“Sweat is a desire to evaporate”: Madame prefers running

“Sweat is a desire for evaporation: Madame prefers running

The writer Anne Genest

When his wife Jacinthe begins to indulge in running, Bernard, a former bookseller who has just sold his business, finds himself completely confused.

While his companion becomes emancipated, strengthens her ass, gains in energy and ambition, he wallows in boredom, thickens with beer and inaction, despising in passing the little cat who lives with them and who becomes enemy rather than distraction.

And he rages. Bernard fulminates to note that his sweet half (at least, she was sweet once) finds a new meaning in his life according to the kilometers of bitumen swallowed in sneakers. He sees the inevitable coming. Jacinthe will want to leave him. Is she unfaithful to him with one or more members of his running club? Why does she change manners and style of dress in such a way? What will he do without her?

When his wife announces to him that indeed, their union which has lasted forever will have an expiration date, Bernard swears to take revenge. With anger, with vigor.

His reaction guided by male pride, as laughable as it is terrifying, this unhealthy anger that becomes suspenseful, keeps us spellbound in the very good novel La sweat est un desire to evaporate, by writer Anne Genest (Fertile, Butterflies drink the tears of loneliness).

In an emotional pen, from which flows a story that could be that of anyone and his brother, the latter acutely depicts the reality of the couple in crisis, in full redefinition, at the age of maturity (early fifties for her, almost sixty for him), when the children have grown up, retirement is coming and there is little to discuss other than to wonder about what to eat for supper when the evening comes. For Jacinthe, the outlet is in sport; for Bernard, he is… nowhere.

How many men, like the main protagonist of Sweat is a Desire to Evaporate, have been left speechless watching what they believed to be theirs to transform and end up reorienting their existence… far from them?

Anne Genest portrays admirably well the old machismo background of a being like Bernard, too comfortable in his comfort, which finds refuge only in aggressiveness. Rest assured, the tone of the book remains entertaining, and almost comical in places.

“Sweat is a desire to evaporate: Madam prefers running

Sweat is a desire to evaporate, on sale May 11, from Éditions Libre Expression

Sweat is a desire to evaporate, on sale May 11 from Éditions Libre Expression.

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