The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
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This novel is amazing.
I am sitting here, reading the responses left by others, and what the hell? Most of you are downgrading this book due to the lack of Rilke's message in this book. For those of you who do not know Rilke, Rilke is considered one of the worlds greatest poets, as this was his first and only novel. If you do not like, nor prefer poetry, this novel is not for you.
The book is a compilation of narrative, philosophical asides, sketches for future poems, and detailed descriptions o...more
"There is a being that is completely harmless if it passes before your eyes, you hardly notice it and immediate...more
From the very beginning the focus of this book is on death and dying. Paris hospitals that cleanse and protect us today (and back then) from the awful deaths that are actually amazing to behold in their presence. The long and careful d...more
Pe atunci se stia (sau poate doar se banuia) ca moartea zace in om precum simburele in fruct. Copiii aveau in ei una mica, iar virstnicii una mare. Femeile o purtau in pintece, iar b...more
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge is an experimental, surrealistic novel in episodes, and reading it is like finding a lost artifact. Our narrator is a young Danish nobleman, estranged from his family, disillusioned with the romance of being a starving artist in Paris, and searching for a symbolic story that fits his experience. Malte's journeys are lush and visual and delightfully weird, and we get to follow him through the down-...more
The main theme seems to be death: How people die, how we die ourselves and that most people don't even care anymore to pick a death suitable to them or e...more
Our hero is away from home and familiarity, in Paris, which allows him to become a recluse. He's a sensative soul, so the hustle and bustle of the city has his nerv...more
Like Rilke at that time, the sole protagonist in this novel , Malte Laurids Brigge, is likewise a foreigner(...more
The subject matter: As the blurb says, there is death all around, or rather, people carry death wi...more
"And so, when I returned to Ulsgaard and saw all the books, I pounced on them in a real hurry and with an almost bad conscience. At that time I somehow had a presentiment, which I so often felt later on, that we didn't have the right to open a book if we weren't committed to reading all of them. With every line you broke off a piece of the world. Before books the world was unharmed and perhaps in time it would be whole again. But how could I, unable to read, be a match for them all? There they s...more
This is Rilke's only novel. It's semi-autobiographical. And he addresses existential themes - such as individuality and death. You can...more
it must have been one of those early mornings that sometimes appear in July - fresh, rested hours in which spontaneous events are happening everywhere. Out of a million small irrepressible movements a mosaic of life is created, utterly convincing in its reality...
i wish i could say that...more
"But wherever there is someone who gathers himself together, some solitary person, for example, who wants to rest roundly upon his whole circumference, day and night, he immediately provokes the opposition, the contempt, the hatred of those degener...more
Felt MLB's neurotic...more
And if you live alone, in a foreign city, sure of not very much, your mind periodically drawn back to a childhood in a frigid Northern cl...more
It is precisely because the form of this book is so hard to pin down that it is so effective. It challenges the reader to forget about the novel, and its easy explications and narrative arcs. (Though it feels much too organically arisen for me to use the term 'experimental'). Here we have...more
There is something I want to carry around with me from every page, whether it's just a short string of words or a body of paragraphs. A meditation on life and death that is devastating, insightful, striking, and beautiful.
The imagery sings, or sometimes howls, off the page: a building on fire, the people looking on in silence until the walls come crashing down. We’re going some...more
His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.
He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two mos...more