A truly remarkable tour de force, both as a novel and as a translation by Sheila Fischman
The story is told by a child who has been brought up in a cabin by a deranged father in the Canadian wilds. The child has simply never met anyone from outside the little family, and speaks an extraordinary language based on the father’s limited conversation and a motley selection of books in the cabin.
The story opens on the day the two siblings discover that their father has hanged himself. Now they will be forced into contact with the villagers beyond their little universe. They will discover the startling truth about the world outside – and the world outside will discover the even more startling truth about them and their history.
Hypnotic, powerful, playful, utterly suspenseful, this is an amazing novel that has been a major bestseller in Canada.
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‘A magnificent novel, writing that dazzles.’ Elle
‘Soucy is a master of suspense: he gives life to enigmas in order to better illuminate the story by plunging his reader into an even deeper, denser, richer mystery. While the tale becomes more explicit as it progresses, it also becomes more bewitching, more mysteriously pulsating.’ Le MondeFrom the Back Cover:
A finalist for France's prestigious Prix Renaudot, and translated into more than ten languages, 'The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Of Matches' is the strikingly original tale of two siblings growing up isolated from the outside world.
Alone with their authoritative father on a vast estate where time has stopped, the pair speak a language and inhabit a surreal universe of their own making. When their father dies they come into contact with the outside world for the first time, and the appalling truth of their existence is revealed.
A richly imaginative story in which nothing is a tour de force of suspense, linguistic invention and playfulness.
"Soucy is a master of suspense: he gives life to enigmas in order to be better illuminate the story by plunging his reader into an even deeper, denser, richer mystery. While the tale becomes more explicit as it progresses, it also becomes more bewitching, more mysteriously pulsating."
"A mix of horror and beauty, cruelty and enchantment… A strong brew of earthly detail, pure poetry and suggestions of unspeakable horror."
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