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  • Title: Against Nature
  • Author: Joris-Karl Huysmans Robert Baldick
  • ISBN: 9780140440867
  • Page: 184
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  1. Joris-Karl Huysmans Robert Baldick

    Charles Marie Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works as Joris Karl Huysmans He is most famous for the novel rebours Against Nature His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical wit The novels are also noteworthy for their encyclopaedic documentation, ranging from the catalogue of decadent Latin authors in rebours to the discussion of the symbology of Christian architecture in La cath drale Huysmans work expresses a disgust with modern life and a deep pessimism, which led the author first to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer then to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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  1. Did I really read this book forty years ago Or did I just read the passages about the perfume organ and the jewel encrusted turtle and later assumed I had read the rest If I did read it, I was completely wrong in my evaluation of this as a static, effete precursor to Dorian Gray, a work marooned in the vanished aesthetic of the late nineteenth century No, no Against the Grain is much, much richer than that.For starters, it is an accomplished work of realism that turns realism on its head Huysman [...]


  2. Already, he was dreaming of a refined solitude, a comfortable desert, a motionless ark in which to seek refuge from the unending deluge of human stupidity Joris Karl Huysmans, Against the GrainAgainst the Grain alternately translated as Against Nature is a slim novel 110 pages where French author Joris Karl Huysmans 1848 1907 employs a torrent of baroque descriptions and unending streams of rococo linguistic curlicues to write about a bored, jaded aristocrat by the name of Des Esseintes, who use [...]


  3. The hipsters are right society is trying to destroy you not your body, or your mind, but you, the part which makes an individual That s what society is the aspect of human life that is not the self, but is communal, the part that causes humanity to behave like a colony of ants.As brilliant Nietzsche scholar Rick Roderick pointed out, advertisement is the opposite of psychotherapy The idea of therapy is to take things that are hidden within your brain biases, prejudices, hangups, fears, habits an [...]


  4. After feasting on an excessive orgy of oysters, smoked salmon, quail eggs, marinated lobster, rare partridge breast, honey glazed pig trotters and spiced wine, I followed with a desert consisting of apple strudel with clotted cream and sticky chocolate pudding in a warm orange sauce, I took to the sofa in front of the open log fire while stretching my feet out on the Persian rug, keeping my fine Turkish cigarettes and bottle of plum brandy close at hand I finished reading rebours Against Nature [...]


  5. It must have been so exciting to be a novelist in the second half of the nineteenth century You weren t limited to just creating a novel if you were talented, you could create a whole new kind of novel Here, Huysmans has written the first example known to me of the novel where nothing happens Frail, sickly des Esseintes has dissipated a good part of his inheritance on various kinds of vice there is a memorable passage early on about the mirrors in his bedroom Now he s tired of it He resolves to [...]


  6. If Proust composed his In Search of Lost Time without having read this book, I ll eat my hat Of course, the similarities may have been unavoidable when considering that both authors concern themselves with the period of haute couture and Faubourg Saint Germain culture, and even chose the same aristocrat to model their own wildly eccentric characters on, the Comte de Montesquiou Fezensac inspiring both Huysmans Des Esseintes and Proust s Charlus And it could have been sheer coincidence that Huysm [...]


  7. The world is too much with us late and soon, Wordsworth wrote in 1802, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers Joris Karl Huysmans fin de si cle novel, Against Nature Rebours , tells the story of an aristocratic dandy who finds the realities specifically, the vulgarities of everyday life so insufferable that he decides to lock himself away in a house at Fontenay aux Roses, far from the incessant deluge of human folly, to live a solitary life through books, paintings, art and music Des Ess [...]


  8. Decadent Rants and HaranguesThis 1884 novel is a wonderful assemblage of prescient and decadent rants.Something Huysmans says of another book of rants could apply equally to his own work Conceived as harangues, they contained a certain strong muscular energy and were astonishing in the intolerance of their convictions Scoundrels and ImbecilesJean Des Esseintes I ll call him Des E for short fills his life with literature, art, music, furniture, jewelry, flowers, perfumes, food and liquor.His jour [...]


