Le crieur de nuit

About Crieur de Nuit, literary critics wrote :

«  We are stunned by this first novel. »
Jacques-Pierre Amette, Le Point
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« A searing book »
Eric Neuhoff, Le Figaro Madame

« Black humor, killer style.”  »
Jérôme Garcin, Le Nouvel Observateur
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« A healthy lust for life. »
Isabelle Lortholary, Elle

« Original and captivating.. »
François Lestavel, Paris-Match
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« A dark comedy...Enthralling.”. »
Bernard Pivot, Le JDD
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« After the death of her tyrannical father, a young woman regains her taste for life. Both compelling and playful, Nelly Alard’s writing is striking in its tempestuous rhythm. »
Marine Landrot, Télérama
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And the blogs…

« Everyone with a difficult, stifled childhood in their family will see themselves in this snide, refined text, endowed with a strange energy as if intelligence were a form of electricity...For a first novel—my, my, my.”  »

« It’s dark, definitely, but gently so, with beautiful writing and a text sprinkled with quotations from The Legend of Death Among the Armorican Bretons by Anatole Le Braz, for this book is also an ode to Brittany, brothers and sisters, and ultimately life and love.”  »

« A story following a family over the course of the seven days between their father’s death and the end of his funeral ; seven days to create a young woman free from the weight she’s been carrying, seven days to create a writer and give her a name : Nelly Alard. »

« Now here, watch out, is a masterpiece ! This very short book is breathtaking, and touched me deeply for many reasons. »

« An exemplary and magnificent first novel that never lowers itself to melodrama. Everything is said with just the right words, full of modesty, in a tone without one false note.  »

« A beautiful novel about death and filial love written with precision by a young novelist who is full of talent.  »

« A really good book. »

« It’s a very beautiful book that I liked a lot, and I don’t think that’s only because I’ve lived in the places where the story happens, or because I recognized everything about that Finistère nord part of Brittany, so hard and generous at the same time !  »

« A first novel delivered by an excellent writer, lively and sensitive.  »

« Le crieur de nuit is a story that can be read straight through, in an afternoon. It’s caustic, savory, tender, and pushes the reader to think.  »

«  A novel as beautiful as it is short, dazzling like a Breton lightning storm.  »

« What a surprising back cover...I quite liked Nelly Alard’s writing and I was very touched by this story.  »"

« A book that is gentle and powerful at the same time, superb. »

«  It’s always hard to make a name for yourself after being dropped into the river of first novels, but Nelly Alard will be one of those we’ll remember in 2010 for her book’s quiet strength and her sharply elegant style.  »

«  Le crieur de nuit is a nuanced story that speaks to us with just the right words about a lack of love and the wounds that don’t heal. The seriousness of the topic does not exclude humor, and the pages dedicated to the difficult back and forth of the dead inside the family burial vault are a small jewel of black humor. »

« Between love and hatred, one week to be “cured” of him. A promising first novel, interesting and so genuine, where Breton legends mingle with reality. »

«  A breathless first novel. »

« NDon’t pass by this very short book, written with a rare finesse. Trust me, read it.  »