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Belle du Seigneur (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback – 30 Oct 1997

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140188711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140188714
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALBERT COHEN was born in Greece in 1895. His novel-cycle began with Solal (1930) and Mangeclous (1938), and ended with Belle du Seigneur (1968) and Les Valeureux (1969). He died in 1981. DAVID COWARD is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds, England. He has written widely on the literature of France since 1700, and is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement. He won a Scott-Moncrieff prize for his edition of Belle du Seigneur.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1997
Format: Hardcover
I found Albert Cohen's magnum opus "Belle due Seigneur" a very personal, idiosyncratic display of the workings of the internal dialogue. If nothing else, Mr. Cohen has caught the stuttering, semi-incoherent lilt of the person talking to themselves. His pacing is that of a daytime soap opera, and the internal chatter makes it very compelling and oddly reminiscent of Dune (Herbert Marshall).

Criticisms would include a cynical tone so profound that it becomes limiting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Behind a magnifiscent true love story, Cohen describes with exactitude the way feelings begin, live and finish. A real piece of art, sometimes difficult to read, but it's worth going on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is possibly the most beautiful novel ever written. I'd just advise anyone who can (beware, the book is long!) to read it in French as Cohen has possibly one of the most intense, outstanding, and breathtaking style of writing of all times. A superb book on non-love (as he described the topic himself in the 1970's)
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By guyinca on 5 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
that people with short attention spans did not attempt the amazing works of literature; nonetheless, the special charm of this book is in its poetic language, you would have to read it in French to fully appreciate it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Albert Cohen's book is a book on love as Jesus would have written, should he have had any such talent. It's an enlightening and exceptionaly touching account of mutual conquest and destruction, embedded in clouds of wisdom and insight on all aspects of life, religion and culture. It will secretly whisper to your soul its slowly unraveling wisdom on the very few essential things in life. It's a very noble and European-like piece of art and one of mankind's greatest contributions to its struggle against death, as it will stand out for ever.
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