Le journal d'une femme de chambre

Le journal d'une femme de chambre Ce Journal D Une Femme De Chambre Est Celui De C Lestine, Au Mesnil Roy, En Normandie Elle Est Nouvellement Engag E, Acceptant La Place Dans L Espoir De Se Reposer Des Turbulences Parisiennes Les V Nements Ne Manqueront Pas Pour Colorier Son Quotidien Un Quotidien Qu Elle Consigne Avec Toute La Franchise Qui Est En Elle Et Quand Il Le Faut Toute La Brutalit Qui Est Dans La Vie C Est Donc L Un Journal De Femme En Province, Au Bas De L Chelle Sociale, Et Le Pr Texte Pour Mirbeau De Brosser Au Scalpel Une Tonnante Galerie De Portraits, Dans Une Violente Satire Des Moeurs Provinciales Et Parisiennes De La Belle Poque Autopsie De La Bonne Bourgeoisie, Ce Journal Dresse En Petites Touches, Parfois En Larges Aplats, Les Travers D Une Humanit Mesquine, Hypocrite, Et Condamne Tous Les D Bordements Nationalistes Et Antis Mites Le Roman Connut Un Vif Succ S Sa Parution, Il Est Aussi Le Plus C L Bre De Mirbeau

Octave Mirbeau 16 February 1848 16 February 1917 was a French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright, who achieved celebrity in Europe and great success among the public, while still appealing to the literary and artistic avant garde His work has been translated into thirty languages.

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  • 512 pages
  • Le journal d'une femme de chambre
  • Octave Mirbeau
  • French
  • 03 February 2018

10 thoughts on “Le journal d'une femme de chambre

  1. says:

    Mirbeau s chambermaid, Celestine R., is an extravagant creation who lodges in the imagination as you plunge into his ironic and always subversive critique of French life in 1900 A worldly tease, she s a vulnerable, manipulative, defiant and highly sexed star in his theatre of deceit Though somewhat of a bigot, Celestine remains likeable an achievement in itself while being unaware of the bitter twist that grips her final situation.This is a dark social comedy Mirbeau s own life, which got off to a bad start with his being raped by Jesuit priests as a teen, made him see the world as a torture garden where passions, greed, religion, social institutions were monstrous flowers He was an anarchist who defied conventions his contempt for authority defined him as a journalist, novelist and playwright He became very rich.With Zola, he attacked anti semitism the Dreyfus case , and was appalled by the behavior of human beings An acute observer of all classes, he delivers unsparing criticism of people he saw and knew or knew about I would call this Diary a bloody satire Bloody because there s a savage murder that goes unpunished Celestine believes she knows the killer.Filmmakers Renoir and Bunuel did their own versions of Chambermaid that only vaguely follow the book They both found his ending unacceptable or the censors did But Mirbeau s finale makes the novel a classic of modernity It foreshadows the ambiguity of Pinter and the transgressions of Genet The saucy Celestine is stationed with a cold, childless married couple in Normandy when she starts her diary and then, veering away from a chronological story, Mirbeau has her remembering past scenes and abuses with other households This structure shattered the literary realistic formula of the day Some memories focus on vice, like overhearing a madame describe a brothel scene where she watches two hunchbacks having sex You should see them Nothing s exciting Some are hilarious while traveling a grand madame refuses to open a jewel case because her dildo is there, carefully packed Others are troubling another madame encourages Celestine to take care of her grandson, 19, who is dying of TB Mirbeau avoids all descriptions of sex, but soon Celestine and the sickly youth are entwined After a session, from his moutha flow of blood hit my face Months later she wonders if she contracted the disease How does she stop the torment of desire Easily with my own caresses Within the Norman house is a gardener coachman named Joseph, a dark, virile, ugly man and raging anti semite who beguiles Celestine Drawn to him, she trembles in his presence I will not, I cannot, love this man No, no, it is not possible And yet it is possible, and it is true I deplore Identity Politics and Identity Art In this mostly forgotten novel, Mirbeau s first person diary of a chambermaid seems unique he is psychologically convincing throughout His characters tolerate depravity as a cherry tree bears cherries There is not a whisper of sentiment here for anyone Written in sedate prose, you will not find an overwrought word or soft interlude Mirbeau destroys our illusions about people we know Shall I mention the monsieur with a shoe fetish found dead with one of Celestine s shoes clamped in his mouth

  2. says:

    I usually read the source first and then watch the movie adaptation s , this time I couldn t help myself It s easy to see why Luis Bu uel adapted this already having directed The Exterminating Angel and later making The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie I found the most recent adaptation 2015 to be okay, and I have yet to watch Renoir s Through Celestine, Mirbeau makes it clear to us how he viewed the people and society of turn of the century France He relentlessly attacks the bourgeoisie, the conservative monarchist reactionaries, the glorification of the military long live the Army exclaims Joseph, the book s ignorant everyday man , the antisemitism of the times Dreyfus Affair and in general, the hypocrisy of the people No one has any idea of all the worries that servants have to put up with, nor of the monstrous way in which they are continually exploited If it s not the employers, it s the registry offices or some charitable institution not to mention your fellow servants, for some of them are pretty foul No one has the slightest concern for anyone else Everybody lives, grows fat, amuses himself at the expense of someone miserable and hard up than himself However much the scene may change or the background be transformed, however different or hostile the social setting, men s passions and appetites remain the same Whether it is in a cramped, middle class flat, or some banker s luxurious town house, you find the same beastliness, the same inexorable fate When all s said and done, the truth is that a girl like me is defeated even before she starts, wherever she may go and whatever she may do poor human dung, nourishing the harvest of life and happiness for the rich to gather and use against us How they infuriate me, these respectable people, with their savage contempt for any girl who happens to go wrong , and their everlasting nagging about our moral behavior of course, none of this prevents the master, despite all his morality, pulling you on to a sofa or bed as soon as he gets a chance, and as often as not leaving you with a child on your hands Then, of course, it s up to you to do what you can if you can and if you can t, then you and the child can just starve, for all they care It s no concern of theirs.

