Tojacage Showing of 3 reviews. I brought in bessettd up-to-date, North-American words and expressions where appropriate. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. So, I gave it to her: A Frenchman might have been a bit thrown off, perhaps, but I had no difficulty understanding for my part. From Not For Every Eye.
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Jodoin has recently left his employment as a teacher at a religious school and, down to his last fifty dollars, is in search of other employment.
Jodoin seems to lead a pretty dull life. He used to read — indeed seems to have read the important works — but no longer does so. All he does with his life is drink. After work, he heads straight for the local bar where he drinks till one in the morning and then goes to bed.
It is not even social drinking as he rarely converses with the other patrons of the bar. His life is made slightly but only slightly more exciting by a brief affair with his landlady who is separated from her husband but, as a good Catholic, not divorced. However, he soon tires of her and, indeed, spends the weekend at the local railway station to get away from her.
The only real excitement is in his job. Jodoin is not curious. Indeed, he is rather indifferent to his job and to life. Jodoin finds that certain customers are aware of this treasure trove and come in and ask for specific books and that he is able to sell them. As the boy seems serious, to know what he wants and why and is not interested in the book for merely prurient reasons, Jodoin sells it to him.
Jodoin characterizes it as a very dull book and, while I would not necessarily agree, I would hardly characterise it as harmful. Jodoin cleverly takes full advantage of the situation, offering to help dispose of the books. He sells them at a profit to a Montreal bookseller and gets paid for his troubles, knowing full well Chicoine can do nothing about it.
Jodoin is the ultimate amoral person. He seems to have no concern for anyone else, except for his own short-term comfort and convenience. But what makes this book enjoyable is his witty cynicism and the fact that Bessette passes no judgement on him. He is what he is and we can take him or leave him.
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