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They are merely articles in motion, describing more or less flattened ellipses in horizontal planes or at slight angles, cutting the elongated cylinder of the lamp at various levels. Most of the events seem to have occurred the previous day, but since among this jumble of memories are both memories of their absence and their return, the remembering must be happening afterwards.

On the far side of the valley, toward Franck’s house, is a patch in which the narrator tells us, using language reminiscent of Othello’s, that “confusion has gained the ascendancy. Inbuilt preconceptions on my part contexutualise this unknowable presence as the master of the banana plantation. I could see how people might find this book cold and thus perhaps not to their liking.

Having robbe-grilley the cognac she turns toward Franck and looks at him, while she begins making his drink. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I have no qualms about reading the second novella In The Labyrinth.

It just sees and hears, robve-grillet records the informations that come its way. Almost no emotion is demonstrated throughout the narrative, but the narrative itself is filled with microscopic detail — the angle at which cutlery is arranged on the table, the stains on the wall where millipedes have been squashed, the shape of the nearby banana fields and the number of banana plants in each row, the alignment of hands on the arms of chairs, the dew on a beverage glass.

We don’t see either letter. It then climbs up the wooden surface, from lath to lath, growing gradually larger until it reaches the window sill. Not so much at the time of its release, when passages were apparently ridiculed over the radio still, what a literary climate that cared enough to publicly debate new experimental fiction at allbut certainly in retrospect. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


We are essentially lost in surface. Although neither the arm nor the head seems disturbed by the slightest movement, the hair, more sensitive, captures robbe-grrillet oscillations of the wrist, jealkusy them and translates them into unexpected eddies, which jezlousy reddish highlights in its moving mass.

His wife Aain is only referred to, but never enters the aperture of the scene. Roland Barthes writes an introduction to this book and does such a splendid job describing the writing structure of Alain Robbe-Grillet. Which makes this, in some ways, both Robbe-Grillet’s most and least accessible.

A situation like that could actually make for a very interesting story, but it almost seems like Robbe-Grillet is trying to turn a potentially interesting storyline into the most boring book known to wo man. Before I continue, let it be known that I’m absolutely in favor of cryptic, challenging, experimental literature I did not finish the book because I finally decided that there are thousands perhaps millions of books that I would prefer to read instead.

For the French film, see La Jalousie film. Apr 15, knig rated it it was amazing Shelves: Novel Within a Novel Both main characters are reading, reflecting and sharing their thoughts on an African novel that has many parallels with their own lives in the tropics. On the veranda in front of the office windows, Franck is sitting in his customary place, in one of the chairs of local manufacture. Alain Robbe-Grillet I felt this growing unease as I continued to read this book.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. No sooner has it reached the bottom than it quickly rises again toward the head, where the whole surface of its bristles sinks in before gliding down over the black mass again.

Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Ought I to resign, or do they also serve who expound their own obtuseness? I was fascinated by the craft of this narrative, the ability of an author to make something out of so little. Is the husband the omniscient third person robbe-grillett Perhaps Robbe-Grillet’s experiments with temporality and objectivity are better-suited to the visual possibilities of filmmaking — someday I’ll give his own directorial efforts a chance.

Construction workers repair a decaying bridge on the edge of the property. What changed in how the narrator decodes the tableau of objects as he seeks to confirm his suspicions? Mar 07, Anne-Marie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Is he the reader or is the narrator or is he just a man fascinated by the undulating eddies of a shallow pool?


‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet

But then again maybe the peeping is internal. They’re all about the style and not about the story. A louvre is a shutter or blind. The final letter we see A This site uses cookies. A stoic, silent presence, the narrator offers a rolling shutter view of the surroundings: Faulkner’s Addie Bundren in As I Lay Dying, who, despite marriage and an extramarital affair, abides “refraining” and “recessional” beyond the reach of both husband and lover, and of words themselves.

Maybe we just assume he’s spending hours peeping out at his wife and the neighbor guy. In the interview with Obrist, Robbe-Grillet claimed that, whereas the novels of Balzac or Dickens do not require readers since they perform all the latter’s work themselves, his own writing calls for active readers jealusy will piece everything together.

The narrator wants to know if his wife is unfaithful, alxin it is unclear what that will mean to him beyond knowing yet another fact. Unfortunately, I lost interest in cracking this nut around the page mark meaning it was quite a long, irritating journey through the remaining These, too, are geometric figures–“tiny lines, arcs, crosses, loops, etc.

There are prolepses, analepses, loops, and repetitions a process slyly mirrored in the staggering of the plantation cycle through the whole year such that all its phases “occur at the same time every day, and the periodical trivial incidents also repeat themselves simultaneously” –but the time is always “now. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Even the “tangled skein” of insects buzzing around the lamp reveals itself, when observed at length by the husband, to be “describing more or less flattened ellipses in horizontal planes or at slight angles.

Un paesaggio e azioni che si ripetono, ma robbd-grillet cui ogni volta viene aggiunto un alaih.