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The Divine Child

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  614 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Madeleine Barthelemey is pregnant with twins. On the advice of her doctor, she decides to undertake their education in utero. Nine months later, Celine is born - a daughter whose cleverness and erudition vanish the moment she enters the world. Witnessing the fate of his once-brilliant and now dull-witted sister, the urbane, well-educated, but also conniving Louis rejects b ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1992)
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Jorge
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los libros de memorias y recuerdos, aunque están construidos sobre experiencias y vivencias personales del autor, suelen conectarnos irremisiblemente a nuestras propias vidas, remontándonos a esos años enterrados ya por las finas arenas del tiempo. Este libro no es la excepción.

Las remembranzas plasmadas en este libro discurren entre el final de la segunda guerra mundial y hasta nuestros días y el tema de fondo es la argamasa moral que, a pesar de todo, nos mantiene unidos a nuestros padres has
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Daniel
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my second Bruckner novel and I have to admit I'm impressed by the flexibility of this author. A delightfully bizarre read, capturing essential life questions and most important, the human nature. I'm not going to give away any bit of info regarding the actual content, please read it if you haven't already.
Jessica
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reproduction
Delightfully bizarre. The story centers around Louis, the fetus who received extensive prenatal education and refuses to be born. When Bruckner describes the global fallout from this decision, it is reminiscent of an inverted Death With Interruptions by Saramago. However, grotesque and arrogant Louis is a fitting descendant of The Tin Drum's Oskar Matzerath.
Laura Tofan
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Is birth the same thing as being chased from Paradise again? Life is only degradation for soul and body and the preborn form is the maximum we can achieve on earth? An unlimted knowledge can be divine without the act of creation? Pascal Brukner presents with humor a rebellious Adam who refuses to leave from Paradise, even after eating from the tree of knowledge
Alina Pulpea
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I suppose many women find this book disturbing. Can't really understand why, it's imaginative, entertaining, poignant, and memorable. It's one of those books that haunt you.
Angi Molnar
Sep 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful!! I only waisted my time with the first 50 pages and then abandoned the ship. However maybe i just was not in the mood for such abomination.
Juan Jiménez García
Pascal Bruckner. Contra el padre

La de libros que se podrían escribir sobre las relaciones con el padre. Y sin embargo, no todos somos escritores. Ni tampoco todos los escritores tienen esa voluntad de ajustar cuentas con sus padres. Tal vez alguno no tenga ningún reproche, nada que contar. Solo cosas felices, brillantes recuerdos al atardecer de algún sitio. Tal vez sea así, sí. Con la madre conocemos alguno. Carta a mi madre, de Georges Simenon, o El libro de mi madre, de Albert Cohen, por deci
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Angela
Jul 28, 2007 rated it liked it
"To be or not to be borned" that's the question..to which Bruckner finds an interesting answer..The twins, Celine and Louis, have the right to decide weather they born or not...That's a terrible fight between the good and bad parts of a new and normal life..On the one hand, Celine has the courage to face the world..but, unfortunatelly, she is "rejected"..On the other hand, Louise doesn't want to gave up the paradise he is just living in - his mother..In somehow monstruous...the idea is well sust ...more
Ileana Oprea-Sops
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Tries too hard to shock and ends up falling flat. I am all for disgusting fantasy but this book did not manage to speak to me in any way. The best thing about it was the question that it posed at the beginning: If human beings knew what to expect before they were born, do you think they would want to come into this world?
Katica
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
vrlo zanimljiva, poučna priča o tome kako se ne treba igrati s prirodnim poretkom stvari...da puno ne filozofiram i ne otkrivam...preporučam svakome...reći ću samo odlična mašta barbe Pascala,definitivno ću ga čitati još...
Javier Ibarra
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se supone que uno siempre admira a su padre, aunque con frecuencia la relación con él es conflictiva. Pero, ¿y si tu padre es un nazi?
Melania
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pascal-bruckner
Povestea copilului care refuza sa se nasca
Pentru ca Louis, copilul ce se opune parasirii uterului, e sortit sa devina primul copil-enciclopedie inca din ipostaza fatului. Mama lui, insarcinata atat cu el cat si cu sora lui geamana, Celine, isi doreste niste copii care sa ii intreaca in inteligenta pe toti invatatii istoriei. Astfel, ea purcede la furnizarea informatiei catre cei doi embrioni, pana cand intr-o zi acestia, prinzand glas, cer mai mult si mai mult.
Cand sorocul se apropie, Louis e d
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Cristina Ungureanu
Cartea aceasta a stat o vreme bună pe raftul bibliotecii mele până ce i-a sosit sorocul, pe semne că precum personajul din roman, Louise, a refuzat să vadă lumina zilei. Bruckner impresionează prin forţa sa imaginară ieşită din comun, prin scene suprarealiste, redate cu foarte mare exactitate, însă şi prin vaste cunoştinţe din domenii precum filosofia, literatura, medicina etc. pe care nu se sfiieşte să le etaleze de-a lungul romanului. Este o carte care te trece printr-o multitudine de stări: d ...more
Lucian Bogdan
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
N-am putut termina această aberație. Încă un nume adăugat pe lista autorilor de care să mă feresc.
Lida
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Μια υπέροχα σουρεαλιστική ιστορία για την ανθρώπινη φύση
Mihaela Manea
an utopia about how a foetus can continue to live inside his mothers womb after the pregnancy due date. a philosophycal approach on what a new child could understand about the world and how he could see it when taught at an early age about history and current society customs.. a mockery of the fanatic people that dedicate them selves blindly to a cause that they don't understand completely.. a story about fear of life, rage and envy on the simple life of others.. a way to waste your time on Eart ...more
İsmail
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is really bizarre.child dost want to come to world for it is so formidable, chaos, has many conflicts etc. Is not he right ?;)
Edith
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first book I read from him and it was a revelation!!!
Florian Langa
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absurd, verbose and imaginative, never with a dull moment. You'll poop yourself laughing!
Agoaye Leblog
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
L'idée est bonne, mais les descriptions sont longues et on tombe bien vite dans le glauque et le pénible... Je vais m'efforcer de vite l'oublier.
Mrg2k8
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Maja
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
disturbing...
Takisx
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ξανασυστηθηκαμε εκ νέου, κι αυτό μόνο καλό μπορείς να το πεις/
Filis Oprea
Nu mi-a placut. E mult prea mult pentru mine...
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After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII, and then at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, he became maître de conférences at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.

Pascal Bruckner began writing in the vein of the so-called "nouveaux philosophes" and counts among their best known French proponents. He published Parias (Parias), Lunes de
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