‘Jealousy’ was one of the first (and the best) novels of the ‘nouveau For Robbe- Grillet readers had become lazy and were used to being. Published in , as the nouveau roman was rising on the Parisian liter- ary scene, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel La Jalousie [Jealousy] produced in many of its . Complete summary of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Jealousy. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Jealousy.
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Would it be unreadable? Would it be utterly flat and dull? Would it be “a disaster” and “pretentious and dry”?
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It was actually none of those things. Jealousy is a fairly easy read by any standards, and for me it became engrossing almost immediately.
At times, this perfectly straight, even transparent voice manages to take on notes of menace, paranoia, playfulness, irony, and hilarity.
I could see how people might find this book cold and thus perhaps not to their liking. This is simply not a hard book.
I think this statement from his essay ” Refrigerated Dreams ” represents him well:. The New Novel has been one of the major events during my career—or accidental involvement—as a teacher of French, and I have quite failed to respond to it in any positive way. Ought I to resign, or do they also serve who expound their own obtuseness? I hope so, because I have proved almost as insensitive as a French classicist reacting to the Romantic movement between and This is not, however, because I cling deliberately to any conservative notions about grillef the novel ought to be.
I find the theoretical statements of the New Novelists extremely interesting and, for the most part, intelligible and even acceptable as philosophical principles. Over the years I have had many opportunities of hearing them talk further about their creative beliefs; indeed, I have listened to M. Robbe-Grillet giving the same lecture at least three times in different places, although I have occasionally suspected that, in his case, it is artfully calculated to keep the debate alive through ambiguity rather than to settle it by clarification.
The critique Weightman makes of the New Novel would seem to refute his statement that he has “failed to respond to it in any positive way. Quite the opposite, in fact. All the variations, even the humorous ones, have a complex human solidity which shows that the Diabelli waltz is only the starting-point for different forays into significance.
One may be unable to translate the meaningfulness of the music into words, but it is still obviously there, rich robbd necessary, at the hundredth hearing. In this sense, good art, in its discovery of meaning, is exactly the opposite of a game. When Robbe-Grillet says that everything is a game, either he is indulging in a mystificatory paradox or grilleh wants to convince himself that gratuitous structures are an adequate response to the confusions of life.
In the absence, or assumed absence, of necessary human principles, he is consoling himself by inventing pseudo-necessary rules. CR is dedicated to thoughtful, in-depth criticism without regard to what’s commercially appealing. It takes tens of hours jjealousy month to provide this. Please help make this sort of writing sustainable, either with a subscription or a one-time donation.
‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet
You could also purchase one of my acclaimed ebooks. Your email address will not be published. Let us know what you have to say: I think that at many times Robbe-grillet is actually writing from the perspective of one of the characters. I think he must be doing so. Most of the events seem to have occurred the previous day, but since among this jeaalousy of memories are both memories of their absence and their return, the remembering must be happening afterwards.
I would certainly recommend Les Gommes and La Maison des rendez-vous.
I like Robbe-Grillet a lot and have posted about him on occasions. The new novelists have ferocious reputations, but they are all really quite readable.
Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet
You can easily see how prone he is to headline grabbing hyperbole by glancing at his Guardian writing. You are correct, but actually, the whole book is written from the perspective of the jealous husband.
It is simply a love story and I found it to be a pleasure to read. The form is only serving the story. I also disagree with […]. Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jealousy.
Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. All in all, over 25, words of Latin American literary goodness.