Get this from a library! Naruby. [Joris Karl Huysmans; Jaroslav Med; Arnošt Procházka; Klára Kvízová; Luděk Marks]. Joris-Karl Huysmans, author of Against Nature, on LibraryThing. 7 copies; Paris 6 copies; De Bièvre 6 copies; Knapsacks 6 copies; Naruby 5 copies, 1 review. Des Esseintes: Le héros fin de siècle par excellence! Cynique, misogyne et romantique à l’extrême. Aristocrate oisif, isolé, il se livre à une méditation sur.

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Books by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Spoiled by a life of decadence, the protagonist retreats to his country estate not for a cure but to indulge himself even further. Referring to society early on as “frightful clodhoppers”, this would become the one and only time I laughed, because even though the overall mood is charming and elegant, there is also a lingering sadness for the solitude Des Esseintes chooses.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Ultimately, one does wonder if the person who actually makes the trip is getting something substantively different out of it than Des Esseintes, returning that same day ‘feeling the physical stimulation and the moral fatigue of a man coming back to his home after a long and dangerous voyage’ p.

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Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)

Your rating has been recorded. Does this make for an effective novel? Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. I suppose I should re-read, but my copywith so many other treasures, has been lost to narby.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Richard Ellmann describes the effect of the book in his biography of Oscar Wilde:. The book’s plot is said to have dominated the action of Dorian, causing him to live an amoral life of sin and hedonism. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Not only this, but in an ironic turn, the ailing aristocrat is saved by the bourgeois practice of modern medicine.


The novels are also noteworthy for huhsmans encyclopaedic documentation Charles Marie Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans. He was shown, too, a sled picturesquely placed on a snow-white bearskin, a library of rare books in suitably-coloured bindings and the remains of an unfortunate tortoise whose shell had been coated with gold paint.

The references in Baruby Gray to specific chapters are deliberately inaccurate. I guess I do. Oscar Wilde ‘s The Picture of Dorian Graytaking it’s cue from Mary Shelley ‘s Frankensteingives its hero three books to read in order to shape and to define his personality.

He rejects the academically respectable Latin authors of the ” Golden Age ” such as Virgil and Ciceropreferring later ” Silver Age ” writers such as Petronius and Apuleius as well as works of early Christian literature, whose style was usually dismissed as the “barbarous” product of the Dark Ages.

It’s not really even fiction, just a guy going “blah blah here’s what I think about books, religion, perfume, England, tortoises, and eating like a peasant. It’s a sensualist romp through, well, very little, actually, and it adequately depicts the life of a man who has everything in life and nothing to live fo Oscar Wilde ‘s The Picture of Dorian Graytaking it’s cue from Mary Shelley ‘s Frankensteingives its hero three books to read in order to shape and to define his personality.

Write a review Rate this item: View all 5 comments. The humor is dry and witty – there’s a wry section on contraception and the doomed children of the poor, huysmana the “imagined trips” segment is both clever and poignant. Please re-enter recipient e-mail nafuby es.

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There are lengthy discussions on aesthetics, for example, as Des Esseintes nauby on the right colours for each of his rooms. I found it the most tedious part of the book, and so was surprised to find similar inventories the model for Wilde’s in Against Nature far more riveting and more numerous, with a different subject for almost every chapter. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you.


I laughed out loud. Huysmans decided to keep certain features of the Naturalist style, such as its use of minutely documented realistic nauby, but apply them instead to a portrait of an exceptional individual: And yet, the book’s style does manage to draw you into this character’s interiority, precisely through this exhaustiveness that borders on tedium.

Travel, indeed, struck him as being a waste of time since he believed that the imagination could provide a more-than-adequate substitute for the vulgar reality of actual experience. In a famous episode, Des Esseintes encrusts a tortoise with jewels. But if one deliberately pushes Nature away, we ourselves become the backdrop of our lives, and our calculated “personas” then perform on our stage, which is under our control.

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But, being something of a page-turner lover, and despite the utter brilliance and engrossing nature of the writer, I can’t be any more generous. But don’t expect your pulse to quicken or to be dragged along through a galloping tale, this is a book for those possessing a wry, dry, sardonic sense of humor and those who find interest in how well-off aesthetes used to live, what they thought about and spent their time doing.

Chapters focus on different facets of his obsessions: This is just the weirdest book. Eventually, his late nights and idiosyncratic diet take their toll on his health, requiring him to return to Paris or to forfeit his life. Please verify that you are not a robot.