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Recollections of the Golden Triangle

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A provocative novel by the most influential living French writer, Recollections of the Golden Triangle is a tour de force: a literary thriller constructed of wildly diverse elements—fantasy and dream, erotic invention, and the stuff of popular fiction and movies taken to its farthest limits.

A secret door that is opened slightly by an electronic device, a beautiful hanged f
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 18th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1978)
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Jack Tripper
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Though I understood even less of this than I did my previous (and only other) Robbe-Grillet read, The Voyeur, I actually enjoyed this one a bit more. Again, it was virtually impossible for me to follow exactly what was happening much of the time, but the novel was filled with loads of mesmerizing and surreal-yet-disturbing images, many of which will still unsettle me at random times even though it's been over two weeks since I'd finished reading it. I also appreciated the fact that in the two de ...more
Vit Babenco
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything is liquid. Everything vacillates and fluctuates… Townscapes turn into derelict mazes, tangled labyrinths lead to grotesque spectacles, nightmarish scenes change into fatal erotic visions… Everything is not what it seems to be… Everything looks as if painted by René Magritte.
I make my planned detour none the less via the fashion boutique with the double-exit trying-on cubicles to check that everything is in place. The young brides and communicants in their immaculate tulle dresses are
Nate D
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the secret lives of art lit critics
Recollections of the Golden Triangle is amazing and puzzling and frustrating. As a hyper-stylized pulp-avant-garde, it is utterly unique and highly effective, rendering sinister secret societies, post-apocalyptic architecture, corrupt police forces, shady medical experiments, and various sex, violence, and sleaze in immaculate sentences and paragraphs that smoothly cross all traditional boundaries in narrative structure. Particularly fascinating, the novel is full of Alain Robbe-Grillet's slippe ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mainstream, read_2011
This book is so crazy that it definitely belongs to the speculative field. While I read the book twice and started to understand it better, I need at least one more reread to make real sense of it though it may still be that there is no such "real sense' with the time shifts, the narrative shifts and the moving around of characters, but it is a truly haunting and visual book that just throws at you unforgettable imagery

If you want a mind bender which is short but offers more than novels three t
Jeff Jackson
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Some folks like to claim the Nouvelle Roman was a dead-end for literature. But this remarkable narrative of shifting tunnels and cycling stories not only shows Robbe-Grillet's advancement as a writer from his more celebrated early works, but it contains a myriad of unexplored pathways for the novel as a whole. Don't get caught napping.
4.5 stars.
Chumbert Squurls
When I picked up House of Leaves a couple months ago, I expected it to be complex and mystifying fully realizing the labyrinth described. This book lives up to be everything that House of Leaves failed at. The format of this book is unconventional: scenes and narrators switch back and forth from one another within paragraphs and the whole story is spat out in a stream of consciousness style. Each story within the story is a piece of a vast and intricate puzzle concerning the police's mysterious ...more
Daniel Polansky
A post-modern Marquise de Sade. Which, I mean, if that appeals to you, have at it! There's actually a fair bit of artistry here, but beyond illicit erotic/horrific thrills I'm really not sure what the point was.
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Despite an often clunky translation not to mention much rank misogyny, there is far too much to recommend about this book in its unconventional & often dreamlike narrative to write it off as a snuff fantasy like I'd imagine many would be inclined to do. This pretty much defies explanation, but definitely worth reading if this is what you're into.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Classic Robbe-Grillet. Very detailed, surgical descriptions. Like reading a geometry or logic book written by an obsessive-compulsive lunatic with a fine arts degree in architecture. Not a lot happens, but something about the meticulous methodology makes you think every detail must mean something.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not a straight story.
Billy Dagger
Disgusting fantasies, not sure what he was thinking when he wrote this.

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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon one of the figures most associated with the trend of the Nouveau Roman. Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on March 25, 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat #32.

He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .

Alain Robbe-Grillet was born