Romanul Oxfordului #2020

Romanul Oxfordului Javier Marías Tudora Şandru Mehedinţi Romanul Oxfordului Un tanar profesor spaniol care preda la Oxford e amantul unei englezoaice maritate Povestea unei iubiri care se transforma intr o relatie obsesiva intr un Oxford unde principala preocupare a tuturor e

  • Title: Romanul Oxfordului
  • Author: Javier Marías Tudora Şandru Mehedinţi
  • ISBN: 0978753275
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • Romanul Oxfordului Javier Marías Tudora Şandru Mehedinţi Un tanar profesor spaniol care preda la Oxford e amantul unei englezoaice maritate Povestea unei iubiri care se transforma intr o relatie obsesiva intr un Oxford unde principala preocupare a tuturor e sa aiba aerul ca muncesc si sa salveze aparentele In acest roman , scris parca dintr o singura rasuflare, personajul lui Javier Marias descopera la tot pasul prilejuri de aUn tanar profesor spaniol care preda la Oxford e amantul unei englezoaice maritate Povestea unei iubiri care se transforma intr o relatie obsesiva intr un Oxford unde principala preocupare a tuturor e sa aiba aerul ca muncesc si sa salveze aparentele In acest roman , scris parca dintr o singura rasuflare, personajul lui Javier Marias descopera la tot pasul prilejuri de a lua peste picior traditiile si principiile sacrosante ale Albionului si ale lumii sale academice.
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    1. I ve been slowly wearing away at my ignorance and, as I said, I ve always kept on learning But that ignorance is still so vast that even today, at seventy, leading this quiet life, I still cherish the hope of being able to embrace everything and experience everything, the unknown and the known, yes, even those things I ve known before There s an intense longing for the known as there is for the unknown because one just can t accept that certain things won t repeat themselves The Spaniard, unname [...]

    2. The Uses of AbsurdityAll Souls College is a real place At least I think it s a real place It might be a film set Like most Oxford people I have never been inside it I know it has no students, only fellows And I know that Hillaire Belloc was refused such a fellowship, probably because of his fetishistic Catholicism Oh, and it has a library, The Codrington, which is particularly known for is history collection And that s it.In fact, Marias s All Souls has relatively little to do with All Souls Col [...]

    3. A Spaniard in the WorksI suppose you could say that not a lot happens in All Souls , but that would only be true if you don t count looking, thinking, loving, remembering, even being Oxford is a city in syrup, where simply being is far important than doing or even acting Marias uses first person narration to tell his story, and for 210 pages I was firmly ensconced in the mind of this ostensibly charming man and lover, referred to only once as the Spaniard.The closest analogies I can think of ar [...]

    4. Sometimes you know from the very first words in a novel I m gonna like where this takes me Now, as I start All Souls and this review , I ve read over 1600 pages penned by Mar as, and he never fails to catch me up immediately and run with me In this novel s case, by the narrator s distancing of himself from the character he was at the time of the events he s yet to reveal An unnamed Spanish professor at Oxford teaching contemporary Spanish literature and translation during the classes for which h [...]

    5. Strangely, I m not exactly sure what I thought of this one I mean, I liked it I didn t love it though, except in places the opening the ancient porter who, memory ravaged, imagines himself in a different decade every morning the hilarious High Table dinner scene in which I could almost imagine a half a boiled egg shooting from the throats of one of the Dons and lodging itself in the prominent cleavage of Claire Bayes which I couldn t help reading as Claire Danes even, perhaps, the ending kind of [...]

    6. Beautifully written The plot is thin but Marias prose managed to make this very engaging I particularly liked the way he interjected the thoughts going on inside his characters minds I ve seen this technique in many other great works the last being Hilary Mantel s Bring Up the Bodies 5 stars However, that book has a thick and historical plot so that is its advantage This book, All Souls has only an illicit affair on Oxford yes, that famous school for the rich and brainy kids hallowed ground and [...]

    7. Narrative voice and structure for the win Loved the opening with the Oxford doorman suggestive of the transmigration of souls it introduces an almost magical hefty levity and looseness to the proceedings, which move along unexpectedly, smoothly, Sebaldianly, sort of, with language infused by Nabokov and even a sniff of the Shakespearean stylings of some Philip Roth in exile from the infinite etc Margaret Jull Costa s translation conveys all this wonderfully and I m sure matches or maybe even imp [...]

