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Jules et Jim

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  555 ratings  ·  46 reviews
In free-spirited Paris, Jules and Jim live a carefree bohemian existence. They write in cafés, travel when the mood takes them, and share the women they love without jealousy. But despite their numerous love affairs, it is Kate - with a smile the two friends have determined to follow always, but capricious enough to jump in the Seine from spite - who steals their hearts mo ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 1953)
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Manny
Jul 29, 2011 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Psycho bitches, people dating psycho bitches
Recommended to Manny by: Pierrette
Jules (short, German, philosophical) and Jim (tall, French, romantic) meet in 1907 and immediately become best friends. People wonder if they're gay, but they're not: they just really like each other. They always seem to end up dating the same women, and live a wild and complicated life. After a while, they both fall for beautiful German Kathe, who's the original psycho bitch from hell. She hangs out with each of them in turn, has children with them, falls into fits of jealous rage and abandons ...more
Noce
Amore in fricassea
2 è il numero di volte che ho letto il libro.

∞ è il numero di volte che ho visto e adorato il film.

Con questi presupposti, adesso vorrei tanto che voi mi spieghiate la panzana che spesso leggo nelle recensioni altrui, sul fatto che dovrebbe trattarsi di una storia d’amore. No davvero! Spiegatemelo, perché io proprio non ci arrivo. O meglio, da qualche parte arrivo, ma è tutto un altro approdo.

Partiamo dal principio. Jules e Jim, come i più informati di voi sapranno, è un’opera
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Inderjit Sanghera
Jules et Jim is one of the most famous celluloid love stories of all time. It is the story of a love triangle between two Germans (Jules and Katie) and a Frenchman (Jim) in early 20th century Europe, it is the story of a threesome who sought to “redefine love” and the heartache which is caused by this plan. It is, however, a little known fact that the story is partially based on actual events and is based in the criminally unknown novel of the same name, by Henri-Pierre Roche. The novel is one o ...more
El
Jules and Jim become friends in Paris and share much of their life together - particularly their women. It's a story of Bohemian Paris in the early part of the 20th-century, plenty of love (er, lust) and cigarettes and alcohol and free will.

Kate, a German woman, enters the picture, especially striking Jules' fancy. He initially asks Jim not to make any advances towards her, but ultimately Kate turns to Jim for the desire she is lacking with Jules. There is very little conflict surrounding this a
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Anastasia
Avevo il timer per lo sbuffo: almeno uno ogni cinque pagine.

Io di solito ho sempre attivo quel sensore che alle prime pagine di un libro ti fa capire se ti piacerà o no. Il mio fiuto infallibile non si è smentito.
Jules e Jim è stata un'altra rottura di balle, anzi, addirittura ho provato quella voglia violenta di sbattere il libro al muro. Però non potevo, è della biblioteca. Mannaggia.
Non c'è un singolo personaggio che mi sia stato simpatico, e qui c'è da fare un discorsone.
Partiamo con i due
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Vanessa
I haven't seen the famous film of this novel, but I know people that I have, and they have all sung its praises. When I saw this book in the library (I wasn't even aware the film was based on a novel before!), I couldn't resist snapping it up. It was an easy read, but the subject matter wasn't as lighthearted as I'd assumed from reading the blurb on the back.

Anything to do with bohemianism, Paris, café culture and free spirits tends to lure me in where books are concerned, but I was surprised to
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hyperboreas_
My interest to read "Jules et Jim" was peaked after seeing Truffaut's film adaptation of the novel, a cult-classic made up of memorable moments unravelling at an awkward pace. Not quite sure of what to make of the film, my only thought about the work (the core of the work -- the novel that inspired it) was that it must have more to it than what meets the eye.

