Jacques

Jacques It Is Only When We Matter, When We Are Seen And Truly Loved, That We Know What It Means To Fully Live This Is The Story Of Jacques Lafitte, A Young French Boy Who Finds Himself Orphaned And Torn Away From Everything He Knows Forced To Move To England To Live With His Guardian The Pompous And Distant Oliver Jacques Finds Himself In A Strange Country And A Strange World As Years Pass Jacques Becomes Part Of The Clark Family But Then His Feelings For Oliver S Daughter Rebecca Begin To Surpass Mere Sibling Affection A Development That Has The Power To Bring Them Together, Or Tear The Family Apart Jacques Is Tanya Ravenswater S Beautiful And Touching Coming Of Age Novel Of Loss, Longing, Falling In Love And Finding A Place To Call Home And, Most Importantly, Of The Power Of The Relationships That Help Us Along The Way

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  • 06 March 2017

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  1. says:

    sometimes in a confined space, within limitations of the present, we can have everything Jacques is a beautiful coming of age novel in which loss, grief and love intertwine to make an enthralling read and it s beauty comes from it s depth and simplicity.Jacques world is turned upside down when his parents die and he has to move from France to England to be cared for by his legal guardian I was not surprised to learn that Tanya worked in bereavement support as she captures the feelings of grief and loss perfectly and writes about them with empathy and acute sensitivity.The prose is gorgeous poetically philosophical and I found myself re reading paragraphs just to take in the words again Tanya is a very talented writer and she evoked such emotion within me while I was reading Jacques Despite this, the book has a peaceful feel about it and is a book you want to read slowly in order to take it in and appreciate it Some experiences bring us awareness we can t ignore They become touchstones, deeply embedded in the valleys of our psyche Whether we want to or not, we can t help measuring everything else in our subsequent life against them Such knowledge has the potential to lead us to despair, as well as to the path of authenticity Jacques is a wonderful character, he is sensitive, intelligent and emotionally intuitive You cannot help but adore him and feel every nuance of his thoughts and feelings Anna also stood out for me, initially a character that is difficult to warm to, Tanya demonstrates through her how experiences can affect a person s character As the story progressed, I began to feel a great affection for her In contrast, Jacques guardian, Oliver, is a self centred, arrogant man who has little empathy for those around him and seeks to gain sympathy from others to justify his own bad behaviour I loved the different character s within Jacques who Tanya has brought to life wonderfully.Jacques is a remarkably uplifting book, despite the themes of loss and grief it never comes across as melancholy Jacques views on life and his resilience in the face of adversity make you think and contemplate those things you maybe take for granted.An intelligent, thought provoking, moving, beautifully written book I cannot recommend Jacques highly enough You need to add it to your to be read list Thank you to Tanya Ravenwater and Carmen at Bonnier Zaffre for the copy in exchange for my thoughts.Published 8 September by Twenty7 Bonnier Publishing

