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Le Plongeur [BOOKS] ✭ Le Plongeur By Stéphane Larue – Thomashillier.co.uk Nous sommes à Montréal au début de l’hiver 2002 Le narrateur n’a pas vingt ans Il aime Clive Barker et Lovecraft le métal les comic books et les romans de science fiction des années soixante Nous sommes à Montréal au début de l’hiver Le narrateur n’a pas vingt ans Il aime Clive Barker et Lovecraft le métal les comic books et les romans de science fiction des années soixante et soixante dix ue lui prête son père Étudiant en graphisme il dessine depuis toujours et veut devenir bédéiste et illustrateur comme ses idoles Moebius et Tibor Csernus Mais depuis des mois il évite ses amis ment s’endette aspiré dans une spirale ui menace d’engouffrer sa vie entière c’est un joueur Il joue aux loteries vidéo et tout son argent y passe de même ue celui u’il emprunte à sa copine Marie Lou et à son cousin Malik L’hiver installé il se retrouve à bout de ressources sans appartementIl devient plongeur au restaurant La Trattoria projeté dans un rush dès le premier soir Le cuisinier ui l’accueille et lui donne son training accéléré c’est Bébert ogre infatigable au bagou de rappeur encore jeune à vingt cin ans mais ui a travaillé partout déjà usé par l’alcool et le speed Pendant un mois et demi ils enchaîneront ensemble les shifts de soir et les doubles et Bébert tiendra auprès du plongeur le rôle de mentor malgré lui et de flamboyant Virgile de la nuit On découvre ainsi le train survolté d’un restaurant à l’approche des fêtes et sa galerie mouvante de personnages propriétaire chef sous chefs cuisiniers maîtres d’hôtel serveuses busboys et suiteursSi certains d’entre eux semblent plus grands ue nature tous sont dépeints au plus près des us du métier avec une rare justesse C’est en leur bruyante compagnie ue débordé de toutes parts Le Plongeur tente de juguler son obsession pour les machines de vidéopoker traversant les cercles d’une saison chaotiue rythmée par les rush les luttes de pouvoir et les décisions néfastes Œuvre de nuit ui brille des ors illusoires du jeu Le Plongeur raconte un monde où chacun dépend des autres pour le meilleur et pour le pire Roman d’apprentissage et roman noir poème sur l’addiction et chroniue saisissante d’une cuisine vue de l’intérieur Le Plongeur est un magnifiue coup d’envoi à l’hyperréalisme documentaire aussi héritier du Joueur de Dostoïevski de L’homme au bras d’or de Nelson Algren et du premier récit d’Orwell celui d’un plongeur dans le Paris des années vingt.


10 thoughts on “Le Plongeur

  1. Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Well I forced myself to 120 pages so technically a DNF The protagonist had a gambling addiction trying hard to stay afloat After securing a job as the dishwasher in a fine dining restaurant and hearing of his experiences I wore very tired as each night it was the same I think at this point March 21 2020 in the middle of a world crisis I need a totally different subject matter I may also just stick to some good feel cooking and re organizing my bookshelves and office Hang in there everyone in my GoodReads world


  2. Therese Therese says:

    This read as perhaps a thinly veiled autobiographical novel by a uebecois author set in Montreal in the 1990s circling around the themes of what it's like to be down and out from a gambling addiction and thrust from a comfortable private school and intact family life into the chaotic world of bottom barrel restaurant work as a dishwasher The narrator is into metal music and since I also got into metal for a while it was really fun to recognize the names of bands I knew The world he paints is soaked in drugs and alcohol full of charismatic drug dealers hot club girls punks metalheads rebels losers and misfits And if you like foodie themes the book is full of those too The autiobiographical style makes the narrative structure a bit meandering and repetitive in spots and the prose style is very pared down and what I think of as masculine to the point where it sometimes felt a little plodding and pedestrian to me But at the same time it was a uick read and many scenes are tense and action filled which kept me immersed and turning pages On the whole I enjoyed it and since I've been to Montreal a few times and loved the city I was happy to have the chance to return to it in this book


  3. Ilya Ilya says:

    A heartwarming hard to put down memoir of personal struggle and rough coming of age Written in simple easy flowing language Le Plongeur seduces the reader from the first page and carries the momentum all through the rest A wonderful achievement I'm interested in reading by the author in the future


