An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, The Ogre is a masterful tale of innocence, perversion, and obsession. It follows the passage of strange, gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to "ogre" of the Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn, taking us deeper into the dark heart of fascism than any nove...more
What instigates the mystery is the protagonist. Abel Tiffauge is a fairly normal French guy despite thinking of himself as an “ogre” with his over-muscled shoulders. But what’s normal is relative. Who among us hasn’...more
2. the Aristotelian concept of "potency" (which he managed to tie up with the sexual act);
3. the two types of women, the "woman-trinket" (one who can be manipulated by men) and the "woman-landscape" ( one whom a man can only visit);
4. benign inversion (evil becoming good, sort of) and the malign inversion (the reverse);
5. euphoria, phoria ("to carry"), phor...more
Along the way, he develops some strange ideas regarding children. While he is not a pederast and never even attempts to initiate any overt molestation...more
There’s probably nothing more moving in a man’s life than the accidental discovery of his own perversion.
The very perfection of its functioning and the terrible energy that went into it were enough to exclude him forever, but he knew no machinery is safe from a piece of grit, and that fate was on his side.
The moth flies on wings of love toward the electric light bulb. And when he gets there, close to it, as near as he can be to that which attracts him irresistibly,...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Abel Tiffagues es una persona extraña que oscila entre momentos de preclara lucidez y otros de obtusa reinterpretación de la realidad, fruto tal vez de alguna patología, al que su comportamiento lleva a enfrentar importantes problemas con la justicia francesa cuya resolución se ve alterada por la invasión alemana del país en 1941. Novela también conocida como "El ogro".
¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin sp...more
U francuskom originalu, roman je nazvan "Le roi des aulnes", doslovno prevedeno - Kralj jovà.
Posto su Termacici smatrali da takav naziv zvuci prilicno nespretno,
odlucili su se za Kralja Vilovnjaka i tako ucinili jasnom aluziju na Geteovu pesmu koja se pominje u romanu.
Dalje, "Le roi des aulnes" je francuski prevod pomenute Geteove pesme "Der Erlkönig".
Aleksa Santic j...more
(view spoiler)[Abel Tiffauges, le personnage principal, raconte son enfance, s...more
When Michel Tournier is mentioned to someone, you often hear comments like: "Isn't that the author who could only write about human sexual perversions?", but if you examine his work more deeply, you'll see that there is a lot more to his writing than that.
"The Ogre" is Tournier’s second novel. It begins by telling us the story of a French m...more
on this book, which has inspirations from the Goethe poem 'The Erl-King'.
The book is situated just before and during WWII, both are pretty good.
Author Tournier appears to be a French Gunter Grass. He uses the protagonist,
a simplistic Frenchman Tiffauges, to view the Reich in a sentimental fashion,
allowing him to critique his own country (France) a bit.
Tiffauges, a mechanic in Paris 1938, injures his hand so while taking s...more
Michel Tournier’s novel is an unsettling work that relies on a range of narrative strategies to achieve its effects. Notable among these is the alternation between first-and third-person narration. The book opens with the “Sinister Writings” of the protagonist, Abel...more
His works are highly considered and have won important awards such as the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1967 for Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique. and the Prix Goncourt for Le Roi des aulnes in 1970. His works dwell on the fantastic, his inspirations including traditional German culture, Catholicism, and the philosophies of Gaston Bachelard. H...more