• Cloudbursts

    Thomas Mcguane

    Quand le ciel se déchire est la somme de toute une vie de réflexions, de sentiments, d'expériences, et se doit d'être savouré. Ceci étant dit, si vous vous retrouvez à dévorer ces nouvelles en un temps record, je vous encourage à le faire. Vous pourrez toujours les relire plus tard ; ce que vous ferez probablement. The New York Times Book Review
    Merveilleux, essentiel, irrésistible et souvent étonnant. [...] Toutes les nouvelles de McGuane sont empreintes d'humour. En résulte une succession d'histoires exquises. The Los Angeles Times
    Une prose aussi ciselée et impressionnante que les montagnes Rocheuses. [...] L'éclat et l'humour de l'écriture de Thomas McGuane ne manquent jamais de ravir. The Wall Street Journal
    Aujourd'hui, il n'y a plus aucun doute : McGuane est un très grand. Christophe Mercier, Le Figaro
    McGuane [est] l'un des portraitistes les plus fins de l'Amérique profonde. André Clavel, Le Temps
    Pas de sérénité, pas d'équilibre, mais des embardées imprévisibles, soutenues par un rythme qui les accompagne à merveille. [...] Bref, McGuane, spirituel et généreux, nous entraîne dans sa jubilation. Lilian Kerjean, La Quinzaine littéraire

  • Premier roman de Thomas McGuane, Le club de chasse se déroule dans le Nord-Michigan, parmi les rivières limpides et les forêts verdoyantes. Au beau milieu de cette nature idyllique s'est bâti un club de chasse luxueux où se retrouvent des hommes d'affaires raffinés et de jeunes rentiers de Détroit qui viennent se reposer dans un club très select fondé par leurs grands-parents, au bord d'un lac.
    Si le cadre est paradisiaque, McGuane plonge rapidement le lecteur dans une spirale de destruction. En effet, tandis que le candide narrateur n'aspire à rien d'autre qu'à se reposer, Vernor Stanton, va semer le trouble. Ce dernier, fils de bonne famille, est un trublion notoire. Il prend un malin plaisir à ridiculiser tous les membres du club, qu'il considère vieux avant l'âge.. Violence, expériences limites, toutes choses qui rôdent à la lisière des consciences et de l'apparente civilité des membres du club surgissent alors.
    Thomas McGuane livre ainsi un roman explosif où l'on se livre à des duels pervers, on dynamite un barrage, des incendies éclatent, d'augustes bâtiments sont volatilisés et, pour le plus grand plaisir du lecteur, ce feu d'artifice s'achève en un bouquet final aussi spectaculaire qu'inattendu.

  • Qu'un piano soit criblé de chevrotine par un enfant embusqué dans un arbre, et c'est l'harmonie du monde qui vole en éclats. Mais que cet enfant, le nez plongé dans les entrailles de l'instrument, l'imagine chargé d'épices et voguant intact sur l'océan, et c'est l'imaginaire qui ordonne le chaos. Sous le double signe d'un désordre échevelé, burlesque et jubilatoire, et du pouvoir de l'imagination - de la littérature-, Thomas McGuane reprend à son compte la tradition picaresque de Don Quichotte en la transposant dans l'espace américain des années 70. Son jeune héros, Nicholas Payne, successivement routard paumé, amoureux transi, cow-boy dérisoire, bâtisseur de chauves-souricières pour le compte d'un inénarrable amputé multiple, nous entraîne dans d'invraisemblables aventures, dont la plus vertigineuse est sans doute celle d'une écriture éblouissante, qui oscille constamment entre ordre et chaos, tradition et parodie, burlesque et poésie.

  • Et si le secret du bonheur se trouvait dans quelques échappées solitaires au bord des plus belles rivières du monde ? Si le monde trouvait enfin son sens alors qu'armé de sa canne à pêche, on tente pour la millième fois le lancer parfait ? Avec ce récit autobiographique, Thomas McGuane nous ouvre la porte d'une enfance et d'une vie passée au contact de la nature et nous invite à une parenthèse salvatrice pour mieux savourer la richesse du monde qui nous entoure et éveiller de plus grandes réverbérations en nous-mêmes.