The book lived up to this expectation. The awkward pace is all there; a series of simple, precise sentences that present themselves betwee
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Simona
Lui, lei, l'altro. Jules, Kathe, Jim. Potrebbe essere riassunto in questo modo questo romanzo, ma in realtà è molto di più e se lo liquidassi in poche, semplici parole sarebbe un torto al suo autore.
Non è il classico triangolo d'amore, in cui due amici, Jules e Jim, appunto, si innamorano della stessa donna, ovvero Kathe, che "aveva il sorriso della statua dell'isola". No, questa è una storia di amicizia, di due amici scrittori di cui non si sa nulla delle loro opere, ma molto delle loro donne
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Sonia
Chiedo perdono al mondo per la mia ignoranza. Chiedo perdono a Truffaut e Roche. Chiedo perdono perchè non conoscendo nulla della trama, ho sempre creduto che jules e jim fossero una lei e un lui....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa scusassero tutti!!!! mi sono vergognata emortificata alla lettura delle prime righe...
Non so che dire del libro, forse avrei preferito di gran lunga il film, che ovviamente mi ripropongo di vedere, ma i personaggi... sono così lontani dal mio modo di vedere la vita che se il ro
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Elisa
Nonostante il libro e i capitoli siano molto brevi e lo stile semplice, ho fatto molto fatica a concludere la lettura di questo libro.
Riconosco la novità del tema e dello stile, ma proprio per le caratteristiche di quest'ultimo, scarno e documentaristico, esso sarebbe dovuto essere supportato, a mio parere, da una trama più coinvolgente e più ricca di fatti, mentre la prima parte si limita ad essere una scarna elencazione delle donne che Jules e Jim condividono. La seconda metà diventa più inte
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Stephen
I liked it. The language was simple, short and to the point..apparently it's actually a 'social revolution' masquarading under pages full of lust.
The word 'love' is thrown around quite a lot. In my eyes, Jules starts out as a pompous idiot but then matures into a man while the other two (Kate & Jim) remain blissfully ignorant children, completely prey to their wills and wants.

Unlike a lot of books that I read, this one was easy for me to rate, I liked this book. I didn't think it was amazing
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Maureen
Aug 12, 2008 Maureen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: french, novel
The story of Jules and Jim and Catherine was turned into one of Francois Truffaut's most beloved movies. Its big, messy plot is set in Europe, during and after the first World War. A shy writer, Jules, becomes friends with Jim. They have various adventures with young women until they meet Catherine. Catherine and Jules fall in love and get married, but Jules is always there: more outspoken, and not shy in revealing his affections for Catherine. During the war, the two friends fight on opposite s ...more
Paul Secor
I'm rating this on memory. Read it years ago because I loved Truffaut's film. I enjoyed the book a lot then, but I should give it another reading.
Alcesti
Je suis partagé par rapport à ce livre.
D'un coté je l'ai trouvé répétitif et j'ai trouvé le style d'écriture pauvre et froid. D'un autre coté certains situations sont coté avec un œil quasiment clinique, et en les lisant on perçois la difficulté dans la recherche d'un équilibre des personnages. Peut-être cette impression de froideur est du au fait qu'il s'agit, au bout du compte, d'un roman "à thème", dans lequel l'auteur est intéressé surtout à amener ses hypothèse jusqu'à leurs dernières consé
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Livinginthecastle
There was a recent newspaper review of the third film of the Before trilogy, Before Midnight, which tried to figure out why we find that particular couple so fascinating and it concluded it was because they talked to each other. They had great, sweeping conversations about anything and everything; sparring with and confiding in each other, being the ultimate spiritual best friends and soul mates writ large on the silver screen. I was expecting that with Jules et Jim, but what I got was three peo ...more
Joan
This is the book from which François Truffaut made his iconic film. It's the story of two friends, Jules and Jim, who both love Kate, who marries Jules, divorces him to marry Jim, but doesn't, and goes back to Jules, but continues her affair with Jim, not to mention other men. She's basically a selfish, self-centered woman, and it's hard to see why they love her. One can understand, perhaps the initial attraction, but these relationships span the period from 1907 until well into the '30s, when t ...more
Jeffrey Otto
The sparing, simple prose of Jules et Jim, spilled across the pages in repetitive, subject-heavy sentences, is at first hard not to appreciate. It is an old man’s tale; the sentences feel like fossilized memories excavated from long-filled diaries, a sure medium of sagacity. Henri-Pierre Roche published the book, his first novel, in 1953, by then a septuagenarian. The work received very little critical attention and would only come to light after being found and promoted several years later by t ...more
Megan
A strange book. I had a hard time relating to the fact that it is set early in the 20th century, since it feels like it's set in the Sixties. Roche gives exceedingly little detail, yet I felt like I was well acquainted with the characters almost straight away. There isn't much dialogue, but the tone of conversations is easily imagined.