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    Book ReviewTitle JacquesAuthor Tanya RavenswaterGenre Family Coming of Age RomanceRating Review The opening to Jacques is very profound with Jacques as an adult talking about what it means to live, and he perceives that by dying he can carry all his cherished memories with him through life, a form of living in the past rather than looking ahead After this short prologue we are moved back in time to when Jacques is a young boy dealing with the death of his mother In the early chapters of this book Jacques talks about his parents and how their each individual and combined deaths affected him as an 11 year old child and how he came to be in the care of Oliver Clark who he refers to as Uncle Oliver He also talks about moving from France and everything he knows to England an unknown and foreign country he knows little about and really he has no desire to leave but he knows he must.Jacques feels that moving to England has stripped him of everything including his mother tongue as he is forced to speak English at all times despite the fact several members of the family speak fluent French He is also given no time to grieve as he has already been enrolled in school and is expected to go and learn He makes several comparison between Anna and Oliver to his own parents and how much he misses them, but he also sees Rebecca is different from the other stern members of her family with the same childish curiosity that Jacques has and he forms an almost instant bond with her Jacques slowly begins to settle into the Clark s way of life even though he still feel different he s not alone because he has Rebecca, his only real friend in that strange country I feel really sorry for Jacques as he has had to deal with so much heartbreak alone but he sees Rebecca as his light in the darkness I like watching Jacques and Rebecca interact as it relaxed and natural rather unlike the fa ade he has to wear at school and around his guardians to appear like her belong Jacques and Rebecca confide in each other often but Jacques is ever aware of emotional changes he feels towards his friend and he moves into his teenage years He also gets close to Anna especially when he plays the piano as it reminds her of her mother and another life It is about this time in the novel Anna and Oliver get divorced after he has had numerous affairs, this affects all the children Matthew is distant and withdrawn and can t wait to go to university, Rebecca becomes increasing violate towards her father favouring her mother because she is there and Jacques starts to feel like of an outsider especially around Oliver or Matthew, he seems to fit better with the women of the Clark family as he did with his own mother.As Jacques and Rebecca they seem to unconsciously distance themselves from each other knowing that a relationship would be complicated given the strange nature of the home they grew up in Jacques becomes very moody when Rebecca announces she is going to Chester with her boyfriend and tries to get Jacques to ask her friend out which he declines, as he still harbours feelings for Rebecca that he feels he cannot voice As Rebecca leaves for university leaving Jacques alone with Anna in the home they grew up in he is increasing frustrated as he doesn t want her to leave as they were beginning to become close again after her break up with Sam Rebecca encourages him to find a girlfriend but Jacques having never been in a relationship has no desire for anyone but her, but he does find himself become closer to Anna as they talk after his piano lessons even indulging in sharing a bottle of wine every now and again After Rebecca s departure Jacques find the only true friend he has is Stephen, this only makes his suicide difficult to comprehend but Jacque having already faced death several times understands that Stephen lived his own lifetime and honours him decision to return to nature where he was most at home and himself Jacques begins to have an indemnity crisis unsure of who he is and what he