Underground Time

Underground Time

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a story about the meeting of two marginalized individuals that follows the experiences of Mathilde, who is bullied by her boss; and paramedic Thibault, who is often the only human connection to the victims he attends.

McMillan Palgrave

Every day, Mathilde takes the Metro to her job at a large multinational, where she has felt miserable and isolated ever since getting on the wrong side of her bullying boss. Every day, Thibault, a paramedic, drives where his dispatcher directs him, fighting traffic to attend to disasters. For many of the people he rushes to treat, he represents the only human connection in their day. Mathilde and Thibault are just two figures being pushed and shoved in a lonesome, crowded city. But what might happen if these two souls, traveling their separate paths, could meet?

Delphine de Vigan tells this story of urban isolation with poetic precision and resilient humor, in the much lauded follow-up to her bestselling No and Me.

Praise for No and Me:

"Thought-provoking and often poetic musings about No's life challenge readers to rethink their responsibilities to humankind...Quiet yet gripping."-Kirkus Reviews

"All ages will find much to relish in this deceptively simple tale that is touching and enlightening." -Herald (Scotland)

& Taylor

"Everyday Mathilde takes the Metro, then the commuter train to the office of a large multi-national where she works in the marketing department. Every day, the same routine, the same trains. But something happened a while ago - she dared to voice a different opinion from her moody boss, Jacques. Bit by bit she finds herself frozen out of everything, with no work to do. Thibault is a paramedic. Every day he drives to the addresses he receives from his controller. The city spares him no grief: traffic jams, elusive parking spaces, delivery trucks blocking his route. He is well aware that he may be the only human being many of the people he visits will see for the entire day and is well acquainted with the symptomatic illnesses, the major disasters, the hustle and bustle and, of course, the immense, pervading loneliness of the city. Before one day in May, Mathilde and Thibault had never met. They were just two anonymous figures in a crowd, pushed and shoved and pressured continuously by the loveless, urban world. Underground Time is a novel of quiet violence - the violence of office-bullying, the violence of the brutality of the city - in which our two characters move towards an inevitable meeting"--
Shortlisted for France's prestigious Prix Goncourt, a U.S. release of a story about the meeting of two marginalized individuals follows the experiences of Mathilde, who is bullied by her boss; and paramedic Thibault, who is often an only human connection to the victims he attends. By the best-selling author of No and Me. Original.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608197125
Branch Call Number: FIC VIG
Characteristics: 257 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Miller, George 1965-


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Apr 15, 2018

In this novel, there are two parallel narratives. The main protagonist is a woman, a widow, a single mother. She is successful at work until her boss turns against her and isolates her. de Vigan provides a good description of emotional abuse and suggests that business is a testing ground for morality. The second narrative is of a doctor working for an emergency service whose experiences of being alone in a large city parallel those of the woman. A light but enjoyable read.

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