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Dans une petite ville du Berry, écrasée par la chaleur de l'été, en 1919, un héros de la guerre est retenu prisonnier au fond d'une caserne déserte. Devant la porte, son chien tout cabossé aboie jour et nuit. Non loin de là, dans la campagne, une jeune femme usée par le travail de la terre, trop instruite cependant pour être une simple paysanne, attend et espère. Le juge qDans une petite ville du Berry, écrasée par la chaleur de l'été, en 1919, un héros de la guerre est retenu prisonnier au fond d'une caserne déserte. Devant la porte, son chien tout cabossé aboie jour et nuit. Non loin de là, dans la campagne, une jeune femme usée par le travail de la terre, trop instruite cependant pour être une simple paysanne, attend et espère. Le juge qui arrive pour démêler cette affaire est un aristocrate dont la guerre a fait vaciller les principes. Trois personnages et, au milieu d'eux, un chien, qui détient la clef du drame... Plein de poésie et de vie, ce court récit, d'une fulgurante simplicité, est aussi un grand roman sur la fidélité. Etre loyal à ses amis, se battre pour ceux qu'on aime, est une qualité que nous partageons avec les bêtes. Le propre de l'être humain n'est-il pas d'aller au-delà et de pouvoir aussi reconnaître le frère en celui qui vous combat ?...

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  • Ilse
    2019-04-15 13:40

    No more paradesThe Great War enduringly excites literary imagination, ever growing the abundant library of books with WWI as main stage or décor. Apart from the few history books I read on it, Céline’s Journey to the End of the Night and Ford Madox Ford’s Parade's End, both masterpieces inspired by the Great War, significantly colored the ideas and images on it in my mind, as did Tardi’s stunning but gruesome graphic novel It Was the War of the Trenches.Although I am well aware I still have to read almost the whole pile of the WWI literary canon (Barbusse, Graves, Remarque, Jünger, And Quiet Flows the Don by Sholokhov…), it is sheer impossible to ignore entirely the flood of more contemporary novels and not to try a few of the most recent ones, cunningly published in the wake of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI in 2014.From the more contemporary novels, Grey Souls by Philippe Claudel and Courrier des tranchées by the Flemish writer Stefan Brijs (recently translated into French) were memorable stories. A recent fairly good, be it rather traditional read was the debut novel Woesten by Kris van Steenberge (not translated yet). The graphic novel Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I by Henrik Rehr was worthwhile too. My ’real’ reading group scheduled Stefan Hertmans’s Guerre et térébenthine, a prizewinning WWI novel published in 2013, for June. I frowned at Sebastians Faulks’s Birdsong . 14 by Jean Echenoz was a nice read, but didn’t really sink in. Rufin has to be lauded for his luminous idea to stay out of the well-known trenches and moving his war scenes to a lesser known front and a lesser known part of war history. This time, the setting is not the Western Front - the Somme, the Marne, Verdun or Ypres – which is refreshing. We are thrown into the Salonika Campaign, at the Eastern Front, the Balkan, where the Allies sent French and English troops to assist the Serbs ( together with the Russians, Romanians, Greeks and Italians) to fight the Bulgarians and the other Central powers - an episode of WWI which was of vital importance to the final outcome of the war (fact I was not sufficiently aware of). Rufin’s novel also encourages to commemorate the suffering of the masses of animals which served in the war, for transport, logistics and communications , which reminded me of a poignant, horrible battlefield scene in Flaubert’s Salammbô (view spoiler)[ recalling the elephant shrieking all night because a spear got stuck in his eye, while no warrior could get near to the animal to put him out of his misery (hide spoiler)]. Of the 16 million animal soldiers on both sides, dogs, horses, carrier pigeons, mules, donkeys, camels, 9 million died. (Coming to the content of the book, a small warning: please do not take a look at the jacket of this short novel if you consider reading it (I do not understand what was eating the publishers giving away such a key element of the plot before one can even open the book)).Post WW I France, Summer, 1919, the Berry region. The central storyline is about Jacques Morlac, a young decorated war hero, taken in custody. What did he do, and why does he almost insist on his conviction, even risking the death penalty? The nature of his crime and his motives are unraveled in dribs and drabs through the novel, in the careful pace of the investigation by the interrogating judge, Hughes Lantier du Grez, a military officer working on his last case before finally returning home after years of absence due to military service. Both, prisoner and investigator, are demobilized soldiers, returning to what is left of ‘normal’ civilian life in the aftermath of the bloody massacre of WWI. Morlac is an angry and disillusioned man, a farmer who’s political awareness was awakened by reading anarchist and communist books, but mostly by love. Slowly, in the huis clos atmosphere of the former barracks, lively dialogues between the two veterans reveal their innermost thoughts, their own precious beliefs and observations on their war experiences. And outside there is the scruffy dog, Morlac’s loyal companion, barking incessantly, who had followed Morlac throughout the whole war, eventually treated as a mascot by Morlac’s regiment, injured and furrowed by the battles, but completely disregarded by Morlac. Jean-Christophe Rufin, a founder of Médecins sans frontières and former winner of the Goncourt, wrote a charming story, gracefully constructed around a true life anecdote. His limpid, spare prose wonderfully accords with his excellent psychological portraiture of the characters. As a unadulterated cat person, I am fairly sure this novel probably would appeal more to dog lovers, or bipetual persons. Perhaps because of my shortcomings in basic canine psychology, Rufin’s exploration of the parallels in human and animal loyalty, relating this to at times conflicting human values like integrity and fraternity transcending blind obedience of orders, didn’t wholly resonate with me. (And frankly, the old pasionaria in me grumbled at Rufin’s ruthless demystifying of revolutionary zeal, reducing it a little facile to petty personal motives underlying people’s actions and behavior. But that is just a personal character flaw).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Orsodimondo
    2019-04-07 09:44

