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Le passé simple (Folio t. 1728)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Lors de sa parution en 1954, ce livre fit l'effet d'une véritable bombe, tant en France qu'au Maroc qui luttait pour son indépendance. Avec une rare violence, il projetait le roman maghrébin d'expression française vers des thèmes majeurs : poids de l'Islam, condition féminine dans la société arabe, identité culturelle, conflit des civilisations. Vilipendé au début, comment ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Editions Gallimard (first published April 1st 1954)
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Oct 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a difficult reading! You really need to think and re-think over some sentences to understand something :). Some statements shocked me. Especially the ones related to the definition of religion. He might be against religious believes, but to present religion in very disgusting way, why? I prefer to read logical arguments and well-founded critics rather than a disgusting and insulting descriptions.
أحمد شاكر
قال البطل إدريس، ملخصا تجربته قبل الرحيل إلى باريس، لم يغب عن بالي ولو غراما واحدا من ماضي. يمر أمامي بسيطا: لعبت وربحت.
Mohamed Benssiba
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le passé simple !
Pas si simple que ça.
Ma première expérience avec la littérature marocaine d’expression française.
Pas très accessible dans premier abord.
J’ai dû le lire deux fois (or, je déteste ça) pour le cerner.
Les deux cultures du protagoniste du roman sont en balance à chaque fois !
Mais la culture hexagonale finit par prendre le dessus, puisque Driss s’en prend aux archaïsmes du Maroc.
A lire, à comprendre, et faites-vous votre propre idée.
Moi je lui ai donné un 4/5.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-french
My boyfriend gifted me with a NYRB subscription this year because I don't deserve him, and also because I begged for it. Here's a novel I never would have picked up on my own. The Simple Past is a difficult and startling read. The narrative shifts and shoves without any concern about the detritus and mass confusion it leaves in its wake. There's no rushing through this one. Did I fully understand it? No. I'm not Moroccan, don't speak French, and didn't grow up Muslim. But there's an aggression i ...more
James Murphy
Well, I thought this a dreary read. Unpleasant even. The 3 stars are meant to be more neutral than a definite assignation of value because it's probable the novel's better than I think. I just didn't care for it.

The plot is one of a struggle within a Moroccan family between a tyrannical father and his rebellious son. I had trouble relating to the novel's Islamic backdrop of Koranic veneration within the family, which, filtered through the scream of the son's point of view produced an almost surr
Roman difficile et plutôt inaccessible, mais fascinant et violent à la fois. Le style est très approprié pour le sujet: la révolte d'un adolescent grandissant entre deux cultures, l'oppression de la tradition patriarchale et les illusions de l'occident. Avec fureur, exagérations et folie, l'auteur nous met dans la peau de Driss Ferdi, fils de haj richissime et très autoritaire, figure de Seigneur contre lequel il se soulève.

Au moment de finir sa lecture, je ne suis pas sûr d'avoir aimé ce livre.
أحمد محمد
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
المغاربة بيكتبوا كويس
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intense story. A stream of consciousness which embodies all the contradictions and convictions of a person struggling to create an cohesive identity. It lays bare the complexities of colonialism, religion, patriarchy, and life without settling for simplicity. There are no clean lines in this story, it exists in the muddled, ugly, and chaotic fractures of human relationships.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sep 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Livre très difficile à comprendre, surtout si c'est ta sélection pour lire à la plage.. J'ai arrêté au dernier chapitre parce que je n'en pouvais plus.
Le passé simple introduit le lecteur au coeur d'une famille marocaine dont le père se prend pour Dieu. Ce roman, organisé à la manière d'une réaction chimique, décrit la révolte de son fils Driss Ferdi, un personnage rebelle, entre les abus de pouvoir exercés par un père dictateur et une classe bourgeoise marocaine. C'est une critique vive du décalage entre l'islam révélé dans le Coran et la pratique hypocrite de l'islam au Maroc colonisé de 1950. C'est aussi une image, sans retouches sucrées, d ...more
Laaziza Ben
Les dernières 50 pages étaient les plus difficiles à lire
Nathan Albright
It is easy to see why this book is considered to be important.  Part of that is due to circumstances of time and place, as the author was part of a cadre of Western-educated Moroccans who found their lyceum education simultaneously alienated them from mainstream French culture which looked down on them as colonials as well as from the traditional culture that rightly viewed them as being a corrupting influence in their society.  Politically nationalist but indolent children of empire, such peopl ...more
Thom Sutton
I had a hard time wrapping my head around this one, partly due to the stream-of-consciousness style but probably also due to my total lack of knowledge about Morocco, Islam, and French. I assume I would have gotten more out of it if I'd known more about the culture of 50s Morocco.
It's an impressive book nonetheless and feels both in line with French philosophical lit from that time and aggressively modern now. The antisemitism and pedophilia subject matter are off-putting, and the writing style
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the January 2020 NY Book Classic selection for its book club. It was not an easy read. At times the narrator’s stream of consciousness was confusing as well as some of the conversations. While events of the story tie together, it is not always easy to understand what happened either. That this is a coming of age story is evident in the telling. I recognize that I had limitations in my understanding Maghreb and it’s history so many references were lost on me. The introduction was very he ...more
Taylor Lee
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, moroccan
Scintillating, aggressive, and gripping, Driss Chraïbi narrates a powerful indictment of tradition and patriarchy in this rebellious, stylistically daring novel.
Renaud Germain
En commençant le premier chapitre, j'étais pas vraiment convaincu. Style trop forcé pour mythifier une situation et des personnages. J'ai regardé la date de parution.
Eh ben oui, ça fait 1954.
Mais une fois rendu au deuxième chapitre, la prose se charge de parcelles poétiques et accélèrent le rythme tandis qu'on suit le personnage en ville, loin de son milieu familial.
Des pages entières de poésies.
(reportage sur l'auteur)
Max Eichelberger
The book was a torrent, and I fell in love with its angry, puerile, sophisticated, scatological, sex obsessed, paranoid, and beautiful tone
Messaoudi  Mohamed
استطاع الكاتب من خلال هذا المتن الروائي أن يصور فترة من فترات المغرب وبالضبط في منتصف القرن الماضي ، بمجمل تفاصيلها و قضاياها و توجهاتها و أوجاعها و أفكارها..عذرا ليس المغرب فقط بل كل بلدان الجنوب و العالم الثالث و التي يحضر فيها المقدس .. إدريس ذلك الشاب المتنور و الثائر على السلطة البطريركية .. سلطة تشرع و تحرم ما تشاء باسم الله و الدين و الأنبياء .. سلطة قتلت أخوه و دفعت أمه للإنتحار ..انتفض و لكن سرعان ما عاد للمهادنة لتحقيق مصلحته و هي الالتحاق بباريس للدراسة .
هناك تفاصيل تثقل كاهل الرواية
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
أول قراءة لي لهذا الكاتب، أشعر بخيبة أمل كبيرة بعد قراءة الصفحات الأولى، لم أتوقع منه أن يروج لهكذا أفكار عن الاسلام.
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Driss Chraïbi est un auteur marocain de langue française. Il a également fait des émissions radiophoniques pour France Culture. Driss Chraïbi est un écrivain qui est trop souvent réduit à son œuvre majeure Le Passé Simple, et à une seule analyse de ce livre : révolte contre le père sur fond d'autobiographie. Or, Driss Chraïbi aborde bien d'autres thèmes au cours d'une œuvre qui n'a cessé de se ren ...more

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