wants to do but he does become social attending parties and even beginning a relationship with Jane Stephen s younger sister.Jacques is pleased to have done so well in his A levels but this is once again overshadowed by sadness as he finds out Jane has been seeing someone else behind his back only weeks before he leaves for university It seems everything good thing that happens to Jacques is overshadowed by something bad happening but he never gives up and he never loses hope As he progresses through university Jacques feels extremely restless leading him to drop out of university and get a job in a local pub much to Oliver s distaste but Jacques enjoys the work and the distraction it brings Rebecca and her boyfriend Ben come to visit where Jacques and Rebecca make up after not having spoken for so long, but neither confesses their feelings to the other Jacques deep down just wants Rebecca to be happy and for his heart to be free As Jacques becomes confident in his career choice moving to a new job in the same area he gets some shocking news from Rebecca that she is pregnant and Ben has told her she has to have an abortion or he will leave her Having learned about Rebecca s views on abortion thorough the novel we know this isn t going to happen, Jacques immediately steps up telling her he will always be there for her but she seems to have closed herself off to him Soon after the news of Rebecca s pregnancy tragedy strikes twice over as Rebecca miscarries and Anna is diagnosed with breast cancer within a few weeks of each other Jacques tries to put the feeling of sadness and heartache out of his mind by throwing himself into his work where he runs into Wheelie an old friend who is getting married and he begins to thinks about how lonely he really is as he can t sustain a relationship while harbouring all these feeling for Rebecca He tells his boss and friend about these feelings and earns a small seal of approval as they aren t related by blood or marriage but Jacques doesn t even know how Rebecca feels about him and he is just too frightened to ask as he fears it may destroy their fragile friendship.In the Christmas holidays Rebecca comes to visit for the first time since the miscarriage, together with Jacques and Anna they seem like a close family It is here that Rebecca and Jacques confess the way they feel to each other but Rebecca still hasn t come to terms with the ghosts of her past in order to move forward will Jacques but being who he is Jacques is content to sit patiently and wait for her to be ready as he has done since he was a boy As the holidays festivities progress Anna and Peter become increasing close and feel so happy for her after all the heartache and loneliness she must have felt being married to a man that didn t love or respect her Jacques and Rebecca also move forward in their relationship although they haven t mentioned it to Anna yet as her surgery is looming and neither want to burden her with worry Rebecca returns to Edinburgh much to Jacques disappointment as well as her own but she does promise him she will return soon.The final chapters of this novel are great as Rebecca and Jacques agree to a relationship and are going to try to create a life together from the ashes of their respective pasts Jacques now feel completely at home with Anna and Rebecca, he no longer feels like an outsider he feels loved and cherished something he had allowed himself to feel for a long time The epilogue is tinged with joy and sadness Jacques and Rebecca marry and are hoping to start a family soon, but they as well as Peter lose Anna to breast cancer several years later I liked the fact Jacques and Rebecca return to the home they grew up in and the home Anna died in and use it as their soon to be family home.Jacques in essence is a tale of love and loss, it will make you laugh and make you cry than once I can honestly say I have steered myself away from this particularly genre for no apparent reason and this book has totally changed my view and I can t wait to read from Tanya Ravenswater.

