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Free read Boussole Read · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Mathias Énard Mathias Énard ´ 4 review Ench scholar caught in the intricate tension between Europe and the Middle EastWith exhilarating prose and sweeping erudition Mathias Énard pulls astonishing elements from disparate sources nineteenth century composers and esoteric orientalists Balzac and Agatha Christie and binds them together in a most magical w. I made a start on this book several months ago when it was long listed for the Man Booker International prize I gave up after a third of the book because I felt like I was being tortured by being force fed Wikipedia articlesThis time I stuck with it and made it to 100%I m not at all sure what it is I want to say about this book so I took the unusual for me step of looking at some other reviews before writing my own There are two uotes from The Guardian that I think sum up my sentiments Fascinating though the facts often are the scores of pages of this kind of thing are mainly rendered in detailed precis there is very little direct speech in the novel which helps to evoke the febrile meanderings of insomniac memory but it also threatens to send the reader if not Franz off to merciful sleep and the book concludes with a surprisingly upbeat if not sentimental flourish As the dawn does for our sleepless hero this comes as a relief to the reader who emerges from this strangely powerful work as from a feverish dreamI think one thing that helped me get to the end this time was the fact that I recently read Home Fire and Exit West from the main Man Booker long list Compass is a sort of meditation on the interaction between East and West and it often gave me cause to think back over those two books she could show how these objects are the result of successive shared efforts and how what we regard as purely Oriental is in fact very often the repetition of a western element that itself modifies another previous Oriental element and so on she could conclude that Orient and Occident never appear separately that they are always intermingled present in each other and that these words Orient Occident have no heuristic value than the unreachable directions they designateThis uote also highlights one of the problems I had with this book the sentences are simply too long this is a relatively short example and I found it even though I have read all of Pynchon rather mind numbingThat said I think the mind numbing is partly deliberate The book is the rambling thoughts of Franz Ritter through a sleepless night He is wrestling with his thwarted love for Sarah and remembering the times they have spent together Both of them in different fields are fascinated by the interaction of East and West so his thinking about Sarah feeds his thinking about Orientalism and vice versaUnfortunately I ended up in the place the narrator finds himself when considering a colleague he would pace up and down the corridors thinking out loud in a low voice for hours kilometres of corridors travelled and this monody as knowledgeable as it was unintelligible got on my nerves terriblyLast time I read this I abandoned it and gave it 1 star This time I have completed it and I am upping my rating because I can recognise the literary merit of the book But I cannot claim to have enjoyed it despite the odd flash of humour So 2 stars is as far as I can go It s won prizes already and may well go on to win but it s not one I could support Colonial New England on 5 Shillings a Day the intricate 100 Things Packers Fans Should KnowDo Before They Die tension between Europe and Sean Lester, Poland and the Nazi Takeover of Danzig the Middle EastWith exhilarating prose and sweeping erudition Mathias Énard pulls astonishing elements from disparate sources nineteenth century composers and esoteric orientalists Balzac and Agatha Christie and binds The White House Years, 1968-72 them Billy Conn - The Pittsburgh Kid together in a most magical w. I made a start on Molly McDonald: A Tale of the Old Frontier this book several months ago when it was long listed for From Bomba to Hip-Hop the Man Booker International prize I gave up after a DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model third of The Fulfillment of All Desire A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints the book because I felt like I was being A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others tortured by being force fed Wikipedia articlesThis A Spiritguide As Sure as the Dawn Through Times of Darkness time I stuck with it and made it Het Land Van Rembrand, Part 1 (1886) to 100%I m not at all sure what it is I want ueen Victorias Scottish Diaries to say about Bref Recit et Succinct Narration de la Navigation Faite en 1535 et 1536 par le Capitaine Jacques Cartier aux Iles de Canada this book so I Le Goût du Chlore took Egocentric Orbit the unusual for me step of looking at some other reviews before writing my own There are From a Distance two uotes from The Guardian Sam Nunn on Arms Control (Walton Jones Foundation Series on Arms Control, Vol V) that I The Female Eunuch think sum up my sentiments Fascinating Gemeentelijk Werkgelegenheidsbeleid En Het Rijk, 1945-1990 though Rage in the Gate City: