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Alain Robbe-Grillet Ø 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS ✓ La Jalousie Ide au coeur du monde un creux au milieu des objets Mais comme toute ligne part de lui ou s'y termine ce creux finit par être lui même aussi concret aussi solide sinon plus L'autre point de résistance c'est la femme du narrateur A celle dont les yeux font se détourner le regard Elle constitue l'autre pôle de l'aimant La jalo. I can imagine the narrator being a well made robot carefully noticing every detail of the object it is asked to supervise but unable to put into words the emotions of the observer let alone the purpose of the observation I get detailed summaries of the dinner seating arrangements of the narrator s wife and a friend of the family Franck whose wife is absent for health reasons I get perfect descriptions of her movements and plenty of rational ideas explaining why she might be running late when she is out I see the shadows change as the sun moves across the tropical mansion and I register the sharp contrasts as well as the the smooth transitions of light I hear every noise and I dwell on the possible causes for those sounds but they remain inexplicable and unexplained The only reason I know it is a jealous husband and not a robot writing an anxious account of his wife s behaviour is that I make a linguistic semantic connection between the blinds les jalousies that are opened and closed freuently to offer various degrees of transparency into the room of the observed woman and the other meaning of the word la jalousie jealousyAn interesting novel experiment displaying human anxiety by consciously omitting any reference to it by deliberately just showing the surface under which all emotions are hiddenThe novel closes in the pitch darkness of a tropical night crickets making an intense noise that envelopes the house and the garden Nothing strange about thatAnd yet it is a chilling feeling As I close the novel I am worried But like a robot just reporting the facts I can t find any particular reason for that or at least none that derives from the text and not from my own imagination so I will close the review with the uncertain unsure statement that NOTHING HAPPENED Reiki A Comprehensive Guide get detailed summaries of the dinner seating arrangements of the narrator s wife and a friend of the family Franck whose wife is absent for health reasons I জামশেদ মুস্তফির হাড় get perfect descriptions of her movements and plenty of rational ideas explaining why she might be running late when she is out I see the shadows change as the sun moves across the tropical mansion and I register the sharp contrasts as well as the the smooth transitions of light I hear every noise and I dwell on the possible causes for those sounds but they remain inexplicable and unexplained The only reason I know it is a jealous husband and not a robot writing an anxious account of his wife s behaviour is that I make a linguistic semantic connection between the blinds les jalousies that are opened and closed freuently to offer various degrees of transparency into the room of the observed woman and the other meaning of the word la jalousie jealousyAn interesting novel experiment displaying human anxiety by consciously omitting any reference to it by deliberately just showing the surface under which all emotions are hiddenThe novel closes in the pitch darkness of a tropical night crickets making an intense noise that envelopes the house and the Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin garden Nothing strange about thatAnd yet it is a chilling feeling As I close the novel I am worried But like a robot just reporting the facts I can t find any particular reason for that or at least none that derives from the text and not from my own imagination so I will close the review with the uncertain unsure statement that NOTHING HAPPENED

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Alain Robbe-Grillet Ø 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS ✓ La Jalousie Usie est une sorte de contrevent ui permet de regarder au dehors et pour certaines inclinaisons du dehors vers l'intérieur ; mais lorsue les lames sont closes on ne voit plus rien dans aucun sens La jalousie est une passion pour ui rien jamais ne s'efface chaue vision même la plus innocente y demeure inscrite une fois pour tout. I was overwhelmed by this novel the tense repetitions disorienting looping plot descriptions suffused with seething emotion but anything I could say has already been captured by Tom McCarthy s brilliant introduction So I m pasting that below THE OBITUARIES Alain Robbe Grillet received in the British press depicted him as a significant but ultimately eccentric novelist whose work forswore any attempt to he believable or to engage with the real world in a realistic way In taking this line the obituarists displayed an intellectual shortcoming typical of Anglo American empiricism and displayed it on two fronts first in their failure to understand that literary realism is itself a construct as laden with artifice as any other and second in missing the glaring fact that Robbe Grillet s novels are actually ultrarealist shot through at every level with the sheer