  9. An ornate, sickly, claustropobic book, full of fascinating discussions about art and literature, and studded with items of outr vocabulary I still haven t worked out what m chialogie means It is a novel for people who like talking about novels the plot itself is slim and of little importance I ll summarise it quickly des Esseintes, a rich, effete aristocrat, retires from a life of excess and debauchery to live in his retreat at Fontenay outside Paris, where he shuts himself off from the rest of [...]



  10. A dense drug trip This celebrated work 1884 offers sensual and philosophic ruminations There s no story Each chapter has a theme art, religion, literature, society, etc Huysmans lauds paintersGustave Moreau and Odilon Redon writers Baudelaire, Mallarme, Poe On a Symbolist high, the reclusive hero seeks new perfumes, ampler blossoms, untried pleasures He arranges obscure words like exotic flowers as he speaks of a mistress who loved to have her nipples macerated in scents Between dreams and night [...]


  11. Some top reviews on here already, let me point you towards Manny, Lee, and Nate for excerpts and analysis I feel no need to review this one, so I shan t trouble you for likes Mike I mean it In short, I loved the ornate, glissading descriptions of art, music, perfume, theological texts, peptone enemas, and the fabulous namedropping of French writers such as the Goncourt Brothers, Villiers de l Isle Adam, Charles Cros, Verlaine, Mallarm , Ernest Hello, L on Bloy, Barbey d Aurevilly, and Fran ois R [...]


  12. Des Essientes, a debauched noble at the end of his line, in rebellion against the modern world, humanity, and nature itself the title is variably translated as Aganist the Grain or Against Nature , sells the family manor and retreats to a country house in order to languish in exquisite hypochondria and nervous affectation What strength is left to him he expends obsessing over art, literature, design, and even gardening, in dissertations on artificiality and garish morbid splendor that compose mo [...]


  13. If the hero of this novel had a anglo friendly name, it would be the byword for hyper neurotic aesthete dandies, as Sherlock Holmes is in the world of detective I don t know how to properly pronounce des Esseintes, so I have always referred to him as that guy from Huysmans novel Truth be told I don t even know how to properly pronounce Huysmans, or rather I think I do but when I do I feel self conscious So I usually just spend my time thinking about des Esseintes and Huysmans, rather than talki [...]


  14. I don t know intentionally or not but Against Nature is an absolute opposite of Walden by Henry David Thoreau and it is a complete denial of nature Nature, he used to say, has had her day she has finally and utterly exhausted the patience of sensitive observers by the revolting uniformity of her landscapes and skyscapes After all, what platitudinous limitations she imposes, like a tradesman specializing in a single line of business what petty minded restrictions, like a shopkeeper stocking one a [...]


  15. One doesn t read A Rebours, one lives in it, like a ghost that is compelled to haunt a place even though it would rather leave behind the place in which it was murdered Once the book is finally closed, one deals with the hangover caused by existentialist self loathing for every luxury one has ever allowed oneself.


  16. Description Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where he indulges his taste for luxury and excess Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise , rich perfumes, and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences.Read hereOpening The Floressas Des Esseintes, to judge by the various portraits preserved in the C [...]


  17. Difficult to do this one justice Took forever to read its 200 dense pages Well worth it, especially for the plush, precise, unexpected turns of the language, multi phrase pile ups on the Trans European Translation Expressway Mostly a catalogue of art, books, and music the main dude likes The main dude, also, is extraneurotic, extraordinarily rich, aestheticized to the extreme, and willfully isolated from the world He has a garden of semi pornographically described carnivorous plants He paints hi [...]


  18. Highly recommended for the adventurous This is one of those books that you will either love or hate, and whatever reason you would have for either reaction I would completely understand and accept as valid The book is not unlike a laundry list if your laundry list happened to divide the clothes into type and color of fabric, dimensions, history of the development of the materials used, the sensation of folding each item and ad infinitum This is the story of an obsessive looking for order, painst [...]


  19. It s almost short enough to be called a novella but I read Godel, Escher, Bach 12x this size a few weeks ago in about half the time it took me to finish this When I finished, I wanted to faceplant into straight bleach with my eyes open I don t know what prompted me to pick this book up, but it was a mistake Just a terrible, terrible mistake If I were a person who ever DNF d stuff, this would be a prime candidate However, DNFing gives me such deep lingering doubts and guilt that I end up putting [...]


