• « Là où les Américains voient des Hillbillies, des rednecks ou des White trash, je vois mes voisins, mes amis, ma famille. »Dans cet ouvrage à la fois personnel et politique, J.D. Vance raconte son enfance chaotique dans les Appalaches, cette immense région des États-Unis qui a vu l'industrie du charbon et de la métallurgie péricliter. Il décrit avec humanité et bienveillance la rude vie de ces « petits Blancs » du Midwest, ces « péquenots », que l'on dit xénophobes et qui ont voté pour Donald Trump.
    Roman autobiographique, Hillbilly Élégie nous fait entendre la voix d'une classe désillusionnée et pose des questions essentielles. Comment peut-on ne pas manger à sa faim dans le pays le plus riche du monde ? Comment l'Amérique démocrate, ouvrière et digne est-elle devenue républicaine, pauvre et pleine de rancune ?

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  • THE POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR SUNDAY TIMES YOU WILL NOT READ A MORE IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT AMERICA THIS YEAR ECONOMIST THE BEST BOOK ABOUT THE ALIENATION WITHIN AMERICA EVENING STANDARD THE MEMOIR GRIPPING AMERICA VIVIDLY ARTICULATES THE DESPAIR AND DISILLUSIONMENT OF BLUE-COLLAR AMERICA SUNDAY TIMES HILLBILLY ELEGY IS A PASSIONATE AND PERSONAL ANALYSIS OF A CULTURE IN CRISIS?THAT OF WHITE WORKING-CLASS AMERICANS. THE DECLINE OF THIS GROUP, A DEMOGRAPHIC OF OUR COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN SLOWLY DISINTEGRATING OVER FORTY YEARS, HAS BEEN REPORTED ON WITH GROWING FREQUENCY AND ALARM, BUT HAS NEVER BEFORE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT AS SEARINGLY FROM THE INSIDE. J. D. VANCE TELLS THE TRUE STORY OF WHAT A SOCIAL, REGIONAL, AND CLASS DECLINE FEELS LIKE WHEN YOU WERE BORN WITH IT HUNG AROUND YOUR NECK.
    THE VANCE FAMILY STORY BEGINS HOPEFULLY IN POST-WAR AMERICA. J. D.S GRANDPARENTS WERE DIRT POOR AND IN LOVE, AND MOVED NORTH FROM KENTUCKYS APPALACHIA REGION TO OHIO IN THE HOPES OF ESCAPING THE DREADFUL POVERTY AROUND THEM. THEY RAISED A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY, AND EVENTUALLY THEIR GRANDCHILD (THE AUTHOR) WOULD GRADUATE FROM YALE LAW SCHOOL, A CONVENTIONAL MARKER OF THEIR SUCCESS IN ACHIEVING GENERATIONAL UPWARD MOBILITY.
    BUT AS THE FAMILY SAGA OF HILLBILLY ELEGY PLAYS OUT, WE LEARN THAT THIS IS ONLY THE SHORT, SUPERFICIAL VERSION. VANCES GRANDPARENTS, AUNT, UNCLE, SISTER, AND, MOST OF ALL, HIS MOTHER, STRUGGLED PROFOUNDLY WITH THE DEMANDS OF THEIR NEW MIDDLE-CLASS LIFE, AND WERE NEVER ABLE TO FULLY ESCAPE THE LEGACY OF ABUSE, ALCOHOLISM, POVERTY, AND TRAUMA SO CHARACTERISTIC OF THEIR PART OF AMERICA. VANCE PIERCINGLY SHOWS HOW HE HIMSELF STILL CARRIES AROUND THE DEMONS OF THEIR CHAOTIC FAMILY HISTORY.

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