Hermann Hesse, Marie Laberge, Dan Brown … Marie-Claude Barrette, the host of Deux filles le matin , really reads everything!
What good have you read in the past few months?
I read Hermann Hesse's In Praise of Old Age because I have friends who are older than me and who realize how advancing in age is not always easy. In this book, which I found extraordinary, there are excerpts from the work of Hermann Hesse, reflections, bits of poems … It's easy to read and it feels good.
I also read See a friend fly by Jean Liardon and Arnaud Bédat. The title appealed to me, and I understood that we were talking about Jacques Brel here. I didn't know he had been an airplane pilot, that it had been one of his passions. Jean Liardon, the man who taught him to fly, agreed to share his memories. It makes us see Jacques Brel in a different way and I learned a lot about him.
And what are you reading at the moment?
Your second life begins when you understand that you only have one , by Raphaëlle Giordano. I'm crazy about this book. It tells the story of a girl named Camille who goes to seek help because her car has a problem. That’s how she’ll run into a man who calls himself a “routinologist” and who will then give her lots of advice on loving her life. It's very well thought out, and I have the impression that this book will follow me for a long time.
Is there a book that has been more important than any other in your life?
Free Children of Summerhill , by Alexander Sutherland Neill. The author is a psychoanalyst who decided to open a school in which children would make the rules. I read this book in CEGEP and it allowed me to understand that it was impossible to be absolutely free in life. It's really very interesting and I often read excerpts from it.
Can you tell us about the novels you loved?
- The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien. It was my big crush in high school and thanks to it, I discovered how much I love fantasy novels.
- The taste of happiness , by Marie Laberge. I read this trilogy when the children were young and if I liked it so much, it is because it allowed me to get away from my daily life. I loved living in Quebec from the last century!
- Da Vinci Code , by Dan Brown. The plot is so captivating that I was almost breathless reading it. There is something magical when history grabs us like that from the first to the last page …
- East of Eden , by John Steinbeck. A book that literally capsized me. It took me a while before I came across something that could happen to the ankle of this novel …
- Pierre Jean Jacques and the others … , by Marie-Élaine Proulx. Marie-Élaine took part in the game and met lots of men. It's sad, it's funny, it's true. If you want to have fun, it's a good book.
- Shadow of the Wind , by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. A darker novel which takes place in Barcelona and which disoriented me. I really liked the atmosphere.
And when it comes to guides or how-to books, is there one you can't do without?
Yes, Dormir: the recounted sleep, by Dr Pierre Mayer. By dint of consulting him, I myself have become a true Doctor of Sleep! It is extraordinary as a work. He talks about everything, even children's sleep.
If you had a month to read whatever tempted you, which book would you start your vacation with?
With One Hundred Years of Solitude , by Gabriel Garcia Márquez. I've heard so much about it! And then I have never read anything from this author, and I want to know him. But he's an author who demands a certain respect, so I don't want to rush to read him. I want to read it when I'm ready.
What is your last book received as a gift?
Remind me why , by Suzanne Lavigne. It tells the story of his family. I haven't read it yet, but I was one of the first to tell him to write his story.
Finally, which book has the most “lived” in your library?
The power of the present moment , by Eckhart Tolle. I've been on this for several years. I always have a lot of business in my head and a lot of trouble to think about. It's almost the story of a lifetime to be able to stop in the present moment! It is not something instantaneous, there really is work to be done. So this book is like a bedside book for me …