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Solal (Les Valeureux #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  312 Ratings  ·  12 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.
Paperback, 473 pages
Published April 1st 1981 by Editions Gallimard (first published 1930)
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Stefy
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
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Jess
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. :)
Justine
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics
I loved neither the author's writing style, nor the story. I wanted to read Belle du Seigneur, but, after this book, I'm really afraid I won't like it. I only grew attached to Salomon, but I really could not bear Solal - so sexist, macho and self-centered! A crazy story that didn't blow me away, and a man's life that didn't win me over.
Helen Lombard
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Virginie
Jun 21, 2013 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
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
D
Jan 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Luc
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Adjo
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Albert Cohen est un grand. Chaque phrase de Solal apparait comme une leçon de vie.
Sxtn
Jan 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adulte, dans-ma-bibli
J'AI RÉUSSI À LE FINIR !!!!
Ce fut long et fastidieux. Et pas spécialement fendart.
Anne
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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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