  3. says:

    This is a wonderful novel It s a bit polished, written in a less effusive prose style, and takes a recognizable narrative form than its predecessor and the first of Mirbbeau s post crisis works , Torture Garden Diary is also less sensationalist and therefore cutting and real in its biting cultural criticism Actually, now that I think about it, at the time that The Diary of a Chambermaid was written, the form a diary, obviously, but generally a straight narrative interspersed with short stories in the form of the chambermaid s recollections of previous situations and her upbringing was probably rather new at the time the novel was composed 1900 , even if later twentieth century novelists were likely to trod such ground while attempting to expand the boundaries of what the long prose narrative form could do.Of course I love Mirbeau s politics, his relentless contempt for all things bourgeois, hypocritical, religious, and patriotic but beyond the author s obvious epistemology of cultural protest two other elements are truly remarkable in this novel 1 the amazingly convincing female voice and 2 the startling depiction of human perversity, which actually outstrips and even challenges the novelist s didactic political stance It has that feeling of a narrative that manages to shake off the shackles of its author s intentions, pointed satirical barbs, and political beliefs, and to somehow go further into truth than a the puppet mastery of a self conscious author is capable I m reminded of James Hogg s The Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, which begins as a rather simple satirical romp and then descends, almost literally, into hell, psychedelia, and a place to which only the most unrestrained fiction manages to go.Something similar happens here in Diary as C lestine s at first small acts of perversity lead her in and out of trouble, contradict her moral censure of her masters, complicate the plot, and leave us torn as she herself is in the face of her servitude between disgust and pity In the end it s almost as if humankind deserves all of the moral degradation of capitalism or perhaps it s capitalism s denigration of empathy and love through competition, hierarchy, and abuse that has rendered humankind all but incapable of these once applauded virtues Looking forward to reading Mirbeau s next The Twenty One Days of a Neurasthenic.

  4. says:

    Diary of a chambermaid is a good novel but it does not seem to be an indispensable novel in the ouvre of octave mirbeau Let s be honest No one writes in their diary with such polished narration and well choreographed scenes For the most part mirbeau is an effective chronicler and cynical commentator of his times but the diary device is a lavish contrivance.He does however provide a compelling female narrator who writes awfully long and intricate observations about her employers, exposing the dirty underbelly of their high class lifestyles For its time it might have sparked outage and shock and awe Today it is simply amusing in its scandalous or simply exaggerated depictions.It is a somewhat tame mirbeau novel with enough weird, unexplainable touches of macabre wit to meet with my stamp of approval.

  5. says:

    I am no saint I have known many men, and I know, by experience, all the madness, all the vileness, of which they are capable But a man like Monsiuer from THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAIDThe famous anarchist and art critic Octave Mirbeau 1848 1917 inspired not one but two films from Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel with his often forgotten classic THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID Telling the scandalous story of Celestine R., a fisherman s daughter with a taste for men, Mirbeau reveals that when one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people s souls give off such a pungent smell of decay There is a hiccough half way through this youtube version where you have to fast forward through the duplicate piece

  6. says:

    An absolute must read So funny and interesting I have read it several times.

  7. says:

    A true classic for a reason, Octave brought a woman to life between the lines of these pages, making her ever so real, and vulnerable.

  8. says:

    Despite the supposed naughtiness, this is hardly an erotic novel or anything of the sort Instead, it s a very, very French satire of the bourgeois s of the time, the moronic militarism, the self flagellating Catholicism, the obsessive anti Semitism, the callous attitudes of the wealthy, and so forth If Zola wrote in the spirit of social change, and Balzac wrote in the spirit of unflinching honesty, Mirbeau wrote with medical grade venom, and even when he was sympathetic, he still spit at his characters.

  9. says:

    Yeah, I m really not sure what to say about this book I was excited to read a naughty French classic But this was screwed up on so many different levels that it went from casually dirty no real sex scenes to casual thriller featuring a really messed up lead character I use the term casual because the way this edition, at least is translated is extremely awkward and distant The awkwardness comes from the novel being written in 1900 but having late 80s to early 90s slang When I say I love you, I mean it for keeps FOR KEEPS There was also a lot of derogatory comments about other people s bodies that were liberally sprinkled with 90s slang and I can t quite remember the exact quotes but it just led to a really disjointed read.Then we have the main character She s a self destructive train wreck She can t allow herself to feel comfortable in any living situation and sabotages any happy easy working situations for herself At first, this habit is very subtle But by the end view spoiler she s marrying a man who kills animals in horrible ways, presumably murdered and raped a little girl in a horribly violent way, and who wants to profit off of her body hide spoiler

  10. says:

    I would have rated this book 4 stars if the editing of the version I read had been better The copy I bought off was the most horribly put together copy of a translated book I ve ever read, so I suppose this is a warning to anyone wishing to buy the book online Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed reading it It s essentially Mirbeau giving a big literary middle finger to the bourgeoisie of his time I enjoyed the main character Celestine for she was both very flawed and admirable in equal parts I m not sure if the author was misanthropic, but every character he described was written to sound thoroughly ugly, which was amusing and not unwelcome considering Celestine s point of view as a servant Worth a read for those who get a kick out of satirical hypocrisy and who look down upon the vanity of what is considered high society.

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