Ça sent la banane by François Barcelo

By François Barcelo

L. a. Réunion, au milieu de l’océan Indien, est une île splendide et très peu visitée par les Nord-Américains. Un Québécois vieillissant, Raoul Damphousse, est invité à y diriger une école de danse à claquettes. Incapable du moindre pas de danse, il ira de mensonges en déceptions, et ne verra rien de cette île où il se tournera en ridicule plus souvent qu’à son tour.

Dans ce roman, François Barcelo discover des thèmes parfois nouveaux pour lui : le vieillissement, los angeles difficulté de communiquer, le dépaysement, l’arrogance extraordinary des Québécois. Mais toujours avec l’ironie mordante et le sens de l’autodérision qui sont ses marques de commerce.

Raoul Damphousse est un champion de l. a. danse à claquettes, activité dont il a dû abandonner los angeles pratique à l. a. suite d’un coincidence. Il s’est depuis recyclé dans los angeles podorythmie avec plus ou moins de succès. Un jour, une dame de l. a. Réunion l’invite à venir dans cette île de l’océan Indien pour assurer l. a. course de l’école de claquettes de son défunt mari. Damphousse arrive, pour deux mois, et espère transformer ses apprentis danseurs en podorythmistes accomplis. Il ne passera dans l’île qu’une semaine et n’en verra pratiquement rien. Mais il apprendra à connaître ses gens, surtout les jeunes. Et à se connaître lui-même... ce qui est parfois bien plus difficile.

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