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Journey to the End of the Night tells about the life of medical students Ferdinand Bardamu, from the First World War on bush stories in the deepest Africa and a galley trip to America until the return to France as a poor doctor The novel carries mainly autobiographical features How Celine marches his protagonist Bardamu as a worker, doctor, people and lover through the turmoil of war and the societies in Africa, America and Paris With one language ahead of the next, Celine s focus on everything that bothers him seems hypocritical and disastrous The Church, the state, the national pride, the middle class petty bourgeoisie, the decadent upper class and humanity in itself, Celine buttoned relentlessly Great Novel Louis Ferdinand Celine S Revulsion And Anger At What He Considered The Idiocy And Hypocrisy Of Society Explodes From Nearly Every Page Of This Novel Filled With Slang And Obscenities And Written In Raw, Colloquial Language, Journey To The End Of The Night Is A Literary Symphony Of Violence, Cruelty And Obscene Nihilism This Book Shocked Most Critics When It Was First Published In France In , But Quickly Became A Success With The Reading Public In Europe, And Later In America Where It Was First Published By New Directions In The Story Of The Improbable Yet Convincingly Described Travels Of The Petit Bourgeois And Largely Autobiographical Antihero, Bardamu, From The Trenches Of World War I, To The African Jungle, To New York And Detroit, And Finally To Life As A Failed Doctor In Paris, Takes The Readers By The Scruff And Hurtles Them Toward The Novel S Inevitable, Sad Conclusion 648 Voyage au bout de la nuit Journey to The End of The Night, Louis Ferdinand C lineJourney to the End of the Night Voyage au bout de la nuit, 1932 is the first novel by Louis Ferdinand C line This semi autobiographical work describes antihero Ferdinand Bardamu Bardamu is involved with World War I, colonial Africa, and post World War I United States where he works for the Ford Motor Company , returning in the second half of the novel to France, where he becomes a medical doctor and establishes a practice in a poor Paris suburb, the fictional La Garenne Rancy The novel also satirizes the medical profession and the vocation of scientific research The disparate elements of the work are linked together by recurrent encounters with L on Robinson, a hapless character whose experiences parallel, to some extent, Bardamu s experiences 1995 1373 534 9645620333 1383 1394 20 38 1894 1912 .. From the muddy battlegrounds of the great war and the sweltering infested jungles of French colonial Africa, to his discovery of america where he takes a job in an industrial Detroit and his return to the suburbs of Paris to work as a doctor before finally taking employment in a mental asylum, we follow C line s alter ego Bardamu with a misanthropic first person narrative through the trials and tribulations of life and trying to make sense of the world around him Told as a semi autobiographical novel C line certainly doesn t hold back in terms of his views, where mainly it s one of disgust and bitterness at the state of society controversial on it s release in 1932 and you can see why but in today s world it s pretty tame, yes there are sexually degrading, anti Semitic and nihilistic elements but nothing on a scale like I thought there would be The often colloquial, coarse and simple vocabulary he employed along with Proustian sentences make a visionary statement in terms of his writing and Jean Paul Sartre was one of many who was a big fan, for me the book triumphs in it s tone, there is an elevation of sarcasm and wit throughout, there were times when I found the text so funny and others much serous, but you can never quite figure out what was intended and what wasn t An influential and important work, huge in scope and not far off literary perfection One of the great prose stylists of the last century absolutely.Maybe, just maybe my new favourite novel. Apparently, for a week or so in June 1997 I either lost my sense of humor or felt some kind of glow of optimism that made me feel the misanthropic subject of this book was boring My principle memories of reading this for the first time were a being bored and b buying a bunch of The Smiths and The Cure tapes at a garage sale For some reason when I saw this book sitting on my bookshelf last week I thought I d give it another try Why I don t know exactly I have lots of unread books, but I felt like I might have not gotten everything I could have from the book This time I quite enjoyed the book It s a nice antidote to any feelings that things were probably better back in the day , it s good to cleanse the mental palate of this particular delusion now and again Things were bad then too, which means that if there is a constant in lots and lots o people being worthy of disgust, then to grumble about it too much can be i fun, but ii a tautology and thus ii.a not really relevant and ii.b not at all applicable to the discourse of progress barbarism whatever you want to call it For example does this mean that most people being shitty fucking assholes is relevant to all of those douchebags wandering around oblivious to anything but their own phone conversations Is pointing out all of the assholes and defining them as such, really any different than saying all people have heads, and most of them have hair on their heads And then basing most everything you say about the headedness hairedness of people No Instead is it possible that in a Kantian categorical something or other people can be a priori described as assholes All of them of course except for you and your loved ones, and me and my loved ones We are of course the exception Now, I m not saying everyone is a piece of shit And neither is C line, in fact there is one character who isn t in the book One There is hope for us yet, sadly that one decent person is stuck sitting on a river in Africa with one other person who is an asshole But he s out there, you know sort of Kurtz like Now I could do a number of things here I could give a plot synopsis, aka write a book report I could try to come up with some kind of serious analysis of the book I could try to write a mock C line style something or other, that probably wouldn t be too funny I could ignore the book altogether and write about myself, and use the book as a vague jumping off point i.e., write all about the types of people I hate and make myself C line like I could also post some pictures of animals, which I actually like to do because then I can come back and look at them later and I figure maybe you do too I could do all kinds of things I could just end the review here and then strike