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La Cathédrale

Fiction The Cathedral is a reissue of a classic novel of spiritual awakening by the author of Against Nature Crafted with painstaking attention to detail the novel is both an account of a con. The Cathedral is a novel about a building I loathed the concept when I read it during the summer holidays of 1986 I felt rather dogmatically that novels should be about people not structures Moreover I disapproved The book seemed to be promoting the Lourdes pilgrimages and I was afraid that Huysmans might have been an anti dreyfusard All in all I was I was highly disappointed at the time especially since I had greatly enjoyed La Bas and A rebours which I had read the previous summerI only remembered having read the Cathedral yesterday when I started reading yesterday theLe carilloneur the Bells of Bruges written by Huysman s great friend Georges Rodenbach and published a year before the Cathedral Now after 30 years I understand that Huysman s was not the only writer of his age to attach spiritual ualities to a pile of bricks I still will not give it than three stars

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E Woolf The voice of the main character Durtal is as wicked witty and self lacerating as that of as that of a contemporary scholar with a bad case of mystical anomie Elizabeth Young City Limi. I often return to the description of La Salette which comes early the book when I feel the need to encounter the horrific sublime His description is a good introduction to this wonderfully 19th century preoccupation

Joris-Karl Huysmans º 5 Summary

Version and a detailed examination of the language of medieval art So thorough is Huysman's description of the cathedral that the book has even been sold as a guide to the building Dr Penelop. Moby Dick for buildings


10 thoughts on “La Cathédrale

  1. says:

    Detail in a portal from Chartres Cathedral photographer PE L'un des portails de la cathédrale de Chartres détail photographie PEI close the doors of The CathedralWell The scale of the groundwork in spiritual symbolism cannot be understatedFrom architecture to perfumery via statuary symbolism of colors minerals plants animals The Cathedral i

  2. says:

    Whew ee OK let's map this out The Dedalus edition of The Cathedral is 339 pages of small dense type Realistically the novel portion of the book that is the part that concerns the fictional character Durtal and his story such as it is takes up

  3. says:

    The Cathedral is a novel about a building I loathed the concept when I read it during the summer holidays of 1986 I felt rather dogmatically that novels should be about people not structures Moreover I disapproved The book seemed to be promoting the Lourdes pilgrimages and I was afraid that Huysmans might have been an anti

  4. says:

    The Cathedral volume three of the four part novel of the religious conversion of Durtal the writer and Huysman's fictional spiritual alter ego

  5. says:

    Moby Dick for buildings

  6. says:

    The second volume in Huysman's uasi autobiographical trilogy featuring the character Durtal this book is fascinating reading

  7. says:

    Her sufferings constantly increased Feeling that this time she was dying she grieved over the pitiless macerations she had used and with touching artlessness begged forgiveness of her poor body for having exhausted its strength and so having p

  8. says:

    A building AliveGood follow up to En Route but excessive descriptive passages for enthusiasts for Chartres Cathedral essentially and of religious symbolism

  9. says:

    I often return to the description of La Salette which comes early the book when I feel the need to encounter the horrific sublime His description is a good introduction to this wonderfully 19th century preoccupation

  10. says:

    As much the author's guidebook to Chartres as it is a novel this is a dense but in a good sense meditation on the architecture and symbolism of this great cathedral Not for those wanting a uick overview but surely an interesting work

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