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Barbe By Julie Demers

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Lives with her parents Her mother is very sad and her father has vanished because he can’t bear to look at his own daughter You see this little girl has suddenly sprouted a full beardAnd so her mother has shu. 'Netgalley ARC provided by The Publisher in exchange for an honest review'I believe this book has some serious potential The style of writing feels original and uniue and the fact that it is a pretty short read elevates the experience in this particular case I feel There is some depth to the words on this page you can sense the disturbing thoughts and the angst but I feel it is overly worked Sounding original it also sounds fake and I think it sins there The book does not feel natural you can sense a form over content conflict I was excited about the premise but I wanted and I think there is a lot of room for improvement That being said I also believe it can be a polarizing tale people will either love it or hate it and I think there is room for a lot of people to enjoy this book

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T the curtains and locked the girl inside to keep her safe from the townspeople the Boots who think there’s something wrong with a bearded little girl And when they come for her she escapes into the wintry nig. Thank you to the publisher Coach House Books for giving me a copy of this book I did enjoy the fairy tale aspect of this book but felt disconnected from the main character It may have been the writing but I felt myself losing interest about half way though If it was a longer book I might have put it down and given up

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It’s 1944 and a little village in rural uebec sits uietly beside an aging mountain and an angry river The air tastes of kelp and the wind keeps knocking over the cross Beside that river an eleven year old girl. I wish that the publisher had kept the original title of Julie Demers' Barbe translated literally as Beard I know it doesn't make a great deal of difference but to me a self confessed fan of beards Little Beast is a slightly disappointing title Given the blurb I was expecting a fairytale esue tale here but what I found was really very little like that The story set in a remote part of Canada in 1944 is certainly strange and sensual but the fairytale elements were uite few and far between The protagonist an unnamed girl is forced to hide in the woods due to persecution but this could just as easily be a reflection on the Holocaust as a thread borrowed from fairytales She is a peculiar character but a beguiling one I must admit that I found it impossible to try and work out her age at points; she was both terribly childlike and naive but had strong sexual desires which were explicitly rendered at a couple of points Whilst interesting to read I feel as though Little Beast was perhaps a little too short to be able to achieve everything it seemed the author wanted to


About the Author: Julie Demers

Julie Demers est née à uébec en 1987 a grandi à Drummondville et vit à Montréal Diplômée en études cinématographiues elle anime des ateliers sur le cinéma uébécois à travers le Canada et publie dans divers magazines culturelsBarbe est son premier roman



10 thoughts on “Barbe By Julie Demers

  1. says:

    I wish that the publisher had kept the original title of Julie Demers' Barbe translated literally as Beard I know it doesn't make a great deal of difference but to me a self confessed fan of beards Little Beast is a slightly disappointing title Given the blurb I was expecting a fairytale esue tale here but what I found was really very little like that The story set in a remote part of Canada in 1944 is certainly strange and sensual but the fairytale elements were uite few and far between The protagonist an unnamed girl is forced to hide in the woods due to persecution but this could just as easily be a reflection on the Holocaust as a thread borrowed from fairytales She is a peculiar character but a beguiling one I must admit that I found it impossible to try and work out her age at points; she was both terribly childlike and naive but had strong sexual desires which were explicitly rendered at a couple of points Whilst interesting to read I feel as though Little Beast was perhaps a little too short to be able to achieve everything it seemed the author wanted to


  2. says:

    A dark fairy tale written beautifully Lovely and disturbing at the same time Reminiscent of Grendel


  3. says:

    Such a beautifully written but dark tale that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time Near the end I felt like Julie Demers couldn’t figure out how to end the story The finale felt like a little bit of a cop out but I still enjoyed it I wish this was a full blown novel though I would’ve loved to get deeper into the main character’s family dynamic and learn a little bit about the village she came from I do think her journey after the village was covered satisfactorily I guess what I’m trying to say is that “Little Beast” felt like a middle and somewhat of an end when I would’ve liked it be a beginning middle and end Nevertheless I still loved this little beast of a story


  4. says:

    Little Beast is beautifully written short work but I feel like it could be so much A little girl is confined to her home due to her family's embarrassment of the beard she has sprouted She leaves her home when the men from the town come to remove her from the house This book is written from the perspective of the girl so it is not always apparent what the actual intentions of adults are It would be interesting to know There are references to death and sexual content so maybe not appropriate for young readers


  5. says:

    'Netgalley ARC provided by The Publisher in exchange for an honest review'I believe this book has some serious potential The style of writing feels original and uniue and the fact that it is a pretty short read elevates the experience in this particular case I feel There is some depth to the words on this page you can sense the disturbing thoughts and the angst but I feel it is overly worked Sounding original it also sounds fake and I think it sins there The book does not feel natural you can sense a form over content conflict I was excited about the premise but I wanted and I think there is a lot of room for improvement That being said I also believe it can be a polarizing tale people will either love it or hate it and I think there is room for a lot of people to enjoy this book


  6. says:

    Little Beast is a charming read It tells the story of a little girl who grows a beard and subseuently her mother hides her away from the other townspeople Once the townspeople arrive at the house the little girl runs away and this story tells about her adventures The book is short and beautifully written but unfortunately it just didn't work for me It was too slight and felt as though it should have served as a short story in a larger collection of stories rather than a short book


  7. says:

    Thank you to the publisher Coach House Books for giving me a copy of this book I did enjoy the fairy tale aspect of this book but felt disconnected from the main character It may have been the writing but I felt myself losing interest about half way though If it was a longer book I might have put it down and given up


  8. says:

    Beautiful translation but choppy story I loved the idea of this book but I think the actual chain of events were not as impactful as the writing style and descriptions


  9. says:

    Little Beast was an interesting and short read The protagonist is an eleven year old girl who has been confined to her home for years due to her beard After the men in her village come to the house to expose her she is forced to flee and hide in the woods The story is told while she is in the woods and flips back and forth between memories of the past and her current situation as she tries to evade those who are looking for her The girl is both naïve and mature simple and philosophical I normally really enjoy this style of writing; however I think the translation makes it a bit too choppy for my liking There were shining moments but often than not I found myself getting a bit lost and having to go back to re read or just skimming over sections without really absorbing much I understand and appreciate the stylistic choice but I think the book could have been better if it was a bit longer and flushed out Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review


  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this little folk tale about a bearded girl exiled from society and forced to live on her own in the wilderness I also have to admit that this book is also a case of cover love for me Yay me for picking it up at BEA18 while I was there


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