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Blue of Noon By Georges Bataille Harry Mathews Ken Hollings,

  • Title: Blue of Noon
  • Author: Georges Bataille Harry Mathews Ken Hollings
  • ISBN: 9780714530734
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set against the backdrop of Europe s slide into Fascism, this twentieth century erotic classic takes the reader on a dark journey through the psyche of the pre war French intelligentsia, torn between identification with the victims of history and the glamour of its victors One of Bataille s overtly political works, it explores the ambiguity of sex as a subversive force, bSet against the backdrop of Europe s slide into Fascism, this twentieth century erotic classic takes the reader on a dark journey through the psyche of the pre war French intelligentsia, torn between identification with the victims of history and the glamour of its victors One of Bataille s overtly political works, it explores the ambiguity of sex as a subversive force, bringing violence, power and death together in a terrifying unity.
    Blue of Noon Set against the backdrop of Europe s slide into Fascism this twentieth century erotic classic takes the reader on a dark journey through the psyche of the pre war French intelligentsia torn between

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    1. May be three and half stars.The rating here is very subjective If, for instance, a person with the sufficient knowledge of the pre war Europe along with its political turmoils and its popular philosophical ideologies, might end up liking it much better And he she might rate it highly.Of course, I too did some extra reading Searched for some of the definitions and features of Fascism, Spanish Civil War, the assassination of Dollfuss, etc The reason for the extra reading The novel is situated in a [...]

    2. To a greater or lesser extent, everyone depends on stories, on novels, to discover the manifold truth of life Only such stories, read sometimes in a trance, have the power to confront a person with his fate Of this I am sure only an intolerable, impossible ordeal can give an author the means of achieving that wide ranging vision that readers weary of the narrow limitations imposed by convention are waiting for Georges Bataille, Author s Foreword, 1957 In Blue of Noon as in all his fictions thoug [...]

    3. N o Georges Bataille n o para mim Pelo menos O Azul do C u Excepto o t tulo, tudo negro neste livro Uma alco lica chamada Dirty que n o controla o sistema digestivo superior e inferior Um homem que descobre ser necr filo quando v o cad ver da m e Cenas de sexo em cemit rios E mais umas coisas que j esqueciNada disto me impressionou, apenas me enfastiou Ou estou a ficar perversa, ou n o entendi nada Espero que a segunda hip tese seja a certa Na parte final tem uma refer ncia ao Nazismo, mas j n o [...]

    4. I ve read this book three weeks ago in scarce hours, but its female characters still haunt my mind Lazare, Dirty The book strongly reminded me of all the fiction I have read by Henry Miller, but it is far elegant The text is definetely kindred, my poetry like with this natural and bright promiscuity Book includes several descriptions of somebody s or author s dreams Intimate and not at all political, there s nothing radical in this book but its historical context barely dimly seen Actually, I w [...]

    5. Unlike Story of the Eye there isn t abundance of sexual symbols in Blue of Noon but there is a profusion of existential symbols instead All that nausea and sickness and squalor of living so cherished by Jean Paul Sartre are already in this novelette And the main hero s obsession with necrophilia symbolizes an abhorrence of the pending stream of death In front of them, their leader a degenerately skinny kid with the sulky face of a fish kept time with a long drum major s stick He held this stick [...]

    6. Such gorgeous writing Absolutely in love with Bataille On to Nick Land s The Thirst for Annihilation Bataille is one of those men you wish you had in your life, a distant cousin perhaps, or an unrequited love And I m so happy he gave a shoutout to Kafka in the appendix So much alike, the two And so very fascinating

    7. Histoire de l oeil was quite a bit better this one dragged on a bit The last 35 pages or so, however, were sublime Poor Xenie.

    8. I have a tendency to choose short books of relatively low merit by famous authors in preference to their classic texts This foible arises in part from a general distrust of texts as guides to life really lived The marginalia of great minds often brings them down to earth and reminds one that little good work comes without much persistent labour Persistent labour can, however, sometimes remove the authenticity of feeling that belongs to a particular age Blue Noon is typical of that sort of work [...]

