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Jules et Jim

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  784 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Jules arrives from Austria in belle epoque Paris, where he is befriended by Jim. Together they embark upon a riotously Bohemian life, full of gaiety, color and bustle. And then there is Kate, the enigmatic German girl with the mysterious smile.

Capricious, untamed and curiously innocent, Kate steals their hearts in turn, and so begins the moving and tender story of three pe
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Paperback, collection folio, 242 pages
Published March 1st 1979 by Gallimard (first published 1953)
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Manny
Jul 29, 2011 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psycho bitches, people dating psycho bitches
Recommended to Manny by: Pierrette
Jules (short, German, philosophical) and Jim (tall, French, romantic) meet in 1907 and immediately become best friends. People wonder if they're gay, but they're not: they just really like each other. They always seem to end up dating the same women, and live a wild and complicated life. After a while, they both fall for beautiful German Kathe, who's the original psycho bitch from hell. She hangs out with each of them in turn, has children with them, falls into fits of jealous rage and abandons ...more
Noce
Jul 23, 2012 Noce rated it really liked it
Amore in fricassea
2 è il numero di volte che ho letto il libro.

è il numero di volte che ho visto e adorato il film.

Con questi presupposti, adesso vorrei tanto che voi mi spieghiate la panzana che spesso leggo nelle recensioni altrui, sul fatto che dovrebbe trattarsi di una storia d’amore. No davvero! Spiegatemelo, perché io proprio non ci arrivo. O meglio, da qualche parte arrivo, ma è tutto un altro approdo.

Partiamo dal principio. Jules e Jim, come i più informati di voi sapranno, è un’opera c
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Anastasia
Avevo il timer per lo sbuffo: almeno uno ogni cinque pagine.

Io di solito ho sempre attivo quel sensore che alle prime pagine di un libro ti fa capire se ti piacerà o no. Il mio fiuto infallibile non si è smentito.
Jules e Jim è stata un'altra rottura di balle, anzi, addirittura ho provato quella voglia violenta di sbattere il libro al muro. Però non potevo, è della biblioteca. Mannaggia.
Non c'è un singolo personaggio che mi sia stato simpatico, e qui c'è da fare un discorsone.
Partiamo con i due
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Inderjit Sanghera
Jun 09, 2012 Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing
Jules et Jim is one of the most famous celluloid love stories of all time. It is the story of a love triangle between two Germans (Jules and Katie) and a Frenchman (Jim) in early 20th century Europe, it is the story of a threesome who sought to “redefine love” and the heartache which is caused by this plan. It is, however, a little known fact that the story is partially based on actual events and is based in the criminally unknown novel of the same name, by Henri-Pierre Roche. The novel is one o ...more
Vanessa
I haven't seen the famous film of this novel, but I know people that I have, and they have all sung its praises. When I saw this book in the library (I wasn't even aware the film was based on a novel before!), I couldn't resist snapping it up. It was an easy read, but the subject matter wasn't as lighthearted as I'd assumed from reading the blurb on the back.

Anything to do with bohemianism, Paris, café culture and free spirits tends to lure me in where books are concerned, but I was surprised to
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John
May 07, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, favourite-reads
My interest to read "Jules et Jim" was peaked after seeing Truffaut's film adaptation of the novel, a cult-classic made up of memorable moments unravelling at an awkward pace. Not quite sure of what to make of the film, my only thought about the work (the core of the work -- the novel that inspired it) was that it must have more to it than what meets the eye.

The book lived up to this expectation. The awkward pace is all there; a series of simple, precise sentences that present themselves betwee
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El
Jun 20, 2008 El rated it did not like it
Jules and Jim become friends in Paris and share much of their life together - particularly their women. It's a story of Bohemian Paris in the early part of the 20th-century, plenty of love (er, lust) and cigarettes and alcohol and free will.

Kate, a German woman, enters the picture, especially striking Jules' fancy. He initially asks Jim not to make any advances towards her, but ultimately Kate turns to Jim for the desire she is lacking with Jules. There is very little conflict surrounding this a
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Stephen
I liked it. The language was simple, short and to the point..apparently it's actually a 'social revolution' masquarading under pages full of lust.
The word 'love' is thrown around quite a lot. In my eyes, Jules starts out as a pompous idiot but then matures into a man while the other two (Kate & Jim) remain blissfully ignorant children, completely prey to their wills and wants.

Unlike a lot of books that I read, this one was easy for me to rate, I liked this book. I didn't think it was amazing
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Simona
Jul 01, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing
Lui, lei, l'altro. Jules, Kathe, Jim. Potrebbe essere riassunto in questo modo questo romanzo, ma in realtà è molto di più e se lo liquidassi in poche, semplici parole sarebbe un torto al suo autore.
Non è il classico triangolo d'amore, in cui due amici, Jules e Jim, appunto, si innamorano della stessa donna, ovvero Kathe, che "aveva il sorriso della statua dell'isola". No, questa è una storia di amicizia, di due amici scrittori di cui non si sa nulla delle loro opere, ma molto delle loro donne
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Raquel
Jul 19, 2015 Raquel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheguei até 'Jules e Jim' como quase todos chegamos - pelo filme. Numa bonita edição da Relógio d'Água, em promoção na Feira do Livro, que por ter dado origem à obra cinematográfica de Truffaut desperta uma enorme curiosidade, conheci o mítico triângulo amoroso e a estranha amizade de Jim e Jules - com Kathe, sempre, pelo meio.

