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The Divine Child

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Madeleine Barthelemey is pregnant with twins. On the advice of her doctor, she decides to undertake their education in utero. Nine months later, Celine is born - a daughter whose cleverness and erudition vanish the moment she enters the world. Witnessing the fate of his once-brilliant and now dull-witted sister, the urbane, well-educated, but also conniving Louis rejects b ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1992)
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This was my second Bruckner novel and I have to admit I'm impressed by the flexibility of this author. A delightfully bizarre read, capturing essential life questions and most important, the human nature. I'm not going to give away any bit of info regarding the actual content, please read it if you haven't already.
Laura Tofan
Is birth the same thing as being chased from Paradise again? Life is only degradation for soul and body and the preborn form is the maximum we can achieve on earth? An unlimted knowledge can be divine without the act of creation? Pascal Brukner presents with humor a rebellious Adam who refuses to leave from Paradise, even after eating from the tree of knowledge
"To be or not to be borned" that's the which Bruckner finds an interesting answer..The twins, Celine and Louis, have the right to decide weather they born or not...That's a terrible fight between the good and bad parts of a new and normal life..On the one hand, Celine has the courage to face the world..but, unfortunatelly, she is "rejected"..On the other hand, Louise doesn't want to gave up the paradise he is just living in - his mother..In somehow monstruous...the idea is well sust ...more
Delightfully bizarre. The story centers around Louis, the fetus who received extensive prenatal education and refuses to be born. When Bruckner describes the global fallout from this decision, it is reminiscent of an inverted Death With Interruptions by Saramago. However, grotesque and arrogant Louis is a fitting descendant of The Tin Drum's Oskar Matzerath.
vrlo zanimljiva, poučna priča o tome kako se ne treba igrati s prirodnim poretkom stvari...da puno ne filozofiram i ne otkrivam...preporučam svakome...reći ću samo odlična mašta barbe Pascala,definitivno ću ga čitati još...
Angi Molnar
Just awful!! I only waisted my time with the first 50 pages and then abandoned the ship. However maybe i just was not in the mood for such abomination.
Read in the original French for an oral presentation for my French class, Fall 2013.
Agoaye Leblog
L'idée est bonne, mais les descriptions sont longues et on tombe bien vite dans le glauque et le pénible... Je vais m'efforcer de vite l'oublier.
Alina Pulpea
I suppose many women find this book disturbing. Can't really understand why, it's imaginative, entertaining, poignant, and memorable. It's one of those books that haunt you.
The first book I read from him and it was a revelation!!!
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After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII, and then at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, he became maître de conférences at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.

Pascal Bruckner began writing in the vein of the so-called "nouveaux philosophes" and counts among their best known French proponents. He published Parias (Parias), Lunes de
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