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Readers of Robbe-Grillet’s previous works will not be surprised at the latter, but the former might come as something of a shock.

It does not explode, this language, or explore, nor it is obliged to charge upon the object and pluck from the very heart of its jealoush the one ambiguous name that will sum it up forever. In the absence, or assumed absence, of necessary human principles, he is consoling himself by inventing pseudo-necessary rules.

Thus, meaning for the reader is cumulative, a result of accretion, even if at the end grilket the novel, we’re still not sure what really happened or what the real meaning was. We are silent eavesdroppers on the other side of the louvres. Because what he relates to us is so devoid of emotional coloring it is as if he is an alien presence and will require human intervention to make sense of what he is seeing.

Inbuilt preconceptions on my part contexutualise this unknowable presence as the master of the banana plantation. Look upon it as an IKEA self-assembly novel. Woman combs her hair. A clever, multi-faceted, understated, ambitious and amazing rendition of perspective.

Throughout the novel, he continually replays his observations alxin suspicions that is, created scenarios about A And in a way, this is a true thing about the world I know, R-G and cie.


‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet

Apr 18, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves: What we see happening in them, again and again, is space and matter inscribing themselves on consciousness, whose task, reciprocally, is to accommodate space and matter.

The banana trees, as green as jealousy itself, are laid out in quincunxes, as are the workers who replace the bridge’s rectangular beams. She and Franck use a novel, which they both have read and the narrator has not, as a cover to discuss their own situation right in front of him. In La Jealousie, for example, the stain of the centipede grows in meaning by its association with A.

Your email address will not be published. They’re more likely to appeal to fans of post-modernism. In French “Jalousie” means both “jealousy” ggillet “blinds”.

And throughout the novel the detail continues, expressed in a kind of mechanical drawing length-and-width language, descriptions overwhelmingly visual, as if outlining specifics for a film crew to construct a set and do a filming. It is forever oblique, raw and uncooked. Tags nouveau romanrobbe-grillet.

Sep 29, Lynne King rated it it was ok Shelves: And of course, are we looking at repeated similar events or repeated narratives of the same event? We are given a nameless narrator, his wife A Intensely focused, sleekly tangled, it may be his purest work. For the French film, see La Jalousie film. A grilet unusual reading experience that I found strangely invigorating.

On the sill itself, the paint has largely flaked off after the streak occurred, eliminating about three-quarters of the red trace. How many times does A Has the narrator caught her in an act of onanism? Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The introduction was excellent and so all in all I finally managed to get “my head around” the book and enjoyed it to a certain extent. Now how would you interpret the following?


As she sets a blank leaf on her green blotter, removes her pen’s cap, alaib bends forward to start writing, one grullet twist emerges: With a “mechanical gesture,” the oval of the brush and the straight lines of its teeth pass through the “black mass” on her head, imposing order on it, just as the “mechanical cries” of nocturnal animals shape the darkness beyond the veranda by indicating each one’s “trajectory through the night.

But this does not happen.

Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. This is already implied by the tightening spiral treatment of temporality whereby repetitions and close-ups escalate until the book finishes in a grand flourish of reverse perspective at its starting point: Woman writes a letter.

The novel jexlousy saturated with a sense of geometry. Therefore the first step of this knowing murder must be to isolate objects, to alienate them as much from their usual functions as from our own biology.

This novel came out in so allow me to be a little bit whimsical, stupid even, and declare this to be a prophetic book–a novel approximating the literary output of the first audio-visual computerized writer-robot which will one day win the Nobel prize for literature!

What waits for us at the story’s climax, its gaze directed back toward our own, alajn a blind spot. Sep 09, Alborz Baghipour rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Jealousythis blind spot is the novel’s protagonist.