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  • Title: Bonheur d'occasion
  • Author: Gabrielle Roy
  • ISBN: 9780885660834
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    1. Gabrielle Roy

      Gabrielle Roy was born in March 1909 in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, the youngest of eleven children Her mother and father, then, were relatively old at the time of her birth 42 and 59 respectively Like Christine s father in Rue Deschambault Street of Riches , L on Roy worked as a colonisation officer for the Department of Immigration, a position he held between 1897 and 1915 His politically motivated dismissal occurred six months before his retirement, thus leaving Roy with no pension to support his family The family s financial predicament during Gabrielle s youth precluded any chance of her attending university, despite having earned stellar marks throughout high school which put her as one of the top students in the entire province In 1927, after graduating from grade twelve, she enrolled at the Winnipeg Normal Institute where she completed her teacher training After teaching in the rural communities of Marchand and Cardinal, where she taught for a year, Roy returned to Saint Boniface There she accepted a teaching job at the Acad mie Provencher boy s school, a position she held from 1930 37 During this period, Roy began actively pursuing her interest in acting and joined the Cercle Moli re theatre troupe Her experiences as an actor inspired her to leave her teaching position and travel to Europe to study drama Spending between 1937 and 1939 in Britain and France, the fluently bilingual Roy studied acting for six months before concluding that she did not desire to pursue a career in the theatre In the meantime, she had also begun to write articles about Canada for newspapers in Paris and pieces on Europe for newspapers in Manitoba and came to realize that writing could be her vocation Over the course of her lengthy and prolific career, Gabrielle Roy received many honours, including three Governor General s Awards 1947, 1957, 1978 , the Prix F mina 1947 , the Companion of the Order of Canada 1967 , the Medal of the Canada Council 1968 , the Prix David 1971 , and the Prix Molson 1978.


    1. My mother tells us, her children, that when my younger brother was around six years old she was with him one time walking along a city sidewalk when my brother saw a nice toy being peddled by a street vendor. He must have wanted such a toy for a long time, as toys were a luxury in our poor household, that he calls her attention and says mother, that's a nice toy isn't it? My mother said yes, it is a nice toy. Then my brother adds, but we can't buy it because we don't have money? Yes, we can't, w [...]

    2. Originally titled Bonheur d'occasion (trans. Second-hand Happiness), The Tin Flute is the vivid story of the working poor in Quebec during World War II. The story begins with the eldest daughter, Florentine, who works in the Five and Ten in order to help support her parents. She falls for a machinist, Jean, who agrees to date her merely to benefit himself. His friend, Emmanuel, in the meantime, falls for Florentine who has eyes only for Jean. As the Afterword (Philip Stratford) mentions, Florent [...]

    3. This is a book that got stronger as I read further into it. The novel takes place right at the end of the depression and the beginning of WWII. The LaCosse family at the center of the novel has gotten poorer as the years - and the children - added up. It was this poverty that that prevailed.She was brooding over the fact that poverty is like a pain, dormant and not unbearable as long as you don't move about too much. You grow used to it, you end up by paying no attention to it. But once you pres [...]

    4. This book is an important fictionalized version of herstory that sadly reflects many of the same issues we have in society today.

    5. Gabrielle Roy has marvelous powers of description that make winter wind, snow, cold and choking city smoke descend and engulf the reader as well as her fictional characters. Just as invasive are her powers of discernment which take the reader right inside the thoughts and desperation of a family caught inside the slums of Montreal during the depression that preceded world war two. This is a Canadian classic, one of the finest books ever written. However, don't expect to lift your head from its l [...]

    6. I am of two poles like Gabrielle Roy: Winnipeg-born, with everything we needed but our parents struggled. I encountered one distant resemblance to the Lacasses of “The Tin Flute”, the most destitute family about whom I've read. Not hitting the right career and financial plan in the beginning, was like a tire that kept puncturing, a black hole. Throw money at the Lacasses and it got sucked up. One of the reasons this award-winning début receives three stars from me, is disbelief that the Fat [...]

