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
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
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
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
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
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
BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS
In fact, it is tribute to Tournier's apparent skill as a writer that little did affect the readability. It was not affected by the protagoni ...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
It is the discomfort of the book. The title comes from a poême of Goeth ...more
Niin kuin elävässä elämässä ja monissa kirjoissa, päähenkilöiden lapsuudenkokemukset, pelot, ystävät ja muu lähipiiri vaikuttavat ratkaisevasti elämänkulkuun. Abel Tiffauges -niminen nuorukainen ammentaa yhä sairaalloisek ...more
Plan for a bit of a slog through the marshes at the beginning. The book alternates between the reflective writing of the main character and a narrative. The first 100 or so pages are the reflective writing and are quite a bit more dense.
A book worthy of a detailed read. If you find the beginning a bit dense, you will lose a fraction, but not all of the story by skipping to judicial events roughly 100 pages in.
This book will be disturbing, but book club members ...more
I still recall reading Goethe's poem in my last year of High School surrounded by old friends. The Erlekonig is the ogre of the alders lurking in the trees waiting to grab and kill children. In Goethe's poem a child is riding with his father who is driving his horse at a furious gallop hoping t ...more
Weloverdacht in elkaar gevlochten schrijfsels zonder al te veel gevoel, zwaardere thema’s, te veel symboliek, ge moet uw hoofd erbij houden of ge struikelt over zinnen. Het is spartelen om in het ve ...more
The first third is a mix of diary-excerpts, memories and reveries, especially about the youth of Abel Tiffauges, a crippled garageholder in Paris. It's difficult reading, but it's clear enough Tiffauges looks at reality in a very strange way, with special attention to young children (yes, indeed); he sees himself as "childbearer", and Saint Christopher his patron-saint; but a girlfriend refers to th ...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
(view spoiler)[Abel Tiffauges, le personnage principal, raconte son enfance, s ...more
Per come dipinge i tedeschi, il nazismo, la follia mortale dell'olocausto. Per come è torbido e come nello stesso tempo il protagonista si muove su quel filo che alla fine ti fa stare dalla sua parte. Perché, nella sua primitività, r ...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
сдвигают вещи со своих мест, расширяя, добавляя в
пространство эффект гладкости, мутности, непрозрачности.
Смотреть в стёклышки захватывающе, это простой способ сменить
Книга Турнье - то же битое стекло, с мягкими, сладкими краями,
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