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Solal (Les Valeureux #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  280 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Cuando apareció Solal. la primera novela de Albert Cohen. el éxito fue inmediato y la crítica francesa le saludó como un escritor extraordinario. a pesar de la novedad y complejidad de su propuesta narrativa. ¿Ya habéis leído Solal? Esta es la pregunta que hago en estos días a quienquiera que encuentre. Solal es un gran libro. una obra poderosa y rica. escribió Marcel Pagn ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published 1988 by Anagrama (first published 1930)
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Apr 13, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Belle du Seigneur before reading this one, therefore I was happy to reacquaint with our dear Solal and his oh so grotesque family, to learn how he managed his stellar social climbing. I liked this book, but I think it is no match for Belle du Seigneur. It's like this book was a sketch whereas Belle du Seigneur was the real masterpiece. It is nonetheless a great book. :)
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When I began to read Solal I wasn't very sure I might have come to its end being this a French edition and I did not deem my French so much good. To my surprise, I could easily follow the story and I got totally seduced by it.
The book opens with a 14 years old Solal introducing his family, his uncles and his Mediterranean isle of Cefalonia. Then, after a time skip of 2 years, we found a rebellious 16 years old Solal that falls in love with the 26 years old wife of the French consul discovering
Jun 21, 2013 Virginie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re(rerere)lecture, j'aime toujours autant, plus pour les mêmes raisons. Solal m'est plus antipathique (carrément-méchant-jamais-content), mais de moins en moins étranger. De fait, c'est là que Solal est formidable, aucun des personnages n'est complètement incompréhensible, malgré leur taille. Certains monologues sont franchement décousus, il évoque plus qu'il ne décrit, apparemment sans trop d'ordre, et pourtant on a l'impression de suivre la pensée des personnages, leurs associations d'idées, d ...more
Elena De col
I don't know what to make of this book. It feels like I have read a fan fiction of "Belle du seigneur" and not the best one. Maybe Cohen was too young when he wrote it, maybe the time was not right.
I still appreciate the style, although it is not even remotely as good as the third book of the cycle.
Jan 21, 2011 D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible, the single star for the few (and far between) amusing parts. The book is a mix of a mediocre adventure novel and the lunatic and pathetic ravings of an extremely unpleasant and unlikable character (Solal). Best forgotten. It seems to have been a big success when it came out. Why, I wonder.
Nov 07, 2015 Luc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Solal als Jood in "ballingschap", die eerst zijn geloof lijkt te verzaken maar er uiteindelijk toch voor kiest, is raak getypeerd. En de kleurrijke figuren rond hem mogen er ook zijn. Maar het boek heeft mij in zijn geheel toch niet weten te bekoren. Daarvoor grijpt het verhaal mij onvoldoende aan.
Aug 03, 2014 Adjo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Cohen est un grand. Chaque phrase de Solal apparait comme une leçon de vie.
Jan 17, 2016 Sxtn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adulte, dans-ma-bibli
Ce fut long et fastidieux. Et pas spécialement fendart.
bof...not terribly impressed, expected more...
Jul 31, 2007 Orlane is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i'm reading this right now...
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Born Abraham Albert Cohen in Corfu, Greece, in 1895, as part of an important Sephardic Jewish community on the island. Albert’s parents, who owned a soap factory, moved to Marseille, France when he was a child. Albert Cohen discusses this period in his novel Le livre de ma mère (The Book of my Mother). He studie
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