    7. I should rather pull a toe off than read this book again. It's no more than a catalogue of misery without redemption, and while it may be realistic, it's nothing I need to be told about in careful detail. I had feared that this was an artifact of translation, but apparently it can move people the same way in the original language; I finish with the perfect summation from this review:Livre obligatoire à l'école. C'est supposément un classique mais j'ai trouvé ça atrocement plate.

    8. Gabrielle Roy réussit à bien rendre la misère de l'époque. Saint-Henri, la guerre, la dépression, la pauvreté sont bien dépeints. Le roman aurait été excellent, si ce n'eut été des personnages, qui ne sont pas aimables du tout. Florentine est bête comme tout, Jean est inintéressant et Emmanuel est ridicule. Rose-Anna est probablement le personnage le plus intéressant, mais elle n'a qu'une seule dimension: celle de la pauvre femme encrassée dans la misère.

    9. This book really surprised me. I feel like not a lot happens, and a lot of the characters aren't very likeable, but I really liked this book. The language is incredibly artful, and I found myself just underlining random sections of the page that struck me as being particularly beautiful. The depiction of the poor was very heart wrenching and combined with some of the sentimental family/love stuff and the french flavour of Montreal, makes this book feel like a Canadian version of Les Miserables ( [...]

    10. A new favourite author. This story set during WWII describes the conditions and people living in the working class area of Montreal. Roy speaks from the heart and for the people. As the Maclean review states on the back of the edition shown; '(Roy's) gift of portraying warmth without sentimentality, joy without delusion' is rarely matched.Being from a working class family myself, this book spoke to me of the struggles, dreams and courage of such people wherever in the World they may be.

    11. Oh, so readable, so heartbreaking, so thought provoking.What is the consequences of destitution on a family? How does it affect one's psyche? The author of this book shows the devastating affects of poverty on one family but the author does it in a loving way. I read this book through many tears.Another theme is war. Why do the poor fight? It can't for loyalty to the country who has crushed their dreams in the past. Who benefits from war? Is it the soldiers or is the ones who stay home and make [...]

    12. Gritty tale of poverty and squalor in 1940's Montreal.Roy gives us a poignant look at the pain and humility of the Lacasse family, struggling and impoverished. With no hope for escape except through a war which, for most, has no real impact other than a way out.Tin Flute is wrought with personal misfortune and disappointment.The relationship between Rose-Anna and Eugene, mother and son, was for me the most poignant. Encompassing just a few paragraphs. Eugene's best intentions are short-lived as [...]

    13. I very much enjoyed this peek into life in a Montreal neighbourhood in the 1940s. Well-drawn characters (particularly Florentine, her mother Rose-Anna, and the elusive Jean). A simple story, but complex layers of emotion and enough depth to make it an engrossing read. I'm very surprised that I've neverheard of this book before; it really should be on all of our high school English reading lists. I wavered about the rating, almost gave it a perfect 5, then settled for a more comfortable 4. Well w [...]

    14. A long, sometimes dragging, but realistic and insightful portrait of life in working-class Saint-Henri (Montreal) in the 1940s. Read this book in the original Canadian French, not my native language, so it was enriching in terms of learning expressions, slang, etc and also for deeper historical and cultural understanding. Roy is a great writer, able to set an entire scene in a sentence, and displaying deep psychological sensitivity. At times the book feels interminable - there's not much of a pl [...]

    15. I read the English version of this novel as part of a Canadian Literature class in University and fell in love with it. As a rule, my favorite works of fiction are character driven, and this novel has one of the most compassionate renderings of character I have ever read.The novel deals with the struggles of the French working class in Montreal in the early years of Canada's involvement in World War II, and is set in the winter of 1940. It concentrates on Florentine Lacasse and her family as the [...]

    16. Quelle histoire triste, mais elle devait être ainsi pour honnêtement capturer et décrire la réalité de tant de personnes et de familles pauvres au Québec au début de la deuxième guerre mondiale. Une oeuvre très bien écrite, l'auteure reste fidèle à son but en n'inventant aucune joie soudaine et purement litéraire, plutôt que réaliste, dans la vie de tous les jours des ses personnages. Cette histoire laisse le lecteur complètement déprimé du début à la fin, mais pourtant démo [...]

