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The Erl-King [Paperback]

Michel Tournier
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An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt, The Erl-King is a magisterial tale of innocence, perversion and obsession. It follows the passage of strange, gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to adult misfit - a man without a sense of belonging until he finds himself a prisoner of war, and then a teacher, and then the 'ogre' of a Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn. Taking us more deeply into the dark heart of fascism than any novel since The Tin Drum, Tournier's masterpiece rivets us until the very last page, when Abel meets his mystic fate in the collapsing ruins of the Third Reich; it is a novel that shocks us, dazzles us, and above all holds us spellbound.
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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana (1974)
  • ISBN-10: 0006133894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006133896
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No summary can suggest the rich texture, the dazzling profundity and creative vitality of this novel; the strangest and most haunting to come out of the fratricidal war --Sunday Times Must be one of the best novels published anywhere since the war --New Statesman item The Erl-King is the work of a brilliant and mature writer --Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Michel Tournier is one of France's greatest living writers, winner of the Grand Prix du roman de l'Academie francaise in 1967 for Friday and the Prix Goncourt for The Erl-King in 1970. A member of the Academie Goncourt, Michel Tournier currently lives in Choisel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Erl King 20 Jun 2011
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Reread after 25 years - a 'tour de force' brimming with ideas , wonderful prose ( to my eye/ear) and an amazing story - most unlike any book I have ever read - I would pronably include it if there was a book version of Dessert Island disks ! Enjoyed more 2nd time round being a lot older and hopefully a little wiser - it was a very old 2nd hand copy and the pages have gone orange but as they say " Don't judge abook by it's cover " wonderful...............
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! 23 Mar 2014
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This is an excellent book which I enjoyed on so many levels, from an historical perspective, from a psychological aspect and from a sheer page turning storytelling viewpoint. Tournier gives us a view into the Nazi mindset and tells, compellingly, how it can draw an innocent (if somewhat odd) man into it's web. His detailed descriptions are magical. Order this book at once!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely disturbing, absolutely magnificent 24 Feb 2001
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Erl king is the story of Abel, an ogre by definition, a man who likes young boys, flesh and blood. In a book cast with dreams of allegories, eating becomes devouring and shadows turn into evil spirits tyring to steal young souls away. Narrated by a crippled mind, "Erl king" takes place in WW2 France and Germany, where the frenzy of a lost soul is agonized by the fury of a generation, sacrificing their sons for a lost ideal, taking away Ogre's only meal...
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1.0 out of 5 stars treat with caution 5 Jan 2001
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i found this one of the most profoundly disturbing books i have ever read. some glimpses of beauty with a continuum of terror. difficult to believe that it came from the same hand as that which wrote the brilliant "four wise men". after reading i threw it away so that no one else could read it.......
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