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The Years

By: Annie Ernaux
Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
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The Years is a personal narrative of the period of 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, impressions past and present - even projections into the future - photos, books, songs, radio, television, and decades of advertising and headlines, contrasted with intimate conflicts and written notes from six decades of diaries. Local dialect, words of the time, slogans, brands, and names for ever-proliferating objects are given a voice here. The voice we recognize as the author's continually dissolves and re-emerges. Ernaux makes the passage of time palpable. Time itself, inexorable, narrates its own course, consigning all other narrators to anonymity. A new kind of autobiography emerges, at once subjective and impersonal, private and collective. 

On its 2008 publication in France, The Years came as a surprise. Although Ernaux had, for years, been hailed as a beloved best-selling and award-winning author, The Years was in many ways a departure: both an intimate memoir written by entire generations and a story of generations telling a very personal story.

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Absorbing and insightful

It took some time for this book to hook me. Initially, I was perplexed by the story which seemed social and cultural, not personal, but it slowly hooked me and I became enthralled. This work demonstrates how biography is always inextricably bound to its social and political context. Ernaux does something wonderful and new, and produces a book for the ages.

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