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The calm and quiet now feels like boredom.

Back Catalogue #2 Julien Gracq, “Le Rivage des Syrtes” (1951)

Return to Book Page. Maybe there rivave moments when you rush into the future as into a fire—helter skelter. The winds of change themselves are represented by the isolated state of Farghestan, with whom Gtacq is still in a state of war, despite the unspoken truce that has held for the preceding three centuries. The things that the words said happened were interesting to me.

Come scrivere un romanzo in giorni. Explore the Home Gift Guide. So in premise this reminded me a lot of the excellent The Tartar Steppe. The novel ends when the “story” begins, i.

Scegli un punteggio 1 2 3 4 5 Il tuo voto: Its the former, done. Jun 11, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. Normally I am not even conscious of literary style, but a book like this makes you very aware of it and the contrast helps you appreciate authors who get it right.

Refresh and try again. Captain Marino is the current Orsenna in essence; an older career soldier and not a noble, so viewed alternatively with mild suspicion or with “he is of no real importance” by the Senate and nobility, Marino is the commander of the Admiralty, rivagw fortress that guards the Syrtes shore. The novel is full of subtle nuances and continuous hints of syrtse possible momentous changes, but all as viewed through a veil.

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I can’t think of a book with so indistinct an era and place, yet with such vivid and rich detail and so well drawn a mood and fog. As suggested above, the rich pleasure it delivers is somewhat illicit, if not downright regressive.

It’s what happens to something that’s felt itself gathered together too long, too exclusively. The protagonist, Aldo, will be instrumental to this highly ambiguous reawakening of the sleeping principality — el ephemeral vivacity that precedes agony. This applies most julin all to his interactions with the Princess Aldobrandi, his mistress, and Captain Marino, the commander of the fortress at which he is stationed.

There are metaphors within metaphors. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle seems to apply to him – when he is observed to do something, he changes, such that the next time he will react differently – particularly with people.

The battle has become a complex, tacit game in which no actions are taken and no peace declared.

Julien Gracq: Le Rivage des Syrtes (The Opposing Shore) – The Modern Novel

Learn more about Amazon Prime. When he meets Vanessa, daughter of another influential family, though one with a bad reputation, things start to change. This essay is written for the literary scholar and is informative and thoughtful.

I finally gave it four stars, mostly because I can see myself wanting to reread it some time. It has already been translated into six languages, and its long overdue appearance in English reminds us of one of the more stimulating and original imaginations in contemporary French literature.


Just awesome prose to drown into and it goes juliien way to the end. 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 Opposing Shore by Julien Gracq

Published in France almost 60 years ago and an instant classic there honored with the Prix Goncourt – which the author refused after publicly railing against literary prizes – The Opposing Shore hooked me from the first page and I could not leave it before doing this review, though usually I leave some time between reading and reviewing for the book to “settle” in my mind.

Inside these clammy buildings dwell somnolent characters who have lost their way, or simply drifted into stasis. In fact, Aldo seems to blame the action on several people other than himself, when he was clearly the one in control that made the decision.

The Opposing Shore is Mr. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. However the Opposing Shore diverts completely from sydtes Tartar Edit: