Portrait of a reader: here are the reading choices of Éléonore Loiselle

Reader portrait: here are the reading choices of Éléonore Loiselle


For the past few days, on Crave, you can see Disobey: Chantale Daigle's choice. Éléonore Loiselle having the title role, we wanted to know her choice… of books!

What was the very first book that made you realize that reading could be something fantastic?

The life aheadby Romain Gary. This is the very first novel that spoke to me, that I liked. I read it in high school and I loved the somewhat simple and naive way in which it is written. Momo, the main character, is a hyper-sensitive child who has his own way of seeing the world and he is often touching, very touching.

Thereafter, over the years, what were your biggest favorite novels?

I'm going to name five:

  • The stitched heart by Carol Martinez. This very poetic book on the transmission between women is written like a tale. And when you read this, you have the impression of seeing lots of colors! It takes place in a Spanish village and there is this woman who has the gift of sewing people up. With her threads and her sewing, she brings color into their lives. It's beautiful.
  • I was very fond of the French singer Barbara when I was little and I loved her book There was a black piano…Often based on his long and very rich experience, he looks back on his career and explains many of his songs. It's really interesting.
  • Anthropology interests me and I found David Le's Disappearing fascinating. Breton. The author has read many books and seen many films to write this work which speaks of the thousand ways of disappearing from oneself, from one's identity. It helps to understand why some individuals are inclined to move away, how they got there.
  • The laughing people – Tribute to my Innu friendsby Serge Bouchard and Marie-Christine Lévesque. It is also an anthropology book, which I read during the pandemic, during the time when we could not move everywhere. So this book made me travel to the North Shore, where I was able to discover its inhabitants, its fauna and flora.
  • Fires by Wajdi Mouawad. This is one of the first plays I read and I found it so beautiful his way of expressing the world and people.

Have you stumbled upon a gem recently?

Yes, When I don't say anything I'm still thinking by Camille Readman Prud'homme, a young author who has written a wonderful collection. When you immerse yourself in her poems, all the way through you feel like she's whispering in your ear.

Is there a book you would find hard to put down? separate you?

I say it's my bible because I always have it on me. This is Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. It is a very dense book on the feminine, on how to reconnect. While analyzing well-known tales (such as Bluebeard, the old Baba Yaga, etc.), he digs into this kind of collective unconscious and communicates a kind of inner strength. I read a few pages of it when I need to, when I need to reconnect with myself.

If you could have disobeyed, what book would you never have read in school ?

Tristan and Isolde. I started it anyway, but to read a love story, it really has to be good for it to reach me. Especially if in addition, it happens in the Middle Ages! When I had to study this, I don't think I did very well on the exam…

In the past few months, have you read a book that is downright impossible to put down?< /strong>

The only choice, mineby Chantale Daigle. I have never read a book so quickly, I was literally fascinated. But it can only be found at the Grande Bibliothèque, in the archives… I also devoured Annie Ernaux's The Event,— a gripping little novel.

< p>Which character from a novel would you like to play one day?

Actually, I have two. When I was little, my mother read to me Cabot-Cabocheby Daniel Pennac. I would have really liked to play the main character, who is a really ugly dog, but who has an incredible view of the world. What's sad is that no one wants to adopt him because of his ugliness…

The other character I would like to play is in Notre- Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, an author I really appreciate. This is the mother of Esmeralda, namely Pâquette la Chantefleurie, nicknamed La Sachette. I love this woman because she's a mother character and mother characters fascinate me as I leave, but also because she's an incredible mother figure who can go from hate to love. He is a character that we have completely forgotten, I do not understand why. But for me it is essential.

What are you planning to read next?

There are two novels that I would like to read: River Woman by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and L'avalée des avalés by Réjean Ducharme, which I have never read before. People often talk to me about the character of Bérénice, and I think she's a character I'm going to like.