    17. Living in Montreal and "looking down" on St. Henri from my perch on the right side of the tracks made this a must read. The book is well written but it it so depressing. There is absolutely no hope for those caught in the cycle of poverty that pervades St. Henri circa WW2. I had trouble sleeping on those nights that I read it before bed. I just couldn't get over the frustration of watching people make poor decisions over and over. No faith, no future and no redemption in St. Henri.

    18. I have a feeling this isn't the best translation of the book -- some passages, especially dialogue, sounded a bit awkward, perhaps too literally rendered. That said, Roy's characters are some of the most real and convincing I've read in a long time, which I think is especially rare in a social realist novel. A heart-breaking book. Obviously why it's a Canadian classic.

    19. Relu Bonheur d'occasion que je n'avais pas vraiment aime lors d'une premiere lecture dans mon jeune temps! Trop miserabiliste a mon gout alors. A la relecture, portrait assez juste de la misere de l'epoque. Un classique quebecois

    20. One thing about majoring in English at university, you read a lot of books. You also accumulate a lot of books, some of which you get around to reading at some point. Others end up being those books that sit on your bookshelves and get packed up in boxes and moved to your next apartment, house, or bedsit, depending on where you are in life.By my reckoning, my copy of Gabrielle Roy’s The Tin Flute was moved about 18 times. The last time I remember seeing it in my bookcase was three years ago, w [...]

    21. I'd never read a classic of Canadian fiction, or much Canadian fiction at all, before I picked up this book. A better translation of the original Quebecois title Bonheur d'occasion is "Secondhand Happiness." This story was intensely melancholy. I hurt for so many of the characters, and I wanted to punch Azarius Lacasse, the ne'er-do-well scheming patriarch, who traps his family in poverty through his chronic bad choices and delusions of grandeur. His poor wife Rose-Anna doomed herself by marryin [...]

    22. The Tin FluteGabrielle Roy1945Bonheur d'occasion (The Tin Flute) - The Canadian EncyclopediaBonheur d’occasion or The Tin Flute (1945), was set in the Montreal district of St – Henri during WWII, it is French Canadian literature’s first example of urban realismThe Canadian Encyclopaedia describes St.Henri as a slum. It was not. It was a working class neighbourhood built near the jobs of the Lachine Canal and the railroads. There were (and are) rough parts and nice parts. The entire neighbo [...]

    23. Well, I didn't finish it. There comes a point in life when you have to question whether it is worth devoting time freely to things you don't really enjoy. I'm not talking about duties or moral compulsions such as walking a dog on a cold night or going to work. I am talking about activities that are completely voluntary. Unfortunately, I found this book tedious. The fact that this national classic was started on the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and that I am engaged in a monumental Canadia [...]

    24. The French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy (1909-83) was a contemporary with the prolific English author Catherine Cookson (1906-98). This book, whose English translation bears the title ‘The Tin Flute’ was published by Roy in 1945, five years before Cookson’s first book. As I was reading this book it struck me how similar it is to many of Cookson’s novels in its plot progression, character types and sociocultural depictions. Cookson’s novels were well loved and this novel by Roy would a [...]

    25. I can't remember how I ran across THE TIN FLUTE, but I'm certainly glad I did. Gabrielle Roy's 1945 novel represents the best of old-fashioned but literate story-telling. In writing about the slums of Montreal and the desperate struggles of one poverty-ridden hard-luck family in the early years of WWII, Roy was writing about a time and a place she knew well, and created what was to become a classic of Canadian literature. There is not much of the sentimental or chick-lit in Roy's story of the La [...]

    26. I usually love Roy's work but this one was just so. boring. I read the whole thing because I did find the setting (St Henri, prewar) very interesting because I used to live in the area. But so slow-moving and such dull storytelling. I didn't feel anything for any of the characters.

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