ISBN : 978-2-31500-133-0
Rodolphe, an underground driver, takes great pleasure in sharing what he sees from his cabin. Without us suspecting anything, we are being watched! Maliciously, he describes the passengers’ behaviour. He recognizes from afar the job applicants, the ones in love, the ones skipping school. He observes the tired faces in the evenings at rush hours and imagines our stories and our hopes. For this driver, passengers are not anonymous, and this surprising point of view leads us to think about ourselves and the way each of us uses public transports.
It is also an opportunity for Rodolphe to confess the small secrets of his job and to tell the story of the underground and the RATP. What happens when two passengers get off the train in a station closed for renovation? Did you know that the temperature at rush hours varies between 27 and 34 Celsius degrees? One discovers the place of women among the drivers, where the trains sleep at night, what risks taggers and illegal vendors are ready to run.
Being an underground driver implies choices, specific responsibilities, and for Rodolphe, many pleasures. This observer and storyteller of metropolitan life, whose love for his job appears on every page, surprises us with his humour and many informations.
Rodolphe Macia became a metro driver after several casual jobs. His wife, Sophie Adriansen, collaborated to the writing of this book. She took part in many literary juries and runs a blog, hosted on the site of Elle, which is visited by more than 2000 persons per month. http://blogs.elle.fr/sophielit/