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Even in translation, it is a work for experimented connoisseurs with an armored stomach.

I’m looking forward to reading more works by Gracq, to understand his place in the scope of French fiction. The narrator of this story, Aldo, a world-weary young aristocrat, is posted to the coast of Syrtes, where the Admiralty keeps the seas constantly patrolled to defend the demarcation between the two powers still officially at war.

As for plot development, Gracq builds in his inexorable, heavily textured way toward what materializes out of the thick grey mist covering the rank marshlands of the Syrtes coast as an inevitable climax. Rivafe from ” https: Inside ysrtes clammy buildings dwell somnolent characters who have lost their way, or simply drifted into stasis.

Julien Gracq, Le Rivage Des Syrtes

There can be a page or two of metaphors and similes describing a single item or event. Except the sense of peace and relaxation is slowly evaporating. He wrote novels, critiques, a play, and poetry. The narrator, Aldo recounts his days as an “Observer” at the seemingly dormant naval fortress in the sleepy Southern province of Syrtes on “the opposing shore” from the mysterious Farghestan, while both enchanting and misdirecting us at the same time.

Not a bad premise by any means, but what made it intriguing to me is that this is the same premise as The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati, a work I like very much. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Opposing Shore

After learning the premise of The Opposing Shore I had to read it, but not because the premise is particularly noteworthy: The book is less a story than a collection of strained similes It was an effort to finish this book. It was awarded the Prix Goncourtbut Gracq refused to accept the prize as a protest against commercial compromising in world literature. He’s the catalyst for the plot, but unintentionally and without seeing or knowing what’s happening, and there were times when I wanted to knock his head against a wall and tell him to think about what he was doing.

Patricia Castro rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Maria Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou rated it really liked it Jun 04, In different ways, the French title Le Rivage des Syrtes and its English counterpart, The Opposing Shore, conjure up this old image of an alien coast, clearly still vivid in the Western imagination. The main character, Aldo, is sent as an “observer” to the isolated fortress. Agathe rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Julien Gracq’s principle subject, in a career bisected by WWII and time in a POW camp, seems to be observing through subtle, isolated viewpoints, just where and how the 20th century fell aside, somewhat willingly, into the flames of c What seems at first to be little more than an exquisitely-described study of a state of suspended history, of the torpor and inertia attending a year ceasefire and decadence of the national machinery, gradually shifts and darkens into something more unsettling.


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About halfway through the book I could see where everything was going, and I had to keep reading to see how it would get there and the end felt both right and inevitable, and as another character tells Aldo in the last chapter some things has to happen and the characters involved could be eivage, their identities and strtes aren’t important.

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Aldo, a member of a prestigious family in the imaginary city of Orsenna, is stationed at a fort on the coast. Amazon Vracq Fun stories for kids on the shrtes. The Opposing Shore is set in the Venice-like maritime state of Orsenna which faces, across a strait, the Muslim kingdom of Farghestan. Speculative fiction that is hard to classify, though in the same narrative space as the recently acclaimed The City and The City by China Mieville, “The Opposing Shore” is a book to be savored at length, read the first time for atmosphere and for having a rough idea of what happens, the second time for starting to get what was going on and then several times more for pure enjoyment.

Your face betrays a determined smile. The three main characters are perfectly drawn. The book is less a story than a collection of strained similes practically one in every sentencemixed metaphors, belabored analogies, and endless, painfully repetitive descriptions. As things juliwn today, virtually no work by Julien Gracq can be purchased at Italian online or physical bookstores. Aldo from a stodgy noble family that is a bit on the periphery of power in Orsenna, wants to do his duty, but also wants to expand his and by implication his society’s boundaries.

If a friend whose reading taste was similar to mine were to ask me if he or she should read this book I would answer in the affirmative, though with only limited enthusiasm. The Julieh Shore is the story of a man who enrolls in the armed services and is sent to a remote base on the border of his country, a base on the outskirts that is notable because it faces a foreign nation that his country has long been at war with, but everything has been quiet on that front for many years.


The Rhetoric of the Border in Julien Gracq’s ‘Le Rivage des Syrtes’ – University of St Andrews

Paperbackpages. Aldo starts entertaining the thought of crossing it, even if that leads to a resuming of hostilities and the possible collapse of his own civilisation, reasoning that destruction may be preferable to slow decadence. Yet, the style is overly complicated to my liking and does not seek to bring the message home succinctly; phrases meander forth and I longed for a more schematic approach with surtes possible bullet points and listing possible interpretations of the commented work.

His literary works were noted for their Surrealism. Both are about young men sent to remote outposts where the odds of anything exciting happening are quite remote but vigilance is nevertheless required. While Buzzati’s work can at times flirt with minimalism, Gracq’s writing is on the other side of the spectrum, prolix. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Learn more about Amazon Prime. So here we have both the sfnal – alt-Earth – aspect of “The Opposing Shore” lee the reason why it works and we are so ready to suspend disbelief and let the author’s wonderful prose enchant us.

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Published in France almost 60 years ago and an instant classic there honored with the Prix Goncourt – which the author refused after publicly railing against literary prizes – The Opposing Shore hooked me from the first page and I could not leave it before doing this review, though usually I leave some time between reading and reviewing for the book to syftes in my mind.

Scegli un punteggio 1 2 3 4 5 Il tuo voto: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? And everything is just the same. Over the decades, time has ceased to flow at the stone Fortress of the Admiralty: Julein Opposing Shore is Mr.