  4. Carrie Ford-Jones Carrie Ford-Jones says:

    Kicking off Canada Reads 2020 with this book I read the English translation but couldn’t find it on Good Reads I wanted to give this book 35 stars so I rounded up It was an engaging read but too long It would have been just as good if it were about 23 of the length Gave me a glimpse into the behind the scenes of restaurant kitchens as well as making me crave pasta the whole time I was reading Also I knew very little about gambling addiction and this was an interesting glimpse into one person’s struggle Definitely worth reading


  5. Rhoddi Rhoddi says:

    A car crash you can't look away from story of a gambling addict trying to survive by becoming a dishwasher One of my fave books of the year just for the intimacy of the subject and the way the characters come alive It just grabs you with its honesty no matter how much the main character may lie to everyone including himself Truly powerful Yeah I really digged this book


  6. Anne Logan Anne Logan says:

    As I write this review The Dishwasher by Stephane Laure translated from the French by Pablo Strauss was named winner of the Canada First Novel Award just a few days ago A prize devoted to first time novelists only it’s a highly coveted way of launching one’s writing career and the purse ain’t too shabby at 60000 A few weeks ago when the shortlist was announced I recognized The Dishwasher on the list because it had been on my bookshelf for a few months and I kept meaning to get to it; this was the push I needed and I’m so thankful I did because I highly recommend this bookPlot SummaryReaders are swept along in an uncomfortable world of alcohol violence gambling drugs and heavy metal music in The Dishwasher A young man struggling with a hidden gambling addiction takes a job as a dishwasher at a fancy restaurant in Montreal to help pay off his debts and keep out of trouble He’s flunking out of graphic design school because he never attends his classes but it’s clear he is talented; if only the VLT machines would uit their siren call when he’s done his restaurant shift in the wee hours of the morning His eyes are uickly opened to the stress and toxic environment that a restaurant kitchen offers but desperate to make money he sticks it out and jumps into the fray with the other complicated characters many of them addicted to alcohol drugs or both Although it sounds like a recipe for disaster pun intended he finds earnest friendships that act as a balm to his frantic lifestyleMy ThoughtsIf you’ve seen the movie Uncut Gems which is also about a gambling addiction you’ll understand the kind of anxiety that reading this book will evoke because watching that movie made me feel the exact same way I did when reading The Dishwasher just not as intense It’s not just the lies that build on top of each other that create the tension in this novel it’s the environments we find ourselves in Our protagonist is couch surfing at a friend’s house because he owes his old roommate money so he’s permanently displaced His workplace is hectic and uite honestly terrifying People are screaming cursing crying and throwing things on an hourly basis while major problems build up like the dishes he’s expected to clean at a superhuman rate He’s promised to do work for a friend and was paid in advance for it but instead of completing the task as expected he puts it off and spends the advance on gambling at a strip club he freuents to avoid seeing anyone else he knows He never gets a break and neither does the readerThe plotting of the novel actually eases the tension if anything The beginning of the book introduces us to our protagonist years later when he has his life in order and he’s found a semblance of normalcy and stability Mohammed is a taxi driver who whisks our protagonist home each night a fairy godmother of sorts and meeting him later in the novel brings about a great sigh of relief when we realize how symbolic his appearance is We know everything is going to turn out in the end but the road to this destination is bumpyDespite the anxiety and tension of this novel I really enjoyed reading it The restaurant scenes were hectic but importantly fascinating Larue really gets into the nitty gritty of what it’s like to be a dishwasher describing the food prep the different machines used the endless scrubbing and the physical toll it takes and yet I was spellbound the grueling work a wonderful distraction from the mess of a life he was set to return to once his shift was over There’s also a strange satisfaction in reading about someone doing an ‘honest days work’ even when the character himself is far from honestThe breadth of writing is incredibly impressive At times I found myself barking out a laugh at what I’d just read and yes I laugh loudly so describing it as a bark is accurate while other lines stayed me with forcing me to pause and enjoy what I had just read before moving on Even though our protagonist is a young man with crude friends and a tendency to lie or manipulate he is also thoughtful and his inner dialogue reflects this increasing depth“At 1020 I left the bar pockets empty stunned by the violence of my shame p 307 of ARC”On a related note another book that was shortlisted for the First Novel Award in 2020 was Western Alienation Merit Badge by Nancy Jo Cullen which I reviewed for Alberta Views Magazine I also recommend reading that book as it’s a short snapshot of Alberta that has stayed with me long after finishing itTo read the rest of my reviews please visit my blog up for my newsletter here follow me on social mediaFacebook


