By Jules Vallès
En 1872, Jules Vallès, l'un des journalistes les plus célèbres de son temps, est condamné à mort pour son engagement dans los angeles Commune de Paris ; exilé à Londres, il se lance dans l'écriture d'un récit d'enfance, à mi-chemin entre le roman et l'autobiographie : L'Enfant, foremost volet de los angeles trilogie des Mémoires d'un révolté, paraît en 1878. Dédié à tous ceux qui, " pendant leur enfance, furent tyrannisés par leurs maîtres ou rossés par leurs mom and dad ", le livre fait scandale : en relatant le quotidien d'un jeune garçon d'alors, Vallès y brosse un tableau impitoyable de deux associations vénérées, los angeles famille et l'école. Véritable cri d'insoumission, cette œuvre initia un débat autour des droits de l'enfant, à l'époque quasi inexistants ; elle inspira des générations d'écrivains, de Jules Renard à Louis-Ferdinand Céline, et fut saluée à sa sortie par Zola, qui écrivit : " Je désire qu'on lise ce livre. Si j'ai quelque autorité, je demande qu'on le lise, par amour du expertise et de los angeles vérité. Les œuvres de cette puissance sont rares. Quand il en paraît une, il faut qu'elle soit mise dans toutes les mains. "
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It wasn’t so much the dark that worried her as the wildlife. She’d run into a rattlesnake in a gas station restroom in 29 Kathleen Eagle Arizona and a black bear in Glacier. She had a healthy respect for a wild animal’s survival instincts. She nearly jumped out of her skin when her light flashed on a pair of glowing eyes. ” The dog answered. Relief. Nice dog. Good dog. It wasn’t every dog that could say his own name. He escorted her to the privy, stood guard while she used it, then shepherded her back again.
She was Earth Woman. At her back he was wishing he’d stolen all the bras from her luggage before he’d turned it over to her earlier. Her white shirt had turned transparent in the rain. He glanced at the sweater she’d pulled off under the sun and stuffed under her butt for a seat cushion, which was the only thing it was good for now, wet as it was. Wet as she was, as they both were. One of the fish flipped its tail against the bottom of the canoe, welcoming the rain. But it was Heather’s tail that interested Kole.
He nodded, watching her closely as she fit the wooden tube to her lips. It took her several tries to get a sound out of it. “So I skipped a lot of music lessons when I was a kid,” she confessed as she experimented with finger placements on the holes. ” “Violin. ” “She’s right,” he said, moving behind her. ” She caught his eye over her shoulder as his arms came around her. ” “I don’t know much about ladies. ” He placed the index and middle fingers of her left hand over the first two holes. ” He covered her right hand with his, placing three fingers on the remaining three holes, then lifting the middle one.
L'Enfant by Jules Vallès