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Tell me, Celine  Tons of information, but nothing new

Tell me, Celine Tons of information, but nothing new

One time, Celine Dion spun on the highway while returning from filming Flowers on the snow. Her wedding cake cost $10,000, and the phrase “pass someone’s tree” means “uproot it.” Here’s some information in Tell me, Celinea new unofficial biography whose delivery sparked controversy.

This biography was particularly anticipated, because at the beginning of 2023, Hachette Canada, the distributor of City Éditions in Quebec, promised a trust of Celine Dion compiled by Laurence Catino Crost, a French writer from Juvecy-sur-Orge, over “several months.” . In the suburbs of Paris. The information circulated until the European publisher published a press release last August that included “some key details.” He stressed that it is an “unauthorized work” and “was not created or written” in collaboration with the Quebec artist.

Reached by email, author Laurence Catino-Crost points out that she “never claimed to have collected Madame Celine Dion’s secrets.” However, she seemed to confirm the opposite in an interview she gave to French media group La Dépêche last February. She answers: “The mistakes that some people commit cannot be attributed to me.”

Seamless access

Tell me, Celine He arrives quietly in Quebec. No fuss. This is the least we can say. Hachette Canada was never able to provide journalists with a physical or PDF copy of the book. Fabienne Corriveau, head of the company’s press service, explains that the work is only shown “upon request.” In other words, your favorite bookseller won’t carry “tons of copies,” as the defunct VHS rental chain said at the turn of the century.

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Via email, Laurence Catino-Crost insists that she wrote this biography “with great respect for the artist,” specifying that she worked “accurately,” preferring “historical truth.” The 64-year-old writer reported that he “devoted two years of research” to writing the work.

After reviewing 577 pages (in the electronic version) of Tell me, Celine, we understand, by referring to the bibliographic references, collected in the last part, where the numerous orphaned quotations by Celine Dion, René Angélil, Maman Dion and their companions, scattered throughout the chapters, come from. In total, the author relied on 42 works, published on both sides of the Atlantic, signed by Denis Bombardier, Claudette Dion, Jean Bonoyer, and several others.

Since all the information contained in Tell me, Celine Coming from already published biographies, collections, and newspaper articles, discerning fans of the artist will learn little new by leafing through this book. But that doesn’t stop it from being informative, which is listed in chronological order, like a long Wikipedia entry, from Charlemagne’s beginnings to the special care protocol she has followed since last winter in Minnesota to alleviate his neurological disorder. .

in detail

Lawrence Catino-Crost’s style is certainly clear, but the author sometimes errs on many details. When you mention Celine Dion’s appearance on the TV show Silence…we sing, in August 1986, included all of her songs in a mix. When she talks about the 1991 Diet Coke ad with Obelix and Dogmatix, she takes note of what she says: Tone The entire vocal acrobatics included: “It’s crazy how it quenches your thirst, it’s crazy how popular it is…but above all, but above all, to-to-to-to-to-to-to…” And when she recalls her wedding in Montreal in December 1994 copied the full menu, which included — note to the curious — “raviolis with confit duck brum and sorrel velouté,” as well as “baby salmon tartare and smoked thin fillets with five peppers and quenelle caviar.”

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Did we need a lot of detail? Maybe not. But on the other hand, this surge of information allows us to know that Celine Dion needed 12 hours of sleep at the beginning of her career, and that she was once a cat lady named Isis, after she cut her hair in 1993. She wore a wig Wig for a few months to avoid disturbing her fans who loved her long hair.

Another noteworthy anecdote: During a private concert at Mar-a-Lago in 1996, Donald Trump introduced her as one of the greatest talents in the United States. like what, Spins Former President of the United States is nothing new.

As for the spin she made in 1990, after trying to pass René Angélil’s nephew, she escaped unscathed. But the same cannot be said for his car, which was apparently “severely damaged.”

Intended for French audiences

Tell me, Celine It risks upsetting Quebecois readers at points, particularly when its author deviates from the story (Céline Dion begins her tour Incognito browsing in Rouyn-Noranda) to recall the little history of Abitibi-Temiscaming, “a huge district in Canada, sparsely populated, with many lakes”, “theatre of commercial rivalries” and “the first French fur trade post, established in 1720”. The Laurentians undergo the same treatment a few pages later.

There is no doubt that the French people will welcome this additional information with greater enthusiasm.

The footnotes should also cause an eye roll in Quebecers, specifically the ones explaining each local expression. Thus, we assert that “to thicken the butter” means “to exaggerate, to do too much”, that “to work hard en titi” means “a lot, in large quantities”, and that “to fart on the frets” means “to die, to fall from exhaustion”. , and that “to have your eyes in pine grease” means “to get up tired,” and that “melody” is synonymous with “song.”

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A word about the introduction to the book Tell me, Celine Signed by French singer-songwriter Hugues Overy, the Las Vegas singer was named after her 1966 hit, Celine.

Tell me, Celine

Tell me, Celine

City Éditions, distributed in Quebec by Hachette Canada