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The tone of the book is of a hybrid between spiritualist/occult tract and adventure tale ...more
For a "metaphysical adventure" that ends mid-chapter, mid-sentence, mid-thought, Mount Analogue failed entirely to set off my bullshit ...more
I lack desire because I think I possess.
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:
Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live."
The best point of comparison is with Pym because both books are silly and pointless romps through the ocean that end in vagu ...more
Daumal's unfinished novel is an allegory in homage to illumination and profound thought. It is a book about seeking and responsible open-mindedness. The vehicle for Daumal's consideration of intellectual liveliness (the actual plot of the story) can seem frivolous and distracting or a bit thinly veiled; but there is humor in it and a quick pace.
The "T ...more
"Julie Bonasse, between twenty-five and thirty, a Belgian actress. She was having just then a considerable success on the stage in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva. She was the confidante of a swarm of odd young people whom she guided into paths of sublime high-mindedness. She said, 'I adore Ibsen' and 'I adore chocolate eclairs,' in the same tone of mouth-watering conviction. She believed in the existence of the 'fairy of the glaciers,' and ...more
i've been rereading it and will continue to, for most of my life.
an interesting movie to watch after having read this:
The Holy Mountain, by Jodorowsky. pretty much the same plot, only with the addition of torture, giant tarot cards, jesus-face-flesh-eating, decapitated animals, and bathing hippos.
"It isn't easy to explain-- there's a book called Mount Analogue by René Daumal that tells all about it. Just take my word for it."
The book is unfinished, which is frustrating and which also makes it somehow eternal.
There's a fragment from the endmatter that gets stuck in my head from time to time. "There at th...more
The trick, of course, is that Daumal died before the book was finished, rendering the work somewhat incomplete and almost impervious to review. One ...more
J'ai emmené ce livre avec moi au cours de l'ascension d'une petite montagne pour garantir l'effet "symbolique" mais il a été plus abîmé par la pluie qu'autre chose - ce n'était donc pas une bonne idée lol.
Le Mont Analogue est ...more
Here are a few bullet points about what draws me back:
The words and sentences Daumal uses are absolutely gripping. He has a way of putting very complex thoughts into easily readable prose. I remember being blown away when I first started listening to Bob Dylan, but Daumal does it better.
The idea of the novel is th ...more
Do we deserve tidy endings? And as Daumal would likely ask, who are we anyhow? (Not our names or occupations, mind you, but more.)
A bow to Daumal, this book is lasting.
“In the troubled depths of my memory of myself, a little child is awakening and makes the old man’s mask sob.”
“When your feet will ...more
Mount Analogue is (appropriately) an unfinished work. It describes a fantastic expedition to the title mountain, a symbolic link between the human and the divine. In order for it to epitomize this link, the base of the mountain must be accessible to all humanity, but its heights unatt ...more
EL HORROR! (LOL)
Este libro pertenece a un género de literatura que ya nos es un poco ajena a nuestra experiencia, por tanto, si lo vas a leer con ánimos de diversión te encontrás en problemas. No sólo aburre sino que carece de sentido, intenta llevarte por un viaje espiritual y no lo consigue... o sea sólo leer por curiosidad o investigación. Espero que te guste esta imagen de EL HORROR :P
It is a bit eerie when you reach the end, because the book stops in mid-sentence, like a telephone conversation cut short. Daumal's wife adds a few sketches of how the novel may have progressed, as an afterward, but it still doesn't t ...more
The only thing that I disliked about this book is that the tale got cut off, leaving the reader in the middle of the slowly unfolding delightful story. Some may argue, however, that it adds romantism to the book, but I can't really agree with them. It's a shame that the author didn't get a chance to fully express his thoughts.
I am rating this book 5/5 and adding it to m ...more
There is no book as wonderful as this, and if one does exist, it is as difficult to spot as a pearl upon a milk white brow, or ...more
If anything, I think I was more moved by the story of the author's life/death/unfinished work than the ACTUAL story. But...I don't know. 3 stars, I think. For now?
In his late teens his avant-garde poetry was published in France's leading journals, and in his early twenties, although courted by André Breton co-founded, as a counter to Surrealism and Dada, a literary journal, "Le Grand Jeu" with three friends, collectively known as the Simplists, includ ...more