Un Dique Contra el Pacifico
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Un Dique Contra el Pacifico

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Inspired by his own biography, Marguerite Duras recounts in a dam against the Pacific Indochina in the peculiar life of the family formed by a seductive teen-Suzanne, his brother Joseph and mother of two. Once a woman full of energy, the mother had tried in vain to cultivate an award that every year is invaded by the Pacific, and now has only one desire: to marry with Suza...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by TusQuets (first published 1950)
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James Murphy
Duras writes autobiographically. The story is something like this: as a teenager in Indochina, around 1930, she had an affair with an older Asian man. She's written about this seminal moment in her growing up in the novel The Lover, which was made into the beautiful 1992 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, and later in North China Lover. Last year I learned that The Sea Wall, published in 1950, is the 1st telling of these events involving her lover, her mother, and her brother. I liked this no...more
Megan
While the story contained in this book is difficult to recount as it lacks any tremendously memorable or focal events, I was riveted to it the whole way through...really it was difficult to put down. The story describes a mother, her two children, and a time span of a few months in their lives as the children are just on the cusp of adulthood and independence. The descriptions of poverty, struggle and life in a hostile environment are devastating and very effective in the context of the story. T...more
Megan Chance
I've never read Duras before, though I really like the movie "The Lover," which I've seen about a billion times, which is based on her novel (I haven't read that one yet, but it's on my TBR pile). Though it's got a very French sensibility (bleak, nihilistic and materialistic) I actually really liked The Sea Wall, which is set in 1920s French Indochina. I thought the imagery was fantastic, and the characterizations fascinating. It flung me deeply into that time period and place, and the character...more
Кремена Михайлова

И писането не ми допадна, и действията (бездействията) ми бяха непоносими.

Но не бих омаловажила труда на Дюрас. Щом ми беше направо депресирано през цялото време... С толкова пестеливост на думи и изразни средства, наистина постига смазващ ефект. И недоумявах „ Не могат ли тези хора да постъпят по друг начин, истина ли е това?! Наистина ли няма други решения освен вайкане и истерии? Любовта (към майката) ли пак попречи?” Стигнах до крайност: „Тези хора тъпи ли са?!” Много по-тежки книги съм чела...more
Nitthita
อ่านเขื่อนกั้นแปซิฟิกได้ร้อยกว่าหน้า บอกตรง ๆ เลยว่าขอยอมแพ้ แรก ๆ ก็พอสนุกกับมันนะ แต่พอหลังจากนายโจเข้ามาเท่านั้นแหละ รู้สึกว่าเรื่องจะอืดเอื่อยวนเวียนซ้ำซากไปถนัดตา (ไม่ต่างจากแม่ ซูซาน และโจเซฟ ที่ใช้ชีวิตจำเจน่าเบื่อไปวัน ๆ ในที่ดินเฮงซวยของพวกเขา ?) ถึงขนาดเปิดไปอ่านตอนกลาง ตอนจบ ก็ไม่อาจปลูกความรู้สึกอยากอ่านต่อให้งอกงามขึ้นมาได้ (หากหนังสือเล่มนี้จะมีคุณูปการอยู่บ้าง ก็คือการที่มันได้มอบถ้อยคำที่แสดงถึงขีดสุดของความน่าเบื่อของหนังสือเล่มใดเล่มหนึ่งให้แก่ข้าพเจ้า นั่นคือ น่าเบื่อแค่ไหนหรื...more
Lois
I finally got around to reading a Duras book. I enjoyed the novel, but also really appreciated reading about French Indochina. I will be haunted by the descriptions of the packs of sick, hungry, dying children for a long time.
Linda Ha
What could be more tragic and useless as building a "sea wall" or a beautiful young woman throwing her life away... This is essentially the same sad story as The Lover but written 100 times better.
Quinn Slobodian
It's set in a bungalow on the swampland coast of colonial Indochina, which makes it surprising that it's actually, sneakily, a book about the movies. A mother, daughter and brother are stranded on a worthless piece of property where the would-be fields flood every season, washing away whatever had been planted in their mud in the spring. The mother worked fifteen years playing piano under the screen of the colonial capital's movie theater to buy the land. She didn't watch a film the entire time....more
Kallie
I read this twice; the second time I liked it even more. Duras captures how being isolated and poor feels, and the isolation and poverty of a colonial family, whose head of household is a widow left to fend for her family in a traditional, patriarchal culture, would be still worse. The family's life is evoked rather than cataloged, so the feelings of loneliness and isolation and being trapped come into the reader through tone and imagery. This is not a book for people who want comedy, though the...more
Czarny Pies
Marguerite Duras is commonly thought of as a leading figure of the Nouveau Roman movement. However, this realistic novel of a widow's courageous efforts to fight corruption in the French colonial administration and to build polders to prevent her land from being flooded by the Pacific ocean is by far the best work of Duras.

