By Alphonse Allais
Alphonse Allais se considérait comme un auteur pour commis voyageurs.
On n'a cessé de colporter ses bons mots, du calembour épais (Monsieur Lecoq-Hue) aux réflexions cyniques ( à l. a. suite d'une chute de cheval, j'avais perdu tout sens ethical ), en passant par les considérations absurdes : Angéline rappelait d'une façon frappante los angeles Vierge à l. a. chaise de Raphaël, moins l. a. chaise . C'était pourtant un grand écrivain qui créait à chaque immediate (Jules Renard).
André Breton a rendu justice à son humour noir , tandis qu'Umberto Eco l'a étudié comme l'un des maîtres du récit. En publiant A se tordre, son premiere recueil, une assortment de classiques le fait entrer dans le Panthéon des Lettres et le consacre optimum comique du XIXe siècle.
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winner: the second one installment, following a few success, of her commonly acclaimed, best-selling American trilogy, which brings the adventure of a impressive relatives with roots within the Iowa heartland into mid-century America
Early caution opens in 1953 with the Langdon family members at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, who along with his spouse, Rosanna, sustained their farm for 3 many years, has all of sudden died, leaving their 5 young children, now adults, trying to the longer term. just one will stay in Iowa to paintings the land, whereas the others scatter to Washington, D. C. , California, and all over the place in between.
As the rustic strikes out of post–World warfare II optimism throughout the darker panorama of the chilly warfare and the social and sexual revolutions of the Sixties and ’70s, after which into the remarkable wealth—for some—of the early Eighties, the Langdon kids every one stick with a distinct course in a quickly altering global. and so they now have kids in their personal: dual boys who're top associates and cruel opponents; a lady whose rebellious spirit takes her to the infamous Peoples Temple in San Francisco; and a golden boy who drops out of school to struggle in Vietnam—leaving in the back of a mystery legacy that may ship surprise waves in the course of the Langdon kinfolk into the subsequent new release.
Capturing a transformative interval via richly drawn characters we come to grasp and care deeply for, Early caution keeps Smiley’s amazing epic trilogy, a gorgeously advised saga that started with a few good fortune and may span a century in the USA. however it additionally stands completely by itself as an engrossing tale of the challenges—and rewards—of kin and residential, even within the such a lot turbulent of instances, all whereas showcasing a cherished author on the peak of her massive powers.
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Crowned by an eccentric star of jagged masonry cut centuries ago into the brown stone, it now conceals secret constructions under the innocence of grassy knolls. . . . . . . We would have loved it had it not been for those hidden ramparts, those old cannons with their carriages trained low on the city, that mast with its mocking flag, those silent sentries with their olive-drab masks posted at every corner. The mountain was a prison— subjugating, intimidating the city, blocking off its horizon with its dark mass under the most beautiful of suns.
In war the blood of all men is brewed together in the trenches. The same desire to live and to possess a woman made soldiers on furlough of every race, marked for every conceivable kind of death, wander the streets. The maimed and the gassed, green-faced, encounter those as yet vigorous and whole, bronze skinned, the maimed and the gassed of tomorrow. Some of tomorrow’s corpses were laughing raucously. Paris in 26 birth of our power darkness, the drawn faces of women in the poorer quarters during the bitter February cold, the feverish exhaustion of streets endlessly bearing the burden of an immense disbanded army, the sickly intimacy of certain homes where the war entered with the air you breathed, like a slow asphyxiating gas—remained implanted in my very nerves.
The mask adjusts; the false smile is now real. ” José brings out his right hand too. Relaxed, they exchange glances, a tiny white spark still burning deep in their eyes. Having lighted their cigarettes, they move on without turning around. The sentry’s hands relax their grip on the rifle barrel, the plump woman heaves a long sigh from behind her high grilled window. What happened? Nothing. Why nothing of course. But what heat! Jesus, it’s hot. • The perfume of flowers mingles at moments with the salt smell of the nearby sea.
À se tordre by Alphonse Allais