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Gold: Being the Marvelous History of General John Augustus Sutter

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  389 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Leave it to a French poet to demythologize John Sutter, a Swiss thief and swindler who fled his native country one step ahead of the bill collectors. Sutter went first to New York, then Missouri, and finally ended up in California, where he set up a trading post and fort and, not coincidentally, something of a protection racket for other settlers. When a carpenter building ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Marlowe & Company (first published 1925)
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Dec 24, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Recommended to Brian by: Jeff Bursey
A ripping yarn that tackles the bio of an interesting 19th century character in a fictional format.

I am writing this to remind myself to write a full review when I am back home at a real keyboard and not on this goddamned iPad hunt-and-peck-a-thon.
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داستان خطی و ساده و نه چندان عمیق!
Jeff Bursey
Sep 06, 2013 Jeff Bursey rated it liked it
Cendrars is even more marvellous than Sutter, so check out his novels.
Chuck LoPresti
Oct 16, 2013 Chuck LoPresti rated it really liked it
Cendrars - demo era. If you, like just about every reasonably attentive person in the world, are a bit uneasy about things like "Columbus Day" and "American History" this breezy and vigorous read might interest you. It is impossible for me to read Cendrars without thinking up an Abel Gance film in my head and that's a great thing because life is better when you have an Abel Gance film in your head. Cendrars is a skilled observer of lives led to the fullest and like all his works - the possibilit ...more
Evan Cordes
Jan 08, 2008 Evan Cordes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Just re-read this and love the story. Means a lot more now that I know the area a lot better.

I'd love to read an annotated version of this book, detailed with more history, images, references, etc.
Un texte frappant sur une histoire qui l'était déjà beaucoup ; la prose n'a guère vieilli, on sent une influence très forte sur nos auteurs contemporains. La lecture de la préface (après celle du roman, bien sûr) donne à voir les libertés que Cendrars a pris avec la biographie de Sutter pour en faire le mythe Suter. C'est une légende, donc les personnages sont dessinés comme de très loin, à peine plus que des silhouettes de conte ; pas ce que je préfère, mais les qualités littéraires restent ind ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Sergio rated it really liked it
Blaise Cendrars was always fascinated with the life and adventures of John Augustus Sutter, traveller, cheater, crook, entrepreneur, pioneer. Having read his allegedly fictionalised account of his years in North America, one is not surprised. Sutter fled Switzerland to escape creditors leaving wife and kids behind and ended up in New York. From there he worked his way through Missouri and decided to venture to the West, at a time when only few intrepid travellers had risked life and limb through ...more
Ali Khamoushi
خب،کتاب درباره ژنرال یوهان آگوست سوتره که به صورت داستانی و در قالب مخلوط تاریخ و داستان،زندگی این شخص رو که فاتح ایالت کالیفرنیاست به تصویر میکشه.
کتاب همانطور که از موضوعش انتظار میرفت ،داستانی خطی داشت و این مسئله ممکنه برای بعضی افراد دوست داشتنی نباشه.در کل کتاب داستان جالبی داشت و بنظرم نویسنده نسبتا خوب وقایع و اتفاق ها رو پرورش داده جذاب کرده بود.گرچه بنظرم جای کار بسیار بیشتری داشت و حتی داستان جا داشت که وقایع و اتفاقاتی که به سادگی از کنارشون عبور شد،مثل درگیری با سرخپوستان و یا ساخت ش
Aug 13, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, olympia
Written simply and straightforwarly, this slim volume tells the rather unbelievable story of a Swiss outlaw, Johann August Suter (who became known as John Augustus Sutter), an unscrupulous but shrewd businessman whose enterprises were ruined when gold was found on his land in California in 1843. The series of events that led to his rise and subsequent demise were remarkable; his personal evolution from an outlaw, to a generous host and respected businessman, to the rejected, broken and half-craz ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
A unique reading experience. You sit shotgun in the author's muscle-car narrative, barreling along highway of Sutter's life which stretches across Europe, Middle America, Panama, the South Pacific,and finally into the frontier of San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Valley. Cendrars imagines a life for Sutter that is like a composite of Jack London, JD Rockefeller, Citizen Kane, and Vito Corleone; fortunes made and lost, kingdoms built and razed, family elevated and cut-down, spirits set sail an ...more
Valentin Saint frison
L'histoire tragique et magnifique du général suter, bâtisseur de la californie ruiné par la découvert d'Or sur son territoire. Malheureusement le grand écart tenté par Cendrars déçoit : voulant rester factuel, l'histoire est contée la plupart du temps assez sèchement, tandis que par moments l'auteur se prend d'envolées lyriques sur certains points de l'histoire d'un personnage que l'on a finalement l'impression de n'avoir pu connaître qu'à peine.
Nov 05, 2012 Hamza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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Oct 31, 2012 d. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
prava knjiga za pustolovnjake!
cendrar je chovek rasplamsane mashte koji svoje rechi koristi na najsavrsheniji nachin da opishe dozhivljaje, predele & ljudske sudbine za koje nikada necemo saznati da li ih je zaista prozhiveo, proputovao & susreo ili ih je svojom fantastichnom sposobnoshcu izmashtao tako da postanu stvarne.