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    It is only when we matter, when we are seen and truly loved, that we know what it means to fully live Every so often a book comes on your lap that just draws you right in Jacques by Tanya Ravenswater is one of those books Published by Twenty7, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre, Jacques is a beautifully written, coming of age novel about a young French boy.I loved this book and hope you will too I received my copy from Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley in return for my review I do hope you read it and please let me know what you think.The Blurb This is the story of Jacques Lafitte, a young French boy who finds himself orphaned and torn away from everything he knows Forced to move to England to live with his guardian the pompous and distant Oliver Jacques finds himself in a strange country and a strange world.As years pass Jacques becomes part of the Clark family But then his feelings for Oliver s daughter Rebecca begin to surpass mere sibling affection A development that has the power to bring them together, or tear the family apart .Jacques is Tanya Ravenswater s beautiful and touching coming of age novel of loss, longing, falling in love and finding a place to call home And, most importantly, of the power of the relationships that help us along the way Jacques Lafitte Even the name alone conjures up images in your head There are few people to whom we really matter To most people our lives are like facts noted, skimmed over, quickly forgotten They might feel some sense of responsibility if we collapsed on the street, or if we asked them directly for help Otherwise, to the majority of those we come across, the quality and details of our lives are largely irrelevant Thoughtful words The opening sentences of the prologue written by Jacques twenty years after the events that changed his life forever.Born in Neuilly, a Paris suberb, Jacques Lafitte was the beloved son of adoring parents, who were both tragically taken from him at a very young age My whole world had been built on what I trusted would be the unshakeable ground of their presence, my daily life framed by proof of how much I was cherished Jacques care was left to the guardianship of Oliver Clarke Moved to London, to start a very different life, this book tells us the story of a very special young boy and the changes he has to adapt to in order to survive.Oliver Clarke and his wife Anna are not happy Their marriage is crumbling at the seams Oliver is a very strict disciplinarian, with little love handed out to his family Jacques becomes very aware of the differences between their marriage and that of the cherished memories he holds of his parents love Reality for Jacques sets in fast My king and queen were dead I was just a helpless little boy, stripped of everything, even his mother tongue All is not lost for Jacques though as Rebecca, Oliver s daughter, is intrigued by the young French boy in her home They develop a very beautiful, trusting, special relationship as the book progresses and as each reaches different stages in their lives.Tanya Ravenswater writes almost poetically about Jacques, his feelings, his friendships, his thoughts He is a very deep and introverted young man who adapts to his surroundings but I feel always holds back a little of himself.He attends school He is a master at piano and an artist aswell His talents are very private to him In later years, many try to persuade him to use these talents as a career, but to Jacques, his music and paintings are too personal Financial gain is never the attraction for Jacques He is much interested in enjoying the moment and finding happiness in the small pleasures of life.Rebecca and Jacques relationship changes over the years as does his relationship with Anna and Oliver It seemed hardly any time since Rebecca and I had been so close and open with each other Now, however, as each day passed between us we seemed bound to ruin the simplicity of our friendship And perhaps it didn t matter so much to Rebecca But it mattered to me Time moves on, circumstances change There are some sad, some melancholy, some beautiful chapters in this book We see life through the eyes of Jacques as he progresses through puberty to adulthood Jacques is a beautiful coming of age novel written with a gentleness of phrase and a expressiveness in every sentence I could quote sections of this book in this review In fact, if I could, I would quote the whole book but I will leave you with this beautifully written description from a graveside I looked at the bouquet of lillies that had decorated the coffin, now on the grass, close to the mound of soil that would eventually fill in the grave..they would escape the darkness, if only for a few days They would be on guard, like some loyal, graceful dogs with their chins against the earth, pining, eventually dying, realising their wish to be with him again A stunning, impressive debut, Jacques should not go unnoticed I highly recommend Jacques as a completely different alternative to many a book currently on the market.Sorry I just cannot help myself Here is one last quote from this absolutely charming book Some experiences bring us awareness we can t ignore They become touchstones, deeply embedded in the valleys of our psyche Whether we want to or not, we can t help measuring everything else in our subsequent life against them Such knowledge has the potential to lead us to despair, as well as to the path of authenticity I do hope you enjoyed my review and please look out for Jacques next time you are looking for a beautiful read I promise you will not be disappointed.MxxMeet Tanya Tanya D Ravenswater was born in County Down, Northern Ireland She graduated in modern languages from St Andrews, Scotland and later gained an M.A in Counselling Studies from Keele University, Staffordshire She has worked as a general nurse, as a counsellor and in counselling education.Tanya writes fiction and poetry for adults and children, and has facilitated numerous writing projects within an educational context, including creating nature and place themed anthologies for schools Her short stories have been published among short listed entries for the Cheshire Prize for Literature, and her poems have appeared in poetry magazines, such as, among others, Orbis and Obsessed with Pipework.Tanya currently lives in Cheshire with her husband, two teenage children and an alpha Jack Russell.

