Volkswagen Blues
Jacques Poulin Sheila Fischman
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A 2005 Canada Reads Selection.In this classic road novel, Jacques Poulin tells the story of a man in search of his brother The geographical journey through Detroit, into Chicago, on to St Louis, along the Oregon Trail and into California becomes a metaphor for the exploration of the history of the French in North America.
  • Title: Volkswagen Blues
  • Author: Jacques Poulin Sheila Fischman
  • ISBN: 9781896951423
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback

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Karine Mon coin lecture Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
4,5 en fait. Ce roman donne le goût de partir en road trip au bout du monde pour se trouver soi-même. J'ai adoré.
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John Tessitore Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
I wanted to like this book, and tried to like it until the end. But it's the kind of book a Canadian might write after a single road trip through the U.S. The simple plot (one man's search for his kin) skips from iconic image to iconic image, like red-white-and-blue birdseed on a wide open path--and sure enough the cliches lead rather directly (always West) to the narrator's long lost brother. In the real America, the icons are always less iconic up close, the people are always more complicated [...]
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Anne-GigiChan Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
A 40-year-old French-Canadian writer from Montreal set out to find his long lost brother, whom he had not seen for 20 years. The only trace he had was a 15-year-old postcard from a small town in Quebec. At the beginning of his quest, he picked up a hitchhiker, a young Métis girl. Together, driving an old Volkswagen minivan, they traced the footsteps of the French explorers from the St. Lawrence to St. Louis, Missouri and then headed west along the Oregon Trail. This turned out to be a journey o [...]
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Jocelyn Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Le livre est d'une longueur et d'une platitude inconcevables, les personnages ne sont pas attachants et enfantins, et l'écriture est nulle. Jacques Poulin aura tout de même eu le mérite de m'intéresser à l'émigration vers l'ouest des pionniers américains mais jamais je n'aurais fais ce voyage (Gaspé - San Francisco) en compagnie de ses deux personnages car j'aurais sans doute débarqué à peine rendu à Toronto pour ramasser une autre voiture en stop ou tout simplement retourner à la m [...]
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Rachel Baker Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
L'écrivain de la douceur: Poulin is aptly named. I enjoyed this book tremendously. His words are beautifully chosen. As Pitsémine says, one word is worth a thousand pictures.While this is a road novel about crossing the continent in search of Jack's brother, the text also reimagines the place of French Canadians in America.Definitely invites a third reading :)Just finished a third reading. This is a rich text, nuanced and delicate.Just finished fourth reading. It calls attention to the violenc [...]
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Kelly Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Travel book. An unlikely Québécois couple head from New Brunswick to San Francisco in search of the man's brother.
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Sarah Sammis Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin is a Quebecois road trip about a man in search for his long lost brother. His companion for this journey is Le Grande Sauterelle (Grasshopper girl, often just referred to as "The Girl"), and her black kitten. Their vehicle is an old, second hand Volkswagen bus that has been rebuilt but in a rather matter of fact way and one that will slow the rusting but won't prevent it. pussreboots/blog/2017/comm
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Astrid Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
The writing just is - it isn't great, nor particular in any way - just simplistic and at times somewhat childish and boring. Poulin was inspired by Kerouac, yes, that much is evident in the simple fact that this is a road novel, and that there is a search of some sort for someone (here the protagonist is seeking his long lost brother; in On the Road, there's a faded search for Dean Moriarty's father), but the resemblances stop there. There is no greatness here and no awe for the road, and defini [...]
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Heather Judson Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
I read this book for second year a Canadian Lit class. It's more than just a road trip novel, it's a journey of self discovery, and also of Native American history, while also critiquing the American Dream. It's multi-layered. Even if you're not into close reading or analysis, it's a wonderfully quirky story if you're into that sort of thing.
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Bev Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
My advice -- don't bother -- there are so many more-entertaining books about the impact of the French in North America, about road trips, and so on. My book group decided to read this book, which was a contender for "Canada Reads" in 2004. It didn't win that, or hold my attention. I think it must have lost a lot in translation.
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L Jung Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Eh, it was in French who knows what it was about! It introduced the great Yves Montand to me though. For this, I am forever grateful.
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Andrea Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Very nicee charaters were rich and strange. I enjoyed the journey more than the conclusion I think, but then again, I need to ruminate for a bit.
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Amber Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
this book was really sweet and fun to read. not particularly challenging but exciting in that it is relaxing and you learn a lot about canadian history.
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Mary Anne Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
A deceptively simple fable about a man and a younger girl travelling across the NA continent. The man is a Quebec writer, suffering writer's block, whose nom de plume is Jack Waterman; his companion is Pitsemine, mostly known as La Grande Sauterelle, who travels with her cat, Chop Suey. They travel in a 1970's Hippie Volkswagon bus equipped with all one needs to travel and live. Jack is looking for his brother, Theo, whose last postcard was fifteen years ago and La Grande Sauterelle needs to rec [...]
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Éric Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Classic Road Trip book to read!
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Bryan Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
J'ai apprécié la dynamique entre l'histoire/géo et l'intrigue. La métaphore de la route/voyage nous fait comprendre que la destination est rarement la chose la plus importante dans la vie.
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Juliette Beeson Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
J'ai vraiment essayé de m'habituer au style s'écriture simpliste mais. non. Le tout semble forcé, comme un wannabe bum qui veut écrire de façon profonde sans trop de succès.
