Death Sentence #2020

Death Sentence Maurice Blanchot Lydia Davis Death Sentence This long awaited reprint of a book about which John Hollander wrote A masterful version of one of the most remarkable novels in any language since World War II is the story of the narrator s relatio

  • Title: Death Sentence
  • Author: Maurice Blanchot Lydia Davis
  • ISBN: 9781886449411
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Death Sentence Maurice Blanchot Lydia Davis This long awaited reprint of a book about which John Hollander wrote A masterful version of one of the most remarkable novels in any language since World War II, is the story of the narrator s relations with two women, one terminally ill, the other found motionless by him in a darkened room after a bomb explosion has separated them Through than 40 years, the FrenThis long awaited reprint of a book about which John Hollander wrote A masterful version of one of the most remarkable novels in any language since World War II, is the story of the narrator s relations with two women, one terminally ill, the other found motionless by him in a darkened room after a bomb explosion has separated them Through than 40 years, the French writer Maurice Blanchot has produced an astonishing body of fiction and criticism, writes Gilbert Sorrentino in the New York Review of Books, and John Updike in The New Yorker Blanchot s prose gives an impression, like Henry James, of carrying meanings so fragile they might crumble in transit.
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    1. What makes it happen that every time my grave opens, now, I rouse a thought there that is strong enough to bring me back to life The very derisive laughter of my death.His living proof of events will die before he does Plaster casts of four hand puppets futures in artificial life support J first, a dying life and an undying living She must be closest to death when they feel she is going to live and precipiced to life when it isn t over for the others already I didn t wonder that after at least t [...]

    2. A very, very interesting read Easy to read and very short so I recommend you to try it This book begins very intriguing, with the writer saying he is going to tell about events in 1938 that were such, that he never could write about them earlier on That everything he has ever written before was an attempt to write about these events, but that words had been cunning and deceiving And now he wanted to make an end to it and was going to tell you all bluntly, freely and openly I was captured right a [...]

    3. Okay, so something was going on in this book with strange people doing strange things in strange rooms in strange hotels in the city of Paris as it falls under German attack in the early days of WW2, etc and so onAt least that s what I think is going on Blanchot releases a torrent of words carry you through a series of events and thoughts and musings and self reflections and detours and sidebars and words on top of words In the end, you re where you started, but it s hard to say where you ve bee [...]

    4. When I was reading Maurice Blanchot s Aminadab, I d heard that that was his last novel , and sure enough, this is an unravelable essay memoir story, meandering through apparent memories and introspection, though difficult to judge as actual truth or falsehood Honestly, the whole here eludes me somewhat but many individual sequences and reflections on mortality and happenstance glisten on their own Though it s seeming even diffuse now that I ve been away for a month of road tripping since I read [...]

    5. It s surprising to find an author who writes so well yet cannot construct a simple story This book suffers from the common ailments of contemporary literature its meaning is hidden behind a jumble of random stories told in a stream of consciousness manner in a non existent narrative What ever happened to good stories Why can t contemporary ideas be put into forms that are at least pleasing to read When it s a chore to get through a book because there is so little content, I think it s time to st [...]

    6. one of my favorites i reread sections of it all the time i like books i can digest in little chunks is that weird

    7. That is what makes it so bitter it seems to have the cruelty of something that gnaws at you, that catches hold of you and entices you, and it actually does catch hold of you, but that is also its secret, and one who has enough sympathy to abandon himself to this coldness finds in it the kindness, the tenderness, and the freedom of a real life I read this once and then once again because I felt lost in Blanchot s thoughts and believed my reaction to the first reading was due to a lapse in concent [...]

    8. The original French title of this novel, L arr t de mort, can bear two meanings it is first a death sentence , but it is also a stay of execution This ambiguity is apparently at the heart of this novel, with its two distinct parts and the constant complaints from the narrator about the relative impossibility of finding the words to describe what happens happened The first part covers the agony of J suffering from an incurable disease, experiencing some sort of second wind, only to be killed by t [...]