    PARABOLA SULLA FEDELTÀ Jean-Christophe Rufin è medico e viaggiatore (anche a piedi), è stato diplomatico (ambasciatore di Francia in Senegal e Gambia, ma si è dimesso dopo tre anni): membro dell'Académie Française, è il presidente di Action contre la faim e uno dei fondatori di MSF (eppure, ce lo riesco a vedere poco interagire con un Bernard Kouchner, altro fondatore della mitica associazione). Nel 2001 ha vinto il Premio Goncour, è stato pubblicato in Italia da Dalai, Bompiani e Ponte Alle Grazie prima di approdare in E/O dove sembra che resterà (due romanzi pubblicati e un terzo in traduzione).Tra i miei film preferiti sulla Prima Guerra Mondiale: “La grande illusione” di Jean Renoir, 1937.Questo ‘Il collare rosso’ è snello e asciutto, scritto con eleganza, e leggerezza, e poesia, e semplicità, e linearità, sfaccettando tutti i personaggi con piccoli tocchi, rendendoli umani autentici credibili, e racconta una storia che riassumo così: nella torrida estate del 1919, alla fine di quella guerra passata alla storia come Grande, il gendarme Dujeux non riesce a dormire, ma neppure a riposare per un secondo, perché nella piazza davanti all’ex caserma, in cui fa la guardia da solo all’unico prigioniero, Morlac, decorato con la Legion d’Onore, il cane molto malandato del prigioniero abbaia senza sosta da giorni, aspetta il padrone, all’ombra ma anche al sole, mangiando quando capita e bevendo anche meno. Un maggiore giudice militare arriva per interrogare il prigioniero, redigere il verbale e emettere sentenza. La colpa di Morlac si scopre in sottofinale. Ben prima si scopre che tipo di esperienza sia stata per il giovane contadino la guerra e la trincea, e si scopre che legame ci sia con la giovane Valentine che abita in campagna insieme a un bambino di tre anni.Tra i miei film preferiti sulla Prima Guerra Mondiale: “Orizzonti di gloria” di Stanley Kubrick, 1957.È un libro su come possa cambiare la vita leggere libri? Sì, anche.Tra i miei film preferiti sulla Prima Guerra Mondiale: “La Grande Guerra” di Mario Monicelli, 1959.È una riflessione sulla guerra, la violenza, la pace, le differenze di classe sociale, la trincea invalicabile che divise gli ufficiali dai soldati, più che i popoli e le razze …? Sì, anche.Tra i miei film preferiti sulla Prima Guerra Mondiale: “Uomini contro” di Francesco Rosi, 1970.È un romanzo sulla difficoltà di esprimere i sentimenti? Sì, anche questo.Tra i miei film preferiti sulla Prima Guerra Mondiale: “E Johnny prese il fucile” di Dalton Trumbo, 1971.È soprattutto, senza la minima retorica, una riflessione sulla fedeltà e la lealtà: quella dell’uomo verso gli altri uomini, amicizia o solidarietà che sia; quella di un soldato alla propria divisa e alla propria patria; quella dell’uomo alla donna, quella della donna all’uomo, e di un padre verso un figlio; quella dei cani ai loro padroni.Anche di questo cane, Kaiser ma anche Kirou, che di padroni ne ha avuti più di uno, e a tutti è stato fedele. Così fedele da cambiarli.Il finale è una sorpresa. Dolce, leggera, divertente. Un sollievo.Tra i miei film preferiti sulla Prima Guerra Mondiale: “gallipoli-Gli anni spezzati” di Peter Weir, 1981.