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Hilde Daman Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Really enjoyed this! Lovely characters. Good for my French.
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Michelle Boyer Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
UPDATED review from January 2018. The first time I read this book, I gave it four stars and was quite enamored with it. Upon a second reading, I found it to be a slower read than I remembered. I found that the cat was still my favorite character and had trouble feeling for the narrator (something I may have felt the first time around but not considered). Following the Oregon Trail was interesting, but there are some droll moments. I do still appreciate the references and allusions to other mater [...]
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Fiona Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
What a refreshing story Two characters, randomness, a quest This book is so full of love, simple love, but also history, hurt, disappointment and anger, too. 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 just couldn't stop reading, I felt like I knew both main characters, even though not many specific details are given about them. We don't know their full names, we don't know their age or so [...]
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Brodie Hay Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Volkswagen Blues ReviewBy: Brodie Hay Have you ever made a decision to find something that has been lost for what feels like an eternity, and just spent a day or however long it took just to find the lost item? In the novel ¨Volkswagen Blues¨ by Jacques Poulin, The forty year old protagonist with the pen name Jack Watermark experiences a bout of writer's block so he sets out on a journey to find his brother who has been gone for twenty years. All Jack has to find his brother is a fifteen year [...]
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Catherine Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Ce roman, c'est Jack, un écrivain qui se cherche et qui manque d'inspiration, la Grande Sauterelle, une Métisse qui ne sait plus trop où elle en ait, vous et le vieux Volks. Vous partez de la Gaspésie jusqu'à San Fransisco en passant par la « Oregon Trail » à la recherche du frère de Jack avec pour seul indice une carte postale représentant un texte de Jacques Cartier rédigé en vieux français envoyée par le frère de Jack vingt ans plus tôt. Cette carte, c'est le dernier signe de [...]
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Vontel Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
I recently discovered this author, with his book "Autumn Rounds", a delightful book, and am now trying to read as many of his translated works as I can. "Volkswagon Blues" is excellent, both in its' character development, the plot, and the way French exploration and aboriginal history are incorporated along with Canadian and US history and landmarks from that era forward. I really enjoyed the book. It is again an interesting story about people and relationships. In this case, a Quebec writer, Ja [...]
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Andrés Canella Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
"Un livre n'est jamais complet en lui-même; si on veut le comprendre, il faut le mettre en rapport avec d'autres livres… écrits par d'autres personnes." C'est la Grande Sauterelle, un des deux personnages principaux de Volkswagen Blues qui révèle une vérité du livre de Jacques Poulin. Lu seul, c'est un road trip assez amusant, avec plusieurs anecdotes sur l'histoire des pionniers français et américains. Cependant, le livre s'appuie sur les grands textes qui le précédent dans ce genre [...]
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Donna Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
QUOTE: “…’What do you write?’“ ‘Novels,’ said Jack.“ ‘What kind of novels?’“ It was the standard question, and he’d never been able to come up with a satisfactory answer. How many kinds of novels were there? What category did his belong to? To answer these questions he would have had to be able to state the main subject of his novels….And that he could not do, for the simple reason that, for him, writing was not a means of expression or communication but rather a form o [...]
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Erma Odrach Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Volkswagen Blues is by French-Canadian author Jacques Poulin. It's a road book that starts in the Gaspé (one of my favorite places in Canada), and after passing through Toronto, Chicago, St. Louis and more, it ends in San Francisco. Main character Jack Waterman is in search of his long-lost brother Théo, and at the beginning of the book picks up a young Métis hitchiker and her cat Chop Suey. Together they embark on their long trek, along the way exploring history and the plight of the native [...]
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GregCarey10 Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Great Book! It is essentially a french canadian man's search for his lost brother, along with his native female sidekick. The pair traverse the united states, exploring the country much like the early french settlers did, following the oregon trail, and finally ending up in California. Each chapter has a significant story told in it, a way of passing the time while on the road. It is a road trip novel, very similar to Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I recommend this book to everyone. Really easy rea [...]
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Czarny Pies Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
Je suis né dans la region de Thunder Bay non loin de l'Etat de Minnesota. À sept ans, j'ai été très content de traverser la frontiere américaine et de tomber tout de suite sur les villes avec des noms francais: Grand Portage, Grand Marais, et Duluth. Bon, on est d'accord que l'on aime trouver des vestiges de notre histoire un peu par tout en Amérique mais Jacques Poulin va trop loin quand il essaie de construire un roman entier à partir d'un telle experience d'enfant.Heureusement Jacques [...]
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Debbie Oct 30, 2020 - 15:44 PM
(Fiction, Canadian, Quebecois, translated) 3.5 star ratingI’ve wanted to read this since Rock Carrier championed it in CBC’s Canada Reads in 2005.Translated from French, VW Blues is the story of an impulsive road trip from Gaspe in Quebec to Las Vegas, Nevada to find the protagonist’s brother, with whom he has had no contact for 20 years.I thought it dragged in spots although, in the end, everything tied together.Read this: if you’ve thought about going off to find long-lost relatives. 3 [...]
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Volkswagen Blues By Jacques Poulin Sheila Fischman A 2005 Canada Reads Selection.In this classic road novel, Jacques Poulin tells the story of a man in search of his brother The geographical journey through Detroit, into Chicago, on to St Louis, along the Oregon Trail and into California becomes a metaphor for the exploration of the history of the French in North America.

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