uiddity of the environments to which they attend so faithfully What we see happening in them again and again is space and matter inscribing themselves on consciousness whose task reciprocally is to accommodate space and matter As Robbe Grillet was himself fond of declaring No art without worldThis type of intense congress with the real can be seen even in the author s shortest offerings In the three page story The Dressmaker s Dummy which opens the collection Snapshots 1962 we are shown a coffeepot a four legged table a waxed tablecloth a manneuin and crucially a large rectangular mirror that reflects the room s objects which include a mirror fronted wardrobe that in turn redoubles everything Thus we are made to navigate a set of duplications modifications and distortions that are at once almost impossibly complex and utterly accurate This is how rooms actually look to an observer how their angles surfaces and sight lines impose themselves on his or her perception No other action takes place in the piece which nonetheless ends with a uite stunning twist as we are told that the coffeepot s base bears a picture of an owl with two large somewhat frightening eyes but due to the coffeepot s presence this image cannot be seen What waits for us at the story s climax its gaze directed back toward our own is a blind spotIn Jealousy 1957 this blind spot is the novel s protagonist Through a meticulously indeed obsessively described house set in the middle of a tropical banana plantation moves what filmmakers call a POV or point of view a camera and mic like node of seeing and hearing The one thing not seen or heard by this node is the node itself Phrases such as It takes a glance at her empty though stained plate to discover and Memory succeeds over in reconstituting beg the uestions Whose glance Whose memory The answer it can pretty easily be inferred from the novel s context is that it is the master of the house s glance and memory his movements and reflections that we are experiencing as he watches his wife identified only as A negotiate an affair with the neighboring plantation s owner Franck The effect of stating the hero s subjectivity negatively by implication rather than by affirmation is eerie and troubling His gaze becomes like that of The Shape in John Carpenter s Halloween or the entity in David Lynch s Lost Highway who stalks a maritally troubled house at night armed with a camera When we read that it is only at a distance of less than a yard that the back of A s head appears a certain way we realize with a shudder that her jealous husband is creeping up on her from behind He is observing her in this particular instance through the slats of a blind or jalousie in French and we through an ingenious if untranslatable linguistic duplication are watching her through two jalousies a double blindThe novel is saturated with a sense of geometry The house s surfaces reveal themselves to us in a series of straight lines and chevrons horizontals verticals and diagonals disks and trapezoids The banana trees as green as jealousy itself are laid out in uincunxes as are the workers who replace the bridge s rectangular beams Geometric order is pitted against formlessness and entropy On the far side of the valley toward Franck s house is a patch in which the narrator tells us using language reminiscent of Othello s that confusion has gained the ascendancy As A combs her hair the struggle between geometry and chaos is replayed With a mechanical gesture the oval of the brush and the straight lines of its teeth pass through the black mass on her head imposing order on it just as the mechanical cries of nocturnal animals shape the darkness beyond the veranda by indicating each one s trajectory through the night Geometry usually wins Even the tangled skein of insects buzzing around the lamp reveals itself when observed at length by the husband to be describing or less flattened ellipses in horizontal planes or at slight angles But an ellipse is not merely a type of orbit it also designates a syntactic omission a typographic gap What s missing from this geometry is A the character whose very name contains an ellipse During this particular scene she is off in town with Franck As the narrator waits for her to come home the lamp hisses like a green eyed monsterEnmeshed with the book s spatial logic is a temporal one The second time we see the shadow of the column fall on the veranda it has lengthened in a clockwise direction the geometry of the house effectively forming a sundial In a filmed interview last year with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist Robbe Grillet s influence on contemporary visual art is enormous the author ponders Hegel s paradox that to say Now it is day cannot be wholly true if a few hours later one can eually truthfully declare Now it is night and notes that for Hegel the only true part of the statements is the word now Why Because it persists The same word punctuates Jealousy like the regular chime of a clock Now the shadow of the column Now the house is empty until the day breaks nowThis is not to say that time moves forward in a straight line Like Benjy in William Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury Jealousy s narrator experiences