    9. The book s back cover talks about how, set in between the world wars, this book takes place in the shadow of fascism, and indeed the characters travel to Spain on the cusp of war, and run into some Hitler Youth in the forest I guess I was looking for something that felt relevant to the moment, yet I have absolutely no idea what Blue of Noon has to say about now Like some sort of Rousseau who loves getting drunk and peeing on the floor, the characters are deeply into debasement as a sort of intox [...]

    10. Bataille, c est l obsession de l rotisme et de la transgression dans un horizon de m diocrit , de petitesse et d aigreur Comme il l crivait dans l avant propos L exp rience int rieure N importe qui, sournoisement, voulant viter de souffrir se confond avec le tout de l univers, juge de chaque chose comme s il l tait, de la m me fa on qu il imagine au fond, ne jamais mourir Ces illusions nuageuses, nous les recevons avec la vie comme un narcotique n cessaire la supporter Mais qu en est il de nous [...]

    11. Went searching for a Bataille novel at my local library and this was the only one currently available in retrospect, it probably wasn t a great place to start The style and structure is fascinating poetic, elliptical, potent, sometimes often disturbing but I could never muster up much interest in the subject matter, which is less about sexual politics as Bataille is famous for and about the perils of fascism though this often extends to sex in Bataille s vision I ve not given up on Bataille, qu [...]

    12. Confronted with tragedy itself, why pay any attention to its portents Death is central to Bataille s Blue of Noon death permeates every action Death is erotic, death is unavoidable, and death is overtly human Tensely positioned before the outbreak of war in Europe, this novel explores the depravity, cowardice, and amorality of a world which seems to be unable to exist with itself Troppmann himself is unable to flee from this decay instead he embraces the ugliness, the death.Bataille writes with [...]

    13. Compared to his The Story of the Eye, Bataille s later work is a much maturely fleshed out story, if not as directly shocking There is only one actual sex scene, and that near the end of the book, but much physical sicknesses and subtle perversions relating to control As this story hinges around the advent of the First World War Bataille s relentless metaphors all describe war like imagery and relationships of violence and power I am particularly fond of Sartre s description of the book, that [...]

    14. Un libro magn fico, con una velocidad narrativa impresionante La humanidad de sus personajes desborda al lector Existe una conjunci n perfecta, cerca del desenlace, en la que todos los conflictos planteados se confrontan y disuelven Amor, pol tica, muerte, ego smo, dolor Un libro humano, que no deja indiferente, e invita a reflexionar sobre la propia vida, los ciclos inacabables de la existencia humana.

    15. It starts off in a world of deliberately crude debauchery and even cruder frequent weeping by its protagonist As it goes on the backdrop of political events comes to the fore, as the protagonist travels from London to Vienna to Paris to Barcelona to Nazi Germany, all in 1935 The relationship between the personal wretchedness and the general European slide into Fascism is not at all obvious, yet demands further thought I don t know yet what to think of the book, but it has me thinking.

    16. The nature of hot sex and fascism via the eyes of the one and only Georges Bataille Now here s a man who knew how to have a good time One cannot seperate the politics from the sex Is lust an individual desire or part of the whole picture

    17. Je pris Dorthea par le bras Longuement, elle m embrassa dans la bouche Elle m enla a, me serrant violemment c tait, depuis longtemps, la premi re fois qu lle se d cha nait Elle expira comme une plainte, comme si elle suppliait tout coup Je t aimeElle colla sa bouche fra che la mienne Je fus dans un tat d intol rable joie Quand sa langue l cha la mienne, ce fut si beau que j aurais voulu ne plus vivre Un vrai chef d oeuvre atrocement violemment beau En quelques pages et mots, Bataille a su abord [...]

    18. Pretty good read Episodic in nature, with an ending that brings together all of the events depicted The appendix included in the Penguin s classics version is fascinating.

    19. Bataille Blue of Noon This review includes a cautionary spoiler that does not divulge the ending or ruin the narrative tension Nothing is flattered in Blue of Noon The backdrop of Europe s march towards jingoism and war seems to be offered as cover fire for the unrepentant mess of Bataille s frivolous, cruel and debauched characters The various women on whom the parasitic narrator feeds are at different stages of their own personal decomposition, up to and including his own dead mother Yes, if B [...]

