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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Maurice Roche has been called "the most interesting novelist in France" (TriQuarterly), and Compact "one of the classics of our modernity" (Le Figaro).
Certainly, Compact is one of the most compellingly original works of fiction of the postwar period. Composedas if a musical scoreof six intertwining narratives (each distinguished by its own voice, tense, and typeface), Comp
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Hardcover, 153 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 1966)
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Stephen P

I knew nothing about the French, "New Novel," or Nouveau Roman. movement of the 1950's. After a brief search on the web this is my simplified version and I look to be corrected by those more in the know.

A group of writers in France having been influenced by Kafka, Beckett, among others became dissatisfied with the novel being corralled into the chronology of time rendered plots, characters, metaphorical stylizations, and florid flowing descriptions lent by poetic prose. Alain Robbe-Grillet appe
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Nate D
Jan 21, 2011 Nate D rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: life-flashing-before-dulled-eyes
Recommended to Nate D by: M. Kitchell via goodreads
You shall be made sleepless even as you are left sightless. While you're penetrating the darkness, you'll penetrate into the night, getting in deeper and deeper, your already failing memory growing proportionally weaker as -- at the end of a long lethargy -- you become conscious of your condition. (How will you tell day from night?)


Insane and Incredible. A bed-bound dying blind man regresses through memory and personal geography and vestigial sex drive, tormented by the doctor who sustains him -
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M.
Beyond great; potentially a new favorite. Compact is a literal catalog of avant-garde textual techniques and how to apply them without resorting to gimmickry. The narratives entwined here are wholly enigmatic, yet affecting, and some of the words, declarative statements, hit where one needs to be hit. Plan on re-reading soon.

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Re-read this finally, initially with the intention of rereading it in both modes (following straight throu
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Jocelyn
Scary cover. Why it was replaced with a rainbow font 9 years later, I don't know.

I like this book because great sentences like this:

IT WAS NECESSARY TO REPLACE AND MOURN HER AND REPLACE THE SENTENCE WITH ANOTHER: ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS TO EXTRACT-FROM MEMORIES (MEMOIRS?) TWO CENTURIES OLD-SEVERAL DRIED TEARS AND A CROSS

against incoherencies like this:

[("...We Ouy-Yyouououyyoureerrreeaarrrheearrhinkhinkhinkhinkhink-fwee!-tickettyto-ffwee!-ockbrid-



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I think Valery would like this. Nobody goin
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