Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating


3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  4 reviews
War - in the mind of the fragile Bea B., in the infinite icy landscape she journeys through, in Vietnam, in 10,000 years of human history. The war of the title is not merely a war of arms but a generalised state of violence permeating every atom of Le Cl�zio's creation. Bea B. searches for clues for the origin of the evil. Under her searching gaze the most everyday objects...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 27th 2008 by Vintage Classics (first published September 23rd 1970)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryLes Misérables by Victor HugoThe Stranger by Albert CamusThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasMadame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Best French Literature
409th out of 457 books — 858 voters
L'Adieu aux armes by Ernest HemingwayLe Silence de la mer by VercorsLe Roi des aulnes by Michel TournierHHhH by Laurent BinetWeek-end à Zuydcoote by Robert Merle
Récits de guerre
13th out of 82 books — 4 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 105)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Fin de siècle is how I see the the mid 1960s, just before the sexual, social, cultural and other ‘revolutions’ started shaping the metaphysical experience. Le Clezio is just such a ‘revolutionary’ pioneer, a kind of warm up act for the French New Wave, propping up, say, Godard’s cinematic dystopia (isn’t Pierre le Fou and Weekend glorious anarchy?) with experimental literary deconstruction. This was an era, remember, of challenging the sub specie aeternitatis of the status quo: in this fluid env...more
Jesse K
Le Clezio's other books were pretty dark and all, but they seem like friendly little Harry Potter novels in comparison to War. Hell, just the 40 page description, done in the style of a prophetic rant, of a war torn apocalypse that may or may not be taking place in the character's mind, yet somehow strangle bears an abstract resemblance to the US in 2009 in certain regards, is enough as it is.

For the most part, if you've read Le Clezio, you pretty much know what you're getting here:

lots of sce...more
whoa. this is unique, surrealistic, imagistic, experimental work of prose- hesitate to call it a 'novel' but it is too long to be a 'poem', though it does create memorable tableau, it has no real characters, only a few, unstable names, it has no immediately perceived plot, only wandering through war, through history, city, jungle, war, war, war- it reminds me of the possibility of words...

what is this state of being called 'war'? is it between masses of people who do not have cause but consent,...more
This could well be the most intense book I've read so far. From the first page Clezio draws the reader into the book with short punchy sentences that create a sense of great urgency, focussing on the concept of war whilst disorientating the reader with bomb like explosive insight. The net effect is one of being over-awed by the power of the language, it is as if you are cast into the middle of this war trying to find a path to the fragile Bea and together figure what is going on here.

Short Faulk...more
Sami Sayed
Sami Sayed marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2014
Carilu marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2014
Jurgis Liepnieks
Jurgis Liepnieks marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2014
Jan Scheper
Jan Scheper marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2014
Nathaniel marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2014
Kirill Aleksandrov
Kirill Aleksandrov marked it as to-read
Dec 19, 2013
Amelia marked it as to-read
Oct 24, 2013
Erviinda Arifyant
Erviinda Arifyant marked it as to-read
Oct 17, 2013
The-beard marked it as to-read
Oct 09, 2013
Dominique marked it as to-read
Sep 25, 2013
Dian Palupi
Dian Palupi marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2013
Nick Craske
Nick Craske marked it as to-read
Apr 27, 2013
Iroulito91 marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The BURIED Book Club: J.M.G. Le Clézio. 16 25 Mar 12, 2013 12:35PM  
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
More about J.M.G. Le Clézio...
Desert Wandering Star The Prospector The Interrogation Onitsha

Share This Book

“Each time a drop of water forms under the spout of a tap, it means that one can wrench something away from the nameless mass.” 3 likes
“The non-stop music wrapped a warm cocoon around her body. People's thoughts, rapid words flowed around her, without doing her any harm.She was part and parcel of the shop, a commodity like any other, an article in the first-floor department.” 1 likes
More quotes…