In January, selected from some bloggers to discover the reading platform gloss, I was fortunate to discover this second novel Vincent message. Delighted to learn that among the four finalists for the 2016 Orange Prize Book, it was he who won the prize. The ceremony was chaired by the academician and writer Erick sparkling Orsenna and in the presence of Christine Albanel, Executive Director in charge of CSR, Diversity, Partnerships and Orange Solidarity.
What is the specificity of this price? The Orange Book Prize is awarded, since 2009, a written literary work in French and published between 1st January and 31 March of the current year. It is distinguished mainly by the mix of voters: personalities of the literary and artistic world, booksellers and Internet users. The jury of this 8e Edition was composed by Fanny Chiarello (winner 2015), Emilie de Turckheim, Philippe Jaenada, Hippolyte Girardot, Nathalie Iris (bookstore Words margin in La Garenne Colombes), Corinne Dalloz (polinoise bookstore in Poligny) and seven players from the community Site www.lecteurs.com.
As for the site, it brings together over 213,000 members, such "virtual café" that immerses players into a vibrant community of passionate and allows, in one space, discover and share readings, discuss with other players, learn literary events and read free digital version of classics. Each player can organize readings by creating a library from a catalog of 1.2 million titles (novels, comics, thrillers, recreation, etc.). Among the twenty-eight works selected by the jury in late March, five novels had been held early May and offered the public vote from 4 to 29 May on the website lecteurs.com.
The other four finalists were 2016 Lucile Bordes, 86 year white, Liana Levi; Laurence Cossé, The great arch, Gallimard; Sylvain Pattieu, And let him who thirsts come, Rouergue; Catherine Poulain, Grand Marin, L'Olivier.
Here's what I wrote about this moving novel, chronic you can also find on the Gloss platform.
" Shock. Horror. Discomfort. Yes, it's a real hammer blow we inflict Vincent message in this second novel. By taking advantage of a written first-person narrative, it can better outset, blur the lines of the reader. From the opening: the narrator plunges us into the atmosphere of an investigation, with the disappearance of Iris. Who is she to just for him? Not until the 3th chapter before identifying what binds them and understand above all that he himself is Malo Claeys. Gradually we learn that he belongs to a species from elsewhere, installed by necessity on planet earth. And men? Victims of their pride, they are no longer masters of the world, they who believed above all and here reduced to three states: the worker, to be company and especially the precious, breeding for juicy meat trade.
styles and effects mixes genres, Vincent Post gives us to read a novel that takes the thriller. Rather than a treaty moral ethics or essay activist on ecology is through fiction that invites us to a philosophical reflection on life. The violence, mastery and infuses the pages. If we may regret a few laps, but also because the impulses of his lyrical prose are an ode to nature, to the earth. We do not loose. It takes us. Nothing is left to chance. All doubts, all the questions: it responds point by point.
At the heart of the relentless government organization whose narrator is a prominent member but also a pawn, his testimony is a plea in which he admits that they have not done better than men. If failure and evil (Malo), he denounces it gives the keys (Claeys!) To future generations, to his son might like to pay tribute to the figure of the young woman loved, Iris, this human company, the symbolic name of flower. Reading invigorating if chilling, "Defeat of the masters and possessors" can not be ignored. "
Good reading !