“Jacques Poulin is one of the finest and most underrated novelists in Quebec. Volkswagen Blues confirms his calibre as a writer, and may give him the. 1 The year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Governor General’s Award-winner Jacques Poulin’s popular novel Volkswagen Blues. The novel Volkswagen Blues is a novel that was written by Jacques Poulin. It was originally published in French in , and was translated into English in

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Like Liked by 1 person. Where did the brother go? Preview — Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin. Fill bluws your details below or click an icon to log in: Definitely invites a third reading: But I think you’d really like this if you’re interested in reading a Canadian novel.

With no chance of building community in the present, la Grande Sauterelle suffers from a sort of nostalgic melancholia bluea spends a great deal of time looking off into the horizon: Aug 22, Bev rated it did not like it. I wanted to like this book, jacaues tried to like it until the end. The value of both postmodern and postcolonial approaches to jacquex is undeniable, but, as with any movement, there are limits to what they can accomplish.

Published October 15th by Ajcques Books first published Up to this point, it could be argued that these events are critical of hybridity — until La Grande Sauterelle announces how happy she is in San Francisco. It’s a wonderful road trip book with a little adventure, mystery, romance and history in the mix. Mar 12, Mary Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everything falls into the habitual.


I just love this kind of books, because even though the story seems so peculiar and maybe, in a way, unrealistic, it really is about life, in the end.

I won’t lie, my favorite character may be the cat, but that’s because he is such a cute addition to the story that I cannot help myself. Canada Reads Winners and Nominees I was sad to have finished the last page — a sure sign that it’s a definite winner!

The reinforcement of stereotypes is a problem dis-cussed during the appropriation-of-voice debates in the s and early s.

Volkswagen Blues

Moncoinlecture Apr 4, It is important to acknowledge, however, that while this approach certainly has its value, it also has its jacqkes. Brian Swann and Arnold Krupat. The ending is not what you would expect. Their quest involves a nostalgic search for traces of the colonial French presence in North America, but it reveals nothing concrete.

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There is no doubt that cultures, particularly those that live side by side, influence each other profoundly, and this influence is even more pronounced in an age of globalization. I recommend Poulin pou,in anyone and this is not the least of his books. Jack usually just referred blufs as ‘l’homme’ doesn’t exactly come over as fulfilling traditional masculine functions in this refreshingly feminist-leaning male-written novel in which la Grande Sauterelle not only has the brain power and the sex drive, but she’s also pretty useful with a toolbox when the Volks breaks down and Jack is reduced to wiping the sweat from her brow as she works away.


There is always the risk that books such as Volkswagen Blues — much more publicized and accessible than Native-authored works — might become the only portrayals of Aboriginal experience to which most non-Natives are exposed, leading to the perpetuation of the dangerous stereotypes and misconceptions we have seen.

Open Preview See a Problem? Jun 25, Astrid rated it it was ok. Jul 19, Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Join 1, other followers. La Grande Sauterelle has trouble with her mixed origins. Was the meeting a happy one for the javques brothers.? His characters are friends, lovers sometimes but sex is more a comfort than anything else.

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