In the novel, the widow modelled on the author's mother ultimately fails. The author sadly notes: "On ne construit pas des barrages contre la Paciifique." Walls cannot hold ag...more
Vanessa
Steeped in a sense of frustrated longing, of impossible desire - for love, for escape, for salvation; of loneliness, awakening sexuality, futility, hope, cruelty and lust - this book comes on like a slow fever and doesn't break its hold on you until the final words. I have found it to be unforgettable.
Martin
Un libro impresionante, escrito con maestría y talento, acerca del fracaso, y la angustia de los que ven que todos los caminos conducen al único y mismo pozo de desesperación. Al mismo tiempo, un libro donde los tres personajes principales, madre, hijo e hija, colonos blancos marginales y pobrisimos en Indochina francesa, luchan incansablemente con lo que pueden, con lo que poco que tienen, contra la adversidad implacable que los rodea: adversidad de la naturaleza, el oceano que arrasa cada ano...more
Daria
Two children and their mother fight for years for their dreams, hopes, and most important for their everyday life.
Although not a very complex story, Marguerite Duras manages to keep you focused on the plot, and also to make you struggle in desperation, together with her characters. From time to time, the whole story seems so surreal that you begin to think that life is nothing more than a really cruel joke.
Peter
I've read most of Margueritte Duras's books, and this is probably my favorite, besides maybe Summer Rain, and it's a more involved story than that. I like her writing because the prose feels really spare, and you kind of read along in the story waiting to see where it's going to go, and then you find that you're in the middle of the story and it's simpler and deeper than you thought. She writes with a tone of romantic longing, but it's mixed with an almost Samuel Beckett like post-apocalyptic se...more
Jeanne Dark
A very deep, violent, true and special book.
Aurélie
C'est la première fois que je lisais un livre de Marguerite Duras et j'ai été un peu déçue. Je l'ai lu avec plaisir mais l'histoire ne m'a pas passionné.
Elsa
Un classique plutôt décevant.

Un peu d'ennui et de déception face à ce classique. Le rythme parait assez bancal avec une première partie assez longue qui s'effiloche par la suite. Les personnages, chacun à la dérive dans leur folie respective, ne m'ont pas touché. De plus, le style laisse le lecteur assez froid. Seul point intéressant, la vie rêvée de ces expatriés dans les colonies où à côté des nouvelles grandes fortunes survivent les autres.
Геллее Авбакар
It was an inspiring master piece of arts especially with the touch of its writer, It really portrays the 100% truth that the French woman had as an attitude toward this life. the protagonist is a woman in her fifties who fought against nuisance and poverty in order to improve a good life to her children, she passes through several hard test but nothing makes her will wick. It was all amazing to live with the events of this nice piece of art.
Merab
სიღარიბისგან სასოწარკვეთილი დედა, რომელსაც წარუმატებლობითა და მარცხით აღსავსე სასტიკი ცხოვრება სიკვდილის წინაც კი არ აძლევს მოდუნების საშუალებას. ყველაფრისგან გადაღლილ მოხუცებულს, წარსულის თითოეული მოგონება წვრილი ლურსმანივით ერჭობა სულსა და სხეულში. შესაძლებელია კი ჭაობიდან ამოსვლა? არავინ იცის. აქ ხომ ყოველდღურად ასობით ბავშვი იღუპება, რომელთაც სახლის უკან - ნაჩქარევად მარხავენ ტალახში, ისე, რომ მათი სხეულები გაციებასაც კი ვერ ასწრებენ.
Lady3jane
I bought this and held on to it for a long time before reading it. When heading on a trip to Vietnam I thought it might be good reading while there. I was right. It takes place in French Colonial Vietnam, following the story of a french widow who purchases a land concession on the sea which turns out to be worthless. Duras' writing was beautiful as always and I enjoyed delving into an era that has affected so much of what Vietnam is today.
David
Couldn't quite finish this book, my third by Duras. It just lingers on with slow and apparently meaningless events that tell you little about the characters.
William
Classic Duras. Because this book was written before L'Amant, we see Duras be a little more reserved in the character of Suzanne, leaving much of the more sexually-overt tendencies and seemingly antagonist relationship with the mother to Suzanne's brother. Not exactly as good as L'Amant, but definitely close.
Katya
Really, I would give this 3 and a half. But I like the Lover, which she wrote about the same situation, better. The Sea Wall feels like a great footnote to the Lover. And you get a clearer picture of her insane mother: a woman who refused to sink without taking everyone else down with her.
Judi/Judith Riddle
I enjoyed this autobiographical novel very much but found it very similar to Marguerite Duras' most well known novel The Lover.
sarah
Avant l'amant, il y avait le barrage........ les premières années de misère de la famille duras. La mère terrible, les deux frères, "l'enfant" qui se battent contre la mer avec entêtement et désespoir
Thetravelingpanda
Le dernier livre que je lirai de Marguerite Duras, je n'aime définitivement pas son style. Je trouve que tout ces romans se ressemblent en racontant toujours la même histoire.
Don Socha
Also read this out loud with B. It is not your typical Duras, but deliciously unique nonetheless.
Noémie
J'ai trouvé le contexte et les lieux assez étranges.
Barbara
Originele versie gelezen "Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique"
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Marguerite Donnadieu, better known as Marguerite Duras (pronounced [maʀgəʁit dyˈʁas] in French) (April 4, 1914 – March 3, 1996) was a French writer and film director.

She was born at Gia-Dinh, near Saigon, French Indochina (now Vietnam), after her parents responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony.

Marguerite's father fell ill soon after their arrival,...more
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