Over the next few months, comedian Maude Landry will be touring across Quebec to present her show L'involution. We were lucky to catch him in time to check out his favorite books.
Do you remember a novel that you literally couldn't put down? start to finish?
I think the very first one was The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling. And I liked it so much that I read it several times afterwards. For me, it's like a collection of poetry.
More recently, with which other novel have you experienced the same thing?
With Salem, by Stephen King, the best story of vampires I have ever read. King managed to create a gloomy atmosphere without adding too much, too quickly. I loved. Another one I read in two days is The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, by Joel Dicker. The plot reads itself, even if I really hung on the structure of the text. Oh, and there's also the New York Trilogy, by Paul Auster.
So far, what have been your favorite books? ?
- Le rire, by Henri Bergson, a little red book that talks about humor as a mechanism placed on the living. It's sometimes hard to read, but I also like books that give a little headache because they raise a lot of questions!
- The naked feast, by the American writer William S. Burroughs, which is like an ode to insects and drugs. It reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis. It's so far from us, as a universe, that we escape!
- Jean Leloup's novel which he published under the pseudonym of Massoud Al-Rachid, < em>Black destiny than mine. It really is a beautiful story, very poetic.
- I love everything Margaret Atwood writes. But if I had to name just one of her, it would be It's the heart that gives out last.
- In the Face of Other People's Pain, by Susan Sontag, an essay I can summarize the subject with a question: do the images of war affect us or do they desensitize us? This book was written before social networks, but it is still very interesting to read.
- Steppe Wolf, by Hermann Hesse. It's about human nature, the wild side in us. A novel that goes a long way with the philosopher in me!
What was your very last great discovery?
The only thing that interests everyone, by François Blais, who speaks in particular of humor and which refers to the book by Bergson that I have already mentioned. There is also The Fruitful Struggles, by Catherine Dorion, a kind of essay with a somewhat autobiographical aspect. It's very interesting and it is among other things about the fact that we are imprisoned in monogamy and that we are closed in relation to open couples.
Can you tell us about a book that has helped you in life?
Yes, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Dummies, by Rob Willson and Rhena Branch. In the early 2020s, I wasn't doing very well and couldn't get an appointment with a psychologist. This book really helped me. There is also Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker. I am an insomniac, and this book has forced me to work on my sleep.
Which book has already managed to make you laugh?
< p>Fright around the world, by Bruno Blanchet. The author recounts his travels and the things that have happened to him are crazy. […] He describes culture shocks, how it works on other continents, and it's often funny.
What are you planning to read this summer?
Women's Laughter – A Story of Power, by Sabine Melchior-Bonnet. A very beautiful book that tackles a sensitive subject for me: humor and women. Humor has long been associated with men only and in the past women were told not to laugh out loud or, if they did, to put their hand over their mouth. So it's going to be a book that does good and bad at the same time. I would also like to read Why Love Is Pleasure, by Jared Diamond, an essay on love and biology, and Chronicles of the Abyss and Other Tales from the Deep< /em>, by Charles Beauchesne, Pierre Bunk and Simon Predj. Sounds good!
What are you reading right now?
Revenge of the Jellyfish by Jacques André, a book that was recently published. He is interested in psychoanalysis and he shows what the time of the coronavirus has done to our human psyche. The jellyfish theme will come later.