Recollections of the Golden Triangle
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Recollections of the Golden Triangle

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  11 reviews

A provocative novel by the most influential living French writer, Recollections of the Golden Triangle is a tour de force: a literary thriller constructed of wildly diverse elements—fantasy and dream, erotic invention, and the stuff of popular fiction and movies taken to its farthest limits.

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1978)
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M.
It's hard for me to identify whatever my favorite Robbe-Grillet novel is, because as a general rule it's always "the last one I read." This one works really well with Topology of a Phantom City (my last favorite, possibly still my favorite... actually, let's just say that one and this one are my favorites).

I should also clarify that I feel like I read this in a somewhat "privileged" position: I have read/looked at the 3 books that the majority of this text consists of: La Belle Captive (chapter...more
Nate D
Nov 17, 2010 Nate D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the secret lives of art lit critics
Recollections of the Golden Triangle is amazing and puzzling and frustrating. As a hyper-stylized pulp-avant-garde, it is utterly unique and highly effective, rendering sinister secret societies, post-apocalyptic architecture, corrupt police forces, shady medical experiments, and various sex, violence, and sleaze in immaculate sentences and paragraphs that smoothly cross all traditional boundaries in narrative structure. Particularly fascinating, the novel is full of Alain Robbe-Grillet's slippe...more
Jeff Jackson
Some folks like to claim the Nouvelle Roman was a dead-end for literature. But this remarkable narrative of shifting tunnels and cycling stories not only shows Robbe-Grillet's advancement as a writer from his more celebrated early works, but it contains a myriad of unexplored pathways for the novel as a whole. Don't get caught napping.
4.5 stars.
Chumbert Squurls
When I picked up House of Leaves a couple months ago, I expected it to be complex and mystifying fully realizing the labyrinth described. This book lives up to be everything that House of Leaves failed at. The format of this book is unconventional: scenes and narrators switch back and forth from one another within paragraphs and the whole story is spat out in a stream of consciousness style. Each story within the story is a piece of a vast and intricate puzzle concerning the police's mysterious...more
David Peak
After being impressed yet mystified by The Voyeur and having admired but remained unmoved by Topology of a Phantom City, Robbe-Grillet has finally blown me away with Recollections of the Golden Triangle. Ostensibly an investigation into ritual murder and the activities of a secret society, this book seethes with crawling, discomfiting mystery. Everything you'd expect from Robbe-Grillet is here: surgically precise detail, overlapping and varied points of view, wild tangents--all hinting at someth...more
Ben
I never underline when reading a work of fiction. But for this I had to, using my faithful yellow crayon... The way it is written reminded me of some complex assembly instruction. And guess what, I had thought French novels were supposed to be drenched in poeticism! lol

I know someone is going to say that I could taste some of that fabulous poeticism here too if I dig hard enough; I suppose yes, it is possible. I mean, Robbe-Grillet's L'éden et après happens to be one of my all-time favorite movi...more
Liviu
This book is so crazy that it definitely belongs to the speculative field. While I read the book twice and started to understand it better, I need at least one more reread to make real sense of it though it may still be that there is no such "real sense' with the time shifts, the narrative shifts and the moving around of characters, but it is a truly haunting and visual book that just throws at you unforgettable imagery

If you want a mind bender which is short but offers more than novels three t...more
Marilyn Dahl
Like walking inside myself. Where I live, or even like a dream I often have where I am lost in the city, I can't find the right bus route, and the very air around me is golden. One comparison that comes to mind is being Diddy in Sontag's 'Death Kit'. But never mind, you either go or you don't. What you think or say about the recollections afterward is pigeon dandruff. We're talking about golden here.
Derek
blogged about it here:
http://www.5cense.com/12/bangkok.htm

Classic Robbe-Grillet. Very detailed, surgical descriptions. Like reading a geometry or logic book written by an obsessive-compulsive lunatic with a fine arts degree in architecture. Not a lot happens, but something about the meticulous methodology makes you think every detail must mean something.
Philip Bardach
Despite an often clunky translation not to mention much rank misogyny, there is far too much to recommend about this book in its unconventional & often dreamlike narrative to write it off as a snuff fantasy like I'd imagine many would be inclined to do. This pretty much defies explanation, but definitely worth reading if this is what you're into.
Joao
Not a straight story.
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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon one of the figures most associated with the trend of the Nouveau Roman. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on March 25, 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat #32.

He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .

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