    Icône du nature writing américain, enfant terrible de l'Ouest, Thomas McGuane nous berce de sa prose sans égale nous entraînant dans un monde sauvage dont il sait parfaitement révéler la lumineuse splendeur.

  • Médecin dans le Montana, ostracisé suite à une disgrâce professionnelle, Berl Pickett fait le point sur sa vie : famille tordue, conquêtes féminines indociles, patients toqués, ratages divers. Cocasse, amère, sensualiste, la confession en roue libre de cet aimable excentrique dresse un vibrant tableau de l'Amérique ordinaire et d'une nature sauvage où il fait bon s'oublier.

  • « Thomas McGuane a un sens inimitable de la satire. Il combine à merveille l'ordinaire et l'extravagant. Et lorsque les deux se mélangent, le résultat peut être détonant. [...] Mc Guane nous offre ici une série de paysages imaginaires aussi mystérieux que séduisants. » The New York Times « McGuane est aussi spirituel et généreux qu'il l'a toujours été. Ce recueil de nouvelles, certainement le meilleur de tous ses livres à ce jour, confirme de façon radieuse et tonitruante son statut de maître de la littérature américaine contemporaine. » Publishers Weekly « Les tensions évoquées dans ces nouvelles sont aussi vieilles que l'humanité, mais la limpidité de l'écriture de McGuane et son acuité psychologique leur donne une nouvelle vie. » Kirkus

  • From one of Americayes'>#8217;s most acclaimed literary figures (yes'>#8220;an important as well as brilliant novelistyes'>#8221;yes'>#8212;The New York Times Book Review) a major new novel that hilariously takes the pulse of our times.The unforgettable voyager of this dark comic journey is I. B. yes'>#8220;Berlyes'>#8221; Pickett, M.D., the die of whose uncharmed life was probably cast as soon as his mother got the bright idea to name him after Irving Berlin. The boyhood insults to any chance of normalcy piled on apace thereafter: the traumatizing, spasmodic spectacle of Pentecostalist Sunday worship; the socially inhibitory accompaniment of his parents on their itinerant rugshampooing business; the undue technical advancement and emotional retardation that ensued from his erotic initiation at the hands of his aunt. What would have become of this soul had he not gone to medical school, thanks to the surrogate parenting of a local physician and solitary bird hunter? But there is meaning to life beyond professional accreditation, even in the noblest of callings. Berlyes'>#8217;s been on a mission to find it these past few years, though with scant equipment or basis for hope. Hard to say (for the moment anyway) whether his mission has been aided or set back by his having fallen under suspicion of negligent homicide in the death of his former lover. All the same, being ostracized by virtually all his colleagues at the clinic gives him something to chew o: the reality of smalltown living as total surveillance more than any semblance of fellowship, even among folks youyes'>#8217;ve known your whole life.Fortunately, for Berl, it doesnyes'>#8217;t take a village. And he will find his deliverance in continuing to practice medicine one way or another, as well as in the few human connections he has made, wittingly or not, over the years. The landscape, too, will furnish a hint in what might yet prove, if not a certifiable epiphany, a semispiritual awakening in I. B. Pickett, M.D., the inglorious but sole hero of Thomas McGuaneyes'>#8217;s uproarious and profound exploration of the threads by which we all are hanging.From the Hardcover edition.

  • This is the story of the Whitelaws, a family whose values are as far flung as the territory they helped settle, and whose most recent generations have pioneered the landscape of dysfunction. The patriarch, Sunny Jim, exerts his perverse control even posthumously, by means of a last will and testament that binds the family fortune to a marriage that ought, by general consent, to be rent asunder. The charms of this particular son-in-law, lately released from prison, are potent if short-lived; Evelyn Whitelaw, his estranged wife, is quite literally bedevilled by them. And as her mother and sister court this twisted inheritance, her own yearnings point toward a way of life once habitual on the western plains but now embodied only by Bill Champion, the family's ranch foreman and Evelyn's one true compass. The Cadence of Grass is at once an elegy and a masterpiece of savage comedy from one of the most compelling novelists writing today.