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    Lesley Allen described this book as seductively lyrical and I have to agree with her It is a simple story but what makes it special is Ravenswater s writing style and mesmerising poetic use of language My pages are littered with highlights from where I found numerous phrases of exquisite prose and absorbing imagery.It is a slow, measured read It is about character, relationships, coming of age and love Despite being so contemporary and set in the late 1980s, it had the feel of a classical novel, maybe even a little like Dickens or a darker Laurie Lee, but certainly reminiscent of Forster and L P Hartley.Jacques life starts sadly Prepared for his parent s death by his Papa s methodical ordering of paperwork and finances following the loss of his mother, Jacques is then faced with what Papa had described as the unlikely event s his own untimely death I had to accept that so called unlikely events were destined to be among the likely facts of my life What is most striking about the two deaths is the way Ravenswater handles Jacques realisation that his world will never be the same again He was privileged to be held so dear by his parents that his whole world had been built on what I trusted would be the unshakeable ground of their presence, my daily life framed by proof of how much I was cherished She conveys such a loving, deep relationship that almost feels exclusive and separate from the rest of the world Jacques mature, intelligent, articulate and sensitive explains how discussion and storytelling had been central to my life with Maman and Papa.they had treated me as an equal in conversation He is a character you cannot help but be drawn too and feel empathy towards The reader is caught up in his engaging narrative and wants to read on and share his journey with him.Jacques then finds himself shipped off to England to his Aunt and Uncle, an event which Ravenswater s simple, observational statement conveys a profound sadness as deep as the channel Jacques has had to cross to get there my king and queen were dead, I was just a helpless little boy, stripped of everything, even his mother tongue. His new family couldn t be contrasting to the one Jacques has lost The house itself captures the personality of the parents with it s overwhelming atmosphere of oppression, imprisonment and reserve a contrast from the creative, equal, discursive home his parents had embodied.inside the house had 4 storeys and a steep, carpeted central staircase with white, thickly glossed bannisters The rooms were high ceilinged, papered mainly in deep reds and browns, furnished with heavy, hard wearing fabrics, dark teak and mahogany.the floors were mostly bare, polished wooden boards with functional rugs and mats His Aunt is anxious, cold, and controlling Jacques is intimidated by the first very formal meeting with her as she explains briskly after I ve taken you through our house rules, you will follow them to the best of your ability His Uncle is nonchalant and disinterested a trait he displays to his own children not just Jacques This is not the cherishing and nurturing environment Jacques experienced in France and sadly he recalls that his sense of not belonging anywhere or to anyone, alongside his grief, forced me to evolve into a different person Therefore their daughter, Rebecca, his sibling although not a blood relative , is a welcomed presence She is vital and colourful and enjoys telling Jacques all about her mother s job which is an abortionist She talks frankly and bluntly again, a contrast to Jacques naivety But she also experiences a sense of isolation or difference from the harsh teasing at school where children regularly call out here comes the murderer s daughter They bond immediately and settle into a very intense relationship.I liked Ravenswater s description Her evocation of place and atmosphere was always so effective and always managed to effortlessly imply about the character or events For example, when Jacques talks about his new school he describes the dark runners of its corridors, blackboards scored with monotonous lines I reduced myself to a scarcely noticeable grey dot There is a fantastic passage between Jacques and his aunt Jacques is a talented piano player a creative output for his emotions, but even this has to fall within strict rules and boundaries as his aunt is so terrified of anything she cannot control treat my piano with respect.or I will cancel lessons immediately You will wipe the keys after each use, and replace the cover and the stool It takes the joy away from anything and constantly reinstates a kind of fear Jacques manages to penetrate her cold shell by suggesting she takes up lessons again and, revealingly, her reply is.our hearts are no longer open and innocentOur hands are irrevocably stained No amount of piano lessons will take that away.There are many very moving passages Jacques relationship with Stephen is particularly poignant, full of resonating intensity and sadness.This is a very original read It is one of those books which you read with ease and surprising speed but then find yourself contemplating for days after Ravenswater s ability to capture the male voice of Jacques with such conviction and authenticity is highly impressive and it is hard to accept this is a debut novel.Author GJ Minett recommended the book to me ages ago and he said if you value precision and a wonderful control over the language allied to a sound instinct for exactly the right turn of phrase, then this is the one for you It shouldn t have taken me so long to get around to reading I think this is definitely a writer to watch out for in the future.