    9. Found a copy of this List book online HERE.It starts out with the narrator basically confessing that he s trying to write about something that he s had bottled up inside of him forever And, through the whole book, there s an odd, mysterious aspect that makes you THINK he s going to tell you the secret But, then he just goes off on some other tangent in some other timeline with some other womanI felt stiffed No story No plot No ending WTF

    10. A spoiler alert is perhaps warranted here but it s practically impossible to explain what you like about this book without in some ways giving it away You ve been warned.It begins with the narrator stating that he, once and for all, will make a definite attempt at writing down some events that occurred in 1938, which he has tried and failed at several times before He then begins but quickly ends up rambling in circles around what he really wants to say, hinting at it only between the lines Never [...]

    11. A pretty, Beckettian, sort of thing It was smelled to me of the sickly sweet, sweaty, stink of the modern french novel, think Battaile or Jean Claude Brisseau s films The sort of prose where every feeling is infinite, every action is extraordinarily tortured or some other similar turn of phrase IT really does hammer with superlatives.That said my reaction is probably about me coming to it after reading a lot of Japanese novels where the bigger a tragedy is the understated the prose is It s on [...]

    12. Art house cinema in book format complete with brooding narrator who defies conventional narration by jumping between a series of vignettes depicting the narrator s previous relationships at the point that they all ended If you like your lit experimental than this is the book for you Though at 81 pages it is a decent introduction to the non traditional series of images that passes for a novel.

    13. The language was simple enough and at 80 pages this took maybe an hour to get through, but it was probably a mistake jumping into this without a working knowledge of Blanchot or his sensibilities The writing is fine and yet nothing of any sort of discernible resonance ever materializes Kafka by way of disappearing ink.

    14. This book barely made sense I think that was intentional, actually, and it certainly came across as a very artsy novella, with lots of deep introspection, and occasionally an idea that was pretty good Most of this novella though is so vague that it drags like a dead weight Considering the death theme in this story, that may be appropriate too, but it doesn t make for a very enjoyable read.

    15. I m trying to gather my thoughts about what I just read and I can t I m so confused I don t even know what the author was trying to convey Everything was extremely convoluted and at times so vague I had trouble grasping what was happening I was so disappointed because the first half was actually rather intriguing.

    16. I don t know anything about Blanchot, and I still need to read some of his critical writing and of his fiction This is the first thing of his I read, in other words He is a contemporary of and or major influence on many of the authors I love, though This book in particular was really fascinating the narrator is essentially a man who keeps going on and on about his need to explain everything and achieve catharsis by writing out some awful events, but we never really find out exactly what happens [...]

    17. In 1979 I was teaching in Fredonia, NY, and as I was checking out of the public library I saw a black and silver hardback book on display at the checkout counter Something in the cover was compelling enough that I picked the book up and then there were the opening words These things happened to me in 1938 I feel the greatest uneasiness in speaking of them and so on until now, words have been frailer and cunning than I would have liked I was hooked I checked the little book out I read it I read [...]

    18. 235 Death Sentence Maurice Blanchot I would love to say I read and understood this book however that would be a lie, while I most definetely read it most of the content went over my head and I could see no reason for the book being written.In summary our un named narrator tells us the truth about events in his life Firstly we have the death of the mysterious J a woman who is terminally ill but seems to live forever and then we have a section about the narrators relationship with different women [...]

    19. Certainly deserves a 2nd or 3rd reading, given the richness of detail and the narrative techinque of evasion much like Woolf s fiction and Ford s The Good Soldier Recalls Dostoyevsky s underground man and anticipates the Levinasian ethical encounter with the other At times, the narrator is lucid and prescient at other times, his narrative wanders off in a good way into the philosophical questions and problems that can only be raised during a time of tumult and chaos.

    20. There were many parts of this book which were obscure and hard to grasp, particularly in the second half There was some sort of other worldly connection going on which I couldn t completely understand The parts I did understand though, were very perceptive, and on occasion brilliant I felt the first half did a great job illustrating the mental make up of a person who knows they have limited time to live.

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