Emmanuel Bilodeau: back to reading

Emmanuel Bilodeau: back to reading

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Comedian and comedian Emmanuel Bilodeau will soon begin a tour across Quebec to present his new show, In the mess< strong>. In the meantime, he has agreed to open the doors of his literary universe to us.

Do you remember with which novel you realized that reading could be something wonderful?< /strong>

Around the age of 13-14, I read Michel Strogoff, by Jules Verne, and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. With these books, which completely transported me, I understood what it was like to leave home and have a story that follows you everywhere. It's so hard to read, so powerful! In another register, there was also the series of Bob Morane by Henri Vernes which I adored during my youth.

And what was your most recent crush?< /strong>

Yogaby Emmanuel Carrere. I know this is going to sound weird, but this is a book that I both loved and viscerally hated. There were even times when I threw it on the ground because I was no longer capable! But each time, I took it back. There's an authenticity there that I really appreciate. We are also very far from Instagram, because the author does not hesitate to show aspects of him that are rather ugly.

If not, which novels did you particularly like in the course of your life?

Agagukby Yves Theriault. This book was part of compulsory reading, and I was very young when I read it, probably in secondary 1. It marked me because it was not too didactic and with it, I had the impression of discovering love and sexuality. 

There is also Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in general: Anna Karenina, Humiliated and Offended , The Karamazov brothers… I like the tormented, feverish universe of their characters. In my twenties, I identified with that. I was looking for a soul mate, I was writing poetry and there were a lot of things going on in my head! But over the years, I went from someone tormented to someone of action, and I neglected reading a little. I want to come back to it, see the lives of others as both important and inspiring. 

Other than that, I loved Paul's New York Trilogy Auster, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. This book was very founding for me in my twenties. 

Which novels have left you with indelible memories?

The Call of the Wild by Jack London, which tells the loneliness of a man with the animal. It's so well written that it's not hard to dive into it. As for Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea, it completely shifted me., transported. I was with the old man on the boat, and I still remember the state of excitement I was in while reading this book. It's like Jaws, but in reverse: no threat, but a deep search for oneself. Saint-Exupéry's Night Flight also freaked me out.

Is there a practical guide you couldn't live without?< /strong>

Bakery and bountyby Albert Elbilia. It offers lots of festive recipes and there are also many secrets to make the bread delicious. It is a founding book to start making exceptional bread. I use it almost every day and thanks to it I have made croissants, pain au chocolat and fougasse. 

Another book that I find interesting is < em>Nature & Ayurveda by Krystine St-Laurent. It is well popularized and offers recipes for achieving a certain well-being.

In your library, which book seems to have lived the most?

Biography René Lévesqueby Pierre Godin. I crushed the four volumes so much before and after my shoot that they are full of life, with a lot of Post-its and coffee stains. 

The Forgotten Miracle< /em> by Deepak Chopra also has a lot of experience. I've been reading the same pages for years. It's very complicated and at the same time very interesting because it talks about the power we have over ourselves. 

What do you think you'll read next?< /p>

Dominique Fortier's Prix Femina, Cities of Paper. I'm tempted. There is also a book by Marc Séguin, Affaires de terre et patentes d’artiste. That's the kind of title I love!

Last little question: has a book ever got you into trouble?

Apart from Boulange et boustifaille, which really got me into trouble, I don't remember a book that got me into trouble. Except maybe the millions of books that I haven't read and that make me a less wise, less developed man! 

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