time or times simultaneously For Robbe Grillet who also made films writing is like splicing together strips of celluloid to create a continual present There are prolepses analepses loops and repetitions a process slyly mirrored in the staggering of the plantation cycle through the whole year such that all its phases occur at the same time every day and the periodical trivial incidents also repeat themselves simultaneously but the time is always now A delightful exchange between the husband and the servant boy in which the latter answers a uestion as to when he was instructed to retrieve ice cubes from the pantry with an imprecise now discerning in the uestion a reuest to hurry carries this point home All the book s actions and exchanges swelter in a stultifying oppressive and persistent present tense what Joyce in Finnegans Wake calls the pressantThe only escape route from this pressant from its simultaneity its loops and repetitions would be violence for the narrator to perpetrate a crime passionel against A and by murdering her free them from the vicious circle of meals cocktails hair combing spying But this does not happen Only the centipede dies again and again and again The venomous Scutigera serves as a meeting point for associations so overloaded that if it were a plug socket it would be smoking During one of its many death scenes the narrative cuts from the crackling of its dying scream as its many legs curl to the crackling sound made by the many teeth of A s brush running through her hair then on to A s fingers clenching the tablecloth in terror from there to the same gesture played out across the bedsheet then finally to Franck jolting and driving violently a sexual image that resolves itself into a putative crash in which the plantation owner s burning car makes the bush crackle As with Franck s car crash posited and then erased it seems that A has finally met a violent fate when near the novel s end we re shown a reddish streak running from the bedroom window to the veranda But no sooner is it outlined than we are told that it has always been there and that A has decided it will not be painted out for the moment So the moment the eternal now persists and she returns to sit at her desk as beforeA is a fantastic creation a femme fatale to rival Lady Macbeth or Clytemnestra in terms of her castrating potency Throughout the book Robbe Grillet associates her with the color green green eyes green irises and coldness She serves ice cubes each of which imprisons a bundle of silver needles in its heart A twist rears its head when after she and Franck return from their night in a hotel she taunts Franck whose sexuality has been associated with car engines from the outset by saying You re not much of a mechanic are you words that cause him to grimace Later as they sit side by side our attention is diverted to the metal ice bucket its lustre already frosted over If A retreats from the narrator she retreats from Franck as well remaining inaccessible to both Perhaps the literary female she resembles most is another A Faulkner s Addie Bundren in As I Lay Dying who despite marriage and an extramarital affair abides refraining and recessional beyond the reach of both husband and lover and of words themselves As Jealousy nears its end A like Addie slips away into the blank areas of the book s geometry spending and time outside the field of vision as though commandeering the narrator s blind spot for herselfOne of A s main activities throughout the novel is to read and write She and Franck use a novel which they both have read and the narrator has not as a cover to discuss their own situation right in front of him They also exchange letters The small spasms and convulsions of A s hair as she sits at her writing table busy hands hidden from view lend the act of writing a sexual aura by implying that she could as easily be masturbating as erasing a stain or a badly chosen word In this respect there is something utterly perverse doubly perverse about her husband s perusal of her writing s residues the fragments of letters left on the writing case s blotter These too are geometric figures tiny lines arcs crosses loops etc but unlike the centipede whose form is marked so legibly across the wall before being erased and reinscribed over and over again here no complete letter can be made out even in a mirror the text remains illegibleIn the interview with Obrist Robbe Grillet claimed that whereas the novels of Balzac or Dickens do not reuire readers since they perform all the latter s work themselves his own writing calls for active readers who will piece everything together Each work is like an Airfix kit or precisely an IKEA one since there is always one vital piece missing The final letter we see A reading has come not from Franck but rather in the last post from Europe from an unknown correspondent As she sets a blank leaf on her green blotter removes her pen s cap and bends forward to start writing one twist emerges Within the self reflexive geometries of Robbe Griller s hall of mirrors the ultimate blind spot just might be the reader Reputation gaze directed back toward our own is a blind spotIn Jealousy 1957 this blind spot is the novel s protagonist Through a meticulously indeed