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Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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Apr 23, 09

Read in April, 2009

Finally, after a busy week, I have finished my journey to the end of this book. Savage, brutal, disgusting, repulsive, and misanthropic are not necessarily adjectives I would use to describe a masterpiece, but with Celine, they're all meant as compliments.

Is it the most pessimistically scathing book ever written? I think so.


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Kimley I first read this in a french lit class in college right after we'd just read Proust. Talk about a juxtaposition. I flipped over it. It really is as dark and brutal as you say but I also remember just laughing out loud while reading it. It's some of the darkest, blackest humor around.


Jessica one of my all-time faves.

great review, but yes, savagely funny, too.


Michael Wow, Proust to Celine: that's like going from sunbathing to sticking your head in a block of ice.

Yes, most of Journey is unforgettably hilarious.


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Kimley Michael wrote: "Wow, Proust to Celine: that's like going from sunbathing to sticking your head in a block of ice"

It was actually a great class! And when you think about it, I suspect that much of the human experience of the early 20th century probably was like going from sunbathing to sticking your head in a block of ice.


Michael How very true.


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