  20. This is a brilliant book Not only is it interesting in and of itself, containing some magnificent writing, but it presents an original and fundamental analysis of the entire movement away from Naturalism Huysmans began as a disciple of Zola and into Symbolism Mallarm , Decadence, and hence into Modernism including even the strand that issues in the likes of a Julius Evola I have learned an enormous amount from reading it p 146 In these comparatively healthy volumes Barbey d Aurevilly was constan [...]


  21. April 7th, 2016I finished this book than two months ago and it s been lying unreviewed since, partly because I hadn t time to review it and partly because I didn t know how to review it I could have just written a short account of how much I enjoyed reading the book, especially the art and literature sections, but I always like to find a unique angle on the books I review, I like to find something to say, or at least a way to say it, that may not have been thought of before, impossible as that [...]


  22. Well, I can honestly say I ve never read anything like it, nor have I encountered a character as oddly loveable and annoying as Des Esseintes The last of a Hapsburg esque line of ancestors, he s a misanthropic aristocrat ailing from generations of inbreeding and a life of excess and immobility, warped from being forever consumed with his own thoughts and nothing else He builds a new home for himself with the intent of isolation, and pretty much exists within his own material possessions, complet [...]


  23. Oxford World s Classics edition translated by Margaret MauldonI finally read this properly in one go Though when I say in one go, that was over a few days I found it like the richest, most gorgeous cake imaginable I could hardly imagine anything wonderful whilst I was reading it, but every now and again I paused, and the pause turned into hours or a day or two as I realised retrospectively a feeling of sensory overload Perhaps not unlike that des Esseintes experiences when confronted with the n [...]


  24. ao arrepio no original Rebours ou a B blia do Decandentismo publicado em 1884, provocando uma viragem na corrente liter ria da altura o Naturalismo, de que era representante o meu Grande mile Zola e dando in cio ao Modernismo o livro amarelo que envenena Dorian Grey de Oscar Wilde e que ele considera respons vel pela sua transforma o e que o leva perdi o.Era um romance sem enredo e com uma nica personagem Trata se de um mero estudo psicol gico de um determinado jovem parisiense que passa a vida [...]


  25. I read this in 1978 I was a freshman at the University of Florida I took it to a football game to read because I knew I would be bored without a book I read a passage where Huysmans describes the glorious un naturalness of the color combination of orange and blue I laughed out loud I suppose I should re read, but my copy , with so many other treasures, has been lost to downsizing I hope a young person bought it from the library sale and reads it in the bright sunlight.


  26. Flabbergastingly weird This can either be the best reason to give this book a chance, and also the greatest grounds for avoiding it like the plague Just as a quick heads up for anyone fishing for a better review than my own, this book is titled A Rebours in its native French, and I ve seen this title translated into English as both Against Nature and Against the Grain , and while I m partial to Against Nature , I m sure the Bad Religion fans of the world can better appreciate the latter I m sure [...]


  27. Dostoevsky mentioned in Notes From Underground that new technology brought with it merely a capacity for ever refined sensations Against Nature completes the idea of a century exhausted by progress Here the protagonist searches like an addict for new experiences to relieve the boredom and disappointment of modern life The originality of this novel is its attraction Only one character, Des Esseintes, makes up the story, and the action takes place mostly in his mind His search for novelty exposes [...]


  28. Livro excepcionalmente estranho e exaustivo Resolvi aproveitar as muitas horas de leitura que ganhei por dia com o meu rec m obtido desemprego e finalmente encarar, dentre outros, esse livro que adquiri h anos, sobre um esteta recluso.O choque vem de descobrir que o personagem, muito al m do que eu imaginava, de fato um hiperesteta hiperrecluso, para fazer jus fama que a obra obteve aparece em Dorian Gray, que a l e por ela fica aterrorizado citado superficial e profundamente em Noturno do Chile [...]


  29. I read Against Nature by Joris Karl Huysmans, a copy of which I swiped years ago from a professor s free book shelf Oscar Wilde was evidently fascinated by the book, and in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian reads this poisonous French novel and is obsessed by it What sort of book would Dorian Gray enjoy, you ask Mainly a very long catalogue of the likes and dislikes of an effete, high strung , overly intellectual wuss possessing far too much time and money and lacking all common sense The novel [...]


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