zlato & pokoja istinita pricha ostavile su me bez daha, dok me je poneka *manji broj* uspavala &umorila..zato 4 zvezdice umesto 5 (:
Jay Daze
May 01, 2009 Jay Daze rated it really liked it
John Augustus Sutter is a whirlwind of man who emigrates/flees from Europe to make his fortune in America only to be swallowed whole in the hurricane that is the Gold Rush of 1848. A miracle of compression and driving narrative, this is one of the best historical novels I've ever read. "Gold. Gold. Who wants gold?"
Nov 07, 2007 Tosh rated it really liked it
one couldn't make up a character like Blaise Cendrars if he wasn't already a major figure in French 20th Century literature. This one-arm natural genius wrote essays, poetry (my favorite!) and novels. "Gold" is sort of a historical novel that is often hysterical. But how far can this man's imagination go. Superb author and one should collect all his works.
Aug 11, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
la magnifique histoire du general Suter, qui devint l'homme le plus riche du monde et perdit tout lorsque l'on decouvrit de l'or sur ses terres. Conquête de l'ouest, folie de l'or, reportage poème, un livre splendide et très court sur un des premiers rêves americains!
Czarny Pies
May 25, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Des amateurs de Blaise Cendrars
Recommended to Czarny by: J'ai été très impressioné par Moravagine
Shelves: french-lit
L'Or raconte l'histoire d'un grand homme qui malgré ses capacités se trouve dépassé par des événements hors de son controle. Le roman lit comme un dégringolade.

Malgré le brio de l'auteur L'Or m'a laissé froid. Le chef d'oeuvre de Cendrars qu'il faut absolument lire c'est Moravagine.
the gift
fast, fun, furious pace following the adventures of a swiss immigrant in the 1800's america. like a good tale told at the bar, details stripped, characters simple, plot complex. short, sweet, surprisingly touching.
Jan 30, 2016 Zei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il allait devenir l'homme le plus riche de Californie, des Etats-Unis, du monde entier..!
Mais l'or l'a ruiné.
Ce livre retrace la vie et la tragédie d'un homme qui a tout perdu face à l'injustice du destin et la cupidité des hommes.
En effet l'enfer ne peut être que les autres.
Jul 14, 2009 jacob-felix rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone interested in the history of California
Recommended to jacob-felix by: Tony Dryer
Shelves: san-francisco
Super brief account of this man's life. Fast-paced, and glossing over everything, like a 126-page string of news briefs, letting only the grand arcs tell the story. I read it in about 4 hours over 2 days, and I don't think of myself as a fast reader. What a weird book.
Philippe Christol
"C'est là qu'il disparaît... Au pays on n'entend plus parler de lui et sa femme reste quatorze ans sans avoir de ses nouvelles. Et tout à coup son nom est prononcé avec étonnement dans le monde entier."
Extraordinary novel
La biographie (romancée?) du général Sutter, aventurier héroïque dont le destin est ruiné par la découverte de l'or sur ses terres. Bien écrit, très agréable
Ellie Rayner
It was a book that taught me a lot abouut the famous gold rush in the United States.
The writing of the book was very easy to understand and I very much enjoyed reading this book by Blaise Cendrads.
Veterini rated it liked it
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Apr 06, 2013 Kobe Bryant rated it liked it
Pretty cool story about a guy being ruined by the discovery of gold. How ironic
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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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