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To the End of the World

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Blaise Cendrars’ last novel is an original and often very funny portrayal of the Parisian criminal underworld of the late 1940s that crackles with the fires of an abundant imagination. Yet To the End of the World is not total invention as, like all Cendrars’ works, it has some basis in real life. The narrative races between a Foreign Legion barracks in North Africa and the ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1957)
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Teresa
Sep 09, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-contos, n-suica, e4
Uma curta-metragem, distribuída por 55 cenas, contada em 30 páginas num livro com 11,5 x 18,5 cm.
Um delicioso relato do apocalipse que me fez rir e, também, um friozinho na barriga, nos momentos em que me esqueci que era uma paródia.
Deus Pai, administrador, convoca os vários chefes de secção para que lhe façam o balanço do ano: a Grande Guerra rendeu mil milhões de mortos; não foi mau, mas tudo encareceu e há que pensar noutra coisa. E porque não realizar as profecias do apocalipse?
Foram convo
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Chuck LoPresti
May 02, 2013 Chuck LoPresti rated it really liked it
Cendrars last book is an exhausting romp to the end that is primarily involved with the story of an aging star burning out her last minutes with a blast that will leave nothing standing. It seems as if Cendrars was re-examining his relationships with his female characters at the end of his life. Cendrars uses that oh so unfashionable symbolist-like depiction of women as whore/devil/chimera that will be off-putting to most sentient people. However if you overlook some of those hopefully anachroni ...more
Rhys
Dec 13, 2008 Rhys rated it it was amazing
In 2007 I read a grand total of 35 books. Probably the most memorable of them all was Blaise Cendrars's *Moravagine*... Because I enjoyed that so much, I leapt at the chance to read *To the End of the World* (and now I'm looking forward to reading Cendrars' *Dan Yack* novels that I recently bought...)

*To the End of the World* was Cendrars's last novel and is even better than *Moravagine* in my view. Certainly it is a more tightly knit and controlled piece of work. It concerns the meeting of two
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André Carreira
Dec 13, 2015 André Carreira rated it liked it
Shelves: francophone
Emmène-moi au bout du monde! est un livre trés agréable, spiritueux et énergique, écrit sous l'influence évident de Balzac et les surrealistes. Je pense que le bout de ce livre aurait profité de ralentir son rythme, pour nous dire plus à propos de l'intrigue initiale. Peut-être, il est comme ça parce que Cendrars était dans la bout de sa santé.

Pardon moi pour quelques erreurs, je suis un débutant en français.
Daniel Pinto
Feb 28, 2014 Daniel Pinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
almost better than sex.
Denzil
Jan 27, 2017 Denzil rated it really liked it
Entertaining romp through 1940's Paris
Al Gellene
Jul 22, 2010 Al Gellene rated it it was amazing
Set in recently liberated Paris in the year of the end of the war, the novel opens with the central character of the novel, Therese Espinosa, a 79 year old actress engaged in a murderous coupling with the man she calls Poxy, a deserter from the French Foreign Legion. Therese likes it rough. She pays younger men to beat her. The Legionnaire, to her great joy, kicks her in the jaw, setting her false teeth rolling across the room.

The manic narrative follows the adventures of this decrepit, female
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Stéphane
Mar 18, 2014 Stéphane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael
Jul 11, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Henry Miller said he was the greatest amongst contemporary writers the world over...so naturally, I had to read this.

Cendrars has a crazy sense of logic that runs throughout this novel. At times, I was wondering where he was going with this and at other times, it made crystal clear sense. His ironic and very satricial writing fits the post-war France era in all its ramshackle glory.
Matthew
May 26, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
FAVE LINES: "Every actor of genius must lead a double life so as to be imbued with the 'aura' of his part; and if he is unwilling to suffer this sea-change he is nothing" and "The universe is a process of digestion. Living is an act of magic. Living."
Lysergius
Jul 28, 2011 Lysergius rated it really liked it
Strongly recommended by Henry Miller Cendrars' life reads like a roman a clef. This is a masterful tale of the triumph of age over adversity. Enthralling!
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Sep 18, 2012 Gerald Mcgrattan rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous read dark and brooding at times. Still a great read.
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Frédéric Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement.

His father, an inventor-businessman, was Swiss, his mother Scottish. He spent his childhood in Alexandria, Naples, Brindisi, Neuchâtel, and numerous other places, while accompanying his father, who endlessly pursued bu
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