    8. I like to take recommendations from friends, read their favourite authors, then prove them illiterate schlemiels by showing how much better Gilbert Sorrentino and Lucy Ellmann are at writing things Then I laugh at them Hahahaha, I go You FOOLS Hahahahaha OK, no I don t On this occasion, Mike s recommendation was valorous and astute.He was absolutely right in saying Mar as is the middle point between Bola o and Sebald or words to that effect Combining the long unspooling sentences of the big Bola [...]

    9. Periodically I am asked if I ve been to Oxford I glibly reply, yes, I ve been to both Perhaps my first sentence is an overstatement, but i have offered my response a few times in my life and mean it I don t consider Square Books and Rowan Oak to be tantamount to the learned city on the Isis, but the southern locale is a cultural hub My wife and i last went to Oxford, on the Thames, a few winters ago It was a delightful cold and wet day Our minds were occupied with Inspector Lewis and second hand [...]

    10. The plot is sparse the narrator is a visiting Spanish lecturer in Oxford, a bachelor good looks hinted , he mingles with the people there, those quirky dons, and for a Spaniard like him experiences those strange English mannerisms and customs He starts an affair with a pretty, but married to a fellow professor tutor But this is no withering, whimpering love story The two occasionally meet some place basically just to fuck And mostly talk So this is no porn It s not in the fucking or the sucking [...]

    11. Ant nio Lobo Antunes, admirador convicto de Javier Mar as, escreveu o pref cio deste livro e nele enumerou todas as qualidades da escrita deste autor.N o vos ma o com a minha opini o, at porque n o h mais nada a dizer e, certamente, n o faria melhor.Quanto hist ria do livro n o h grande hist ria Escrito em forma de relato autobiogr fico, revela nos um pouco da vida de um professor de Espanhol colocado em Oxford por um breve per odo de tempo As personagens n o s o muitas nem muito aprofundadas O [...]

    12. Reading All Souls was like an easy stroll through Central Park, in no hurry, and mindful of all my surroundings It was a sleepy tale for me and one that took longer than anticipated as I cared little for it to end and had no stake in if it continued However, the relaxed pace of the writing of Javier Mar as and the sophistication he brings to the page is quite delightful It is similar to sitting in a professor s comfortable library listening to a respected teacher tell a story It is difficult to [...]

    13. Welcome to the journey.Marias spins us through time and isolation written in aquiline precise prose The master of black comedy, his humor throughout much of the novel is tinged with a palpable sadness.The novel opens with the narrator telling us that while at Oxford two of his colleagues died but that he is no longer the same person who taught there for two years Entering his building each morning he passes the ninety year old porter, Will, who due to some unnamed form of dementia lives in diffe [...]

    14. the first of the soon eventually to be crowned nobel laureate s works to be translated into english being his sixth novel overall , all souls todas las almas is the tale of an unnamed professor tapped to teach spanish lit at oxford university for a two year assignment where mar as himself assumed a post of similar duration the lecturer narrator soon finds himself entangled in an affair with a married colleague, for whom he pines and reservedly distracts himself from during her imposed absence ma [...]

    15. Me he propuesto escribir sobre lo que leo, porque de alguna manera es una forma en la que me obligo a escribir Es algo que hago, pero al mismo tiempo no Seg n yo, tampoco me muevo mucho, ni viajo, y de un tiempo para ac siento que no he dejado de moverme Y, cuando lo he hecho, he decidido que sea Mar as quien me acompa e y me gu e y me de algo de paz y sosiego en el mar turbulento que siento que se me ha vuelto el mundo hoy en d a.Viaj a Bogot con Coraz n tan blanco, y eleg Todas las almas para [...]

    16. Having spent three years in Oxford, I ve been eagerly looking forward to reading All Souls since I picked it up in a second hand about a year ago Heralded as a great Oxford novel, and witty to boot, it sounded pretty enticing.What a disappointment it was For Oxford, all the cliched bases are covered, but to be honest, the City really seems like a bystander There s none of the inspiration, none of the light Just drunk wardens, pompous gay tutors, and cheap girls in the local clubs where academics [...]

    17. There s a small group of authors whose works should be read in chronological order e.g Pynchon , and I m now certain that Marias is one of them Many of the characters in this book show up again in Your Face Tomorrow importantly, I think you ll appreciate this book if you read it without thinking to yourself well now, this is different, Marias doing Beckettian farce, or ah, this is the start of his wonderful style or a lot happens in this book than in his later works, but I m not sure that s a [...]

