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Confessions of Dan Yack (Dan Yack #2)

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Continuing the adventures of the eccentric English millionaire Dan Yack, this novel centers on tells the story of the protagonist's tender love for the young Mireille, whom he meets in a crowded tabac in a Paris gone mad on Armistice night, 1918. This love transforms Dan Yack's life—he abandons his women and gives up his fast cars and debauchery to marry this convent-educa ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1929)
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Chuck LoPresti
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'But me no buts, we're going to make whoopee, I tell you.'

And tell us he does as if James Ensor read Rabelais (he did), sailed to the Antarctic to lead a parade out of one of his paintings and Abel Gance filmed it. Many times I read a book that pleases me greatly and when tasked with writing a review I wonder who exactly who might be the audience for the work at hand. Mostly I write reviews so my children will know what their father was thinking so I might live on in their minds a bit after I di
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Andrew
Oh, the French, the French, the French. Blaise Cendrars might as well be wearing a stripy shirt and sighing between Gauloises on a side street in Montmartre, making care not to get his mustache in his café au lait. If you like Jacques Tati or Raymond Queneau, you'll like Blaise Cendrars. If you would have preferred to have spent your life sipping brandy with a sultan, a sea captain, and a courtesan, you'll like Blaise Cendrars. If you regularly drop the phrase "ceci n'est pas une pipe" into regu ...more
keith koenigsberg
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A blazing little fireball of a novel. Set in Paris on Armistice night 1918, a man falls in love with a young girl and they both go sort of mad. An incandescent roman candle of a book. I found out about Cendrars reading Henry Miller's "The Books in My Life" and it's no wonder - you can clearly see the influence Cendrars had on him.
Rhys
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
First published in 1929, this is a ‘sequel’ to Cendrars’ earlier delirious masterpiece, *Dan Yack*, which recounted the bizarre adventures of an eccentric millionaire and the three bohemians he takes with him on an overwintering expedition to a remote island off the coast of Antarctica. The *Confessions* is looser in structure and wider ranging in subject matter. It can, in fact, be read without any knowledge of the prior volume. It consists of nine ‘cylinders’ (Cendrars recited the book into a ...more
Chuck LoPresti
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not a five because it does not have the impact, expanse or feral will of Dan Yack - but it is a delightful little read packed with verbal picnics and seedy wisdom. Cendrars never seemed to care about who he might have offended and I respect that. If you are offended by whaling, whoring and boozing - best to seek your pleasure elsewhere - but if you can enjoy great writing regardless of great morality - you will find something to appreciate here. Flowing with vitality - Cendrars should be more wi ...more
Jeff Bursey
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a review of this book, along with Gold and Confessions of Dan Yack, check out Centring the Margins: Essays and Reviews:

http://www.zero-books.net/books/centr...

Jeff Bursey
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
For a joint review of Gold, Dan Yack and Confessions of Dan Yack, go here:

http://www.jeffbursey.com/downloads/B...
James
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Literary modernism included an broad array of different authorial styles, each writer breaking new ground. One of those writers whose style resonates well for this reader is Blaise Cendrars. His novel Dan Yack can be described: "The style is bizarre, full of paradoxes and piquant and ingenious ideas." Thus one of Dan Yack's acquaintances describes a curious book of poetry and in so doing provides an apt description of Cendrars' novel. Every page presents anomalies, curiosities, phrases whose biz ...more
Rhys
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly remarkable novel, originally published in 1927 as *Le Plan de l'Aiguille* but not translated into English for another 60 years. Dan Yack is an impetuous, generally drunk, clever but eccentric shipping magnate. When his girlfriend leaves him, he goes on a drinking spree in St Petersburg and impulsively invites three impoverished bohemians sitting at a cafe table, a painter, musician and sculptor, to accompany him on a voyage to a random location that will be determined by aiming a pistol ...more
Bryan
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
There is so much jammed into this little 120 page book. Layered and ambiguous and carved in an unforgettable voice, even in translation, though Cendrars would be incredible in French:
"The crater-riddled field started to whirl round madly and it seemed to me that a flashing sword, flinging off roaring sparks, fell from the heavens to smite and massacre everything on the surface of the earth, like a gramophone needle scratching, scoring, digging furrows in an old, already worn record, on a fully-w
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Nathaniel
I didn't think I'd end up dropping this book onto the ignominious shelf; but I can't bring myself to pick it up again. More than anything, I object to the stupid, badly written female character who reads like a doe-eyed, imbecile impossibility.

Even against the backdrop of heady, post-war brothel-bestrewn Paris, Cendrars does not entice. There is some weird, acquisitive, distant and uncomprehending lolita thing going on in this book; but without any psychological depth.

"What glorious days, so h
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Troy
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009, 1913
I loved Moravagine and finally got the chance to read another Blaise Cendrars book.

Dan Yack is a damn good book with really thrilling and pyrotechnic writing, passages, and plot. Occasionally Cendrars goes a little over-the-top with his writing, but it's always readable and always great. The plot is wild; not as wild as Moravagine, but still a crazy adventure following Dan Yack, a ultra-rich lovable asshole with a black heart of gold, who goes from Russia to the arctic to the Chile, drunk and w
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Jacob
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooray for Dan Yack, a turn of the century Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Dan Yack is the young millionaire "all of St. Petersburg is talking about" - just spurned by a woman (for "the" prince) - that invites a poet, a sculptor, and a composer around the world on one of the whaling boats he has inherited.

Everyone ends up wintering (summering?) off the coast of Antarctica where Dan Yack loses his monocle and madness preys on his guests.

The writing can be incendiary, humorous, and a straight view of the abs
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Rupert
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Nooks McShea recommendation. Not mind blowing like The Tenants of Moonbloom, but a good read with some amazing segments. A rich man who was just jilted by his girlfriend goes on a drunk and asks three artists to join him, all expenses paid, on a trip to the Antarctica. Strange cataclysmic events unfold.
Aaron Kent
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Cendrars has the ability to be intimate and moving in 120 pages to the extent that it kinda shames most writers that try to build that kind of spirit of life and loss up in much longer and tedious novels. This ones a gem.
Howard
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-read
An extraordinary and unpredictable swirling riot of madness, violence and excess. Cendrars' prose is informed by his exotic life with a perspective at once savage and kind, world weary and inspired. A head trip, the spiritual brethren of Bukowski, Hunter Thompson, Kerouac and Paul Bowles.
Peter
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest book ever written by a dude with one arm.
Nose in a book (Kate)
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up for about 50p in a bargain bin and I'm so glad I did! It's a brilliant modernist novel, clever and sad and entertaining in equal measure.
Arick
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Cendrars. Need I write more? Expect discordant travels, steam boat millionaires, swirled n twirled mustaches, and the finer points of attending the Great War.
Elliot
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Swiss guy writes book about English bloke in French read in English - some lovely poetic pokes in dis one - ya typical early modern European stuff - if ya inta that stuff you'll rate it I reckon
Nose in a book (Kate)
Astounding book. Beautiful and crazy and Modernist and intelligent and profound.

My full review: http://www.noseinabook.co.uk/?p=2553
michael
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good or better than Morvagine. No one writes like Cendrars. Incredible.
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Frédéric Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement.

His father, an inventor-businessman, was Swiss, his mother Scottish. He spent his childhood in Alexandria, Naples, Brindisi, Neuchâtel, and numerous other places, while accompanying his father, who endlessly pursued bu
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