The Accidental Education of Jerome Lupien

The Accidental Education of Jerome Lupien

Written by: Beauchemin, Yves
Translated by: Grady, Wayne

Student Jerome Lupien is swept up in a series of misadventures and criminal escapades in this portrait of a city infamously mired in the corrupt alliances of politicians, political lobbyists, and construction magnates. The school is unconventional, but the education singular.

Jerome Lupien — libidinous, unscrupulous, and fresh out of university — is ambitious and at loose ends. Whether on a hunting trip in the woods, on an escape planned in good faith to Cuba, or seeking to make his way in Montreal, Jerome cannot help but be embroiled in misadventures and underworld escapades. He is conned by the devious — a hunting guide, a low-life car salesman, and, ultimately, a well-to-do political lobbyist profiting from the city’s infamously corrupt partnership of politicians wielding remunerative contracts and the construction firms in cahoots. The unwitting (though frequently culpable) young man is enrolled, whether he knows it or not, in an unconventional and criminal school. And the education is singular, not only for Jerome, but also the reader.

The young man’s heady journey provides — as only Yves Beauchemin can do — an extraordinary, full, and trenchant portrait of class variety. Here is a mordant piece of social satire that is a marvelous entertainment and wonderfully traditional narrative too.

Student Jerome Lupien is swept up in a series of misadventures and criminal escapades in this portrait of a city infamously mired in the corrupt alliances of politicians, political lobbyists, and construction magnates. The school is unconventional, but the education singular.

Jerome Lupien — libidinous, unscrupulous, and fresh out of university — is ambitious and at loose ends. Whether on a hunting trip in the woods, on an escape planned in good faith to Cuba, or seeking to make his way in Montreal, Jerome cannot help but be embroiled in misadventures and underworld escapades. He is conned by the devious — a hunting guide, a low-life car salesman, and, ultimately, a well-to-do political lobbyist profiting from the city’s infamously corrupt partnership of politicians wielding remunerative contracts and the construction firms in cahoots. The unwitting (though frequently culpable) young man is enrolled, whether he knows it or not, in an unconventional and criminal school. And the education is singular, not only for Jerome, but also the reader.

The young man’s heady journey provides — as only Yves Beauchemin can do — an extraordinary, full, and trenchant portrait of class variety. Here is a mordant piece of social satire that is a marvelous entertainment and wonderfully traditional narrative too.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc - Sep 25, 2018
Specifications 384 pages | 5.25 in x 8 in
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PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN AND THE ACCIDENTAL EDUCATION OF JEROME LUPIEN

“Beauchemin’s considerable skills as a narrator of improbable events deployed along a plot line ingeniously constructed remain on full display here. As does his sharp eye for broad but sharp description of buffoons spouting farrago and bravado, and his ear for telling declamations that immediately undercut their alleged intentions —everything we have learned to expect from the master.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Beauchemin’s prose is amiable and fluid.” — Quill & Quire

“A moral story of initiation, vengeance, and redemption (and just a little bit of love) … reminiscent of Balzac’s Lost Illusions, Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, or Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.” — Le Devoir

PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN:

“Beauchemin is a popular modern-day Dostoyevsky, using wit to land some hard-hitting jabs.” — Figaro Magazine

“Yves Beauchemin … mirrors Balzac.” — Le Monde diplomatique

“If Yves Beauchemin’s talent is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Quebec, he has also proven that authentic national literature has universal appeal.”— Le Monde

“An amazing storyteller. Funny, moving, picaresque.” — Bernard Pivot, Apostrophes

“Here is a true writer, with a prolific pen and a fertile imagination. His story constantly bounces back and forth and his writing is a pleasure for the eye and ear: Yves Beauchemin is earthy, funny, and tender.” — La Vie

PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN AND CHARLES THE BOLD:

“One of the great works of Canadian literature.” — Madeleine Thien

“Charles the Bold is a daring, fascinating, funny, intense, sad story. Occasionally it’s frustrating, and occasionally it’s predictable. In other words, the story is as daring, fascinating, funny, intense, sad, frustrating, and predictable as Quebec.” — Montreal Gazette

“This is a book to be read for the pleasure of it, for the characters we come to know and worry over, for the genuine suspense of all his childhood crises.” — Toronto Star

PRAISE FOR A VERY BOLD LEAP

“A stunning portrait of the wannabe artist as a young man.” —Globe and Mail

“Beauchemin may just be Canada’s Dickens.” —Winnipeg Free Press

PRAISE FOR THE ALLEY CAT

“No one does Quebec roots literature better than Yves Beauchemin.” —Montreal Review of Books