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Gilles et Jeanne

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Comment Jeanne d'Arc, si lucide, au bon sens si fort, a-t-elle put accepter pour compagnon ce Gilles de Rais dont la monstruosité continue à révolter et à fasciner, un demi-millénaire après son supplice ? A cette question - toujours esquivée ou laissée pendante par les historiens -, Michel Tournier tente de répondre : et si Gilles de Rais n'était devenu un monstre que sous...more
Mass Market Paperback, 151 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Folio (first published 1983)
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A beaten, broken man, he went on and buried himself in his fortress in Vendée. For three years he became a caterpillar. When the malign metamorphosis was complete, he emerged, an infernal angel unfurling his wings.

It was my GR friend Paquita who thrust my attentions upon Gilles de Rais. You should read her review now. It was also happenstance which led me to this specific book a few weeks back at Harold's bookstall. It was quick and haunting read today, o...more
How many times have we heard about how far literature has fallen? But to my mind, the problem facing today’s reader is one of wealth, rather than dearth. There are simply too many masterpieces out there.

As Witold Gombrowizc said, it’s a matter of numbers, and an exponential one at that. Milton was the last man to know everything, and he could (or, to be more accurate, could give the impression that he could) because “everything” at that point fit on a single shelf. Compare this to a modern day...more
Philippe Malzieu
I like "Vendredi", "Gaspard, Melchior et Balthazar". They are good books. But I have a problem with Tournier. I had found "the ogre" (le roi des Aulnes) ambiguous. With this little book so innocent, that becomes unbearable. However the starting idea was interesting. It's the opposition between a pure and innocent Jeanne and Gilles absolute evil.
And if in fact the question is : was it Jeann who had generated Gilles? Is the good at the origin of evil?


The attraction without hope of Gill...more
The contrast between Jeanne d'Arc and Gilles de Rais isn't a novel subject for authors. There's, for instance, Lampo's De duivel en de maagd, plenty of cultural references and even an opera.
Tournier's take on it is an interesting character sketch of de Rais, his demonic delusions and his obsession with Jeanne.

Tournier has done extensive research into the court case and the figure of de Rais and he tells his story with great clarity. However, I didn't feel like he could conjure up the historical...more
Un libricino in cui si parla brevemente della figura di Giovanna d’Arco, del suo arrivo alla corte e della tortura a cui stata sottoposta. Il Maresciallo di Francia Gilles De Rais, innamoratosi di lei dal primo istante, è il protagonista del libro. Dopo la perdita dell’amata è alla ricerca di un essere dalle sembianze di Jeanne. La sua attrazione è volta ai ragazzi e per un assurdo meccanismo, nella disperata ricerca di un avvicinamento a Jeanne, nel desiderio di una medesima tortura, diviene un...more
After reading La-Bas by Huysmans, I was intrigued by the strange relationship between Jeanne d'Arc and Gilles de Rais, so I thought that this novel might be perfect. Sparse in a way that barred me from pulling me in- it read more like a narrative encyclopedia entry. I thought it was a strange choice to leave the reader not knowing the crimes de Rais committed until they were enumerated by the court. This novel was lacking the depth and even information that I was looking for.
Feb 12, 2008 Milly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror lovers, history buffs, masochists
Shelves: 2008-reads, all
Yikes. A fictional, dark look at Gilles de Rais' love of Jeanne d'Arc. Very disturbing book. Disturbing in a way that I couldn't stop reading it, that is. --;; Definitely going to check out the author's other books.
This was a recommendation from a friend. I'm glad I read it as it offered a perspective of Jeanne d'Arc I hadn't considered previously. The writing is phenomenal. I plan to pick up a copy in Tournier's native French.
Dorian Neerdael
Plus satanique que ça, tu meurs.
Maite Iracheta
Eriza y abusa del candor de la lectora.
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Michel Tournier is a French writer.

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
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