REVIEWS: The school of desires—aUTHOR SYLVIE GENDREAU, CERA,2004, MONTREAL
December 10, 2004.
CBF-R FM 95,1 MONTREAL, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Portes Ouvertes - 20H09.
Dominique Charbonneau (Book Reviewer):
The school of Desires of Sylvie Gendreau, is a book…
Raymond Cloutier (Presenter):
The school of Desires…
Dominique Charbonneau: illustrated with the photographs and drawings of Pierre Guité and published by CÉRA. It is a box of two volumes. A collection of confidences, personal reflections with a critical and positive glance at life, on the course of things, and corporations. Sylvie Gendreau is an expert in communication and creativity; she worked extensively as a consultant with large corporations. But at a certain point, she questioned whether what she was doing had any sense, a breakdown as any had probably experienced. She decided to write this book the school of Desires, i.e. relearn how to wish, dream the Utopia.
Raymond Cloutier : Very beautiful book.
Dominique CHARBONNEAU: I had a lot of pleasure reading these two books, with the photographs and illustrations.
Raymond Cloutier : You read it all, Dominique? Before Christmas? Good, nobody has given it to you as a gift, then.
I had the pleasure then felt the happiness to have discovered Faits d'amour. It is splendid story with permanent tension between intimacy and the universal. Thank you for having shared this extreme sensitivity that touched me.
Carole R. Répentigny
I am a temporary employee at a BNQ and your book Faits d'amour fell in my hands today. I started to leaf through it, then read it… and I could not stop, because this book reminded me of what I went through at the time of the great departure of my own mother ten years ago. Thank you Sylvie for this beautiful and touching testimony. You wrote everything that my heart kept in secret…
It is indeed a beautiful story, it touched me deeply.
Michel G. Kazeef
I read with a lot of emotion her love connection with her mother. More than one connection, a symbiosis. She wrote with a lot of simplicity about deep matters.
Faits d'amour is a small testimonial book of great sincerity and simplicity. It narrates one of the most beautiful relations that exist, between a mother and her child. The child is the author, Sylvie Gendreau, a woman who pays homage to the greatness of her mother who is deceased now.
It is this passage from life to death (and also from death to life) that is told. Several will recognize themselves in this force, the love and wisdom of each mother in this so important act of transmission which exist between soul mates: an act of transmission which, in spite of death, can continue to be achieved - memories and feelings will always make us grow.
This small book is then a source of inspiration whose title diverts the expression “feat of arms”, as she explains at the very end, Sylvie Gendreau: “I wanted to divert the expression “feat of arms”, because for me, love gestures are more heroic than others. And putting them in a scene can only inspire others.”
an ANONYMOUS reader
It made me cry all through her different suffering stages. I liked the depth and honesty of her feelings which came out very naturally. It's during such moments the purity of our feelings surfaces out and we may think and even feel so vulnerable, when in fact such moments due to their strong impact gives us the strength and courage to face the truth, detach ourselves from everything that is materialistic, and above all confront ourselves with the weaknesses and faults throughout the different stages of our lives.
What I find really weird and surprising though, is that I felt the same kind of emptiness and suffering that she was describing in her book, despite the fact that my mother who too had sacrificed a lot for our sake, loved each of us in her own way, but never been able to show her feelings unlike your mother. I guess people tend to suffer the same way either from extreme attachment or the regret of detachment.