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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  888 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The story is about a hero's love for three women, all of whom he loses; a hymn to unattainable, unrequited love. The story begins when a paragraph in a newspaper plunges the narrator into his memories as a younger man. The perspective seems to shift back and forth between the past and present, so the reader is never entirely sure if the narrator is recounting past events ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 95 pages
Published September 12th 2001 by Fayard (first published 1853)
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AGamarra
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos, francia
"¡Amor, ay, por las formas vafas, por los tintes azules y rosados, por los fantasmas metafísicos! Vista de cerca, la mujer real sublevaba nuestra ingenuidad. Tenía que aparecer a nuestros ojos como una diosa o una reina, y desde luego, por nuestra parte, no pretender jamás acercarse a ella."

Me quedé muy sorprendido por esta obra de Nerval que aunque es desordenada, como el mismo autor lo admite, y cuenta algunos eventos comunes (me hizo recordar la "Graziella" de Lamartine), tiene elementos tan
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David
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
"I went to bed but found no rest; and as I lay there between sleeping and waking, memories of my childhood thronged about me. In this state, where the mind still resists the fantastic combinations of dreams, the important happenings of a long period of one’s life often crowd themselves into a few moments."


Gérard de Nerval's Sylvie seems to me a woefully overlook French nouvelle. It was first published in 1853, meaning that it is far out of copyright - and so anyone intrigued by this review, I
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Oziel Bispo
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
O narrador- personagem vivendo em uma ilusão que beira à loucura , não consegue se decidir entres essas beldades : Aurélie, Sylvie e Adrienne. Mas será que ele na verdade prefere este estado ilusório ou é apenas um escape para uma realidade intangível? Teremos que ler o livro para saber. O que percebemos , é que a mente do narrador está toda confusa; Aurelie para ele é apenas uma manifestação presente de seu amor que sentira no passado por Adrienne, e Sylvie é apenas uma encarnação de Adrienne a ...more
Jose Moa
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This short novel is for me a little forgotten jewel of the romantic literature,has a exquisite,elegant,cult and with many references to the classic world prose.

It is a simbol in the form of the memories of a man of the fruitless search of the idealistic sublimated romantic love represented by three differet women.
Silvery
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Umberto Eco, «uno de los libros más bellos jamás escritos.» «La lectura de Sylvie me dejó trastornado. Más tarde supe que a Proust le había sucedido lo mismo.» Umberto Eco
Lily
Jun 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: french
Hated it. I am NOT a romantic, I guess. Or sorry, a Romantic. Romantique. This class (Rebellion Against Romanticism) was such a labor for me. God bless the professor, but I just couldn't find it in me to get excited about melodramatic, borderline-suicidal male protagonists who loved nature and women and suffering. Sylvie was all about the difference between this innocent naive country girl and this actress, both of whom totally capture the narrator's heart. He really goes off the deep end, and ...more
Carlos
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dice Juan Malpartida: “Traductor, poeta, narrador, cuentista, libretista, Gérard de Nerval fue un escritor raro para su tiempo. Su obra más profunda e inquietante fue escrita en los últimos años de su vida como un testimonio de su particular descenso a los infiernos. Amigo y colaborador de Gautier, de Alejandro Dumas, de Victor Hugo, Nerval fue admirado por ellos, pero la rareza de su propósito literario y la rara calidad de su prosa y de su poesía sólo podían ser comprendidas a partir de ...more
Jerry
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A diferencia de Proust o Eco, no me ha parecido una obra maestra ni una joya de la literatura romántica del XIX. Eso sí, me ha parecido un cuento bonito, con un gusto por la palabra muy cuidado y, aunque breve, con cierta profundidad emocional.
Simona
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Due testi in uno potrebbe essere descritto così questo breve romanzo di Gerard de Nerval. Da un lato, il racconto di Sylvie e dall' altro la rilettura di Eco che lo ha anche tradotto per Einaudi.
La rilettura di Eco impreziosisce ancora di più Sylvie permettendo al lettore di comprendere significati che possono sfuggire.
Sylvie è come una di queste chimere che "ammaliano e sconvolgono all'alba della vita", inafferrabile che ti trasporta tra sogno e realtà, dove non si sa quando inizia uno e
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Micha
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 19th-century
Umberto Eco went on and on about this in Six Walks in the Fictional Woods and elsewhere I'm sure, so I thought I ought to read it. It sounded exceptional, elusive, playing with time and memory, with elements of Romanticism and lost beauty and all the other things that you can name to gain my immediate attention. As ever, I don't know if the problem is in the translation, though I looked at two side-by-side in the library before making my impulsive choice, but part of the problem was that I just ...more
Francesca
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Che dire ora, che non sia la storia di tanti altri?
[…] Tali sono le chimere che ammaliano e sconvolgono all'alba della vita […] Le illusioni cadono l'una dopo l'altra, come scorze di un frutto, e il frutto è l'esperienza. Il suo sapore è amaro e tuttavia essa ha qualcosa di aspro che tonifica. […]

