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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 12, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: pomo , aa-francelit , robbe-grillet-alain , experimental , read-twice-or-more , translation , aaa-favoritefiction , literature , surrealism , aa-europelit.
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View all 8 comments. Nov 04, Nate D rated it liked it Recommends it for: where did I leave my shoebox? Recommended to Nate D by: parallel lines in snow, of snow. Shelves: france , 60s-re-de-construction , read-in , post-modernism. In the Labyrinth takes a lot of the repetition and variation structures that make up Jealousy , but reapplies them to a new context: a maybe-delerious soldier wandering the vacant streets of a soon-to-be-occupied city, attempting to deliver a mysterious package.
But whereas Jealousy 's ambiguities arose from the doubt and uncertainty of a single mind in action, here the entire structure, viewpoint and narrative frame is called into question. Could, for instance, this all be a construction of the unconcious soldier our protagonist briefly examines in the the next bed?
The constantly shifting details of character, place, and action, repeating yet reconfiguring, echoing unexpectedly, suggest that the entire story-world exists in some still-indefinite state, the possible explanation for which may make his one of R-G's more ambitious though less directly focused or compelling than the two that proceeded it, and less purely entertaining than what he would do in the 70s. Note also the pre-Lynchian red curtains, which I can't help but attach a similar significance to.
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Sep 03, Nico rated it it was amazing. Conrad writes: all along the formless coast bordered by dangerous surf, as if Nature herself had tried to ward off intruders; in and out of rivers, streams of death in life, whose banks were rotting into mud, whose waters, thickened into slime, invaded the contorted mangroves, that seemed to writhe at us in the extremity of contorted despair.
HD, 62 The language Conrad chooses here is a lexicon of extreme carnality; it radiates with life and the excreta of life. It contains nature into specific parcels of land, it defines the parameters of the bungalow and thus of the narrative and encloses the plane of text within its tight confines. It is the lexicon of the neurotic colonialist at the end of expansion, on the eve of his inevitable departure. Under the gaze of the narrator it has already become memory, become fixed. Like the studium of the photograph, his language holds nature within itself, creating artificial boundaries in the mud and the forest.
Oct 18, El rated it it was amazing Shelves: 20th-centurylit-late. I chose to read this one as it has two titles in one. I hadn't previously read Robbe-Grillet but had a feeling I would love him. There is now possibly a permanent dip in the couch from where I plopped myself down to read this and didn't get up until I finished.
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The first in the book is Jealousy , a novel told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator who never refers to himself in the first person. He spends the majority of his time spying on his wife who only is referred to here as "A The narrator here is convinced his wife is having an affair with their neighbor, Franck, and watches them from the house. Much of time it's hard to discern between reality and the narrator's obsessiveness which is such a delicious twist I could hardly stand it.
In the Labyrinth is the second novel of the book and good, though not quite as yummy to me as Jealousy. This story is about a wounded soldier wandering wartime streets in effort to deliver an important package. The streets are the labyrinth of the title and Robbe-Grillet manages to capture the maze-like feeling in his descriptions.
Almost Kafaesque. Also delicious. Nov 03, Ryan Chapman rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. I'd never read any of the nouveau romans , and Barthes' ideas in particular were illuminating. And the book? It is a technical achievement, certainly: Robbe-Grillet balances the repetitions and details in such a fine way as to subtly draw the reader into the narrator's obsession, slowly destroying linear time for the sake of a hyper-aware sense of space. The film influence is obvi The three introductory essays were pretty helpful in providing context for Jealousy , which I chose after its mention in Zadie Smith 's NYRB essay.
The film influence is obvious, particularly the Godardian sense of camera as voyeur.
However, I feel it is merely a technical achievement, as there is no point of entry for the reader on the level of pathos--the prose resists such emotional attachment. We're left with a completely dry text, like watching theatre behind a plate-glass window. Whether this is the author's intent or not I cannot say and don't particularly care : there are plenty of similar authors from the same era whose experimentation admitted an identification. View 1 comment. Oct 03, Scott Elliott rated it it was amazing.
For those prone to savoring words, language, and narrative art, this is a must read It is so subtle, so intricate, so perfectly and paradoxically balanced in its self-awareness and its transparency -- and on the matters of point-of-view and focalization, exquisite. The novels' intrigue lies not in anything that either says so much as in what each does.
The writer's execution of his purpose is raz Brilliant. The writer's execution of his purpose is razor-sharp in its precision. It offers no spectacle or color or depth, but instead a flawless rendering of the imaginary an inadequate term, but a better one eludes me -- striving for an economy of words, I'm seeking one that captures two or three things at once, all of which exceed the limits of a review like this.
Each narrative a deft performance of "zero-degree writing" see Barthes. Never has the banal been so marvelous.
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My recommendation: read one or the other of the novellas viz. Then, having read at least one of the essays, return to the second novella with a nuanced appreciation. Dec 08, Andrew added it Shelves: french-language-fiction , nouveau-roman.
Two brief novels by the master of the French nouveau roman, told with mathematical precision, eerie variation in perception, and a series of creepy leitmotifs. Like so many of my favorite writers Sebald, Perec, Woolf, Borges , Robbe-Grillet wants to look at all the myriad ways in which humans perceive the world around them, and then he goes on to write unsettling things that undermine that. I adored The Voyeur for this. Now, Jealousy is in many ways similar, set in this Graham Greene Two brief novels by the master of the French nouveau roman, told with mathematical precision, eerie variation in perception, and a series of creepy leitmotifs.
Now, Jealousy is in many ways similar, set in this Graham Greene-ish tropical milieu, all sunlight and languor. Yet this one, it didn't quite seem the whole of its parts In the Labyrinth, on the other hand, blew me away. Here's this soldier, traipsing the streets of this city under siege, his motives mysterious, trying to deliver an equally mysterious parcel.
The sense of dread and paranoia was absolutely palpable. Did any of you ever see that movie, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, about a clandestine abortion in Ceaucescu's Romania? Nearly got nauseous from the dread in that one. In the Labyrinth did me similar. Aug 01, aya rated it it was amazing. Jealousy: Robbe-Grillet has created an impeccably accurate and precise portrait of jealousy.
The obsessive repetition and attention to insubstantial details. Absorbs us completely into its black hole and reminds us of the dark and mad places it so easily transports us--a place where every sound and move is fraught with significance. Almost genius in its crafting. In the Labyrinth: Repetition, garbled chronology, and minute attention to detail are standards of Robbe-Grillet's fiction, and are here utilized to create the sometimes nauseating feverish haze and obsession of an ailing soldier.
The hallucinatory heights that illness can bring one, insensate and determined, heightened awareness of paticulars tunneled vision.
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