Au revoir là-haut
Starting in WWI, this tale of grief and villainy was a tremendous read. We’re straight into the story of two injured soldiers and for 600 pages there is no pause in the headlong pace. The conception is impressive – a social world created out of five main characters and a dozen supporting players – with room for many moments of hilarity amid the awfulness, and also the urgent stirrings of desire.
Interesting to discover that one may win the Prix Goncourt without being especially ‘literary”.
Reviewed by: Russell from Vermont on 3/12/2023