  • A physical novel in which Lucien Taylor, a native son of Montana, embarks on a half-witted, half-unwilling journey into self-discovery.

  • Patrick Fitzpatrick is a former soldier, a fourth-generation cowboy, and a whiskey addict. His grandfather wants to run away to act in movies, his sister wants to burn the house down, and his new stallion is bent on killing him: all of them urgently require attention. But increasingly Patrick himself is spiraling out of control, into that region of romantic misadventure and vanishing possibilities that is Thomas McGuane's Montana. Nowhere has McGuane mapped that territory more precisely -- or with such tenderhearted lunacy -- than in Nobody's Angel, a novel that places him in a genre of his own.

  • A heroic young man is in pursuit of a spoiled rich girl, a career, and a manageable portion of the American Dream.

  • Thomas McGuane's high-spirited and fiercely lyrical new novel chronicles the fall and rise of Frank Copenhaver, a man so unhinged by his wife's departure that he finds himself ruining his business, falling in love with the wrong women, and wandering the lawns of his neighborhood, desperate for the merest glimpse of normalcy.
    The result is a ruefully funny novel of embattled manhood, set in the country that McGuane has made his own: a Montana where cowboys slug it out with speculators, a cattleman's best friend may be his insurance broker, and love and fishing are the only consolations that last.

  • Place exerts the power of destiny in these ten stories of lives uncannily recognisable and unforgettably strange: a boy makes a surprising discovery skating at night on Lake Michigan; an Irish clan in Massachusetts gathers at the bedside of its dying matriarch; a battered survivor of the glory days of Key West washes up on other shores.



    Several of the stories unfold in Big Sky country, McGuane's signature landscape: a father tries to buy his adult son out of virginity; a convict-turned-cowhand finds refuge at a ranch in ruination; a couple makes a fateful drive through the perilous gorge of the title story before parting ways.



    McGuane's people are seekers, beguiled by the land's beauty and myth, compelled by the fantasy of what a locale can offer, forced to reconcile dream and truth.



    The stories of Gallatin Canyon are alternately comical, dark, and poignant. Rich in the wit, compassion, and matchless language for which McGuane is celebrated, they are the work of a master.

  • Thomas McGuane's first short story collection; 13 stories of great range, verve and humor.

  • From one of our most deeply admired storytellers, author of the richly acclaimed Gallatin Canyon, his first collection in nine years.
    Set in Thomas McGuanes accustomed Big Sky country, with its mesmeric powers, these stories attest to the generous compass of his fellow feeling, as well as to his unique way with words and the comic genius that has inspired comparison with Twain and Gogol. The ties of family make for uncomfortable binds: A devoted son is horrified to discover his mothers antics before she slipped into dementia. A fathers outdoor skills are no match for an ominous change in the weather. But complications arise equally in the absence of blood, as when lifelong friends on a fishing trip finally confront their deep dislike for each other. Or when a gifted traveling cattle breeder succumbs to the lure of a strangers offer of easy money. McGuane is as witty and large-hearted as we have ever known him--a jubilant, thunderous confirmation of his status as a modern master.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • From one of our most acclaimed writers, a sumptuous gathering of his singular work in the short form--forty-five stories, including seven entirely new pieces appearing for the first time in book form.
    For more than four decades, Thomas McGuane has been heralded as an unrivaled master of the short story. Now the arc of that achievement appears in one definitive volume. Set in the seedy corners of Key West, the remote shore towns of the Bahamas, and McGuane's hallmark Big Sky country, with its vast and unforgiving landscape, these are stories of people on the fringes of society, whose twisted pasts meddle with their chances for companionship. Moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again, McGuane writes about familial dysfunction, emotional failure, and American loneliness, celebrating the human ability to persist through life's absurdities.

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