Zany, funny, witty and charming, Les écailles de l’amer Léthé is an ode to literature.
This is the story of a guy who reads books to his goldfish, named Cookie.
A lonely man, who shuns the company of people but still likes to slip in among the guests at weddings and funerals. When confronted by his psychologist, who is eager to hear stories about his parents, he does not hesitate to invent traumas from his childhood. He is a man who has trouble with decisions and responsibilities
So when the fish Cookie enters his life, it upsets the narrator’s habits. In a desperate attempt to create a bond with the animal, he begins to read him a poem by Baudelaire. Suddenly, the fish freezes, attentive. A series of tests followed. Only literature captivates him. But would it be enough to save him?
Eric Metzger shares his love of words and asks, behind the apparent facetiousness, deep questions about love, willpower, and the meaning of life.