(From the publisher):
The third novel in the highly acclaimed quartet, The Charles the Bold Series, about a young man growing up in Montreal from the 1960s to 2000.
The last lines of volume two, The Years of Fire, have young Charles Thibodeau defiantly shouting "Montreal! Youíre going to be hearing from me! Iím going to make your ears ring!" ó just like Balzacís hero Rastignac in Paris.
Now, after leaving high school at sixteen, Charles takes the leap and sets out to write The Great Montreal Novel. His stepfather, Fernand, is furious ó "If I ever run into that goddamned Balzac Iím going to wring his neck for him..." ó but Charles rents an apartment and a typewriter and sets to work.
What follows is Yves Beaucheminís brilliant account of the joys and perils of a young novelistís life. As the pages pile up, the money runs out. In due course, Charles has encounters with a sneering literary publisher and an oily vanity publisher, with predictable results.
Desperate, Charles takes on any job that comes his way ó in his stepfatherís hardware store, as a dog-catcher (his skill at barking provokes unlicensed dogs to bark back), and as a front man for a touring evangelist. Finally, he succeeds in getting a writing job. Itís at a third-rate magazine, but his foot is on the ladder.
As always, Charles is supported by his friends during these adventures, and leads his life against the Quebec politics of the 1980s, involving Trudeau and others.
Original title: Parti pour la gloire
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor
Fiction→ Historical→ North America→ Canada: After 1867
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Urban / Big City Life