Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Reader's Diary #1394- Michel Tremblay: The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant
The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant is the day in the life of a Montreal street in 1942. The book flows in and out of the lives of various characters (including a cat!), most of whom intersect at some point or another. The pervading tone is one of melancholia; everyone seems to feel judged unfairly by everyone else, but there are flashes of humor and danger as well. It's not particularly plot heavy, but it's interesting, even poignant at times. Not all lives are created equal of course and some of the problems I had with remembering who was who simply came down to some being less compelling than others. The prostitutes were interesting. The elderly mother was interesting. The cat and the family of ghost sisters were interesting. The others, not so much. Oddly, the titular character seemed no more important than anyone else. She seems like the kind of character book clubs would discuss, debating why Tremblay singled her out for the title role. Does she symbolize something?
All in all, not an unpleasant read, but I have a feeling that it would have grown tedious had it gone on much longer.