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  • ISBN: 0297848615
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson; Export Ed edition
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  • Rating: 4.5
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The two translations are of VERY different styles

The two translations are of VERY different styles. The "By a Slow River" version, while beautifully written unfortunately lapses too often into American vernacular which strikes a jarring note.

A very touching book about life and relationships between people, in a background of war, violence and grey indifference.

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A Grey Soul is a weakened soul. It's not that there is no magic or power inside the soul, but rather that the soul cannot use any power or magic because it lost its trait or motivation for the said trait.

A Grey Soul is a weakened soul. They appear as grey, and it's an effect of a human losing their trait. No one has ever been born with a grey soul, as it is impossible. This is not considered a trait but instead, is the lack of one. However, humans that don’t possess magic abilities do not have a grey soul.

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"Grey Souls" (which is not available in a Kindle edition) was republished some two years later as "By a Slow River" . This newer version is sold in hard copy at a fraction of the price of "Grey Souls" and is also available in a Kindle edition. The two translations are of VERY different styles. The "By a Slow River" version, while beautifully written unfortunately lapses too often into American vernacular which strikes a jarring note. I sugest the "By a Slow River" version which receives very favorable ratings on Amazon

The locale (as in Claudel's "Brodeck" and his screenplay for "I Loved You a Long Time") is Alsace and this time the time is WW1. I bought this book because I was blown away by "Brodeck". I m not sure which is the better work - so read both
Wonderful writing! I loved the turn of phrase and the poetic prose, translated into English from French. I'll certainly seek out more of Philippe Claudel's work.
The book is very well written, but It never really caught my whole attention and interest. It's a fine book.
Stunningly moving and expertly-plotted, deep novel about major issues: war, death, crime & punishment, class privilege and love, even beyond the grave. Sudden, heartbreaking loss has different impacts on different bereaved persons: many pick themselves up after a while, a few end their lives, or experience a life-long feeling of falling, every day again, wondering what the point is of going on living and working. One of them is the narrator of this litany of dramatic events, which occurred in Northern France within hearing distance of WW I’s four years of carnage and cannon fire and whose impact lasts for decades. Who he is? Sorry, he will shed some more light on himself around p. 100. Meanwhile, please read what he has to say and how he says it.
Only Saints and Angels have white souls, only the Devil’s is pitch black. Mortal humans’ souls are grey, some light, many dark. Early on, readers will become acquainted with a fantastically-drawn personage, who may have a darker soul than most and whom the Narrator comes gradually to recognise as, perhaps, a fellow mourner in perpetuity. He is the prefecture’s public prosecutor.
Am deeply impressed by this book. Find it one of the very best novels in years. It is a storyteller’s triumph, a detective writer’s dream, a small local history based on oral sources. Philippe Claudel has awesome descriptive powers and is brilliant at characterizing lots of persons in an unforgettable way. This was my fourth Claudel and am well into a fifth. The theme of mourning and remorse returns in his “Meuse l’Oubli”, the big factory in this book--which helped many local men escape being drafted--returns in another guise in his futuristic novel “The Investigation”. This novel is totally brilliant and highly recommended.
I thought this sounded like a book taking place near the town of Verdun, France (where I lived for three years). It was a totally disjointed story and boring, boring, boring. I finally ended up scanning it to the end (and the ending was bad).
The murder of a young girl in 1917 becomes “the Case” for the narrator as he struggles to understand who did it, the motives of the people he lives among and the war going on over the hill.

Whilst the cannons of war can be heard in the distance, a little girl is silenced for ever. The narrator tells the reader that this is an unusual occurrence at this time, as most killers have gone to the war to legitimately act out their aggression. The book progresses from the murder scene to investigate the lives of possible culprits and those involved in the investigation. The narrator, who investigated the original murder scene, takes us back to the years preceding the murder, and to events that took place shortly afterwards, and even 20 years later.

We learn of the tragedies and pleasures amongst the people living so close to the French front line. The lives of those working in a factory essential to the war effort, are compared to the soldiers heading to the front to give their lives, or at the very least their limbs, for their country. The author looks at the minutiae and the broad picture of town life looking at the individual lives being lived in the town in contrast to the mass of people over the hill fighting as one body. Although the book wanders through many lives and down many paths of conjecture and thought, there is a solid ending and the main threads of the many stories within this slim book (205 pages) are tied up neatly.

Winner of the “Prix Renaudot” , this is a novel that, I feel, deserves to be read slowly, with time to think about the superb imagery and expressive style of the author. A perfect book for those who like to read a chapter and then ponder the messages within those pages. There are so many wonderful ideas and observations about life, for example “if man isn’t like one of those pebbles that lie on the road, lying in the same place for entire days until someone kicks it and sends it sailing through the air for no reason. And what can a pebble do?” There are many such phrases and thoughts throughout the whole book, together with humour and great sadness. The imagery is very strong, and the writing clear and easy to follow – though I did get a bit lost occasionally as to where in the timeline the narration was taking place.

I certainly found I was drawn into the novel’s characters, and the horrors of lives lived such a short distance from the carnage of war (this is not a cheerful, feel good book). The narration imitates a real telling of an event (like listening to a favourite uncle), where one is often taken back and forth between times, and then taken off at a tangent to bring in other events that were taking place at the time. This is a book that I will certainly think about for some time to come, and would have liked to have read it when I was a student so that I could have been part of a group discussion on the many themes and wonderful images that are within this short book.
Slowly and solemnly, Philippe Claudel takes what at first glance appears to be an old fashioned police procedural and turns it into a deeply moving account of the damaged country and psyche which the citizens of France experience during WWI. The frontline is too close physically and psychologically to allow life to carry on as normal in the small industry town where “Grey Souls” is set. Too many people are tortured or suffer loss for there ever to be real healing and the innocent suffer the most.

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