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Belle du Seigneur (French) Paperback – 21 Jun 1968


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Gallimard (21 Jun 1968)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070269175
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070269174
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 4.1 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback 845 pages 6 x 8.5 inches. Massive paperback, slight tear of the cover, otherwise in very good state.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diapason on 9 Oct 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book's range of themes is wild, from the vicious and hilarious pastiche of the petty bureacracy of international organisations through the hypocracy of Geneva polite society, the hilarious antics of Solal's Marx Brothers-like uncles, fresh of the boat from Cephalonica, to the tenderest, most earth-shattering moments of love, the bitter self-loathing of a man who percieves the shallowness of his womanising and the shallowness of women's attraction for him, the torture of the outcast and the first flush of european pre-war antisemitism. Solal is Christ the cynic, crucifying himself to find something truly beautiful in which he can believe, taking his beloved own with him to keep that thing alive, and being crucified by two societies to which he does not belong for his quest, for his distain for their values, and for his race. This book is an emotional boxing match from which the reader emerges punch-drunk but strangely transfigured.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mick on 15 Oct 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok let's be honest - the previous reader flaked out at page 375, but I couldn't make it past 326.
Smart guy seduces pretty woman married to bourgeois idiot from similar family - fine; but why spend nearly 300 pages anatomising them? Mr Cohen, what are you trying to prove?
To be sure, Solal is envisioned as more than a smart guy, more like a King Among Men, but in my book such a one doens't promote an obviously incompetent subordinate just to shag his wife. The ideals of the League of Nations may have been betrayed, but the book seems to be asserting they never existed in the first place, and this is certainly the light Solal lives by.
I had hoped for some local colour, but there isn't very much. And Solal's relatives are a lot less funny than the author seems to think.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fmbsub on 11 April 2014
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French and small type too much. Glad to return it. Sorry for my mistake in ordering it. That is all.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Aquello que no quisiéramos oír. 7 Mar 2006
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Cada cierto tiempo cae en nuestras manos un libro como éste. Supongo que sucede poco. Bella del Señor, seguramente, dará paso a un nuevo período de sequía literaria con títulos por aquí y por allí que olvidaremos más o menos rápido. Porque Bella del Señor es ese tipo de obras que a usted nadie le menciona, nadie al menos en el mercado de lo actual, siempre tan elusivo y pasajero.

Esta no es una novela sino varias. O si usted prefiere varias en una. Para levantar su magnífico edificio, Albert Cohen escogió la arquitectura loca, pero extremadamente rigurosa y severa, de Joyce, el padre fundador. Otros como él lo han intentado con éxito (Alfred Doblin - Berlín Alexanderplatz). Pero pocos como él han conseguido reducir la arquitectura a música, a la plenitud del relato en que las palabras y lo narrado son una y la misma cosa, en que no hay servicio de uno hacia otro sino simbiosis orquestal. Ha sido como construir una catedral para escuchar una sinfonía. Y Cohen lo consigue. Después de leerlo, de haberlo terminado, nos queda la sensación de que hay algo en nosotros que no encuentra acomodo, algo que probablemente hubiésemos preferido no tener que oír. ¿Es esto el arte verdadero? ¿El arte que nos interpela? ¿El que nos sacude en lo más hondo?

Ariane y Solal, esto es todo. Y un corro de personajes que penden de andamios desde el que nos hablan como un corifeo encargado de multiplicar las caras o las vistas desde las cuales acudimos al drama interno, a la corriente subterránea que nos recuerda, finalmente, que drama o comedia se nutren de las mismas aguas. Allí están esos cinco esforzado primos de Solal, con su chaplinezca informalidad a prueba de ridículos, la flaqueza moral del pobre Adrien Deume sometida al arribismo huero de su madre o a la sumisión gregaria del padre (señor y señora Deume), en fin, la carta floja de la sociedad de naciones, dilapidando en dinero las esperanzas de un mundo en rumbo de colisión, con esfuerzos vanos y banales, que, digámoslo, bien valen este desvío amoroso con destino a lo que quiera que sea el paraíso, por la via de lo que quiera que sea el infierno.

Una experiencia que se vive y que no podremos dejar de evocar.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
my favorite book 26 Dec 2012
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is my favorite book.
The character monologues without any punctuation signs makes this book completely unique.
The 900 pages enable you to live this modern yet mythical love story.
Worth it!
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