Confessions of Dan Yack
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Confessions of Dan Yack (Dan Yack #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Continuing the adventures of the eccentric English millionaire Dan Yack, this novelcenters on tells the story ofthe protagonist'stender love for the young Mireille, whom he meets in a crowded tabac in a Paris gone mad on Armistice night, 1918. This love transforms Dan Yack's life—he abandons his women andgives up his fast cars and debauchery to marry this convent-educated...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1929)
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Chuck LoPresti
Not a five because it does not have the impact, expanse or feral will of Dan Yack - but it is a delightful little read packed with verbal picnics and seedy wisdom. Cendrars never seemed to care about who he might have offended and I respect that. If you are offended by whaling, whoring and boozing - best to seek your pleasure elsewhere - but if you can enjoy great writing regardless of great morality - you will find something to appreciate here. Flowing with vitality - Cendrars should be more wi...more
First published in 1929, this is a ‘sequel’ to Cendrars’ earlier delirious masterpiece, *Dan Yack*, which recounted the bizarre adventures of an eccentric millionaire and the three bohemians he takes with him on an overwintering expedition to a remote island off the coast of Antarctica. The *Confessions* is looser in structure and wider ranging in subject matter. It can, in fact, be read without any knowledge of the prior volume. It consists of nine ‘cylinders’ (Cendrars recited the book into a...more
Jeff Bursey
For a joint review of Gold, Dan Yack and Confessions of Dan Yack, go here:
There is so much jammed into this little 120 page book. Layered and ambiguous and carved in an unforgettable voice, even in translation, though Cendrars would be incredible in French:
"The crater-riddled field started to whirl round madly and it seemed to me that a flashing sword, flinging off roaring sparks, fell from the heavens to smite and massacre everything on the surface of the earth, like a gramophone needle scratching, scoring, digging furrows in an old, already worn record, on a fully-w...more
I didn't think I'd end up dropping this book onto the ignominious shelf; but I can't bring myself to pick it up again. More than anything, I object to the stupid, badly written female character who reads like a doe-eyed, imbecile impossibility.

Even against the backdrop of heady, post-war brothel-bestrewn Paris, Cendrars does not entice. There is some weird, acquisitive, distant and uncomprehending lolita thing going on in this book; but without any psychological depth.

"What glorious days, so h...more
Aaron Kent
Cendrars has the ability to be intimate and moving in 120 pages to the extent that it kinda shames most writers that try to build that kind of spirit of life and loss up in much longer and tedious novels. This ones a gem.
Nose in a book (Kate)
I picked this up for about 50p in a bargain bin and I'm so glad I did! It's a brilliant modernist novel, clever and sad and entertaining in equal measure.
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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.
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