  7. says:

    One of the most realistic and relatable novels I've ever read Intelligent and well written All the characters so flawed but understandable and the conflicts between them so real This book gave me a lot to reflec

  8. says:

    Un livre ui gisait sur le tablar des livres à lire je ne sais pas d’où il vient mystèreÇa parle d’exil de pertes de renoncements et d’espoirs je ne pourrais pas objectivement expliuer pouruoi il m’a tellement plu mais c’est une très jolie découverte

  9. says:

    35

  10. says:

    Un récit de vie intéressant notamment le contraste entre la jeunesse dans un régime communiste et l'âge mûr

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