La jalousie (French Edition) [Alain Robbe-Grillet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Le narrateur de ce récit un mari qui surveille sa femme. Tools, File , 5,3 MB, PDF · File , ,7. Published in , as the nouveau roman was rising on the Parisian literary scene, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel La Jalousie [Jealousy] produced in many of its .

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The banana trees, as green as jealousy itself, are laid out in quincunxes, as are the workers who replace the bridge’s rectangular beams.

Crickets c A woman and her male friend sit on her porch, having drinks and discussing a novel. The second time we see the shadow of the column fall on the veranda, it has lengthened in a clockwise direction, the geometry of the house effectively forming a sundial.

Like, are the descriptions really of someONE looking, or could they be omniscient in some way, divorced from a point of view?

The entire story is written with an emotionless attention to detail bordering robve-grillet obsessive. Half the hair hangs down the back, the other hand pulls the other half over one shoulder.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. It is forever oblique, raw and uncooked.

However, if we remain open-minded, tolerant and patient, we too can be intoxicated. I was fascinated by the craft of this narrative, the ability of an author to make something out of so little.


Lists with This Book. Thus we are made to navigate a set of duplications, modifications, and distortions that are at once almost impossibly complex and utterly accurate: There’s even a plan showing the location of rooms, doors, windows, even the furniture not to forget dobbe-grillet dark stain left by a centipede squashed on the wall of the dining room.

What does the man who the narrator notes is bending down gazing into the shallow perhaps muddy water symbolize?

Any all-seeing and all-hearing machine, non-judgmental, opinionless, without emotion. The answer, it can pretty easily be inferred from the novel’s context, is that it is the master of the house’s glance and memory, his movements and reflections that we are experiencing as he watches his wife, identified only as “A Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. As I read further and further, I became increasingly anxious, but cannot come anywhere close to explaining how Robbe-Grill Amazingly written.

Will the emotion unexpressed suddenly become uncontrollable? Instead, one slowly pieces together the story and the emotional experience of jealousy in the repetition of descriptions, the attention to odd details, and the breaks in repetitions. This is already implied by the tightening spiral robbe-grillwt of temporality whereby repetitions and close-ups escalate until the book finishes in a grand flourish of reverse perspective at its starting point: Avec le recul, je me dis que j’aurais du imaginer un roman de Robbe-Grillet.

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The novel would probably not be to the taste of many readers, but I am certainly glad I read it. Repeat ad nauseam in fragmentary, temporally disjointed ways, then mix in some nonsense about geometric arrangements of banana trees and the quotidian movement of a column’s shadow and that’s pretty much this novel in a nutshell.


To some extent, they’ve been lost in translation. The variations are extremely numerous; the variations of these, still more so.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Could you please fix the page number? Franck complains about car troubles, swats dead an enormous caterpillar, the two discuss a book they are reading and make plans to go to a port town several hours away for shopping. All the book’s actions and exchanges swelter in a stultifying, oppressive, and persistent present tense–what Joyce, in Finnegans Wake, calls “the pressant. Intensely focused, sleekly tangled, it may be his purest work.

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Open Preview See a Problem? In the years Robbe-Grillet participated in service du travail obligatoire in Nuremberg where he worked as a machinist. What would the servants think? The narrator here is nameless, faceless, and non-interactive with the rest of the cast a chamber assemble at best.