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Paul Secor
I'm rating this on memory. Read it years ago because I loved Truffaut's film. I enjoyed the book a lot then, but I should give it another reading.
Sonia
Nov 14, 2010 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chiedo perdono al mondo per la mia ignoranza. Chiedo perdono a Truffaut e Roche. Chiedo perdono perchè non conoscendo nulla della trama, ho sempre creduto che jules e jim fossero una lei e un lui....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa scusassero tutti!!!! mi sono vergognata emortificata alla lettura delle prime righe...
Non so che dire del libro, forse avrei preferito di gran lunga il film, che ovviamente mi ripropongo di vedere, ma i personaggi... sono così lontani dal mio modo di vedere la vita che se il ro
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Elisa
Jul 25, 2013 Elisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi
Nonostante il libro e i capitoli siano molto brevi e lo stile semplice, ho fatto molto fatica a concludere la lettura di questo libro.
Riconosco la novità del tema e dello stile, ma proprio per le caratteristiche di quest'ultimo, scarno e documentaristico, esso sarebbe dovuto essere supportato, a mio parere, da una trama più coinvolgente e più ricca di fatti, mentre la prima parte si limita ad essere una scarna elencazione delle donne che Jules e Jim condividono. La seconda metà diventa più inte
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Maureen
Aug 12, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novel, french
The story of Jules and Jim and Catherine was turned into one of Francois Truffaut's most beloved movies. Its big, messy plot is set in Europe, during and after the first World War. A shy writer, Jules, becomes friends with Jim. They have various adventures with young women until they meet Catherine. Catherine and Jules fall in love and get married, but Jules is always there: more outspoken, and not shy in revealing his affections for Catherine. During the war, the two friends fight on opposite s ...more
Agnes Kelemen
Dec 25, 2015 Agnes Kelemen rated it it was ok
Az első harmada élvezetes, a második és a harmadik harmada borzalmas, de azért nagyon érdekelt a végkifejlet, úgyhogy továbbolvastam és a végén a csattanó elég jó.
Georgia Meadows
Sep 12, 2016 Georgia Meadows rated it really liked it
'One and one make three'
This was one of those books which (shamelessly) attracted me by its cover, particularly the 'archaic smile' Kate bore dressed in male clothing, followed by her lovers. After reading the blurb I thought, 'how odd, exploring a polyamorous relationship in the early 1900's' odd it was indeed.
The characterisation was beautiful. Their flaws, their insecurities, their emotions were described and depicted with such honesty. Jim and Jules are like the dapper George and Lenny, ins
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Elena T.
Il film che nel 1961 il cineasta francese Francois Truffaut trasse da questo romanzo del parigino Henri-Pierre Roché è diventato un vero cult-movie, con protagonista la deliziosa Jeanne Moureau.

Ma ancor prima di essere un film, "Jules e Jim" è un bellissimo, poetico, libro che racconta dell'amore triangolare che lo stesso autore aveva sperimentato durante gli anni della Prima Guerra Mondiale a Parigi. Jules e Jim, amici di sempre, ed il delicato amore verso l'irrequieta Kathe – rappresentazione
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De
May 12, 2015 De rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a whirlwind of a love story for these three Europeans. Set in an era where most of Europe was living wild and free, they came to know each other very well, to the point where the men (Jules and Jim), are able to share the devotion of Kate. Maybe I just couldn't accept the complicated outcomes they dealt to one another every other time to an ethical degree (or maybe, a re-read coz I got a bit lost halfway through, and had to break my careful grasp of the characters especially Kate - she's a ...more
Roberta LoCh
Mar 10, 2015 Roberta LoCh rated it it was ok
Caso raro,dico sì al film e no al libro.
Dio santo,mi era stato prestato e quindi volevo sforzarmi di finirlo anche solo per riconoscenza,ma dopo mesi che stava sul mio comodino abbandonato a sè stesso l'ho restituito al legittimo proprietario barattandolo con 'Colazione da Tiffany'.
Ho sentito molti lamentarsi dei personaggi e sì,Jules è una mammoletta che te la raccomando,Kathe è un'ulcera,Jim potrebbe ancora salvarsi ma alla fine si perde pure lui per strada. Ma il punto non è questo,io non cre
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Geraldine
Aug 17, 2016 Geraldine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was deeply moved by the novel even though it was written in an unvarnished autobiographical style. As surprising as life, "Jules et Jim" is a recollection of memories stitched together by variant storylines as told by each character of a ménage à trois (Jules, Jim, and Kate).

