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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 Clézio'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)
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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
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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,
Jesse K
Sep 21, 2009 Jesse K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
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
David James
Mar 27, 2016 David James rated it it was amazing
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Le Clezio's WAR is not so much a novel as a fictional discourse on the strange relationship between man and his internal and external environment. Thus, if the reader is seeking the comfort and security of a world where cause and effect are linked to produce a climax, as in the traditional novel, he will be disappointed. For there are no 'characters' as such, only a roving consciousness that inhabits the essence of things and creatures. To be fair, as in the author's equally eng
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War never changes.
Nov 09, 2013 goodreads rated it it was amazing
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.

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The BURIED Book Club: J.M.G. Le Clézio. 16 31 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.
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