La storia è più o meno tutta qui, racchiusa in queste poche righe.
'Ecco dov'era la felicità... eppure.'
Già, capita. Mentre tu non scegli, gli altri lo fanno, eccome se lo fanno!, e definiscono la tua
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Brent
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I immediately reread large sections of this story when I finished it just to try to understand how Nerval achieved the effects that have made this story famous. The temporal ambiguity, the merging of themes and characters, the eerie crisscrossing of biography and fantasy...reading this book was like floating through Nerval's memory. And it was a weird, wonderful experience.
Andy
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Nostalgie!
Palimp
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Escrito con una prosa delicada y poética, con una estructura narrativa bastante moderna y libre, deja muy buen sabor de boca.
AraBD
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
La pérdida de dos amores, uno por idealizar otro. ¿Vivir de recuerdos, es vivir?
Vatroslav Herceg
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alfa
Zagreb, 2007.
S francuskog prevela: Višnja Machiedo
Djelo je objelodanjeno u sklopu biblioteke "Vrhovi svjetske književnosti". Unutar samog izdanja objavljena su još dva naslova, koja? Vidjet ćete ako pročitate moja sljedeća dva kratkosvrta. Prevoditeljica Višnja Machiedo je ujedno napisala i pogovor.
Izvorno izdanje je tiskano 1853. te u tom smislu valja istaći da je, od svih zapadnoeuropskih nacionalnih romantičarskih poetika, francuski romantizam ponajviše kasnio. Romantizam je započeo svoj
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Estado Lector
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Sylvie es una novela corta, su protagonista vive recordando tiempos pasados y lamentandose por los amores que no lograron ser, sus descripciones poéticas quieren mostrarnos la belleza de los pueblos italianos de siglos pasados y su desenlace es penoso y nostálgico.
Anthony Gunderson
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poor Gerard. Epigone of Goethe? Perhaps. Heir to Rousseau. This Gallic writer ( Nerval, not me) seems to mention Camille Paglia's least favorite philosopher. But I digress.
The novel is ostensibly a tale of unrequited love. For a provincial girl, an actress, and a nun. The nameless narrator is in love with all three. But is he? I think he's in love with the idea of love. What a lovely idea. The novella progresses in a nonlinear format from a theatre in Paris to the Alps. What will capture the
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Liliana Méndez
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Es una bonita historia, y en lo personal me encanto en modo en el cual estaba narrada la historia, a pesar que un par de veces me perdí, ya que fue más interesante.
En cuanto a los personajes tengo que decir que más de una vez Sylvie me desespero, y nuestro protagonista misterioso me llegó al corazon, aún así no le perdono lo que llego a hacer...
Realmente vale la pena darle la oportunidad para sorprendernos, lo que sí recomiendo es no llegar con expectativas pero sí informados, a éste ni a
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Akeyla Pratt
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very good example of a French nouvelle... in equal parts romantic and tragic. My only criticism is that it was sometimes hard to tell when Nerval was writing a memory and when he was actually writing the events taking place in the timeline of the story. It wasn't always immediately clear to me when he would drift off into a story taken from one of the narrator's memories.

Apart from that, though, it was a lovely and fairly quick read.
Imane
Aug 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Cela résume ce que je pense de ce livre horrible !





mohammad
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
عشق،ای دریغا از آن! از پیکرههایی مبهم و مه آلوده، رنگهایی گلفام و کبود،شبحهایی فراسویی و آنسری! اگر از نزدیک مینگریستیم، زن راستین و واقعی ما را، به سبب ساده دلیمان، بر میشوراند؛ میبایست که زن، چونان شهربانو یا ایزدبانو پدیدار میشد، تا دل از ما برباید؛ و به ویژه میبایست به او نزدیک نمی شدیم.
#سیلوی
#ژرار دو نروال
#میر جلال الدین کزازی
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Francesco D'Isa
People from different worlds want to reconnect: the protagonist falls in love with a dream, is loved by an idea and he will be abandoned by both. The best non-suicide note ever written.

Plot: He loves Adrienne, Sylvie loves him, but soon no one will love him.
l.
I liked Sylvie, which is what got the 4 star rating. As to the others... I feel Aurealia was an undirected account, which while it wasn't as tiresome as it could have been, was not really .... my thing.
MauroMC
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice short novel about missed opportunities. The narrator is showing what it could have been, but it was not. I would have liked to know also a little more about other characters of the story, for example Adrienne or the theater girl.
At the end it was a good read, but it could have been better.
Dene
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
wonderful use of time - poignant present or is melancholy recollected - not always certain which is core to the beauty and feeling this story creates.
HajarRead
J'étais sous le charme du style au début, puis je me suis totalement déconnectée... l'auteur m'a perdue en cours de route comme on dit.
alternBRUNO°°
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nérval poseía el espíritu romántico más trágico y delirante de su época.
Arvind Radhakrishnan
A masterpiece!Very rarely does one come across such beautiful lyrical prose.
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Gérard de Nerval was the nom-de-plume of the French poet, essayist and translator Gérard Labrunie, one of the most essentially Romantic French poets.
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“c’étaient les deux moitiés d’un seul amour. L’une était l’idéal sublime, l’autre la douce réalité. Que me font maintenant tes ombrages et tes lacs, et même ton désert ?” 0 likes
“la nature indifférente reprendra le (terrain que l'art lui disputait ; mais la soif de connaître restera éternelle, mobile de toute force et de toute activité !” 0 likes
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