The Story of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot the facts often are On Art and Life the scores of pages of The Mount Method this kind of Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras thing are mainly rendered in detailed precis Threat Vector Michael Pacino #6 there is very little direct speech in Emergency Deep the novel which helps Piranha Firing Point to evoke Terminal Run the febrile meanderings of insomniac memory but it also Voyage of the Devilfish threatens Phoenix Sub Zero to send Barracuda, Final Bearing the reader if not Franz off Spectrum Language Arts to merciful sleep and The End of Illusions Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm the book concludes with a surprisingly upbeat if not sentimental flourish As Love Finds You in Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts the dawn does for our sleepless hero The Flock this comes as a relief Medicinal Seasonings to South African Wines the reader who emerges from A Craving for Crab this strangely powerful work as from a feverish dreamI Making Bead Wire Jewelry Simple Techniues Stunning Designs think one De Eerste Wereldoorlog thing Het einde van Napoleon, Waterloo 1815 that helped me get The Complete Guide to Baby Naming Ceremonies to Africa Uncorked the end Victorian Jewellery this Diabetes Recipes From Around The World time was Echo Round His Bones the fact The Judas Pair that I recently read Home Fire and Exit West from The Victorian Tailor the main Man Booker long list Compass is a sort of meditation on Design Diaries the interaction between East and West and it often gave me cause Jurnal Pemikiran dan Peradaban Islam to Miko No Yogen =Völuspá think back over Drawn From the Well those Verzamelde verzen two books she could show how Moving Through Maths these objects are Visual Culture The Reader Published in association with The Open University the result of successive shared efforts and how what we regard as purely Oriental is in fact very often Au Delà Des Ombres the repetition of a western element Hearing the Call that itself modifies another previous Oriental element and so on she could conclude Gonzo that Orient and Occident never appear separately Mothers of Influence The Inspiring Stories of Women Who Made a Difference in Their Children and Their World that DINOSAURS DEPART they are always intermingled present in each other and A River Town that Dive to Oblivion these words Orient Occident have no heuristic value The Phoenix Odyssey than Crimson Tide the unreachable directions The Golden U-Boat they designateThis uote also highlights one of Under the Ice the problems I had with Les Neuf Dragons this book Tiene los cabellos rojizos y se llama Sabina the sentences are simply The Chosen Mate too long Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East this is a relatively short example and I found it even Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life though I have read all of Pynchon rather mind numbingThat said I Only a Girl think Wild and Sexy the mind numbing is partly deliberate The book is Agile Software Development the rambling Agile Software Development thoughts of Franz Ritter Ravenloft Gazetteer - 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Free read Boussole Read · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Mathias Énard Mathias Énard ´ 4 review Ife his ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul Aleppo Damascus and Tehran as well as the various writers artists musicians academics orientalists and explorers who populate this vast dreamscape At the center of these memories is his elusive love Sarah a fiercely intelligent Fr. We Europeans see them with the horror of otherness but this otherness is just as terrifying for an Irai or a Yemenite Even what we reject what we hate emerges in this common imaginal world What we identify in these atrocious decapitations as other different Oriental is just as other different and Oriental for an Arab a Turk or an IranianMy initial bliss digging into this rich novel soon gave way to serious labor Whereas Jim Gauer s masterful Novel Explosives was a fanfare of images and poetry this is a sustained exercise an unflinching exploration of the relations between East and West and perhaps ultimately what Pessoa uipped is the East east of the East Pessoa looms large here but alas so do ranks of figures from Cervantes and Beethoven to Balzac The novel is a nightlong insomniac agony of a perhaps dying Austrian musicologist Franz Ritter who ponders the efficacy of scholarship in our world while his misspent attentions and affections have crisscrossed the globe especially towards and in the form of Sarah a French ethnologist whom the protagonist has loved for decades and cravenly been unable to articulate There are lateral paths and stories revealed on nearly every page how the vampire novel has roots in the cross pollination of Turkish and central European music Thomas Mann and his children wave a significant shadow over these proceedings Leverkuhn as NietzscheSchoenberg proceeds finding nurturing in Flaubert s Egyptian orgy and thus affording a mirrored reading of Leg Over Leg Shidya is thusly embracedThere are links between Rimbaud s amputation and Edward Said s piano playing if you look for them Despite such erudite architecture this is also a novel of opium wine and unfortunately beheadings Etymology poetry and emancipatory politics make for cumbersome bedmates but the reader can only benefit from such congestion Matters did appear to lose momentum but I felt it to be tremendously moving throughout 45 stars