    20. Death, sex and despair that s what Bataille deals in, and Blue of Noon is no exception The narrative follows Troppman, a deviant drunk who struggles to decide whether or not he should lead a productive, respectable life, or embrace decadence in all its depraved ugliness Not that he suppresses much of his twisted desires to start with right from the beginning there are the consciousness altering substances, the prostitutes, the violence Troppman enjoys his savage lack of inhibitions and enjoys La [...]

    21. My friend told me about all the attention she got from older men while reading Bataille on the Paris Subway I wonder if it will provoke the same kind of reaction in NY No one seemed to notice the book, despite it s erotic cover not the same you see on the picture here I am probably lucky they didn t.I picked up Blue of Noon because I was interested in the way Bataille supposedly wrote about sex as a subversive force I say supposedly because I don t think he did Sex to Bataille is certainly conne [...]

    22. While I didn t actually hate Georges Bataille s Blue of Noon, I really didn t get it either This supposed to be a novel that used eroticism to show how sex, violence and power is intertwined and that message really never came together for me.The narrator is Henri Troppmann, who lives life to excess when it comes to alcohol and the debauched women who flit in and out of this life Each woman is also on the decline for her own reasons Henri is terrified of death and the novel is set against a backd [...]

    23. L azzurro del cielo si scorge solo nelle ultime pagine ma molto simile al nero della notte L azzurro del cielo una cupa storia d a che si svolge nel 1934 tra Vienna, Parigi, Barcellona e la Germania In quell Europa scossa dai presagi della catastrofe Henry e Dirty si amano e vivono in prima persona l atmosfera che segue l assassinio di Dollfuss, i prodromi della guerra civile spagnola, l ascesa al potere assoluto del nazismo Tuttavia il libro, almeno nella prima parte, non decolla, e il fatto ch [...]

    24. Mi respeto intelectual a Georges Bataille no tiene l mites despu s de haber le do El Erotismo, probablemente la obra que me impuls a interesarme por la teor a cr tica y la filosof a Pero este libro me pareci muy malo, insoportable en la repetid sima y heteropatriarcal idea del hombre borracho pero profundo, mis gino pero con mujeres que est n dispuestas a enredarse en humillantes relaciones con l Vinculaci n con el trabajo te rico de Bataille Escasa Los mismos usuarios que comentan El Azul del C [...]

    25. Personally, I could no longer tell whether I was supposed to feel anxious or start laughing That pretty much sums up my feelings about what I read of Bataille over the years, though boredom occurs often than anxiety A writer interesting as a reference point for other interesting artists Francis Bacon, for example than as a thing in himself In this short work, Henri Tropmann and his crew of equally joyless alcoholic burn outs crash around mid 30s Europe, blearily perceiving the gathering storm [...]

    26. What a train wreck of a protagonist There is either something very wrong with me or there is something very insidiously clever in Bataille s writing that I found myself identifying with this horrible, cruel, self destructive man at a few points Of course that generated no small amount of self loathing Mostly though I was just a horrified spectator to the extremely self destructive choices that he couldn t help making.I read this in French, and the language was quite quotidian, if I could use tha [...]

    27. On my birthday i went on a shopping spree Now, shopping spree to me means to buy books than my arms can take and this one was among them.Written four years before the beggining of the World War II and one years before the spanish civil war 1935 but on published in 1957 to attend his friends requests because they loved his book, Georges Bataille antecipates the suffering and the pain that would come from these events, affecting the population Drowning in alcohol and prostitutes, fascinated about [...]

    28. A nihilist novel by Georges Bataille, Blue of Noon, is set during the Spanish Civil War and the early years of Nazi movement The protagonist, Henri Timmermann is a sick man physically and emotionally This book is thankfully short, it is so horrible and not enjoyable in any sense of the word The author has tried and achieved to include every human excretion and depravity in this novella There are three women, Lazare a political activist, Dirty an alcoholic and Xenia a young woman who nursed Tropp [...]

    29. One day an astute anthologist will extract the best parts of this novella for readers Until that time, you are permitted to skip over Blue of Noon in favor of Story of the Eye his most essential work and The Accursed Share, which proves the quality of his mind to be as excellent as it is dirty.To be brief too many demoralizing scenes of people talking about themselves or others, no ironic distancing on the fragile egos, the historical setting is only roughly sketched, nothing special dream seque [...]

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