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Alexandre Chenevert by Gabrielle Roy

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Alexandre Chenevertplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This is a glimpse into mid-century working class Montreal, before universal public health care, during a time when alexwndre had few rights, and the social services network was not yet fully developed. Against this perilous background, the prudent man will carefully and meticulously count his pennies, wasting none, begrudging those that must be parted with.

The Church, which in Quebec was almost always the Roman Catholic Church, exerted enormous influence and control, especially over the poor an This is a glimpse into mid-century working class Montreal, before universal public health care, during a time when workers had few rights, and the social services network was not yet fully developed.

The Church, which in Quebec was almost always the Roman Catholic Church, exerted enormous influence and control, chenevwrt over the poor and working class. There was an ever-present need to conform to society’s expectations of a proper marriage, to be an obedient and slavish worker, and to lead a righteous and proper life.

This is against human nature. So much of human nature must be stifled and repressed. But alexander happens with widely varying degrees of success. Monsieur Alexanddre, a lowly bank teller, just wanted to do right, to be a righteous person, but he is a pinched, crabbed, irritable little man. Life didn’t balance out on the books the way he thought it should. He is exasperating to everyone around him, and even to himself.

And yet as Gabrielle Roy fleshes out his complexities, the reader becomes sympathetic to this man who alexabdre struggled so long with the only chance at life he gets. One of the favourite characters of CanLit, the Great Canadian Outdoors, makes an appearance to justify its role as a restorative. Roy’s writing provides graceful and profound insights into the human condition, frequently leavened with flashes of humour. View all 4 comments. Oct 11, Czarny Pies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Alexandre Chenevert raconte la vie d’un petit employe de banque qui est mal aime et malheureux.

Il finit par mourir bien avant son temps d’un cancer. Pour moi, Alexandre Chenevert est le Quebecois type de l’epoque avant la revolution tranquille. Il est condamne a passer sa vie dans un chdnevert au dessous de ses talents. Il lisent les journaux avec acharnement et il est attriste par les dhenevert qu’il voit partout au monde.

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Cependant il constate qu’il ne peut y rien faire. Enfin, Alexandre Chenevert Alexandre Chenevert raconte la vie d’un petit employe de banque qui est mal aime et malheureux.

Enfin, Alexandre Chenevert est le Quebecois qui veut etre chez lui non par egoisme mais pour mieux contribuer a la vie. Helas, ce sera pour un autre generation. Sur son lit de mort, il decouvre la bonte chwnevert l’humanite.

Alexandre Chenevert est souvent decrie comme etant un petit melodrame sur un type sans interet. Je l’ai trouve plutot touchant possiblement parceque j’avais rencontre tant de personnes comme lui dans la vie. Alexandre Chenevert vaut la peine d’etre lu. Il n’y a pas de roman qui represente mieux le Zeitgeist du Quebec des annees avant la revolution tranquille.

I loved this book when I read it for the first time in a first-year Canadian literature class at Carleton University. I loved the detailed exploration of the intellectual and emotional background of a quiet and hcenevert man. It made me want to delve into all of the other Gabrielle Roy novels The title of the English translation of this novel is “The Cashier” while the tile of the French original is “Alexandre Chenevert”.

Each of these titles has implications that can be justified within the novel but I prefer the original French title. Alexandre Chenevert is the protagonist of this novel. His job is that of a bank teller and hence the cashier of the title. As Chenevert’s physician, Dr. Hudon, observes Chenevert is legion. He is the ordinary man of Montreal who goes to work in the mo The title of the English translation of this novel is “The Cashier” while the tile of the French original is “Alexandre Chenevert”.

He is the ordinary man of Montreal who goes to work in the morning by the thousands and worries about his job, his marriage, his finances Chenevert is someone who cannot find joy in life. His instinct is to protect and support those around him. He finds that he cannot influence them as he tries to direct them for the good. He worries about the suffering in the world. His inability to effect good in the world produces a deep hatred for himself that denies himself any relief. Hudon urges Chenevert to relax and enjoy life but Chenevert cannot do this.

Chenevert’s affliction is not that of his own but affects almost everybody in society. Hudon despairs because he sees so many like Chenevert and does not have the capacity to cure them all. Father Marchand supports Chenevert in his final illness, but he despairs because he cannot truly understand the suffering of those he is supposed to comfort. The book is ‘The Cashier” because Chenevert is legion. However, it is “Alexandre Chenevert” because with his final illness, Chenevert finds that the people in his life recognized his concern and love for them.

They came to support him in the time before his death. In the last days of this life, Chenevert was able to give up his hopeless task of ending suffering in the world and accept what was around him. He was able to overcome his self-hatred and accept himself.

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He was able to see himself as others saw him — as worthy. The them of the novel that I see is just that. That is to accept that there is suffering in the world and attempt to alleviate it.

However, do not lapse into despair. Accept that that you are worthy and deserve happiness. This alone will end much of the suffering that people see around them. Sep 26, Ive rated it liked it. I usually love Gabrielle Roy’s books but this one I found a little too tedious.

I get that the tedium was part of the intended experience for the reader to mirror Chenevert’s own experience of his day to day lifebut I sooo wanted it to end that I was view spoiler [pleased to see the final deathbed scene arrive at last hide spoiler ]. There wasn’t much plot just insomnia; wife’s illness; doctor’s appointment; a week of solitude in the bush; view spoiler [death from prostate cancer hide s I usually love Gabrielle Roy’s books but this one I found a little too tedious.

There wasn’t much plot just insomnia; wife’s illness; doctor’s appointment; a week of solitude in the bush; view spoiler [death from prostate cancer hide spoiler ]. I don’t know if it could have been done, but as a short story I think I could have borne it better. I wanted Chenevert to push his questioning and doubt about God all the way to concluding that humanity is better off without that dragging anchor, but ah well.

I mention it because there are similar currents in my other read right now, The Acrobats. I used this book for a comparative essay in Grade 12 and I hated it. It went no where at all and the middle part of the book seemed pointless.

There was also very little about the man’s job as a cashier and the whole book was one big complaint. Don’t read it if you don’t have to. Josiane rated it really liked it Oct 28, Patricia Black rated it it was amazing May 26, Liz rated it it was ok Jan 04, Ami rated it did not like it Apr 02, Rebecca dePencier rated it liked it Oct 16, Huguette Larochelle rated it liked it Mar 13, Lisa Rasmussen rated it liked it Nov 15, Sophie rated it liked it Aug 26, Jeanne Simoneau rated it really liked it Feb 08, Darren Clever rated it really liked it Jan 17, Glen Farrelly rated it liked it Jun 19, Nephi rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Alex Boyd rated it really liked it Dec 03,