up a conversation with another goodreader who would actually be me in disguise, but we d be really witty and surprisingly similarly read in titles that aren t that common of course I would vote for me too, and if you tried to call me on it I would just ignore you and change topic with myself I could do any of these things There are so many choices, and it is so overwhelming in the various ways I can try to fleece votes, which can be cashed in for all the AMAZING prizes that are only available to the people who are on the best reviewer list Please don t ask for details about these prizes, I ve said too much already. ,. Not much music left inside us for life to dance to Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn t enough madness left inside him The truth is an endless death agony The truth is death You have to choose death or lies I ve never been able to kill myself Toni Servillo is Jep Gambardella in The Great BeautyI watched the Italian film The Great Beauty the other day The film opens with a quote by Louis Ferdinand C lineOur journey is entirely imaginary That is its strengthThe film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is without a doubt the most influential film on my life that I ve had the pleasure to watch in a long time I could talk about the lush truthful power of this film, but I don t write movie reviews and this, after all, is a book review After the movie ended and I was sitting there surprised that something was managing to keep the mitochondria working after my brain exploded, and also feeling a hyper awareness of the red corpuscles starting to bring animation back to my slackened muscles I realized that I needed to expect from myself I wanted to write something, climb something, jump over something, capture a moment of perfection, drink cognac from the belly button of a Sudanese princess, and drive something really, really fast I decided to start by reading a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a decade called Journey to the end of the night, after all Sorrentino did begin his film with that quote by the French writer I ve never read C line and not for the first nor for the last time I felt a bit foolish to be caught not knowing something, not knowing why Sorrentino would begin his film with that particular quote There is a cynicism in the movie which would seem to create the opposite reaction in the viewer to how I felt, but the presentation of such revelations was so artfully accomplished that what was so inspiring for me was the creativity involved in revealing the truth C line wanted to write a truthful novel A novel that would state all those hidden thoughts and covert meanings that surround our communication with each other C line was pessimistic about humanity and wanted to call everybody out for really being just like him only everyone else is trapped in the conventions of secretly believing one thing and revealing quite another His character, Ferdinand Bardamu, deserts the French army during WW1 at the urging of his friend L on Robinson After all his government, the French government, is frankly trying to kill him Anyone who had been to the front would understand that it wasn t the Germans that were trying to kill him as much as it was the French officers who kept insisting that he do something foolish like rush entrenched soldiers with machine guns Robinson is an interesting character He keeps turning up all throughout the book He is a pessimistic, selfish, hapless version of Bardamu A doppelg nger that embraces all the worst elements of his own basic nature Lying, fucking, dying A law had just been passed prohibiting all other activity C line was also in the war and actually won a medal for heroism He was shot in the arm and wounded grievously enough to take him out of the action Like Bardamu he went to medical school In this book he lampoons the medical profession not only the doctors, but the people seeking medical help C line and Bardamu both spend time in Africa working for a company Little is known about the time C line spent in Africa which would indicate that it probably did not go well It certainly did not go well for Bardamu, so poorly in fact that he was contemplating returning to the war The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time Bardamu is sold into slavery as a rower on a ship The simplicity of his existence at the oars was actually for a while almost like a vacation from life When they reach America he jumps ship believing that finally in the land of milk and honey he can achieve some level of happiness America reminded him of his American girlfriend that he had for a short time in ParisObviously Lola was nuts with happiness and optimism, like all people on the good side of life, the ones wit privilege, health, security, who still have a long time to liveAmerica is not the best place for a lazy cynic The prosperous optimism, wrapped in a can do attitude was leaving Bardamu feeling exposed with his shield of skepticism buckling under the pressure Misery is like some horrible woman you ve married Maybe it s better to end up loving her a little than to knock yourself out beating her all your life C line went from hero to anti hero during the 1930s when he embraced Fascism He was antisemitic and during the war became a collaborator with the Nazis After Germany s defeat he fled to Denmark While away he was convicted of being a collaborator and sentenced to jail time In 1951 he was granted amnesty and returned to France You would think such a natural cynic would find the pageantry of Hitler s Third Reich, a twisted version of Disneyland, too nauseating to embrace, but obviously his anti semitism and his vociferous denial of the holocaust allowed him to swallow the rest Louis Ferdinand C lineThis book is a scattershot of ideas with a meandering plot and does sometimes overreach with ideas presented with too heavy a hand when just a light slap will do.There are moments in the book when I was reminded of Henry Miller, Joseph Heller, or Thomas Pynchon Black humor weaves in and out of the paragraphs keeping the cynicism from slipping on concrete shoes At least now when I rewatch The Great Beauty or come across a reference to C line in a book I can nod sagely and feel some satisfaction in not being one step behind.
Louis Ferdinand C line, pen name of Dr Louis Ferdinand Destouches, is best known for his works Voyage au bout de la nuit Journey to the End of the Night , and Mort cr dit Death on the Installment Plan His highly innovative writing style using Parisian vernacular, vulgarities, and intentionally peppering ellipses throughout the text was used to evoke the cadence of speech.Louis Ferdinand Des
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