I’ve said before that if knowing the plot of a novel in advance ruins it for you, there’s probably something wrong with the book. The best have a lot more going for them than just a story. Philippe Claudel’s Monsieur Linh And His Child falls into that category (despite a glaring weakness), so I feel justified in spoiling it for you.
La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh, as it is is known in the original French, has one tremendous asset: the description of a friendship between two elderly men.Monsieur Linh is a refugee, presumably in France, possibly from Vietnam, although Claudel doesn’t expressly tell us that.[Read more…] about Monsieur Linh And His Child (La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh) by Philippe Claudel