PDF (Belle du Seigneur)

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  • 1110
  • Belle du Seigneur
  • Albert Cohen
  • French
  • 01 July 2019
  • 9782070404025

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Belle du Seigneur review ¸ 8 S avaient toute la vie et soudain elle avait peur de lui avoir déplu trop sûre d'elle mais non ô bonheur il lui souriait et contre lui la gardait et murmurait ue tous les soirs ils se verraient »Ariane devant son seigneur son maître son aimé Solal tous deux entourés d'une foule de comparses ce roman n'est rien de moins ue le chef d’œuvre de la littérature amoureuse de notre épo. This book should be read young There is lightness air is soft merry seduction I am SolalI imagine Ariane And then there are the 100 last pages I reach there not I read the others uickly but these last pages I do not arrive I slow down The separation appears inevitable It s umbearable It s a form of resistance When the book is finished there is bitterness Does happy love exist

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Belle du Seigneur review ¸ 8 Merveilles point toujours comprises car elle le regardait trop mais toujours de toute son âme approuvées ui lui murmurait u'ils étaient amoureux et elle avait alors un impalpable rire tremblé voilà oui c'était cela amoureux et il lui murmurait u'il se mourait de baiser et bénir les longs cils recourbés mais non pas ici plus tard lorsu'ils seraient seuls et alors elle murmurait u'il. This has to be one of the best books I ve ever read It s genius I love writing style where each character has his own distinctive voice and I adore stream of consciousness bits where we go deep into thoughts of each character in an exploration of their point of view The psychological characterization is sharp and profound and I would say that the uality of analysis is Dostoyevski level The story really debunks the typical romantic fantasy of finding life s meaning in passionate love and shows ambivalence in lovers attitude and sort of cynicism that intelligent people have towards amorous relationships having the knowledge of hollowness of their pursuit of happiness in obsessive love but still being too hot blooded not to dive deep into their erotic desires The main characters are narcissistic self absorbed raw beautiful intelligent creative special religious idealistic sarcastic contradictory shallow and deep at the same time full of unfulfilled potential and painfully conscious of their state without the ability to change it Their characterization really shows the complexity of balancing emotions reason and moral values that all humans have to do and the tragic conseuences in which wrong decisions lead In Dante s Inferno lovers guilty of the sin of carnal lust are eternally whirled by the winds as they were helpless in life in the temptation of passion forever in that same scenario without any progress purpose goal and evolution and this novel is a painting of that hell while being alive Destruction of obsessive passion is spiritual psychological and physical And the brilliant underlying humor in the novel helped transcend the sadness that ending invokes Truly a masterpiece and I don t understand how it s not well known it s a big book but every second of reading was worth it

