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Gilles et Jeanne

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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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Jun 02, 2009 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2014 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jul 22, 2011 Loredana M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte care m-a cam bulversat... Îmi plac foarte mult momentele istorice transpuse în romane, iar poveştile despre Ioana d'Arc şi mai mult. Din păcate, în acest volum Ioana apare destul de puţin, la început, iar apoi ea nu apare decât invocată de către cei care i-au supravieţuit arderii pe rug.

M-a fascinat, dar şi îngrozit, în egală măsură, metamorfoza pe care o suferă Gilles de Rais, cel mai înfocat admirator şi adorator al Ioanei d'Arc, cel care a apucat s-o vadă cum arde pe rug. Pe tot parc
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
Miriam Cihodariu
Jul 10, 2016 Miriam Cihodariu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. A bit morbid and highly speculative, of course, but lovely nonetheless, if you're into medieval studies & themes (as I am).
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
Feb 15, 2016 Amizze rated it liked it
When the sainted maiden Jeanne of Arc is unfairly accused of witchcraft and burnt at the stake, her lesser, weaker, darker half, Gilles of Rais, loses himself to sin and despair and decides to become the worst of sinners in her name. The book's main themes are duality and inversion: the fires of hell lead to heaven. The devil is nothing more than a distorted image of God. The pure maiden's comrade-in-arms is an insane murderer. In short, Gilles and Jeanne. It was, perhaps, one of the most distur ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Ametista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 08, 2010 aya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 31, 2015 Larry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to constantly ask myself - why was this written? and why am I wasting my time reading it? Thankfully it is short but that doesn't excuse the rationale as to why it was written. The true story is bleak and this adds nothing to that. Go for a walk, talk to the cat anything but don't waste your time.
Sep 02, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 12, 2008 Milly rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Maite Iracheta
May 02, 2008 Maite Iracheta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eriza y abusa del candor de la lectora.
Aug 14, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I can't tell if it's the translation or the original prose, but the pacing is not to my taste.
Dorian Neerdael
Plus satanique que ça, tu meurs.
Dale Pobega
A bit on the thin side / relativement maigre. Rather disappointing / plutôt décevant.
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Michel Tournier was 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.
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