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Belle du Seigneur (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) [Paperback]

Albert Cohen , David Coward
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30 Oct 1997 0140188711 978-0140188714 New edition
Set in Geneva in the 1930s, Albert Cohen's endlessly inventive satire of middle-class manners and ambition revolves around Solal, a man of remarkable gifts and disappointed ideals. As Under-Secretary-General of the League of Nations, he has become disillusioned with a world dominated by personal and national interest. His one hope for redemption is through love, and he embarks on the seduction of the beautiful Ariane, wife of the dull-witted Adrien Deume, who works for Solal.

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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: 19.8 x 13.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,519 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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2.0 out of 5 stars an absorbing portrayal of interior thought. 11 Jun 1997
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic analysis of Love 3 Oct 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written 27 Oct 2005
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont we all wish... 5 Dec 2006
By guyinca
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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5.0 out of 5 stars On the wings of love 27 Aug 1998
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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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