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5.0 out of 5 stars Rimbaud remains a mystery, 15 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Rimbaud: A Biography (Paperback)
We know for certain that Athena sprang from the head of Zeus fully armored. But from where did Rimbaud spring? His mom was authoritarian and did her best to stifle his quest for knowledge (although, alone, she fed, clothed and housed him, as well as sending him to school); his dad, an officer, left the family when the boy was six, leaving behind enough writings to suggest a man of intelligence. His school counted on HIM for honors and prizes, the first in its mediocre existence. Photos of the boy range from drop-dead gorgeous to a girlish slut. He was said to be `a vile, vicious, disgusting, smutty little schoolboy,' who had left, as a parting gift, a turd on the pillow of a friend. His lover was an old man of whom he said he `'f----- me all night long, and now I can't keep my sh--in. He wants me to practice on him but he's far too filthy.''
Since the beginning of the world one of the hallmarks of boys is that they often make disastrous decisions, thanks to which we have skydivers, a legless boy who runs in the Olympics and world records of all kinds constantly shattered. Who knows why Rimbaud decided to go to Abyssinia, a land of murder, slavery, war, pestilence and famine, about which he wrote, `'I'm forced to speak their gibberish, to eat their filthy food and suffer a thousand aggravations caused by their idleness, treachery and stupidity.' He went as an arms salesman and made it back home rich, to die from the same hereditary disease that killed his sister. Graham Robb's RIMBAUD is beautifully written, the poems beautifully translated (I'm French), and so interesting that I read through it in just 3 days (at 550 pages, it's rather big). Because I'm personally incapable of judging Rimbaud's poetry, you'll have to arbitrate his historical impact. My own books can be found on Amazon under Michael Hone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy reading but very interesting, 18 April 2013
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This was bought as a gift and was requested by the recipient. Apparently, not an easy read but very interesting if you have read Rimbaud works.
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