“Jacques Poulin is one of the finest and most underrated novelists in Quebec. Volkswagen Blues confirms his calibre as a writer, and may give him the. 1 The year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Governor General’s Award-winner Jacques Poulin’s popular novel Volkswagen Blues. The novel Volkswagen Blues is a novel that was written by Jacques Poulin. It was originally published in French in , and was translated into English in

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Has the non-series sequel l’homme de la saskatchewan by Jacques Poulin. This trip is like a massage to their soul, a way to ease the tension, work in the knots they carry with them in the hope that they are gone when the journey ends. It’s a wonderful road trip book with a little adventure, mystery, romance and history in the mix. Bowing to the Indians who once occupied the island of Alcatraz, she resigns herself to the myth of the vanishing Indian: Tired of being referred to as hybrids, many Native people have chosen to assert their Native status.

And probably to the museum in the Arch in St Louis. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Volkswagen Blues

I think it is actually what makes them ring so realistic! They encounter historical places of this westward migration and its difficulties. By portraying Native culture as dying or dead and presenting hybrid culture as the only viable solution for Quebec, Poulin threatens to eliminate the Native, replacing it instead with a new, generic hybrid. It would be a more accurate unity to promote a dialogue between two distinct individuals or nations, rather than combine them in one generic whole.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. All in all, I won’t change the star rating, but will note that on a re-read I liked this book less than my first encounter with it. It is important to acknowledge, however, that while this approach certainly has its value, it also has its limitations.


This was arguably, after all, the goal of both the postmodern and postcolonial movements. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Hybridity, as Weaver explains, does not necessitate a loss of culture: Oh, and Jack thinks that to hook a person into a book you have to start with a brilliant opening sentence: ParadisePorch Jul 1, Brian Swann and Arnold Krupat.

Hey, maybe I have also been to those museums and so on. Feb 07, Marley rated it it was amazing.

Trollope plays with character names. U of New Mexico P, Nov 06, Michelle Boyer rated it really liked it Shelves: The place is too big to be comprehended this easily and Poulin should have known it. Today the drive wouldn’t just not have happened because almost no one hitches anymore, but people merely have to turn to the internet to get information about people they’re looking for. Jeanne Perreault and Sylvia Vance. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This is a “road book”…part of the same extended family as Kerouac’s On the Roadwhere physical travel corresponds to a search for identity. With translated work, one has to wonder how much of the style of the writer actually came through in the translation.

Nov 04, Anne-Gigi Chan rated it really liked it Shelves: To say that this is unity, however, is false since, as we have seen, Indigeneity is ultimately removed. Following the Oregon Trail was interesting, but there are some droll moments. Jacques Poulin drew me into his bilingual world, where the French Canadian language and world meets with the American one.

This common point brings them together and they start a tentative friendship. It is hardly surprising when this plan fails — sleeping with dead Indians does not do much for her sense of self: While driving he finds love and gets to know the history of how the Indians were exterminated and how America was populated.

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Mar 25, Heather Judson rated it really liked it. Preview — Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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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.

A deceptively simple fable about a man and a younger girl travelling across the NA continent.

She is conflicted, once again, between the artificial binaries of the pre-modern Indian and the modern white man: Canada Reads Nominee Oct 08, Andrea rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed that there was not a “perfect” ending for these characters. Volkwsagen happened to him and what became of him? Crossing America in search of something ultimately undefined. The hint of romance is tender and fun. I enjoyed the peacefulness of the two protagonists and their way to go with the flow.

Denying Native communities First Peoples status suggests that they have no claim to their lands, history, memory, cultural continuity, or to their rights as original inhabitants of the land.

In doing so, he not only perpetuates stereotypes and the myth of the dead and dying Indian but also threatens to eliminate Native cultures altogether. Open Preview See a Jacuqes