JoJo Moyes – Me Before You Audiobooktext
When my sister sent me this novel saying they wanted my review, I was flattered.
When I discovered her cover and the name of her collection (Grande Romance – Milady), I couldn’t help but frown.
When I read on the 1st and 4th covers the warm recommendations of feminine magazines (“An irresistible, magical and heartbreaking novel that spares you no emotion”, Marie-Claire. “It’s a triumph! This story of ‘improbable love is so intense that you will need the whole box of tissues! “She), I really shuddered inside!
Thanks to my bionic capacity to conceive of negative prejudices, I then rolled my eyes and I said to myself: “Ah, here is an Englishwoman who will have seen” Untouchables “in the movies and who will have smelled the manna!”.
Okay, seriously, if I continue like this, chances are I will lose you, if I haven’t already … Come on, take heart, let’s turn the first page and start reading …
THE SLAP !!!
Monumental, energetic and unexpected.
Literally grabbed, sucked in, surrounded (lyricism inspires me with new words sometimes) by a fluid, simple and perfectly mastered narration, I am unable to escape a first sleepless night, followed by other feverish hours when, from the depths of my bed where I hold a hell of a flu, I am totally unable to let go …
I devour, I laugh, I cry, mash, I cry !?
The box of tissues is there, placed next to me, and its level is dropping …
I re-devour, I laugh again, I cry, no but Gwen isn’t it over with whining like that soon? it’s a BOOK, a fiction, it’s imaginary, it’s heartbreaking, it’s real, puree it’s real!
Not romance, of course, she is well invented and very beautiful, sensitive without ever being cutesy. No, what is real is the complexity of the relationships between the characters, their relationships with others, with theirs, with the familiar as with the unknown. Despite the banality of the links between people, a force emerges and envelops you, seduces you.
Lou, 27, who forgot to develop her skills by limiting herself to being a waitress in a bar where her brain could comfortably remain on “break” for six years, becomes, following a dismissal, Will’s caregiver. , an ex-Golden-boy from London who became paraplegic after a banal traffic accident. Without any professional training or personal experience of disability, Lou will suddenly be catapulted into a paralyzing universe (that’s the case to say it!) Where she will have no benchmarks and where she will have to come up against her own social handicaps: disability relationship with members of his family, in particular with his younger sister Katrina, and emotional handicap with Patrick, his companion whose unbridled passion for sport irreversibly dampens their married life. The relationship between Lou and his patient will have, for their part, to evolve and find their way in a tense family context, an oppressive medical environment and an isolated and depressing setting, that of the Annex, accommodation entirely adapted to a life in wheelchair and which is nothing but a cage.
From incomprehension will be born attention, from silence will laboriously arise dialogue and social bond, from drama the rational cynicism of a shattered existence will triumph.
The social issues raised by the work (the place of disability in our civilization, the isolation and dependence of the disabled, euthanasia, conflicts between generations, social differences, filial relationships, economic ills, precarious balance of life as a couple …) are treated with a finesse and a sensitivity that completely and definitively seduced me.
A blow to the heart; A favorite !