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Alain Robbe-Grillet has long been regarded as the chief spokesman for the controversial nouveau roman. This collection of brilliant short pieces introduces the reader to those techniques employed by Robbe-Grillet in his longer works. These intriguing, gemlike stories represent his most accessible fiction.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1962)
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Nate D
Mar 07, 2012 Nate D rated it liked it
Recommends it for: dressmakers' dummies
Recommended to Nate D by: parallel lines of light on a still pond
"Snapshots" is an apt descriptor of these brief, sometimes near-static vignettes, lines and geometries and reflections that sketch a form from a fixed viewpoint or camera angle. For the most part, they're entirely fixed on visual arrangements with little or no narrative content, and, since this is Robbe-Grillet, no allegoric or symbolic sense. Unsurprisingly, I liked the later examples most -- he begins with images, moves through a couple scenes, then begins deconstructing mundane spaces, and fi ...more
Jun 14, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: stories
Unfairly maligned as an experiment whose time has passed, Robbe-Grillet's attempts at completely objective fiction may be intellectual exercises more than they're stories, but then why was I drawn back to the six pieces in this slim little book? Why did I make someone else read it, just so I could figure out what I was feeling? They aren't conventionally satisfying, but damn it, there's something going on that I can't quite pin down. Or maybe there's nothing going on.

I think the reaction above i
Jan 01, 2008 W.B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This one would be in my top ten all-time for short story collections. The beach story is Philip Glass long before Philip Glass became Philip Glass. Yummy.
albin james
Apr 30, 2015 albin james rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're driving into town
With a dark cloud above you
Dial in the number
Who's bound to love you

Oh honey you turn me on
I'm a radio
I'm a country station
I'm a little bit corny
I'm a wildwood flower
Waving for you
Broadcasting tower
Waving for you

And I'm sending you out
This signal here
I hope you can pick it up
Loud and clear
I know you don't like weak women
You get bored so quick
And you don't like strong women
'Cause they're hip to your tricks

It's been dirty for dirty
Down the line
But y
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Feb 13, 2012 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it
This all reminds me of the resilience that we have as parents. Somehow once we have a child our ability to bear pain becomes a deep well. Weather it is from the moment of child birth or hearing those first harsh words spoken from anger of an upset child to doubling over in agony when we can not save them from themselves. My own mother lost a child at birth and my mother in law lost a son in his teens as well as my Dear Hubby lost a step son in his teens too. Soul wrenching grief overtakes a pers ...more
C'est un ensemble assez inégal, pourtant très riche et très visuel. Chacune de ces scènes pour être donner lieu à un magnifique court métrage, tant cette écriture paraît cinématographie. 5 étoiles pour Le chemin du retour et La chambre secrète qui sont de loin les deux extraits les plus chauds, les plus vivants et surtout les plus organiques !
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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon one of the figures most associated with the trend of the Nouveau Roman. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on March 25, 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat #32.

He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .

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