Léon and Louise

Léon and Louise

Alex Capus

Two young people fall in love, but the war tears them apart. When they next meet up again in Paris, Louise is leading an independent life while Léon has long been married. This is a grand amour - one which survives against all the odds.

"My grandfather was seventeen years old when he first met Louise Janvier. I like to imagine him as the young man he was then, in the spring of 1918, as he strapped his reinforced cardboard suitcase onto the back of his bicycle and left his father's house in Cherbourg forever…" This is how Alex Capus begins recounting a love story destined to end only with Léon Le Gall's funeral service on 16th April 1986 in Notre Dame. It is the story of sixty-eight years in the lives of two people who never actually get together, but who nevertheless are the most enchanting of couples. It begins with their first encounter, on the Atlantic coast during the First World War, shortly after which they are forcefully torn apart by an air raid. Each assumes the other has been killed. Léon goes on to marry but Louise, passionate in nature and driven by her fierce desire for independence, goes her own way - until 1928, when they encounter one another again quite by chance on the Paris Métro.

With delightful deftness of touch and great intensity, Alex Capus tells a love story played out during a century of war. He tells of two people who pit themselves against the passage of time, in often magical ways; who hold on tightly to their love, flying in the face of all convention; who lead a wayward, often unbelievably comical double life. Léon and Louise are an unforgettable couple in the realm of contemporary literature.


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Kommentare

Horst-Georg Marks
14.01.2012

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
ich habe dieses Buch mit allergrößtem Vergnügen gelesen. Als in Frankreich Lebender habe ich Familienmitglieder sowie Freunde und Bekannte an meinem Vergnügen teilhaben lassen.
Was mich zu meiner Frage bringt: Gibt es mittlerweile eine französische Fassung dieses Romans von Alex Capus oder ist diese zumindest geplant, und wenn "ja", vor welchem Zeithorizont?
Ich beherrsche zwar das Französische in Wort und Schrift, und ich kenne die Geschichte Frankreichs besser als manch Anderer meiner Generation. Aber als Ingenieur traue ich mir selbst keine literarisch befriedigende Übersetzung zu.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Horst G. Marks


Christen Erika
25.04.2011

Ein sehr feinfühliges Buch. Eine Geschiche so wunderschön und echt, wie sie nur das Leben schreiben kann.


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