obsessively described house set in the middle of a tropical banana plantation moves what filmmakers call a POV or point of view a camera and mic like node of seeing and hearing The one thing not seen or heard by this node is the node itself Phrases such as It takes a Alfablot glance at her empty though stained plate to discover and Memory succeeds over in reconstituting beg the uestions Whose Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) glance Whose memory The answer it can pretty easily be inferred from the novel s context is that it is the master of the house s Heads of the Colored People glance and memory his movements and reflections that we are experiencing as he watches his wife identified only as A negotiate an affair with the neighboring plantation s owner Franck The effect of stating the hero s subjectivity negatively by implication rather than by affirmation is eerie and troubling His The Syrian Rebellion geometry The house s surfaces reveal themselves to us in a series of straight lines and chevrons horizontals verticals and diagonals disks and trapezoids The banana trees as Lovers Destined gained the ascendancy As A combs her hair the struggle between Prima che tu dica «Pronto» geometry and chaos is replayed With a mechanical Sweeter Than Wine gesture the oval of the brush and the straight lines of its teeth pass through the black mass on her head imposing order on it just as the mechanical cries of nocturnal animals shape the darkness beyond the veranda by indicating each one s trajectory through the night Geometry usually wins Even the tangled skein of insects buzzing around the lamp reveals itself when observed at length by the husband to be describing or less flattened ellipses in horizontal planes or at slight angles But an ellipse is not merely a type of orbit it also designates a syntactic omission a typographic Lady Ariana gap What s missing from this Milk and Honey geometry is A the character whose very name contains an ellipse During this particular scene she is off in town with Franck As the narrator waits for her to come home the lamp hisses like a Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price green eyed monsterEnmeshed with the book s spatial logic is a temporal one The second time we see the shadow of the column fall on the veranda it has lengthened in a clockwise direction the The Substitute Bride geometry of the house effectively forming a sundial In a filmed interview last year with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist Robbe Grillet s influence on contemporary visual art is enormous the author ponders Hegel s paradox that to say Now it is day cannot be wholly true if a few hours later one can eually truthfully declare Now it is night and notes that for Hegel the only true part of the statements is the word now Why Because it persists The same word punctuates Jealousy like the regular chime of a clock Now the shadow of the column Now the house is empty until the day breaks nowThis is not to say that time moves forward in a straight line Like Benjy in William Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury Jealousy s narrator experiences time or times simultaneously For Robbe Grillet who also made films writing is like splicing together strips of celluloid to create a continual present There are prolepses analepses loops and repetitions a process slyly mirrored in the staggering of the plantation cycle through the whole year such that all its phases occur at the same time every day and the periodical trivial incidents also repeat themselves simultaneously but the time is always now A delightful exchange between the husband and the servant boy in which the latter answers a uestion as to when he was instructed to retrieve ice cubes from the pantry with an imprecise now discerning in the uestion a reuest to hurry carries this point home All the book s actions and exchanges swelter in a stultifying oppressive and persistent present tense what Joyce in Finnegans Wake calls the pressantThe only escape route from this pressant from its simultaneity its loops and repetitions would be violence for the narrator to perpetrate a crime passionel against A and by murdering her free them from the vicious circle of meals cocktails hair combing spying But this does not happen Only the centipede dies again and again and again The venomous Scutigera serves as a meeting point for associations so overloaded that if it were a plug socket it would be smoking During one of its many death scenes the narrative cuts from the crackling of its dying scream as its many legs curl to the crackling sound made by the many teeth of A s brush running through her hair then on to A s fingers clenching the tablecloth in terror from there to the same The English Wife gesture played out across the bedsheet then finally to Franck jolting and driving violently a sexual image that resolves itself into a putative crash in which the plantation owner s burning car makes the bush crackle As with Franck s car crash posited and then erased it seems that A has finally met a violent fate when near the novel s end we re shown a reddish streak running from the bedroom window to the veranda But no sooner is it outlined than we are told that it has