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La Batarde Paperback – 1967

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  • Publisher: Panther (1967)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Iain Watson on 20 July 2014
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Just fine.
Ordered more out of curiosity rather than for any other reason.
Had been reading Deidre Bair's biography of Simone de Beauvoir which coincided with a viewing of a film on Violette Leduc.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOHN MONTGOMERY on 10 Feb 2014
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Violette Leduc was a lesbian and she writes explicitly about lesbianism and her feelings for other lesbians and this might put people off.Her early years were difficult with a mother who did not welcome her,with unsatisfactory relations with men ( including an abortion ) and with an overdemanding relationship with women.In some curious way I found myself sympathising with her and I enjoyed the life despite the rather explicit sex in places.The life ends in Violette's thirties just as she was realising that she was succeeding as a novelist.If you want to read her novels I recommend her autobiograhy-an easy read.
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If you love relentless self-consciousness 5 Nov 1998
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Violette Leduc invented her own poetics of solitude. Her writings are the ravings of a mad schoolgirl, feverishly and sensually neurotic, and achingly romantic. As unhappy as Violette claims to be, you want to be her, to have her heights of perception, and to desire as intensely as she does. If you like it light and breezy, skip this writer. But if you like to take that queasy peek behind the mask, this is for you.
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Exquisite tapestry of memories 31 July 2000
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Format: Paperback
From her early beginnings with a distant mother to her activities during World War II in the black market, Violette Leduc opens her life to us in stark detail. On her journey to find her voice and become a writer, she experiences life to its fullest and darkest extents. From her love affairs with women to her failed marriage to her adoration of a gay man, she explores her seemingly tragic life to show us the beauty in every molecule of life. Definitely not a slow read, this memoir proves Leduc's mastery of expression and whets the reader's appetite for more self-spelunking.
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Homosexuality, passion, love, desire, but self-absorbed 28 Feb 2003
By Jeanine - Published on
Format: Paperback
Despite all of the desire that flows in and out of these pages, La Batarde does not gratify. Leduc refuses to stoop to pander to panting hearts - she simply gives you words of poetry to describe her ugliness, her love affairs, small joys and solitude. And yet, she is not all poetry. She is experimental, and is relentless is driving forth her need to tell you about what a horrible being she is - and yet in the end, you find that you feel not only sympathy but a aching heart when she falls and rises again.
From her childhood trials in provincial France, to her affairs with her classmate Isabelle and her teacher Hermine, to her forced departure to Paris (for being found out with her affairs with the music teacher), to her discovery of Gabriel, to her abortions and black-market activity during World War II, the character that Violette portrays herself is no saint, but in refusing to give herself some pride she emerges as a martyr - of fate (being born with, as she says, an ugly nose). There is no question about her ugliness - even de Beauvoir is reputed to have made fun of her behind her back. Yet this woman must have had charisma, for designers gave her clothign to wear and show off on the streets. A contradiction, this woman was, and this quality of hers is very much shown to the reader in her autobiography.
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perfect condition 27 Aug 2013
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even for a used book this book had no signs of aging and appeared news, no yellowing, no tears or bends, and no underlining or highlights.
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