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    Jacques is a happy little boy, living with his parents in France, until he loses both of his parents in a car crash, He is sent to live with Uncle Oliver, his Godfather, and his wife Anna and their two children, Matthew and Rebecca How he learns to live in England and with a family he has never met before, is told through his eyes, first as a child, then teenager and then as a young adult, Entangled with this is his love for Rebecca, and how he changes Anna,,the mother, who when we first meet her, is cold, and at times unfeeling, but this is a smoke screen, one that Jacques gets passed, finding the real Anna, It is a beautiful , tender coming of age story, that made me cry, x

  6. says:

    This is a lovely little book While the story is simple, the plot not too dramatic, I still found myself drawn in and quickly warmed to the characters and their lives Jacques is a young French boy, sensitive and sweet His parents die and he is left in the care of his father s business colleague He has to move to England and adjust to life in a new country with a family he does not know.A simple story of friendship, relationships, family dynamics, music and art.

  7. says:

    This is an incredibly beautiful book I absolutely adore Jacques and everything about him.

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    Jacques has lost both his parents at a young age When his mother died his father made arrangements for Jacques in case something would happen to him Jacques is French, but speaks English fluently and this is something he needs for his future His father appointed a guardian, Oliver, who lives in England and Jacques is being forced to leave everything and everyone he loves behind to start over in a different country Oliver is a selfish and arrogant man He s married to Anna, who s a bit kinder, but distant They already have a son and a daughter, so Jacques isn t the only child in their home Oliver doesn t care about any of them and Jacques has to go from a warm home to a cold one Jacques is a talented child and he develops his skills when growing up He eventually starts to feel comfortable with his new family, which is mainly because of Rebecca, Oliver s daughter They become close and their connection is deep Jacques knows from a young age that she s than just a sibling, but will he actually have a chance with Rebecca or does their situation and upbringing prevent them from ever being together Jacques is a beautiful story about a boy who doesn t have a lucky start in life Jacques is kindhearted and strong Even though he s grieving he makes the best of his situation He s an admirable person and I loved reading about him He manages to adjust because he has to and his good naturedness is wonderful Jacques slowly comes to appreaciate his new life and surroundings He easily makes friends, he feels at home with Anna and Rebecca and he keeps following his heart Jacques is an incredible person and that is what makes this book so amazing.Jacques is an impressive coming of age novel Tanya Ravenswater writes in an open and disarming way This is a terrific contrast to the formal dialogue she uses Main characters are addressing each other by their full first name whenever they speak and they are always incredibly polite, which perfectly suits the environment Jacques is being brought up in It s definitely something that stands out and that makes his story memorable Even in England tragedy follows Jacques, Tanya Ravenswater doesn t spare him He has to get used to grief, but this also makes him learn to welcome every good thing that happens in his life Jacques expresses his emotions through his talents Dealing with many different kinds of suffering makes him wise beyond his years This striking quality is apparent in every conversation he has and I enjoyed that a lot Tanya Ravenswater has writte a terrific complete novel Jacques is a riveting story about a very special person.

  9. says:

    This book is beautifully written, with passages of lyrical quality I found myself drawn by the depth of characterisation and the gently unfolding relationships within the novel I wouldn t hesitate to read another one by the same author.

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    Lovely read I was heartsick in the beginning for the little guy who loses so much and is forced to just get over it Worse, he is stuck with distantly cold guardians The moment he is rushed to pick just a few things of his entire life to that point out of his home had me gutted He will never again feel as welcome with the Clarks as he did in his home with his affectionate parents My king and queen were dead I was just a helpless little boy, stripped of everything, even his mother tongue Orphan not just of his parents, but his homeland That was one of the most beautiful lines It seems his nature sets him up to take a lot of hits over the years and losses collect I think about his friendship with another boy and how immediately his sexuality comes into question I always felt sorry for men that are robbed of the easy comfort allotted to women in relationships with other males No one blinks an eye at the closeness of females usually though it isn t always the case, certainly homophobia exists here too if a gay girl is friends with a straight girl they get flack too just so with males Every country is different and MACHO means something else in England or anywhere else than it does in France.Jacques IS someone with a touch storm in the soul He is a gorgeous character He is the sort of person that internalizes, that dives past the surface and needs to understand life Though he becomes one of the Clarks, he has always felt anything but brotherly for Rebecca and here is the love story.I adore his memories of the things his papa told him Papa once told me that he thought people were like grapes, coming from their own ground, their terroir The soil and climate of one region, however close to another, would give its fruits their particular qualities and subtle variations in flavour Although when transformed into wine, the grape would travel elsewhere in the world, it would continue to speak, in its own language, of the terroir that created it My God, what a gorgeous analogy about where we come from, how it s always inside of us no matter what transplants take place Beautiful read.

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