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Literature, Eroticism, Psychology and Philosophy.,
This review is from: Blue of Noon (Paperback)
This is the second book by Bataille which I have read, following on from Story of the Eye. In relation to that book, this one seems to pursue a more rounded approach. Whereas 'Story of the Eye' on it's first printing was initially read solely as eroticism, I would find it impossible that anyone could do so with Blue of Noon, which is a much deeper and more profoundly effecting psychological masterpiece (not that 'Story of the Eye' is not; it is after reflection).
The book is well balanced, although in the style of Bataille, it does occasionally jump around a bit, but is thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. In truth, one could probably list this as a positive aspect of the book, leading to a slightly chaotic or disassociated effect which is encapsulating, as i'm sure was Bataille's intention.
I think that the highlight of the book, for me, was the Second Chapter ('Motherly Feet'), which contains the truly most stunningly beautiful depiction of sorrow, melancholy, and utter desparitude, which I have yet read; it was captivating entirely, and seemed to last for much more than the 36 pages which it did, wonderfully.
Philosophically and Psychologically, the book's crescendo scene in the cemetery in an overwhelming confrontation of the age-old relationship between Eros and Thanatos; love and war, life and death. In relation to Bataille's theories on the relationship between literature and evil, and the equal abilities of both to potentially overwhelm our humanity (put very briefly), this is a tour de force of his theory; a most poignant confrontation of the extremes of human experience by the very man who spent his life outlining them. Hence, his delivery in this context is as good as anyone's ever could be.
Again, Blue of Noon has been a book by Bataille which I naturally read in one sitting, as soon as it left it's envelope; such is the nature of his writing, and the extent of it's powers of captivation.
Conclusively, I would happily recommend it as literature, as eroticism and even as psychology or philosophy; for any reflective mind, there is something here.