  • تَسنِيمْ
    2019-04-16 08:21

    الطوق الأحمر ..رواية من قصة حقيقية وقت الحرب العالمية الأولى.. تتجلى فيها الإنسانية، الدفاع عن الأفكار، كم معقد هذا الإنسان بكل ما فيه وما يعتقد أنه يؤمن به، الأثر البالغ للحب على تصرفات الإنسان وعقلانيته.جميلة .. لم أكن أتوقع أنها ستعجبني بصراحة قرأتها فضولا عن ما يمكن أن تحتويه، لكنها أعجبتني وترجمتها بالغة الجمال والقوة.. لغتها متينة أحببتها وإن كانت بسيطة ولم تدخل كثيرا في أعماق الإنسان لكن الموقف وحده كاف :)

  • Amr Mohamed
    2019-03-24 12:20

    جلس كريستوف رافن كاتب الرواية مع صديق له مصور خلال زيارتهم الى الأردن لمراقبة الربيع العربي فحكي له صديقه عن جده الذي عاد بطل من حرب العالمية الأولي وحاز علي وسام شرف ثم قام تحت تأثير الخمر بعمل لا يصدق خلال تلك الحقبة وكان يجب محاكمته واعتقاله على أثرها.... من هنا جاءت للكاتب فكرة تلك الرواية لا اريد حرق الرواية ولا نهايتها لاصدقائى على الجود لأنها فعلا رواية تستحق القراءة لذلك لن اقوم بسرد التفاصيل تحكي عن بطل فرنسي فى الحرب العالمية الأولي كان فلاح ريفي لا يهتم الا بأرضه وأخته وأمه ومن سيهتم بهم وبالأرض بعدما جاء الجنود ليجبرونه على الانضمام الى الحرب فيذهب مضطرا ويعود بطلا ويتم سجنه .. يتم محاكمته من قبل قاضي عسكري شاب عن شئ مشين قام به ولا يريد ذلك البطل ان ينكر الفعل او حتي ان يقول انه كان تحت تأثير السُكر . ولكنه مشين من وجهة النظر القادة ولكن فى الأصل هو عمل بطولي وأهم مما قام به البطل فى الحرب.خلال التحقيق مع ذلك البطل تقرأ عن معاناة الجنود في الحرب..وإذا كان جندي أو اي شخص ضد الحرب فأنه خائن..وإذا حاول الجندي الهروب لأنه لا يريد ان يقتل اشخاص لا يعرفهم او أن يُقتل يتم حبسه وإعدامه..تقرأ عن القيم والمبادئ والتي يملئون عقل الجنود بها عن الوطنية والشرف حتي يخلقوا عذراً لغزو او قتال شعب اخر وأن الجنود هم وقود النظام وان النظام يستهلكهم ويطحنهم.. أن النصر الوحيد الذي يستحقّ الاحتفال هو النصر على الحرب وعلى الرأسماليين الذين أشعلوها.. عن الحب والتضحية والكبرياء..عن وفاء كلب البطل الذي يعتبر بطل اخر في الرواية. الرواية رائعة ولكني كنت أتمني نهاية مختلفة عن سبب قيام البطل بذلك العمل الذي تسبب في حبسه .. فعلت ذلك من أجل من؟ من أجلك ، من أجل أصحاب الرتب، من أجل رجال السياسة والمستفيدين وكل الحمقى الذين يتبعونهم ..من أجل الذين يرسلون الآخرين إلى الحرب، ومن يذهبون إليها بأنفسهم، فعلت ذلك من أجل الذين يؤمنون بهذا الهراء: البطولة! الشجاعة! الوطنية!

