What can one’s life add up to? How much of one’s life is reality and how much of it are illusions?
I felt, nevertheless, at that moment, that a human being, broken as I was, may seek the reason, the meaning, of his undoing; that it is possible that this undoing has a significance; that events, especially those that touch the heart, are perhaps messengers whose secret has to be interpreted…
A single, seemingl ...more
It isn’t often anymore I finish a book in a couple of days but today I was sick and the sickbed does have one advantage: you can’t do very much but sleep and lay around. In between sleeping, I read François Mauriac’s masterpiece, Viper’s Tangle. This is the fourth novel I’ve read from the Loyola Classics Se ...more
Mauriac explore the complexities of the human mind and heart.
Going through the book, the main character help the reader to explore a wide range of feelings in depth... such as hate, corruption, vengeance, love.
"There is a fatal tendency in all of us to simplify others, to eliminate in them everything that might soften the indictment, give some human lineaments to the caricature which our hatred craves in order to justify itself..." ...more
Except for the last few pages, the story is narrated by the miser, who, at the age of sixty-eight, is suffering from angina and appears to be in danger of imminent heart failure. The aridity ...more
Throughout the entire story the reader is kept in suspension between completely hating the main character and finding themselves cheering him on during his revelations and letter ...more
This is the story of Louis, a French lawyer, who writes a confession letter to his wife, just before his death.
In this drama, Mauriac shows the lack of communication between the members of a typical French family, showing how a viper's tangle may come up with this lack of comprehension among them.
According to the author, this is "story of a blind man by his passions, who believes hate his wife and children and love only money, while his nature, if he had followed, would have led to the love of...more
This novel is a very g ...more
Here's a short overview of my feelings during the reading of this book, but first, a short explanation on what it's about.
It's about an old man getting his vengeance on his wife. He writes an account of their life (from HIS point of view, bien sur!) and his main goal is to leave this letter for the wife to find after he is dead (in order to avoid having to deal with wiveys reactions, duh). So he tells about his life growing up and how they meet and ho ...more
There's something about this flawed, dysfunctional family that appeals to me. The patriarch, Louis, is despicable and tragic at the same time.
From his description of the landscape of Les Landes it is clear that Mauriac loved this part of France. ...more
It's also cleverly meta (by thirties standards): written first as a letter to a despised wife, then, we realise, but then a collective published letter-cum-diary, published by the heirs as an account of a man's evolution. I wasn't crazy a ...more
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