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Soundtrack Saturday – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

July 23, 2011
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Soundtrack Saturdays an opportunity to share a song I think would fit on the soundtrack for the book I’m currently reading.

Feel free to join in! Either leave your soundtrack pick or the link to your soundtrack post in the comments.

From the publisher’s website:
Hilary Wainwright, poet and intellectual, returns after the war to a blasted and impoverished France in order to trace a child lost five years before. The novel asks: is the child really his? And does he want him? These are questions you can take to be as metaphorical as you wish: the novel works perfectly well as straight narrative. It’s extraordinarily gripping: it has the page-turning compulsion of a thriller while at the same time being written with perfect clarity and precision

Soundtrack Song: “Une Année Sans Lumière” by Arcade Fire
Little Boy Lost takes place primarily France, so I’ll be perfectly honest and admit that I first thought of “Une Année Sans Lumière” because most of it is in French. (I’ll also admit that I just notice how fitting it is that, as Little Boy Lost begins in England, the first line of each verse of the song is in English and then continues in French.) I ultimately decided on this song because it seems to capture the sadness pervading both France and Hilary, the hurt that has acted as blinders for Hilary making him unable to see any potential for happiness, and finally the hope potentially found in that little boy.

If you’re interested, the lyrics can be found here and someone has provided a translation: Une Année Sans Lumière lyrics

What song would you add to the soundtrack for this book or the one you’re currently reading?

To check out previous Soundtrack Saturday posts, click here

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. justbookreading permalink
    July 24, 2011 7:13 am

    Great song this week!

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