always been there and that A has decided it will not be painted out for the moment So the moment the eternal now persists and she returns to sit at her desk as beforeA is a fantastic creation a femme fatale to rival Lady Macbeth or Clytemnestra in terms of her castrating potency Throughout the book Robbe Grillet associates her with the color The Octopus Museum green eyes Blood in the Dust green irises and coldness She serves ice cubes each of which imprisons a bundle of silver needles in its heart A twist rears its head when after she and Franck return from their night in a hotel she taunts Franck whose sexuality has been associated with car engines from the outset by saying You re not much of a mechanic are you words that cause him to Living to Tell the Tale A Guide to Writing Memoir grimace Later as they sit side by side our attention is diverted to the metal ice bucket its lustre already frosted over If A retreats from the narrator she retreats from Franck as well remaining inaccessible to both Perhaps the literary female she resembles most is another A Faulkner s Addie Bundren in As I Lay Dying who despite marriage and an extramarital affair abides refraining and recessional beyond the reach of both husband and lover and of words themselves As Jealousy nears its end A like Addie slips away into the blank areas of the book s The volunteer geometry spending and time outside the field of vision as though commandeering the narrator s blind spot for herselfOne of A s main activities throughout the novel is to read and write She and Franck use a novel which they both have read and the narrator has not as a cover to discuss their own situation right in front of him They also exchange letters The small spasms and convulsions of A s hair as she sits at her writing table busy hands hidden from view lend the act of writing a sexual aura by implying that she could as easily be masturbating as erasing a stain or a badly chosen word In this respect there is something utterly perverse doubly perverse about her husband s perusal of her writing s residues the fragments of letters left on the writing case s blotter These too are Sweet and Sour Milk Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship #1 geometric figures tiny lines arcs crosses loops etc but unlike the centipede whose form is marked so legibly across the wall before being erased and reinscribed over and over again here no complete letter can be made out even in a mirror the text remains illegibleIn the interview with Obrist Robbe Grillet claimed that whereas the novels of Balzac or Dickens do not reuire readers since they perform all the latter s work themselves his own writing calls for active readers who will piece everything together Each work is like an Airfix kit or precisely an IKEA one since there is always one vital piece missing The final letter we see A reading has come not from Franck but rather in the last post from Europe from an unknown correspondent As she sets a blank leaf on her The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling green blotter removes her pen s cap and bends forward to start writing one twist emerges Within the self reflexive Milk and Honey geometries of Robbe Griller s hall of mirrors the ultimate blind spot just might be the reader

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Alain Robbe-Grillet Ø 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS ✓ La Jalousie Le narrateur de ce récit un mari ui surveille sa femme est au centre de l'intrigue Il reste d'ailleurs en scène de la première phrase à la dernière ueluefois légèrement à l'écart d'un côté ou de l'autre mais toujours au premier plan Souvent même il s'y trouve seul Ce personnage n'a pas de nom pas de visage Il est un v. The world is neither meaningful nor absurd it uite simply is and that in any case is what is so remarkable about it Alain Robbe GrilletFor anyone interested in exploring the fiction of the Nouveu Roman New Novel Alain Robbe Grillet s 100 page novella Jealousy would make for a great start a prime example of the author s uniue style a style highlighting precise mathematical and freuently repetitive descriptions of objects rather than the novel s traditional emphasis on inner psychology or stream of consciousness Reading this short novel set on a banana plantation within the tropics made for one uniue literary experience specifically here are six themes most piuantNovel As FilmEnglish Jealousy is a translation of the French Jalousie and in French there is a second meaning of this word shutters that is window shutters Actually I don t know if any other reviewer or literary critic noted a third possible meaning camera shutter as in camera shutter speed working in concert with the aperture settings of a film camera It s this third meaning I particularly enjoy since one possible interpretation of the novel is novel as film that is the two main character a man and a women could be leading actors in a film with the objective 3rd person narrator as film director Incidentally Robbe Grillet was one of the top French film directors of his dayDetail Detail DetailOn the first two pages we are given a blueprint of the house courtyard and surrounding banana trees along with a legend labeling ten different