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The Bells of Bruges

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There are three loves in the life of Joris Borluut, the town carillonneur of Bruges. He marries the fiery Barbe, whose dark beauty is a reminder of Belgium's Spanish heritage. Repelled by her harshness and violence, he starts an affair with her sister, the gentle, soulful, fair-haired Godelieve. When her sister discovers their affair, Godelieve enters a Beguine convent and ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Dedalus (first published January 1st 1913)
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Jul 07, 2017 Czarny Pies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of J.K. Huysmans
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It is very important to understand that the Bells of Bruges is a symbolist work; that is to say it is a work in which people, actions and objects are not intended to reflect real things from the natural world but rather "are created to represent their esoteric affinities with the primordial Ideals". (Jean Moreas, Symbolist Manifesto). Symbolist novels then constitute a distinct genre like detective or western novels. If they reader does not set out determined to accept the conventions of "symbol ...more
Aug 15, 2010 Gisela rated it really liked it
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The Bells of Bruges é mais uma excelente obra de Georges Rodenbach que, tal como em Bruges-la-Morte, consegue fazer da cidade de Bruges uma das personagem do livro.
Tal como Audrey Niffenegger faz com o Cemitério de High Gate em Her Fearful Symmetry, ou David Soares com a cidade de Lisboa nos seus romances (A Conspiração dos Antepassados, Lisboa Triunfante, O Evangelho do Enforcado), Georges Rodenbach recria a cidade de Bruges enquanto personagem do livro, cuja presença influencia e é influencia
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Jan 07, 2014 Jeff Clay rated it really liked it
A remorselessly melancholy study of a man and his obsessions. This is not a book for those who are only interested of the world of the modern. Though depicting events, views, and fashions contemporaneous with the era the book was published (1897), the mood evoked often feels older, medieval even. But a book should be viewed with an eye to when it was written, not read. With this perspective Rodenbach has brilliantly and beautifully conveyed the sense and sensibilities of an old, tired and grey B ...more
Oct 18, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing
The language in this book is so poetic that is actually lives in its metaphors, merging with them until the metaphors are the reality. When Joris wins the competition at the beginning and is handed the keys to the tower, he feels he is being handed the keys to his tomb. And he is. Literally. And figuratively.

Joris is a member of an informal group of men who are trying to decide how to revive the city they love. Bruges has fallen on hard time. Joris does architectural restoration that preserves t
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Georges Rodenbach was born in Tournai to a French mother and a German father from the Rhineland (Andernach). He went to school in Ghent at the prestigious Sint-Barbaracollege, where he became friends with the poet Emile Verhaeren. Rodenbach worked as a lawyer and journalist. He spent the last ten years of his life in Paris as the correspondent of the Journal de Bruxelles, and was an intimate of Ed ...more
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“Dead towns are the Cathedrals of Silence. They, too, have their gargoyles, singular figures, exaggerated, dubious, set in high profile. They stand out from the mass of grey, which takes all it has in the way of character, its twitchings of stagnant life from them. Some have been distorted by solitude, others grimace with a directionless fervour; here there are masks of cherished lust, there faces ceaselessly sculpted and furrowed by mysticism. Human gargoyles, the only figures of interest in this monotonous population.” 6 likes
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