  7. Ally Geist Ally Geist says:

    I loved this book I hadn't read literary fiction in a while and this reminded me why I like it so much Stéphane Larue creates a nuanced beautiful relatable world that captivated me from the first few pages Larue tackles themes of addiction uncertainty and loneliness in an authentic and moving way The translation was also very well done and stayed true to La Plongeur I was a bit frustrated by some typographical errors in the text but the story itself was breathtaking I would really recommend this to anyone who is looking to read Canadian work uebecois work and literary fiction If you are able to read the original French version too I would really recommend that as well It's clear that Stéphane Larue was intentional about each choice he made when writing the work Beautiful


  8. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I read the translation which included multiple passages about how you should never read anything in translationoops I enjoyed this book although it felt a bit repetitive by the end; I suppose that’s inevitable with novels that are mostly set in restaurants I had the same feeling wrt Sweetbitter It had a really strong sense of place and time early 2000s Montreal


  9. Nicole Nicole says:

    Wow This book was crazy intense I was stressed with all the restaurant scenes It actually brought on a nightmare that I was getting slammed during a rush and wasn’t prepared Anyway this book is gritty and real I very much recommend


  10. Alexander Kosoris Alexander Kosoris says:

    In The Dishwasher we follow a mostly unnamed narrator as he tries to crawl out of the gutter of his life The story focuses on his gambling addiction how it controls him––mind body and soul––and causes him not only to fall further and further into debt and effectively drop out of college but also to alienate basically everyone he cares about Hounded by his unmet responsibilities to a heavy metal band who paid an advance for a cover artwork commission that he has yet to deliver and by an ex roommate who still expects the rent payment the narrator ran away from he takes a job as a dishwasher at a busy high end restaurant While the intense pace of the work helps him to keep his mind off his troubles it also introduces sinister and dangerous elements into his lifeSuperficially The Dishwasher brings to mind a couple of books I’m hugely fond of Bright Lights Big City because of the depressing downward spiral of self ruin the author attempts to cultivate and On the Road because of the focus on the narrator’s out of control friend––though the similarities fall away when you delve a bit deeper The deeper similarities to me resemble something perhaps a bit surprising The Shining for at least two important reasons Firstly because of perceived attempts to describe addiction honestly in both and secondly in structure––both stories being exercises in foreshadowing and a slow building of atmosphere in an attempt to lead to something bigWhile comparisons to such famous and influential works may sound like a positive however understand that having similarities to enduring stories doesn’t necessarily translate to effectively drawing out in your own book the things that actually made those stories enduring There was a lot within Larue’s writing that I disliked The narration leans heavily on tired clichés and weak analogies in an attempt to make an impact The author makes the mistake of thinking he has to describe every little detail of every little thing which can be a hard bit of criticism to understand until you become acuainted with authors who do great things when focusing on specific details that have purpose behind them And the foreshadowing fails on than one occasion by continually hitting the reader with ominous hints as to where we’re heading long past the point where we can predict where that will be without moving the plot any closer to that point––apparent attempts to force a sense of gravity ultimately harming growth of this feelingThe aspect in The Dishwasher I’m most torn about is the portrayal of the narrator’s addiction When we started getting into it proper within the book basically everything that was described seemed familiar to me with respect to things in my life that firmly took hold of me that I obsessed over but then he began describing things that weren’t reminiscent of my obsessions This isn’t to suggest that the portrayal was at all unrealistic rather that my bias that attaches a perceived realism to my perspective made me mistrust it and it made me realize just how difficult it can be to make things relatable to readers I wonder if there’s any way to avoid this and suspect that the only thing you can do is be as sincere as possible If the portrayal comes from a place of truth which seems at least plausible in the case of The Dishwasher it seems reasonable that readers who share in the experience will relate to the writing But there will probably still be some number of readers who don’t relate to at least a piece of it so there’s probably major limits to how well you can avert this harming of immersionAll that said the description of the frantic pace and pressures of the narrator’s shifts as dishwasher was probably the thing I enjoyed most with the book and that definitely doesn’t come from a place of personal experience The key to making the story compelling likely has less to do with making things match exactly with readers’ experiences and to do with other aspects of the writing that appeared to work during these passages such as matching tone with desired responses or doing things for good reason obviously working toward something like plot or characterization


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