By Hubert Lucot
Commencée dans los angeles nostalgie, l'année 2006-2007 assène deux coups durs au narrateur. L'un était imprévisible : son épouse et héroïne A.M. subit un negative twist of fate. L'autre était calculé : les Français élisent un président qui appliquera un ultralibéralisme meurtrier. Dans les deux cas, le narrateur peint les faits plus qu'il ne les examine. Les coulées de peinture le mènent à saisir un substrat qu'on dira «l'être et le temps».
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Shore and bay whalers operated differently from the midocean hunters of Nantucket. Shore whalers kept seaside camps, launching whaleboats and pursuing whales that came within sight. Bay whalers launched whaleboats from ships at anchor in harbors. Sealers also worked out of crude beach camps to hunt and slaughter fur seals and prepare hides for shipment. Thus all these industrial sites were provisional, improvised, temporary, essentially commercial processing plants gathering commodities for export.
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The tone swings back and forth between the grandiose and the banal. ” (Stead 192) But it also is ambitious and exciting in the range of its feelings and episodes. It reads like an epic, and it often has the epic’s sense of artificiality, as reflected in the quotes and allusions to grand opera, that most artificial, most melodramatic musical form. The novel’s flaws are those of overreaching and excess, and perhaps this long road of excess finally brings the reader to skin-tight contact with the Maori world.
Allègement by Hubert Lucot