The Flood

  • Title: The Flood
  • Author: J.M.G. Le Clézio
  • ISBN: 9780141191409
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Flood Francois Besson listens to a tape recording of a girl contemplating suicide Drifting through the days in a provincial city he thoughtlessly starts a fire in his apartment attends confession and exa
    Francois Besson listens to a tape recording of a girl contemplating suicide Drifting through the days in a provincial city, he thoughtlessly starts a fire in his apartment, attends confession, and examines, with great intentness but without affection, a naked woman he wakes beside.

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    About J.M.G. Le Clézio


    1. Jean Marie Gustave Le Cl zio, better known as J.M.G Le Cl zio born 13 April 1940 is a Franco Mauritian novelist The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Proc s Verbal The Interrogation and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.


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    1. Es más un 3,5. Es interesante el desenvolvimiento de Besson ante la vida. A mi parecer, tiene algo de existencialista, y quizá atreviéndome a decir surrealista, pero un poco banal. El tema fundamental de la novela es la muerte y el tránsito que se da entre la vida y la muerte, los límites entre ellas, la búsqueda premeditada de la muerte en algunos personajes. Y la muerte como fuente de vida (?).Sin dar spoilers, porque en el índice sale nombrado qué ducede en cada capítulo, hay 3 pasaj [...]

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    2. Sure, this book is going to make you roll your eyes plenty of times (the first 40 pages in particular) and some of the themes have been explored by better writers (Sartre/Camus), but give Le Clezio credit for creating a meticulously detailed world of despair. The book serves as a warning against consciousness as nearly every object our narrator observes (pinball games, a story written when he was in grade school, a piece of chicken) arrives back to the paradox of how everything can feel so lifel [...]

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    3. The Flood was greater than Fever to the extent that Fever was greater than The Interrogations. Were these three books Le Clezio's only books, they would be the literary equivalent of Warsaw/Unknown Pleasures/Closer.

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    4. The last time I picked up a book solely because it was labeled "Nobel Prize Winner" the book was "The Feast of the Goat" by Mario Vargas Llosa. That was a perceptive book about the legacy of dictatorship. This is boring, pretentious, and uselessly difficult.

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    5. Siento una especie de remordimiento al tratar de dar una reseña de la novela por que no la recuerdo del todo, pero me recuerda a la novela "El Extranjero" de Albert Camus, solo que una versión más extensa. Una visión existencial de un hombre, François Besson, que se derrumba tras cometer un asesinato y empieza a vagar por las calles de una ciudad, antes de aquel suceso llevaba una vida simple y vacía, sin ninguna especie de motivación, pero con una agonía interior que lo devora lentament [...]

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    6. Remember the letters we used to write each other in the old days? Funny the way we invented excuses to send a letter, anything would do. […] Remember? But that’s all over and done with now. I can’t use dodges like that any more. Even with you. Even if I could be certain you’d understand. Even if I was sure you wouldn’t tell me I was trying to play arty poetic tricks with past memories. Anyway, my position nowadays is very simple on that score—I just can’t write any more, not a word [...]

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    7. The author was famous already as a young man in the 1960s, but it took him another forty years to win the Nobel Prize. Almost as long "The Deluge" has been sitting unread in my bookshelf until I finally got around to read it in a Norwegian translation this summer. It is a novel to test the reader's patience. Especially the first forty pages or so written in the style of the "New French Novel" are almost unreadable, before the story of Francois Besson finally picks up and follows a more conventio [...]

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    8. Definitivamente me retiro (por ahora, pasará un largo tiempo antes de que lo retome). Las razones por las que decidí abandonar esta lectura son: 1) Me deprimió mucho pero de una manera autodestructiva y sin dejarme realmente un mensaje. Hay libros que te ponen triste, pero te transmiten un mensaje. Siento que éste sólo me dejo mucha palabrería pero no un mensaje muy claro. 2) Me desesperó de sobremanera su abrumante descripción. Fue demasiado lejos con todo lo que pensaba sobre una cajet [...]

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    9. this is not where to start reading le clezio, not where to end, not where to judge his worth. if you can make it through a very difficult prologue, he does introduce characters, offer some happenings if not plot or story, offer some speech- though this is mostly monologue on tape or elliptical dialog that describes characters and does not advance plotless plot. if had not previously read and enjoyed his work would have never finished the prologue this is le clezio- lyrical, imagistic, always a n [...]

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    10. well if that wasn't weird i don't know what is. i'm giving it three stars (liked it), beacuse i understood way too little of it to "really like it" (which would be four stars). i ain't that smart yet. what i did understand about this is how complex can language be. it amazed me how a man can express himself page after page with constantly different words and incredibly complex sentences that twist and turn and make the reader have to go back beacuse he didn't quite grasp de idea. i will surely h [...]

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    11. Extraña novela. Las 50 primeras páginas son una auténtica maraña de descripciones, un aparente sin sentido. El resto del libro sigue en la misma tónica, interrumpida de vez en cuando por pasajes perfectamente comprensibles, tradicionalmente comprensibles. Pero qué magníficas descripciones, qué magnífico mundo nuevo dibuja Le Clézio. Impactante, hipnótico, oscuro, muy oscuro, un paso más allá de Proust, un libro que te hace pensar en muchas preguntas, una lectura diferente a toda otr [...]

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    12. It would be hard to recommend this book widely as there's no story to speak of, which limits any popular appeal. I wouldn't even describe it as a collection of short stories either. There is a character, Besson, but we never really know anything about him. He is simply a vehicle for Le Clezio to write long, languid descriptive passages about the universe, life and death. Sometimes my eyes glazed over, sometimes I found the passages quite poetic. ,

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    13. Well, of course parts were incredibly beautiful. But my god I was counting the pages. It got so boring! And when I think a book is boring, well, it is probably advisable to skip it. Read Desert. That was amazing.

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    14. Not exactly a treat to read. The beauty of the prose really swallows any momentum the plot may be developing, so you're left with a main character who is a little like some guy left at the end of a party, just sort of on your couch and not really all that fun to hang around with.

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    15. Hay libros mejores.

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    16. Le Clezio's the Flood, while a bit difficult to read, is one of the apex in French Literature. His Nobel Prize winning isn't a fluke. It was well deserved.

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