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Aldo is very difficult to figure out. During reading the pages I sometimes thought jukien things that were not in the world but were in the book. Feb 12, O.

First there is Gracq which by requirement lived an interior exile in a village at the edge of the Loire. Next Post Next Naomi Alderman: Flannery O’Connor, Wise blood. The short answer is, not as well as Buzzati.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. About halfway through the book I could see where everything was going, and I had to keep reading to see how it would get there and the end felt both right and inevitable, and as another character tells Aldo in the last chapter some things has to happen and the characters involved could be anyone, their identities and motivations aren’t important. You see in it a lap of comfort that you can return to anytime and you will be home.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It’s a sort of adventure novel about entropy and the void, populated by stagnant seaside resorts and festering necropolises, sprawling map rooms and weeklong parties, propelled by an engrossing plot that never hits any of the expected notes.

And perhaps also because the dark rumors swirling through the streets are about to become true. Jul 26, Sean rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In particular, Gracq has a possible obsession with remotely located stone or concrete outposts castles, bunkers, observatories fallen into disuse and all but engulfed by their teeming vegetative surroundings, which he carefully describes in rich detail.

The novel has been described as a ” Wagnerian prelude for an unplayed opera” as it doesn’t focus on telling a story but is first ves foremost concerned with creating a mysterious, out-of-time atmosphere. He seems likely, at least via this translation, to be a forebear of my belo Call it 5 stars for mood and overwhelming atmosphere and richness of application of its ambiguities.

The writing here is exceptional; both elegant and oppressive. He wrote novels, critiques, geacq play, and poetry. A novel of waiting, it is set in an almost empty old fortress close to a sea which defines the ancestral border between the stagnant principality of Orsenna and the territory of its archenemy, the mysterious and elusive Farghestan. I really like purple prose, make it as over the top as you hulien i’ll just lap that stuff up, normally.


There can be a page or two of metaphors and similes describing a single item or event. I’m just glad it’s over. But the prose in translation, of course is often quite wonderful.

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Even the chronology is puzzling: The action is very low key and sometimes it is seen only in allusions that raise in intensity as the book goes on, while of course on the second read you will really get their full meaning. Trova lavoro in editoria. The New York Times. Nothing was stirring yet in Orsenna’s sleepy streets, and the great palm fronds spread all the more broadly above blind walls, the chiming of the cathedral clock wakened a dim yet lingering vibration from the old facades.

It is one of those late, solitary, overripe fruits that sometimes grace an autumnal season of decay. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing French-language text Articles with French-language external links. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Aldo from a stodgy noble family that is a bit on the periphery of power in Orsenna, wants to do his duty, but also wants to expand his and by implication his society’s boundaries.

Aldo is in the habit of seeing everything and everyone around him through feelings, and sometimes it works very well. The vacuum that occurs at its frontiers — a kind of numbness which is gener The Opposing Shore has a quite unique atmosphere — it is written in the baroque language of the nineteenth century classical novels and at the same time it is fraught with the Kafkian surreal suspense of the kind that permeates The Castle and it even boasts some whiffs of beautifully enigmatic Gormenghast.

Most of Aldo’s colleagues at the Admiralty sleepwalk their way through life, living mainly for a weekend in the stews of nearby Maremma. Like a child digging in the dirt to discover little treasures, you roam the un-walked paths unearthing their secrets.

To keep it to myself and try to figure out how to replicate some of its magick. You yearn for something new and invigorating. Not a bad premise by any means, but what made it intriguing to me After learning the premise of The Opposing Shore I had to read it, but not because the premise is particularly noteworthy: I did not enjoy it as much as some books I have read but I did enjoy it more than some other books I have read.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Gracq which refuses the Goncourt price, Gracq which refuses small arrangements of the editors. His dreamlike palette of silence, shadows, and gargantuan masses lurking in the distance the Fortress, the volcano… is sometimes reminiscent of metaphysical and surrealist imagery. Speculative fiction that is hard to classify, though in the same narrative space as the recently acclaimed The City and The City by China Mieville, “The Opposing Shore” is a book to be savored at length, read the first time for atmosphere and for having a rough idea of what happens, the second time for starting to get what was going on and then several times more for pure enjoyment.

His writing is extraordinarily rich, sophisticated, and luxuriant, an unrelenting cascade of ornately textured brocades with no fissures, no contrasts, no pause.

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In a sense, Le Rivage des Syrtes is a tragic allegory of civilization as a self-destructing order. I am torn between thinking that it is rich and strange like eating something thick and creamy, and thinking that it is rich and strange like trying to wade through something thick and creamy. The overall sales figures sydtes have easily reached into the hundred thousands by now.

The Rhetoric of the Border in Julien Gracq’s ‘Le Rivage des Syrtes’ – University of St Andrews

Gracq’s over-description dulled the impact of the settings instead of enhancing them, and his lengthy descriptions of the characters and their actions serve to obfuscate, not illuminate. I enjoyed this book. This applies most of all to his interactions with the Princess Aldobrandi, his mistress, and Captain Marino, the commander of the fortress at which he is stationed.