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Belle du Seigneur review ¸ 8 « Solennels parmi les couples sans amour ils dansaient d'eux seuls préoccupés goûtaient l'un à l'autre soigneux profonds perdus Béate d'être tenue et guidée elle ignorait le monde écoutait le bonheur dans ses veines parfois s'admirant dans les hautes glaces des murs élégante émouvante exceptionnelle femme aimée parfois reculant la tête pour mieux le voir ui lui murmurait des. This is a great novel about romantic love alternately one could say that it s about what it s like to be a sex and love addict since it doesn t portray romantic love very positively The three main characters are Ariane her husband Didi and Solal who later becomes Ariane s lover The first third is mostly about the young married couple Didi is one of the great idiots of literature and everything he does sets Ariane s teeth on edge She wishes every minute of the day that she hadn t married him she screwed up badly when she was 20 he rescued her and she accepted him out of gratitude and because she didn t have any alternatives It doesn t make her like him any better The book is often described in the francophone world as phallocrate you guessed that right but in the first part it s almost the opposite a lot is presented from Ariane s point of view including a memorable stream of consciousness passage when she s in her bath thinking mostly about how unbelievably disgusting and stupid it is to have sex with her husband You are a little startled that this was written by a man Didi is oblivious to the fact that she can t stand him and it s clear that this state of affairs won t continue indefinitelySolal is Didi s exact opposite smart powerful and irresistibly attractive to women He s a big wheel at the League of Nations and Didi s boss He s fallen for Ariane who is a babe Solal has a tendency to fall for unsuitable babes he knows already that there s going to be trouble and that he s going to wish he hadn t done it Being a Don Juan type he s been round the cycle numerous times and feels disgusted with the predictability of everyone involved including himself At the same time the author conveys well his delight in Ariane s presence love transforms his world and makes him come alive To me Didi and Solal are idealized complementary halves I m guessing the author combined aspects of both of them though from what I can make out he was most like Solal It s an interesting way to present what he sees as the artificiality of romance a theme that becomes increasingly important later Sometimes you find yourself playing the role of the moronic despised soon to be cuckolded Didi sometimes you re cast as his dashing rival Both are just roles and even though Solal gets the better one he often finds it stifling I perhaps make this sound like depressing stuff In fact the first part of the book is very light and funny There is foreshadowing but mostly you re just laughing at all the stupid things Didi does and says About a third of the way through Ariane finally meets Solal Though in fact she s already met him since I didn t mention the book s very first scene you ll have to read it to find out what that s about He tells her that she will be his within three hours and then spends most of it explaining all the tricks he is going to use to seduce her I am not enough of a Don Juan myself to be able to say whether they are the most effective ones but based on my limited experience they sound correct At any rate they work on Ariane and we now embark on the second phase of the book where the focus contracts to include only the two lovers Solal has sent off Didi on a long work related trip so that he will have the field to himselfWhat s interesting about this part is the extremely cynical view of romantic love which it presents Everything depends on appearances Solal and his Belle take endless pains to present themselves to each other in as favorable a light as possible agonizing over the tiniest details and alternating between bottomless despair when they feel that they have made a gaffe and unbounded happiness when the loved one appreciates the latest little strategem It is constantly made clear that the whole thing is an illusion which both parties are working nonstop to maintain It s made eually clear how wonderful this illusion is for both of them and how necessary all the contrivances are to keep it alive given the basic rules of the game Though of course the author is also saying that there is something badly wrong with the game itself if it has to be played in such an absurd way sometimes he says it very explicitlyWriting this down I m reminded of a favorite scene from the 1983 movie Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson is an aging former astronaut who spends most of his time drinking and trying to lay as many young women as possible Shirley MacClaine his next door neighbor has been watching his goings on for years with evident disapproval She s finally consented to enter his house It s covered with medals photographs taken from space what have you every suare centimeter screams Have sex with me I m a famous astronaut She looks around cooly and saysIs all of this really necessaryNicholson completely unembarrassed replies Necessary Sometimes it s not enoughI won t describe the last part of the book but it follows logically from what has gone before and is unlikely to leave you smiling idiotically about the beauties of love So handle with care but it s a great piece of work and will almost certainly make you thinkI picked this up again a couple of days ago and continued re reading it now about two thirds of the way through He s so good at showing you how stupid and crazy and selfish love can make you But also how beautiful and generous and godlike Often at the same timeAnd I d forgotten how incredibly sexy the stream of consciousness bits are Here s Ariane in her bath waiting impatiently for her lover to arrive after a long absence pench sur mon buste enfin uoi sur un de mes snies s il faut tout vous dire oui snies parfaitment je dis les mots l envers uand a me g ne de les dire l endroit moi donc passive reine recevant l hommage ui fait tant de bien le suppliant ue longtemps longtemps droite puis gauche puis droite et moi reconnaissante r lant ronronnant avec distinction bref remerciements inarticul s et un peu le caressant mon ch ri dans ses cheveux sublimes en d sordre pour u il sache ue j approuve et appr cie fort et pour l amour du ciel u il veuille bien continuer oh comme je suis rudimentaire et puis tout coup je lui dis ue je ne peux plus et u il me faut le sacre moi noble victime sur l autel tendue oui son jardin troit u il y entre u il y reste je le retiens je l aspire oh reste toujours mon bien aim reste dans ta religieuse oh uand il en moi oui pas de honte de le dire parce ue tr s beau tr s noble oui oui uand il en moi c est l ternit oh uand il uand il se lib re en moi se lib re pulsations ue je sens en moi alors je le regarde et c est l ternit et j accepte de mourir un jour un soir d automne peut tre de cancer j accepte puisue uand il exulte en moi je vis ternelle oh je jouis plus de la joie ue je lui donne ue de celle ue je lui prends mon amour dis ue tu es bien en moi oh reste reste assez ne plus continuer d fense de continuer parce ue a devient v ritablement odieux mon amour mais vous comprenez insupportable surtout dans l eau ui est complice terrible oh aim venez tre bien en moi s il vous pla tThe ending is very painful and very beautiful I was particularly moved by this passage les d buts leur temps de Gen ve les pr paratifs son bonheur d tre belle pour lui les attentes les arriv es neuf heures et elle tait toujours sur le seuil l attendre impatiente et en sant de jeunesse l attendre sur le seuil et sous les roses dans la robe roumaine u il aimait blanche aux larges manches serr es aux poignets l enthusiasme de le revoir les soir es les heures se regarder se parler se raconter l autre tant de baisers re us et donn s oui les seuls vrais de sa vie et apr s l avoir uitt e tard dans la nuit uitt e avec tant de baisers baisers profonds baisers interminables il revenait parfois une heure plus tard ou des minutes plus tard splendeur de le revoir fervent retour je ne peux pas sans toi il lui disait je ne peux pas et d amour il pliait genou devant elle ui d amour pliait genou devant lui et c tait des baisers elle et lui religieux des baisers encore et encore baisers v ritables baisers d amour grands baisers battant l aile je ne peux pas sans toi il lui disait entre des baisers et il restait le merveilleux ui ne pouvait pas ne pouvait pas sans elle restait des heures jusu l aurore et aux chants des oiseaux et c tait l amour Et maintenant ils ne se d siraient plus ils s ennuyaient ensemble elle le savait bien