By Jonathan Coe
Rosamond vient de mourir, mais sa voix résonne encore, dans une confession enregistrée, adressée à los angeles mystérieuse Imogen. S'appuyant sur vingt pictures soigneusement choisies, elle laisse libre cours à ses souvenirs et raconte, des années quarante à aujourd'hui, l'histoire de trois générations de femmes, liées par le désir, l'enfance perdue et quelques lieux magiques. Et de son récit douloureux et extreme naît une query, lancinante : y a-t-il une logique qui préside à ces existences? Tout Jonathan Coe est là : l. a. virtuosité de l. a. building, le don d'inscrire l'intime dans l'Histoire, l'obsession des coïncidences et des échos qui font osciller nos vies entre hasard et destin. Et s'il délaisse cette fois le masque de los angeles comédie, il nous offre du même coup son roman le plus grave, le plus poignant, le plus abouti.
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Take it easy. " "But we don't want to put too many out of business," said Tom, who was not needlessly cruel, even in hunting. "I know that," answered Mr. Durban. "But this is a case of necessity. I've got to get ivory, and we have to kill quite a few elephants to accomplish this. Besides the brutes will head for the village and the natives' grain fields, and trample them down, if they're not headed back. So all together now, we'll give them a volley. This is a good place! There they are. All line up now.
Tom Swift was not in sight. He had now penetrated into the jungle into the black forest where stalked the savage lions, intent on getting other prey. Mr. Durban and Mr. Anderson vainly tried to pierce the darkness to see something at which to shoot. Ned Newton had eagerly started to follow his chum, but could not discern where Tom was. A nameless fear clutched at the lad's heart. Mr. Damon was softly blessing everything of which he could think. Once more came that pitiful cry from the native, who was, as they afterward learned, being dragged along by the lion, who had grabbed him by the shoulder.
Exclaimed Mr. Damon. " exclaimed Tom Swift. " Then followed exulting cries and shouts of the natives, who were following our friends, the elephant hunters, who had given voice to the remarks we have just quoted. It was early in the morning, and the hunt was about to start, for the news brought in by the runner the night before had been closely followed by the brutes themselves, and at dawn our friends were astir, for scouts brought in word that the elephants, including many big ones, were passing along only a few miles from the African village.