  • ريم الصالح
    2019-03-25 10:20

    ما هي العدالة الإنسانية؟هذا العمل يثير هذا التساؤل تحديداً..

  • Andrea Samorini
    2019-04-01 13:20

    Coinvolgente sin dalle prime pagine, lo stile del racconto mi faceva nascere una curiosità e fantasticare sull’evolversi della vicenda, per volgere ad un finale che non mi aspettavo, e che ho amato.Una perla,preziosa.

  • Nada EL Shabrawi
    2019-04-16 12:27


  • piperitapitta
    2019-04-03 12:33

    Senza frontiere.Una bella storia di dignità e integrità morale in epoca post bellica, questa raccontata da Jean-Christophe Rufin, che si svolge in un piccolo paese della provincia francese all'indomani della fine della Grande Guerra.Il protagonista e il suo giudice, militari entrambi, come in un romanzo di Simenon (come non pensare a La Camera azzurra?) si fronteggiano in un duello simbolico nel caldo torrido di un'estate in cui sembrano esserci solo loro ad affrontarsi, così come sembrano essere rimasti, soli a fronteggiarsi, la giustizia e le leggi degli uomini da una parte e il rigore morale e la coerenza degli uomini stessi dall'altra.Una coerenza e un'integrità, quelle del protagonista, che sembrano misurarsi attraverso la cieca abnegazione del (suo) cane, che abbaia incessantemente fuori dal carcere dov'è rinchiuso il suo padrone, e la certezza che la lealtà degli uomini non si misuri solo attraverso la cieca obbedienza agli ordini e al colore delle proprie divise o dalla nazionalità, ma anche in maniera trasversale attraverso cuore e intelletto, che possono e devono andare al di là degli ordini ricevuti.Una bella storia, dicevo, questa scritta da J.C. Rufin con stile limpido ed essenziale, che non a caso, a proposito di cuore, intelletto, nazionalità e trasversalità, è stato uno fra i fondatori di Medici Senza Frontiere.Senza frontiere, appunto, un po' come questa storia.

  • Leila Karaca
    2019-03-21 08:40

    I had to read this book for school for French. So I was supposed to read this book in French, but I actually read it in English. I know, shame on me, but at least I understood the book this way. That is why I can admit, this book wasn't too bad.I went into this book knowing pretty much nothing. I had to read it anyway, whether I liked it or not, so why bother, right? I just knew it was about a guy, Morlac, who was locked up in prison around world war I time. And well, after reading the book, that was basically it. We don't know why Morlac was in prison at the beginning of the book. I liked following Lantier, the judge/major, investigating Morlac's case and slowly finding out what happened. And books where you slowly find out what happens are my favourite kind of books. At the end this book got quite deep when we found out Morlac's entire story. Jean-Christophe Rufin said some interesting things about the war and human nature.This book was okay, but I have to admit I'd rather I could've taken the time it took to read this book to read one of my 'own' books.

  • Hasan Mohammed
    2019-03-21 13:33

    هذه رواية عن عار الحرب والعنف الأعمىاقتباس :من الغريب كيف جعلت الحرب من الأمور الحميمية أمراً لا يُطاق، كما لو أنّ خليط الأجناس وأسرار الأجيال تلاقت مع عربدة الدم والموت، بذلك الخليط من الدناءة الذي يسري في شظايا القذائفالخميس | ٧\٩\٢٠١٦

  • Czarny Pies
    2019-04-13 09:42

    "Le collier rouge" est un roman mignon qui raconte comment un homme fait la paix avec son chien troo fidèle et sa femme beaucoup moins. Je lui donne trois étoiles dont deux pour les nombreux passages bien écrits et une pour sa promotion de la reconciliation conjugale.

  • Yazeed AlMogren
    2019-04-16 15:47

    رواية خفيفة تنكشف أحداثها بعد أن تقرأ ثلاثة أرباع صفحاتها

  • Martje
    2019-03-21 13:25

    Well that was tedious... It got better towards the end, though once the action of the book wasn't limited to a barking dog anymore.

