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Le feu follet suivi de Adieu à Gonzague

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  158 ratings  ·  14 reviews
«... ahora se daba cuenta de todo lo que valía Dorothy. En el fondo de sí mismo, creía conservar su poder sobre ella, y poder recobrarla si al fin se lo proponía. Y no podía creer que sus sentimientos fueran incomunicables. Tenía tal expresión de bondad en aquella foto... Su boca repetía lo que decían sus ojos: una ternura tímida. Y también decían lo mismo sus senos delica ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 185 pages
Published July 1st 1972 by Editions Gallimard (first published 1931)
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‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get’. Applies to me, every time I reach blindly into my stockpile of treasure: 143 unread books whose creep has displaced all other overt signs of Dassein in my bedroom. Whose origin and letter of recommendation has long faded from memory, books conspicuous only with their omnipresence and silent rapprochement of neglect.

And so I stumble on Alain, in medias res: dissipated, emaciated, precipiced from heroin abuse and currentl
Yves Gounin
De temps en temps, lassé de l'actualité littéraire dont je redoute que ses œuvres quelque agréable qu'en soit la lecture, ne laisse pas une marque indélébile, je me fais violence pour lire un classique. Le mois dernier, c'était Colette. ce mois-ci c'est Drieu la Rochelle. Quelle idée me direz-vous de choisir les auteurs les plus démodés qui soient !
J'avais lu "Gilles" il y a quelques années. Et j'en avais gardé le souvenir d'un interminable pensum. dans ces cas-là, pourquoi diable m'attaquer au
Sam Schulman
A great, brief, witty and heartbreaking novella which describes the last few days in the life of a youngish Parisian heroin addict, after he completes a "cure"; with a wonderful feeling (without the least tediousness) of the pretentiousness, the self-deception, the honesty and the illusions of such people - we've all known them. Alain, the hero, decides to kill himself before he becomes old in the boring hypocrisy and superior airs of the hardened drug-taker, who constitute one group of his frie ...more
Mark Sacha
Like probably most people who will read this novel nowadays, I did so because of the films adapted from it, Louis Malle's Le Feu Follett and Joachim Trier's recent Oslo 31 August. The former I watched randomly some months ago, and the latter I had been meaning to see when it was playing in New York, but for reasons that I don't remember, never did, until I found it on Hulu. Both of them I thought were phenomenal, their depictions of the psychology and behavior of numbingly depressed persons, and ...more
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Will O' The Wisp is a strange, enigmatic novelette, the first I have ever read by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, a French writer and well-known adherent of the Fascist right in that country, who committed suicide in 1945. Indeed, I think it may very well be the only novel of his translated into English to date. I was led to believe that it was a story about addiction and self-destruction, something akin to say, Malcolm Lowry's wonderful Under the Volcano. It is, in a sense, but it's at one and the sa ...more
Ce roman ne me donnait pas beaucoup de plaisir. Je crois que la vie de Drieu la Rochelle était une préoccupation et un débat avec la mort. Est ce qu'on peut le décrire comme roman éxistentionaliste? Je l'ignore. Certain est le fait que notre protagonist, Alain, qui se drogue, pose pendant son dernier jour la question primordiale philosophique, "quel est le sens de notre ex-istence?" Drieu le trouve, si bien il le trouvait de tout, pendant sa vie dans l'action, dans l'engagement, engagement polit ...more
A revolver is solid, it's made of steel. It's an object. To touch an object at last.
Nazila Khalkhali
En quittant sa femme et New York, Alain Leroy va à Paris pour subir une cure de désintoxication alcoolique dans une clinique de Versailles. Son traitement vient de s'achever. il a guéri mais éprouve un profond dégoût face à la vie qui ne lui procure plus aucun des plaisirs d'antan.
Il rencontre Lydia, une très jolie femme, amie de sa femme Dorothy, qui souhaite le sauver. Mais Alain ne l'écoute et, après un ultime rendez-vous amoureux, la quitte. Il va vivre ses dernières quarante-huit heures. Il
Jan 03, 2008 Tosh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jacques Rigaut obsessives
At last, French occupation literature from the bad guys! Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, a fellow Dandy French writer who was a friend of Jacques Rigaut based this novel on Rigaut's life and suicide. It has a sligt moralistic tone that is off-putting - sort of like telling the reader to beware of the drug filled life of a dandy can lead to one's suicide! Of course, la Rochelle took that road himself after he was convicted of his relationship with the Germans (big Vichy supporter) during the Occupation ...more
This book shows the slow inner destruction of Alain, a drug addict, hte writing appears to be modern for the time (1931). It is too bad that the author was a nazi sympathitizer during the war and later on committed suicide before gaining some recognition in the French literary world. I would gladly read some more of his works and now watch Mallet's film adaptation.
The finest novelette in the "existentialist" vein--too bad the author fought for the losing side of the war or more people might have heard of it.
I read the English translation.
Isabela Magalhães
Sublime e intenso!
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Pierre Eugène Drieu La Rochelle (3 January 1893 in Paris – 15 March 1945 in Paris) was a French writer of novels, short stories and political essays, who lived and died in Paris. He became a proponent of French fascism in the 1930s, and was a well-known collaborationist during the German occupation.

Drieu was born into a middle class, petit bourgeois family from Normandy, based in the 17th arrondis
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