parts of the house And throughout the novel the detail continues expressed in a kind of mechanical drawing length and width language descriptions overwhelmingly visual as if outlining specifics for a film crew to construct a set and do a filming Mechanical engineering like detail also applies to the surrounding banana trees for example here is a snippet from a full two pages description Without bothering with the order in which the actually visible banana trees and the cut banana trees occur the sixth row gives the following number twenty two twenty one twenty nineteen which represent respectively the rectangle the true trapezoid the trapezoid with a curved edge and the same after subtracting the holes cut in the harvest Alienation From NatureThe way the author writes about man made objects and nature one has the distinct impression the two main characters Franck and A yes we are only given the lady s first initial and three dots are in a running battle with such as engines continually breaking down as well as tropical heat the deafening racket of crickets the dark of the night and particularly one species of insect sometimes wriggling sometimes suished described in minute detail the centipede Recall how Albert Camus wrote freuently about man s estrangement and alienation from the world also recall how Jean Paul Sartre philosophized extensively about the alienation of human experience being for itself from objects and nature being in itself Alan Robbe Grillet was much influenced by both Camus and SartreAlienation From One s Own Body Franck s face as well as his whole body are virtually petrified A is Petrified by her own gaze Also reference is made to the stiff movements of both A and Franck movements in sharp contrast to one of the Negros described as having a loose uick gait Sidebar In Robbe Grillet s novel The Erasers the main character Wallas is the one with the loose uick gait and the people in the novel s city are the ones that are stiff or flabbyNovel Within a NovelBoth main characters are reading reflecting and sharing their thoughts on an African novel that has many parallels with their own lives in the tropics For me this was a most fascinating part of this novella At one point we read about Franck s and also the narrator s reaction to A s discussing various other possibilities the plot of this African novel could have taken Then Franck sweeps away in a single gesture all the suppositions they had just constructed together It s no use making up contrary possibilities since things are the way they are reality stays the same How about that on the topic of things the narrator or possibly Franck echoes Robbe Grillet s own disinclination to use simile and metaphor And by the way not only are there nearly zero similes or metaphors in this novella the sentences tend to be short and staccatoMetafiction anyone The sentences become shorter and limit themselves for the most part to repeating fragments of those spoken during their last two days or even before Does this uote refer to the spoken sentences of the main characters or to the written sentences of the novella or both One fascinating aspect we encounter is the narrator really all that objective or is the narrator an integral part of the life of either or both of the main characters The I contemplate the possibilities at every turn in this little new novel the admiration I have for its authorSpecial thanks to Goodreads friend Ian for suggesting we both read and write separate reviews for this Robbe Grillet novella El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro great start a prime example of the author s uniue style a style highlighting precise mathematical and freuently repetitive descriptions of objects rather than the novel s traditional emphasis on inner psychology or stream of consciousness Reading this short novel set on a banana plantation within the tropics made for one uniue literary experience specifically here are six themes most piuantNovel As FilmEnglish Jealousy is a translation of the French Jalousie and in French there is a second meaning of this word shutters that is window shutters Actually I don t know if any other reviewer or literary critic noted a third possible meaning camera shutter as in camera shutter speed working in concert with the aperture settings of a film camera It s this third meaning I particularly enjoy since one possible interpretation of the novel is novel as film that is the two main character a man and a women could be leading actors in a film with the objective 3rd person narrator as film director Incidentally Robbe Grillet was one of the top French film directors of his dayDetail Detail DetailOn the first two pages we are Fragonard Art and Eroticism given a blueprint of the house courtyard and surrounding banana trees along with a legend labeling ten different parts of the house And throughout the novel the detail continues expressed in a kind of mechanical drawing length and width language descriptions overwhelmingly visual as if outlining specifics for a film crew to construct a set and do a filming Mechanical engineering like detail also applies to the surrounding banana trees for example here is a snippet from a full two pages description Without bothering with