  • Ebtihal Abuali
    2019-04-16 14:34

    رواية قصيرة بصفحاتها وبفترتها الزمنية. المحقق العسكري لانتييه يبدأ تحقيقا سريعا في قضية ارتكبها جندي عائد من الحرب، مورلاك، وهو ايضا بطل قومي تلقى وساما لبطولته في المعركة. لا نعرف منذ البداية ما هو الجرم الذي ارتكبه مورلاك، يبقى هذا التفصيل خفيا عنّا (القرّاء)، وتتخذ الرواية اسلوب التحقيق المباشر مع السجين/المتهم ومع عدد من الذين عرفوه ومن خلال الحوارات نعرف تفاصيل الحكاية تدريجيا. اعتقد ان احد مظاهر البراعة في السرد هنا هو قدرة الكاتب على جعلك تهتم، وتتخذ موقفا من المتهم حتى قبل ان تعرف تهمته/جريمته التي لا نعرفها الا في النهاية. من خلال القصة يصارع المحقق الباحث عن قرار منصف في القضية افكارا بين الولاء لواجب الجندي الملتزم بالمعركة، والحرية الانسانية في اتخاذ موقف ضد الحرب.

  • Roger Brunyate
    2019-03-19 15:45

    What Happened on Bastille Day?"Do you know he's in prison?""No. What's he done?""Something stupid, on Bastille Day."A nice serendipity to be reviewing this fascinating French novella on Bastille Day itself! I sensed this was something special from the moment I opened it. It is one of those lovely Europa Editions that feels good in the hand and is set so generously on the page. It is a simple story with only two main characters, both warmly developed. The setting is an almost empty prison in a small French town, in the dog days of 1919, yet I had the growing sense that the book dealt with themes of great importance—a sense that increased until almost the very end. And all this in prose, smoothly translated by Adriana Hunter, that is as straightforward yet evocative as a novel by Simenon; here is how it begins:At one o'clock in the afternoon, with the crushing heat over the town. the dog's howling was unbearable. The animal had been there on the Place Michelet for two days, and for two days it had barked. It was a big, brown, shorthaired dog with no collar and a torn ear. It wailed methodically, more or less once every three seconds, making a deep sound that was enough to drive you mad.I won't say much about the plot, for this is a mystery of a kind. Only not a whodunnit; the who is perfectly obvious. This is a military prison and there is only one remaining prisoner, Jacques Pierre Marcel Morlac, corporal, aged 28. His investigating officer, Hugues Lantier de Grez, is hardly much older. After a career as military lawyer during the war, he is about to retire to private practice, but he just has this one crime to tidy up first. Only for almost the entire length of the book, we are not told what it was. This is a very unusual kind of mystery: not a whodunnit but a whatwasit.We know it is serious; there is talk of the death penalty. Lantier is prepared to be lenient, but Morlac will not compromise; he is proud of whatever he has done, and does not wish it whitewashed over. Lantier, one of the most attractive characters I have encountered for some time, is a patient and gentle man. In the course of his interrogations over the next few days, he will follow Morlac's career from farm boy to decorated veteran on the Eastern Front (Northern Greece and the Dardanelles), touching some of the darker aspects that Bastille Day patriotism would prefer to remain hidden: the incompetence of the French command, senseless slaughter, disintegration of army morale, and the first stirrings of Communism. I have encountered these themes before in other French novels about the aftermath of the 14–18 War—Fear by Gabriel Chevalier and Au revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaitre—but never with the succinct compression shown by Rufin. He is also unique in tying it so beautifully to the rural setting, the France for which they were all fighting. In between interviews, Lantier will go out into the countryside, meeting people who knew Morlac before he was conscripted. And he will see more of that battle-scarred dog, who has followed his master ever since he was snatched away from the fields he loved.The photo of the sad-eyed mutt on the cover made me feel that this would be a sentimental animal book. But Rufin knows better than that. As the winner of the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel, he certainly has the writing chops, and as one of the founders of Médecins sans frontières (Doctors Without Borders), his humanity is tempered with hard practicality. The further I went into the book, the more I was amazed by Rufin's clear-headedness. But eventually we do need to learn the details of Morlac's crime, and once we do, the motor of the story no longer runs. In the last dozen pages, I felt a softness creep in for the first time. Though it had little to do with that dog, it was enough to keep me (just) from giving five stars to a novella which up to then had been quite extraordinary. Yet it may be exactly the ending that is needed to make the book a popular success.

