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Solal (Les Valeureux #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  210 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The youth of the hero from Belle du Seigneur is told in this novel, full of the irony and cynicism that is characteristic in the work of Albert Cohen.
306 pages
Published 1988 by Anagrama (first published 1930)
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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
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
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. :)
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.
Albert Cohen est un grand. Chaque phrase de Solal apparait comme une leçon de vie.
bof...not terribly impressed, expected more...
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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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