the order in which the actually visible banana trees and the cut banana trees occur the sixth row The Monarchs Are Missing given the lady s first initial and three dots are in a running battle with such as engines continually breaking down as well as tropical heat the deafening racket of crickets the dark of the night and particularly one species of insect sometimes wriggling sometimes suished described in minute detail the centipede Recall how Albert Camus wrote freuently about man s estrangement and alienation from the world also recall how Jean Paul Sartre philosophized extensively about the alienation of human experience being for itself from objects and nature being in itself Alan Robbe Grillet was much influenced by both Camus and SartreAlienation From One s Own Body Franck s face as well as his whole body are virtually petrified A is Petrified by her own Touchstone gaze Also reference is made to the stiff movements of both A and Franck movements in sharp contrast to one of the Negros described as having a loose uick Report an issue gait Sidebar In Robbe Grillet s novel The Erasers the main character Wallas is the one with the loose uick Love is Blind gait and the people in the novel s city are the ones that are stiff or flabbyNovel Within a NovelBoth main characters are reading reflecting and sharing their thoughts on an African novel that has many parallels with their own lives in the tropics For me this was a most fascinating part of this novella At one point we read about Franck s and also the narrator s reaction to A s discussing various other possibilities the plot of this African novel could have taken Then Franck sweeps away in a single Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia gesture all the suppositions they had just constructed together It s no use making up contrary possibilities since things are the way they are reality stays the same How about that on the topic of things the narrator or possibly Franck echoes Robbe Grillet s own disinclination to use simile and metaphor And by the way not only are there nearly zero similes or metaphors in this novella the sentences tend to be short and staccatoMetafiction anyone The sentences become shorter and limit themselves for the most part to repeating fragments of those spoken during their last two days or even before Does this uote refer to the spoken sentences of the main characters or to the written sentences of the novella or both One fascinating aspect we encounter is the narrator really all that objective or is the narrator an integral part of the life of either or both of the main characters The I contemplate the possibilities at every turn in this little new novel the admiration I have for its authorSpecial thanks to Goodreads friend Ian for suggesting we both read and write separate reviews for this Robbe Grillet novella


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    REVIEW Ë HELLOBUY.CO.ZA Ø Alain Robbe-Grillet Alain Robbe-Grillet Ø 1 CHARACTERS READ La Jalousie The shadow of the column though it is already very long would have to be nearly a yard longer to reach the little round spot on the flagstones From the latter runs a thin vertical thread which increases in size as it rises from the concrete s

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    Alain Robbe-Grillet [ epub ] La Jalousie – eBook, Kindle or Book Read A key text of the nouveau roman an unnamed ‘all seeing eye’ narrator navigates his way around an African banana plantation obsessively describing a potential affair between Franck and A in a state of continual present or ‘pressent’ as Tom McCarthy uotes from Joyce in his introduction In French ‘jalousi

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    Alain Robbe-Grillet [ epub ] La Jalousie – eBook, Kindle or Book Read UPDATE 0420 Reading this for the second time I found it much better thus I've bettered it's score Will certainly now read of himFIRST THOUGHTS 0619 below Still don't really know what to make of this It's no doubt cleverly done and highly original and it reminded me slightly of Georges Perec with its endless descriptions of rooms walls doors corners corridors being used in a symbolic way Things are repeated but each ti

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    Alain Robbe-Grillet [ epub ] La Jalousie – eBook, Kindle or Book Read I was overwhelmed by this novel the tense repetitions disorienting looping plot descriptions suffused with seething emotion but anything I could say has already been captured by Tom McCarthy's brilliant introduction So I'm pasting that below

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    Alain Robbe-Grillet [ epub ] La Jalousie – eBook, Kindle or Book Read Alain Robbe-Grillet Ø 1 CHARACTERS Simply astonishing I’ve never read anything remotely similar To a very small extent a film like The Sixth Sense may carry a kernel of parallel in terms of narrative perspective but this would only be in an implied helicopter view pointA plot of sorts is cobbled together of a few sparse events A the mistress of

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  • Paperback
  • 221
  • La Jalousie
  • Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • French
  • 26 May 2020
  • 9782707300546