  • Shawn
    2019-03-31 08:28

    I'll likely appreciate this more after my book group discussion. For me, however, the rating is closer to 2.5 stars than 3. It is a novella, but felt somewhat protracted. A World War I "hero" imprisoned for an act of subversion. You don't learn what that is or his reasons for the act until the very end of the story. By that time, I was teetering on the brink of not caring. Ultimately a love story, but took a very circuitous route to say so. I had higher hopes for this one than it delivered, unfortunately. Leaves me wondering if, perhaps, some of the power was lost in translation.

  • Jarne Fosselle
    2019-04-15 15:23

    Ik heb voor dit boek gekozen omdat de titel en de foto op de voorkant mij interesseerde. Het is een verhaal dat gebaseerd is op waargebeurde feiten. Het boek speelt zich af in het Franse Berry, een Frans dorpje en in de zomer van 1919. In het Franse dorpje zit een oorlogsheld, Morlac, die de enige gevangene is in de kazerne. Raymond, de cipier, heeft weinig werk want Morlac is zijn enige gevangen. Hij heeft maar met 1 iemand last. Een hond die dag en nacht jankt voor de cel van de gevangene. Die trouwe hond is Wilhelm, de hond van Morlac. Later komt commandant Hugues Lantier binnen. Hugues is een militaire rechter die zijn overtuiging tijdens de Groote Oorlog is verloren en wil de gevangene ondervragen. Veel uit Morlac zijn mond komt er niet uit. Niet ver vandaan hoopt Valentine op de vrijlating van de gevangene. Valentine is een jonge boerin die het boek Marx en Kropotkin heeft gelezen. Maar de vragen zijn of Valentine en Morlac iets te maken hebben met elkaar? Komt Morlac vrij? Wat heeft de hond met het verhaal te maken en wat zal er met hem gebeuren?Het verhaal is eigenlijk goed geschreven en makkelijk te lezen. Het is een boek die u uitnodigt om het verder te lezen omdat het spannend is. Je wil weten wat er met Morlac is gebeurd en waarom de hond daar is. Je weet maar in de laatste pagina's van het boek dat Morlac en zijn hond een trouwe band hebben met elkaar. Het boek beschrijft ook de onzin van de oorlog en het gebruik van de dieren in de oorlog. Het boek gaat over de liefde en menselijke trouw maar beschrijft bovenal de trouw van een hond aan een mens. Ook al geeft hij niet veel om zijn hond, steunt de hond Morlac toch overal. Hierdoor heb ik soms een moment gehad dat een hond toch een goede dierbare vriend is die je steunt en helpt. Dit boek raad ik aan aan mensen die vooral geïnteresseerd zijn in oorlog, een hond hebben als huisdier, die geïnteresseerd zijn in waargebeurde verhalen en die een mooie ontknoping willen.

  • NesrinSaad
    2019-04-07 12:31

    الحرب و الحب و مايصنعانه بالنفس البشرية

  • Alaa Bahabri
    2019-04-07 12:35

    رواية خفيفة ، بالإمكان إنهاؤها في جلسة،، أحدثها جمسلة و ملغزة .. أعجبتني فكرة الأحداث الكبيرة التي قد لا تكون دوافعها مثل عليا، بل أحداث شخصية صغيرة جداً ،،

  • Tariq Alferis
    2019-03-24 11:47

    .كتاب بسيط ولكن أنيق..

  • Lukáš Palán
    2019-03-28 13:26

    Zatím asi největší překvapení tohoto roku. I když to napsal francouz, tak to není nudný, nikdo tam neprcá ani nejí čokoládu nebo kroasanty. Dá se říci, že je to vlastně jen trochu hutnější povídka, ale přesto zanechá stopu jako jégr v gatích po sobotě, protože Rufin tu opravdu vykřesal nádhernej příběh, který mě na 99 stránce málem poslal na záchod. A to přátelé mám rád psy akorát tak na smetaně. A ať se mi nikdo nesnaží namluvit, že jsem necita - já měl psy vždycky rád, ale tohle ze mě udělalo žití v Praze, nebo bych spíš měl napsat žití v tom nejvíc posraným městě na světě, kde každej den šlápnu minimálně do čtyřiceti hoven od těch vašich zkurvených labradorů a pudlů, po kterých jste líní uklízet ty jejich hovna, protože se vám v sedm ráno, z životem na piču a ženskou na hovno nechce ani vohejbat, natož něco někam vyhazovat. Že si raději nekoupíte playstation. Ať mi někdo vysvětlí, jaký kouzlo je v tom mít doma v paneláku zavřenou třímetrovou dogu, který dopřeju jedinou radost denně a to když ji vezmu ven do mrazu vysrat na tři minuty? Ale to jsem asi trošičku odběhl od knížky, takže abych zase pokračoval. Bylo to tedy výborný. Vřele doporučuju. Bylo by to i za pět hvězd, kdyby to Rufin neukončil spielbergovsky jako úplná bačkora. Obrovská škoda.

