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The Opposing Shore

As if the happy city, which for so long had swarmed over the seas in all directions, and whose inexhaustible heart had electrified so many vital bodies and venturesome minds, now sucked the bad news deep within its sullen dotage like a richer vibration of all its fibers.

You still feel the intoxication of the feverish dreams that kept you up all night. There are some word choices I question, but one of the achievements of Mr.

So in that spirit, I’m not going to say too much.

Like a child digging in the dirt to discover little treasures, you roam the un-walked paths unearthing their secrets. Lists dea This Book. When I thought of the instructions I had received from Orsenna, and of the complacent echoes I kept hearing from the city, the rumors filling the place with fever, it sometimes seemed to me that Orsenna was growing weary of its slumbrous health, and syrtez daring to admit such a thing to itself, greedily hoped to feel alive, to wake up altogether in the numb anguish that now was reaching its very depths.

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The vacuum that occurs at its frontiers — a kind of numbness which is gener The Opposing Shore has a quite unique atmosphere — it is written in the baroque language of the nineteenth century classical novels and at the same time it is fraught with the Kafkian surreal suspense of the kind that permeates The Castle and it even boasts some whiffs of beautifully enigmatic Gormenghast. On the other side of the sea is Farghestan, with which Orsenna has been in a somnolent war for years.

The calm and quiet now feels like boredom. Scegli un punteggio 1 2 3 4 5 Il tuo voto: It was written in but could have been written today, the theme is still very topical. Amael rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Its old ways and inaction seem cowardly. Prosperity will lead to peace, peace to boredom, and boredom will beget war.


Both are about young men sent to remote outposts where the odds of anything exciting happening are quite remote but vigilance is nevertheless required. Given these striking similarities I was curious to see how Gracq dealt with the same setup.

Julien Gracq, Le Rivage Des Syrtes by Gérard Cogez

Aldo, a member of a prestigious family in the imaginary city of Orsenna, is stationed at a fort on the coast. There is no actions, it is waiting.

Normally I am not even conscious of literary style, but a book like this makes you very aware of it and the contrast helps you appreciate authors who get it right. Inside these clammy buildings dwell somnolent characters who have lost their way, or simply drifted into stasis. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

During reading the pages I sometimes thought of things that were not in the world but were in the book. The protagonist, Aldo, will be instrumental to this highly ambiguous reawakening of the sleeping principality — the ephemeral vivacity that precedes agony.

Under the tang of fresh ink and white paper lurks a faint, lingering smell of old things. No other character in the book disproves either theory. Gracq has maybe the most pretentious prose style I’ve ever read. Except here, in this rivagr, at the end of the road is the dying southern city of Maremma, slowly being reclaimed by the dark water surrounding it, the air ripe with swamp fumes. Jul 26, Sean rated it really liked it Recommends it ribage Unsurprisingly, the exception is the Bracq market: I did not have to look up any of the words in the book in a dictionary.

The day is just beginning……. Oriane rated it it was ok Dec 26, Apprehensions about diving into the unknown and a dubious future don’t let you rest. Most of Aldo’s colleagues at the Admiralty sleepwalk their way through life, living mainly for a weekend in the stews of nearby Maremma.

Its the former, done. In his room graq Lyon, over the course of endless hours spent locked away, he devoted himself to a theory of the novel that, based on the lessons apparent to him the moment he opened The Opposing Shore, established five elements he considered essential for the novel of the future. Yet, the style is overly complicated to xyrtes liking and does not seek to bring the message home succinctly; phrases meander forth and I longed for a more schematic approach with if possible bullet points and listing possible interpretations of the commented work.


East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The two countries are at war. Your face betrays syrtees determined smile. Still, its international status is somewhat uncertain. His literary works were noted for their Surrealism. An old bottle of port translated into a story.

View all 4 comments. His first novel, The Castle of Argol is dedicated to that surrealist writer, to whom he devoted a whole book in Howard’s translation is that he has faced up to what are stylistic peculiarities in the French text and rendered them into an equally intricate but lush and rythmic prose. Front the landscape, with the danger, the narrator is facing to himself. The action is very low key and sometimes it is seen only in allusions that raise in intensity as the book goes on, while of course on the second read you will really get their full meaning.

You see in it a lap of comfort that you can return to anytime and you will be home. He likes people who want to use him, he feels safe and free when things are out of his control, and he relies on his feelings to tell him what to do so at times he doesn’t do anything at all or exactly the wrong thing in that situation.

On the positive side, I enjoyed some of the discussion about the death of a country and its possible salvation, a philosophical angle I hadn’t expected in this work that was more engaging than much of the actual story. Call it 5 stars for mood and overwhelming atmosphere and richness of application of its ambiguities.

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