Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday's Top 5: Quebecker Novels Worth Adapting Into Films

Happy birthday Quebec! I normally offer you a quiz that allows you to test your knowledge about Quebec's History and culture. Today, I rather decided to tell you which Quebecker novels deserve to be adapted to the big screen:

#1: De Niro's Game, by Rawi Hage

It's official: this novel WILL head to the big screen. Despite the Hollywood-like ending, De Niro's Game openly talks about the Lebanese Civil War while a film like Incendies takes place in an unnamed Arabic country during what APPEARS to be the Lebanese Civil War.

#2: Le libraire (Not for Every Eye), by Gérard Bessette

Published in 1960, this magnificent novel depicts so well the cowardice of Quebec's intelligentsia during the Great Darkness, a time when the Catholic Church reigned over the province.

#3: L'énigme du retour, by Dany Laferrière

Although Dany Laferrière is an idiot who doesn't consider himself as a Quebecker (or a Canadian) despite living in Montreal and having his books published by a company from Montreal, the fact remains that he can write. The narrator of his novel L'énigme du retour really tries to understand why he's regarded as a foreigner in a country he used to live in (i.e. Haiti) when he "returns" there. Very philosophical, but enlightening.

#4:, by Patrick Senécal
Perhaps his harshest novel on our society. Somehow, it's a particular study of the excess of financial wealth.

#5: Tsubame and Hotaru, by Aki Shimazaki

That counts for two novels, but Hotaru is actually the sequel of Tsubame. Both novels are so short that they can be put together. I loved this novel, because it tackles a touchy issue in Japanese history: most Japanese's incapacity to accept their ethnic minorities as full-fledged Japanese.

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