  • Mae
    2019-04-06 15:46

    FANTASTIC.This little book is a jewel. Marvelously written.It is the story of a young man during WWI. He was a farm boy who was taken by the local military recruiters and sent to war. He was uneducated like all the farm boys of his area, and had no idea what the war was about, he just knew that one day they were going to pick him up. As it was, he was at his girlfriends house when they came for him, her dog just followed him. Apparently that was not abnormal during wars, dogs fought along their owners. In this case they both survived the three or four years of warmongering.Something happens when he returns, and we catch him in prison and the dog is outside barking incessantly. A judge is sent to take care of his case and the first thing he finds out is that no one in the village seems disturbed by the dog.This is a story about the horrors of war, the survival and the victims, which in many cases are the families that stay back home. But more than anything it is the story about the power of books, love and loyalty within the horrific framework of war and war torn families and countries. It is a story about the triumph of the human spirit. But it is also a story about dogs and what they mean to us.

  • Richard Christmann
    2019-04-17 11:30

    J'ai écouté ce roman en audiolivre. J'aime la période où se déroule l'histoire : juste après la Grande Guerre ; la guerre est finie mais les vies de milliers de gens sont bouleversées. L'auteur nous emmène dans une sorte de huis clos entre le héros Morlac, le juge, la femme du héros.. et Guillaume le chien avec qui Morlac entretient une relation coimplexe qu'on finira par comprendre.L'histoire est légère, même si le fond est plus grave, et parfois drôle avec l'histoire du chien. Dommage que les 2 intrigues (le chien et la femme) nous soient révélées bien avant la fin de l'histoire. Le roman bien que court aurait pu l'être encore un peu plus.

  • Pascale
    2019-03-20 12:37

    A moving novella highlighting the toll of WWI on the soldiers who were conscripted. From anybody else than Rufin, I would surmise an opportunistic reason for bringing out such a tale as the commemoration of the various stages of the first world war are underway. I expect this well-crafted story will become a set text in schools, and why not? There is a satisfying element of mystery since for many chapters, not only are we kept in the dark about the veteran's motivations for the act that landed him in prison, but we don't even know exactly what he did, although the illustration on the jacket gives a pretty solid clue.

  • Anne
    2019-03-25 10:30

    Un livre que je n'avais pas envie de lire.. Encore la guerre... Et voilà... La plume virevoltante de Rufin nous invite le temps d'un trajet en train à méditer sur la violence de la guerre, la nature de l'homme ... Et tout cela, à l'image de Rabelais ou Voltaire, autour d'un roman concis, structuré, aux phrases plus belles les unes que les autres ... Et tiré d'une histoire vraie !

  • Angie
    2019-04-08 14:36

    Reseña en estrellasEs que pucha, esperaba completamente que por lo que estaba siendo juzgado el protagonista fuera otra cosa, relacionada con su perro, pero otra cosa. En fin, que no estuvo mal por eso las 2.5 estrellas.

  • Lise Sirois
    2019-04-19 15:32

    J'ai Lu ce livre en deux heures durant un voyage en train. J'ai bien aimée être plongée en 1919 dans une petite ville et démêler l'écheveau de cette enquête militaire. Bien écrit, atmosphère d'époque bien rendue.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-27 12:44

    Une anecdote simple, mais rendue par une écriture précise, maîtrisée, élégante et classique qui m'a ravie. Structure du récit prenante et habile: on n'apprend qu'à la fin ce qui est reproché au soldat tout au long de son instruction à procès qui constitue pourtant le gros de l'histoire.

  • Nick
    2019-03-24 08:17

    This book is not so much about loyalty as it is a man's pride stemmed from his own stupidity. It's not what you'd expect; Humanity is the tale, and the dog is just the tie that binds it all together. Not a bad book, but open ended and leaves you thinking.

  • Evelyn Foss
    2019-04-14 09:41

    A unique book that held my attention. I liked the way the combat on WW I was described. I'm a dog lover and I loved the ending!