    18. Literary tricks galore, and I fear I have noticed little of the allusions, clever internal referentiality and most especially the play between characters, especially that of the narrator, with a most pointed context of actuality The narrator, by the way, is not a pleasant person so fits in perfectly with all the others The humour is belly stretching and gives concord to the crude lusts depicted within the pages, leaving a tense indigestion Incessant talking, loveless sex, gluttony, competition, [...]

    19. Superb, probably one of the best books I have read this year In a deliciously gossipy manner Maria s draws the reader into the ludicrously eliteist world of Oxford and the Dons The narrator like Maras himself was a visiting lecturer at Oxford for two years and as such ruthlessly dissects the rather esoteric codes and customs of the much revered place His description of the protocol of High Table is particularly memorable This is an emotional novel full of fluctuating passions both hilariously fu [...]

    20. Javier Marias manipulates wit and the first person to proffer a thesis about how times and people organize themselves chronologically His account of high table lunch at an Oxford college is so fine and funny I couldn t put it down once, not even while preparing a hot caf cr me with homemade bittersweet chocolate sauce.More than just a wry, bittersweet story, All Souls is phenomenological Each character evoked in the book inhabits a lineage, closely bookended by their own predecessors and success [...]

    21. Disappointing, disjointed, banal I didn t care about or understand the characters Marias has no talent for slapstick, despite several attempts including an excrutiating and neverending ironic dinner scene which is physically and temporally impossible and despite the fact that a degree of successful slapstick is the hallmark of an Oxford novel Unfortunately, Marias s tragic climax, in which a character recalls a loved one s death, is similarly slowed and strangely paced Maybe it s the translation [...]

    22. M j prvn Mar as a p jemn p ekvapen Vlastn jsem nev d la, co od knihy ekat, a o to v c mi pak padla do noty By stylov je Mar as jin ne Irving, tak jak jsem to etla bezprost edn po Modlitba za Owena Meanyho, tak mi to n ladou p i lo docela podobn Autor v knize zachycuje dva roky ivota hlavn ho hrdiny pan la, hostuj c ho profesora pan lsk literatury na Oxfordu Jak k hrdina mimochodem se nikde nedozv te jeho jm no jsou to jeho dva vykolejen roky , jeho ivot mimo ivot, bez minulosti, bez budoucnosti [...]

    23. I feel a very curious mix of frustration and love and admiration for this book It took me a month to read, and I very nearly gave up on it, and I m grateful I didn t I m glad I read it slowly, too it needed a lot of time Marias writes with a very strange magic in that sometimes this book was tedious and boring and offensive, but it was all necessary somehow The ending is vivid and beautiful beyond belief It s going to be a while before I find a book this good again.

    24. Seguramente ser a mejor haber le do este libro antes de la trilog a Tu rostro ma ana, no s lo porque se sea el orden correcto sino porque podr a cometerse el error de juzgar a Todas las almas como una obra menor en comparaci n con los otros tres Supongo que es inevitable que habiendo le do ya la mencionada trilog a este libro pueda saber a poco, pero considerando que fue escrito m s de 10 a os antes uno se hace una idea del gran escritor que es Javier Mar as.

    25. The contemporary Spanish novelist Javier Mar es published Todas las lamas in 1989 His protagonist and first person narrator is a Madrid professor who teaches at Oxford University in England for two years, the novel s title translated in its English edition as All Souls referring not only to All Soul s College at Oxford but also to all the people the narrator encounters there, both living and dead.The narrator lives a somewhat isolated existence during those two years, an existence as an essentia [...]

    26. Wann habe ich zuletzt so lange f r ein Buch gebraucht wie f r diese 280 Seiten B chlein Trotz oder gerade, weil es so unglaublich dicht ist, dass ich immer wieder eine Pause einlegen musste, um die kunstvolle Sprache und die leise Ironie dahinter sacken zu lassen Und weil ich st ndig damit besch ftigt war, mir wunderbare, wahre, volle S tze rauszuschreiben.Eine Liebesgeschichte, die eigentlich keine ist Einer dieser M nner, die mit gen gend Ernst und gen gend Ironie Briefe und Gedichte schreiben [...]

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