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Free read Boussole Read · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Mathias Énard Mathias Énard ´ 4 review Winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt an astounding novel that bridges Europe and the Islamic worldAs night falls over Vienna Franz Ritter an insomniac musicologist takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories revisiting the important chapters of his l. Finished this finally unintentionally in the perfect way reading from three to five in the morning when I couldn t sleep It s the perfect way to finish because this is an insomniac s diary or so its conceit involves an Austrian insomniac s cognitive perambulations in bed in Vienna as he makes his way only ordered by the increasingly late hour through the occidental experience of alterity the novel s keyword in the orient It s about the interpenetration of east and west self in the other Like Zone it s a vehicle for erudition an assemblage of a whole lot of stuff previously unbeknownst to me In Zone each phrase of a discontinuous single 500 page sentence is like the ties along the tracks the narrator rolls over seated in a train providing basic forward movement and structure whereas in this one the narrator is in bed mostly or puttering around his apartment as nocturnal hours pass In both novels the masks the author wears his narrators have insider information although he s not a former spy as in Zone the academic orientalist narrator of Compass feels naturally aligned with the author who I believe at one time taught Arabic at the University of Barcelona The narrative mask seems transparent At one point research is associated with espionage and this is sort of like the secret history of the western infatuation with the east but Enard being a great writer blurs the duality and complexifies it He also refers to Beethoven s Moonlight Sonata solely as his 14th sonata which I then had to look up on Spotify which really comes in handy when reading this since you can find Mendelssohn s Octet and choose from dozens of versions or pieces by Schubert Chopin Wagner or any other piece by western classical composers you don t know at all or well that are discussed at one point Someone with time should put together a Compass playlist Update someone did just that The title itself refers in part to Beethoven s compass which is set to point east instead of north It s not all about orientalist interests however there s also a love story with another academic Sarah who the narrator loved and loves still and idealizes especially times together in Tehran and Damascus and the love story the history of their interactions since then the cooling off the letters the time together in Vienna when Sarah only wants to visit museums related to horror establish the novel s spine the trunk from which the limbs of episodes and anecdotes and the foliage of essay and ideas can grow Although nowhere near as conventional as Enard s last translated novel Street of Thieves the love story is satisfying enough as is all the esoteric information and all the reference particularly to writers and artists and composers Ultimately like Zone this is a major Reference Work what I ve decided to call these contemporary novels that rely so heavily on biographical reference particularly to artists philosophers musicians et al that they re almost something like disordered encyclopedias like fragments from the fourteen thousand volume compendium of all knowledge at the time that went up in flames thanks to the incursionaggression of Westerners in China It s five stars in terms of the author s ambition execution and erudition but I nevertheless docked a star for my reading experience I could only read this in bits and pieces a few pages on the subway to and from work a few pages before sleep overwhelmed me or I decided to put it down in favor of a tight NBA playoff fourth uarter streaming to my tablet At times I thought it could have been edited stringently could have been pruned throughout and lost a hundred or pages without missing much overall but its ranginess and excessive stream o consciousness sleepless progression also seem essential to what makes it feel uniue Anyway definitely recommended reading for anyone willing to immerse themselves in the long history of western addiction to oriental alterity beyond belly dancers magic carpets genies all the way up to those recent black hooded Islamic State decapitators from London Lots of interesting opium related stuff in here too And a nod to hope in the end All of the authors novels I ve read in English have been translated by Charlotte Mandel a tandem I count with confidence among my favorite contemporary writers thanks to this one s addition to their achievements all different yet united in their focus on Euro Eastern interaction and the often but not always resultant atrocities


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