Kate's character is perhaps the most arresting personality that is disturbing at the same time; her unpredictable nature renders her an invulnerable force to be reckoned with, but one that leaves those she captivates reeli
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Aleksandra
Jun 07, 2016 Aleksandra rated it did not like it
Probably revolutionary for its time, but I found it really tiresome, pretentious and narcissistic. Privileged artists in early 20th century France/Germany detail their sexual conquests, have a tortured years-long relationship with the same woman, only mention the outside world in passing. Had to really force myself through it, especially after the mutual emotional abuse turns physical:

"At last!," she sighed to Jim, "at last a man who dares to beat me when I deserve it! You do love me, Jim!" She
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Alcesti
Apr 28, 2014 Alcesti rated it it was ok
Je suis partagé par rapport à ce livre.
D'un coté je l'ai trouvé répétitif et j'ai trouvé le style d'écriture pauvre et froid. D'un autre coté certains situations sont coté avec un œil quasiment clinique, et en les lisant on perçois la difficulté dans la recherche d'un équilibre des personnages. Peut-être cette impression de froideur est du au fait qu'il s'agit, au bout du compte, d'un roman "à thème", dans lequel l'auteur est intéressé surtout à amener ses hypothèse jusqu'à leurs dernières consé
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Livinginthecastle
There was a recent newspaper review of the third film of the Before trilogy, Before Midnight, which tried to figure out why we find that particular couple so fascinating and it concluded it was because they talked to each other. They had great, sweeping conversations about anything and everything; sparring with and confiding in each other, being the ultimate spiritual best friends and soul mates writ large on the silver screen. I was expecting that with Jules et Jim, but what I got was three peo ...more
Joan
This is the book from which François Truffaut made his iconic film. It's the story of two friends, Jules and Jim, who both love Kate, who marries Jules, divorces him to marry Jim, but doesn't, and goes back to Jules, but continues her affair with Jim, not to mention other men. She's basically a selfish, self-centered woman, and it's hard to see why they love her. One can understand, perhaps the initial attraction, but these relationships span the period from 1907 until well into the '30s, when t ...more
Jeffrey Otto
The sparing, simple prose of Jules et Jim, spilled across the pages in repetitive, subject-heavy sentences, is at first hard not to appreciate. It is an old man’s tale; the sentences feel like fossilized memories excavated from long-filled diaries, a sure medium of sagacity. Henri-Pierre Roche published the book, his first novel, in 1953, by then a septuagenarian. The work received very little critical attention and would only come to light after being found and promoted several years later by t ...more
Nathan Truong
Mar 08, 2015 Nathan Truong rated it it was ok
Jules et Jim (1953) by Henri Pierre Roche was something I would have read in my Kerouac days. Books with that grace of liberty, freedom, and liberty. But while being here in the south of France where the book is set in Paris. They are two different Paris’s. A love triangle stuck in between the before and after of a war, it has a nice pace, some good pages, but an overall trite feeling to it.
Megan
Nov 02, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
A strange book. I had a hard time relating to the fact that it is set early in the 20th century, since it feels like it's set in the Sixties. Roche gives exceedingly little detail, yet I felt like I was well acquainted with the characters almost straight away. There isn't much dialogue, but the tone of conversations is easily imagined.

Kate is as exciting a character as any, but she is so selfish, she feels unreal. She'd have been a reality tv star if she were written for 2011. Everything she doe
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Paris
Nov 28, 2015 Paris rated it it was ok
It's well written and surely keeps the attention of the reader, but the story itself is just so banal and pitiful that I felt really hard to finish it. It's just a desperate attempt to describe the complicate human mind and insecurities inside each one of us, that feels worthless reading for someone who is actually happy and sane in their own life. I have very mixed feelings about this book.
Wendy Crittenden
Jul 29, 2008 Wendy Crittenden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Wow... this book surpassed all my expectations. I was initially weary of being disappointed in it as the film adaptation is one of my top four favorite Truffaut films, but soon found my weary disappeared within the first pages read. This is by far the only novel and film adaptation that I have found where each strongly stands on its own. By far the best read I have had in a long long time, so much so that I am a little in shock. I want to lend it to all of my friends, and yet I find that I do no ...more
Adrienn Mendonca-Jones
Dec 01, 2014 Adrienn Mendonca-Jones rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable book, esp. as this is what the Truffaut film was based on. Pithy, sparse writing along the lines of Hemingway. Highly recommend for people interested in Roche's work and life.
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“Soon after they went back, Jules said to Jim: 'I love Magda. But it's a habit; it's not a great Love, not the real thing. To me, she's like a young mother and an attentive daughter, both at once.' 'But that's fine!' 'It's not the love I've always dreamed of having.' 'Does that kind of love exist?' said Jim. 'Of course! My love for Lucie.' Jim checked himself from saying, 'Because you do not possess her.' 'Besides,' Jules went on, 'knowing myself as I do, I shall never be able to forgive any woman for loving me. To love me is a sign of perversion or compromise -- and Lucie doesn't suffer from either. There's not a particle of me that she accepts.' 'With her, any man could think that.' 'Yes, could...' said Jules 'But I do.' 'Oh well,' said Jim, 'it's heroic and one can't help respecting it. It's a bit like martyrdom. And it's the key to your Life. If Lucie loved you...' 'She wouldn't be Lucie.' said Jules.” 3 likes
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