Kate is as exciting a character as any, but she is so selfish, she feels unreal. She'd have been a reality tv star if she were written for 2011. Everything she doe
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Wendy Crittenden
Wow... this book surpassed all my expectations. I was initially weary of being disappointed in it as the film adaptation is one of my top four favorite Truffaut films, but soon found my weary disappeared within the first pages read. This is by far the only novel and film adaptation that I have found where each strongly stands on its own. By far the best read I have had in a long long time, so much so that I am a little in shock. I want to lend it to all of my friends, and yet I find that I do no ...more
Adrienn Mendonca-Jones
Enjoyable book, esp. as this is what the Truffaut film was based on. Pithy, sparse writing along the lines of Hemingway. Highly recommend for people interested in Roche's work and life.
robxyz
"Restare se stessi quando si ama. Non traslocare nell'altro." L'ho trovato un capolavoro, uno dei romanzi migliori che mi sia capitato di leggere; uno di quelli che vanno a comporre la rosa dei tuoi quattro o cinque libri pi� belli di tutto quello che hai letto nella tua vita, uno di quelli che ti trovi a citare quando facendo nuove conoscenze vuoi rivelare qualcosa di intimamente "tuo" e allora porti la conversazione sui romanzi e butti l� con apparente distacco i tuoi titoli amati, mentre stud ...more
Rob75
da un lato questo libro è la storia di una amicizia, un'amicizia che sembra non possa venire scalfita da niente, un'amicizia pura tra i due protagonisti. neanche l'innamorarsi delle stesse donne intacca minimamente il loro rapporto. dall'altro è la storia di una passione a tratti malsana che coinvolge in uno o più triangoli amorosi i personaggi principali. uomini piuttosto impalpabili e donne dal carattere a dir poco eccentrico rendono questo libro forse un po' eccessivo, ma probabilmente è anch ...more
Yvonne
For once: the movie is far better than the book.
Manuela
Relationships utopia.
Mamoun Sinaceur
Never saw the movie was quite surprised by the book a good surprise.
Hemmie Martin
I loved this book as a homage to the depths love can overtake you. The bohemian lifestyle is ever present and enjoyable to read. However, one of the female protagonists who appears half way through the novel and stays there until the end, is a unlikeable character. This makes for hard reading at times, as I had no sympathy for her and I was annoyed with the male characters for putting up with her.
Having said this, it's a classic and worth a read if only to visit bohemian Paris and all it has to
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Federica
"Jim rivide Jules nella sua città. Subito ritrovarono le loro ore insieme - era così semplice. Sarebbe stato impossibile a Jim dire che cosa fosse Jules per lui. Li avevano, in passato, soprannominati Don Chisciotte e Sancho Panza. [...] Provava, insieme a lui, un piacere totale per delle inezie. Si godeva il buon sigaro di Jules molto più del suo. Fin dal primo giorno, Jules istruiva Jim, in ogni momento, senza saperlo. Jules attirava Jim come una calamita."
Nadia Parbo
Finally I know why I don't like French books from the sixties about bohemian life. I just don't get them. The people are pretentious and spoiled and the books themselves tries to hard they just become pompous in the end. All the liberty that Jules et Jim wants to promote just comes out looking like a prison of jalousy and distrust. Now, some would say that's the point. But I don't think so. Then again, maybe it is. Maybe I really just didn't get this book.
Amanda
I realize it would have broken with the style, but I wish that I could have learned more from Kate's point of view. I find it troublesome that the woman in these two mens' lives is wholly concerned with bearing them children, especially because of how "free" they imagine they are. Even though she plays such an important role in Jim and Jules' life, Kate is unfortunately left rather one-dimensional, but then again the other characters are as well.
Brian
I really didn't "like"it, but it really "touched" me. The minimalist prose got to me very quickly. It seemed almost surreal to be so thoroughly immersed in the unadorned facts of a story. Although it was Fellini-esque, the way characters moved across the page in their self-absorbed and isolated journeys, I did get involved. It was a haunting trip back to the 1960's, and I felt as lost and defeated as I think I did when saw the film back then
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“Soon after they went back, Jules said to Jim: 'I love Magda. But it's a habit; it's not a great Love, not the real thing. To me, she's like a young mother and an attentive daughter, both at once.' 'But that's fine!' 'It's not the love I've always dreamed of having.' 'Does that kind of love exist?' said Jim. 'Of course! My love for Lucie.' Jim checked himself from saying, 'Because you do not possess her.' 'Besides,' Jules went on, 'knowing myself as I do, I shall never be able to forgive any woman for loving me. To love me is a sign of perversion or compromise -- and Lucie doesn't suffer from either. There's not a particle of me that she accepts.' 'With her, any man could think that.' 'Yes, could...' said Jules 'But I do.' 'Oh well,' said Jim, 'it's heroic and one can't help respecting it. It's a bit like martyrdom. And it's the key to your Life. If Lucie loved you...' 'She wouldn't be Lucie.' said Jules.” 1 likes
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