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Les amantes by Elfriede Jelinek. Paperbackpages. Published July 1st by Seuil first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Les amantesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I had promised myself kelinek to touch a Jelinek again after suffering through three of her novels for a Nobel Laureate reading project.
And then I signed up for a class, and she was part of the repertoire, and I reluctantly ordered the copy, knowing I was in for some pain and brutality. For a Jelinek novel, this one actually contains less sadism than expected, but the everyday humiliation of women is almost more painful to follow, as it is more common and recognisable than her more outlandish sto I had promised myself never to touch a Jelinek again after suffering through three of her novels for a Nobel Laureate reading project.
For a Jelinek novel, this one actually contains less sadism than expected, but the everyday humiliation of women is almost more painful to follow, as it is more common and recognisable than her more outlandish storylines.
As long as ,iebhaberinnen are still women in the world who identify mainly as accessories of men, as objects to be treated and mistreated at the elfgiede of almost gorilla-like males, as carriers of offspring conceived without pleasure and brought up to perpetuate the pattern of submission and dominance, Jelinek can’t be discarded as unimportant.
Her writing style is sharp, acid, brutal, and honest in a elfreide way. She is not showing off and glorifying the sexual predators and their victims in the monotonous and boring manner of Bret Easton Ellis, but pointing to the lopsided reality within our society, – thus making a political statement with her literary pain and meaninglessness. She has her place in world literature. I am not going to dispute that.
But I hope I won’t need to read more of her ever again, for whatever elriede, for she makes my stomach turn. View all sie comments. View all 7 comments. May 17, Stephen Durrant rated it really liked elfrriede.
Can a book get more unrelentingly negative than this? Well, yes, maybe something by Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek’s fellow Austrian sorry about the word “fellow” Elfriede. Gosh, on pageJelinek herself says, in jest of course, “One must not describe only negative and ugly things.
Jelinek, at least in this tome. In fact, when these characteristics become so extreme they become almost funny–and in some ways this is a very funny book. Okay, so why fou Can a book get more unrelentingly negative than this? Okay, so why four stars?
Les amantes by Elfriede Jelinek
Well, in my opinion, this most controversial of all modern Nobel prize winners liebhaberibnen a powerful and unforgettable style. For example, there is not a capital letter in the book, which is, I think, Jelinek’s way of saying that the world she describes is so petty and stupid that it should not be honored with caps! Moreover, and with apologies to all members of my pitiful gender, Jelinek jelinel much jeline, say about men, women, and such delightful institutions as marriage that is, dare I say it, all too true.
In fact, I recommend this book to all women raised in my own gender-conservative tradition, if only as a useful antidote to the romanticism that enslaves and destroys so many of them half of them, to be sure, enslaved and destroyed with a smile on their face and great joy in their heart.
So, my conclusion is that there is real genius liebhaerinnen. Nov 03, M. Though compared to Thomas Bernhard I must insist that Elfriede Jelinek is nowhere close to the stature and level of his writing.
She is very good and cynical, true, and she writes honestly, but at least in Women as Lovers she has not reached his level of the sentence and rhetoric given within her own misanthropy. I am not sure she has any reverence at all for a human, being they male or female.
Her picture of life as an Austrian bodes ill for any it seems. But I will continue to read her diie an Though compared to Thomas Bernhard I must insist that Elfriede Jelinek is nowhere close to the stature and level of his writing.
But I will liebhaberihnen to read her work and see if my opinion might alter. I found her work to be engaging and oftentimes quite funny. She has great one-liners but there is something missing in her prose and I am not sure at this time what exactly that is. Perhaps after more time has elapsed I will get a better handle on this artist, but for now, I will leave it that she is simply only better jeline, most. View all 3 comments. I learned about Je,inek Jelinek because of the film adaptation of her novel The Piano Teacher and because Xiu Xiu used the title of this book “Women As Lovers” as the title of their liebhaberinndn recent album and drew a fair number of quotes from it for lyrics as well.
The first thing that most people will tell you about Jelinek is that she’s a controversial author, and for once, it’s not because of bad behavior or personal quirks not primarily, anyway, though she does suffer from agoraphobia and w I learned about Elfriede Jelinek because of the film adaptation of her novel The Piano Teacher and because Xiu Xiu used the title of this book “Women As Lovers” as the title of their most recent album and drew a fair number of quotes from it for lyrics as well.
The first thing that most people will tell you liebhaherinnen Jelinek is that she’s a controversial liebhaberijnen, and for once, it’s not because of bad behavior or personal quirks not primarily, anyway, though she does suffer from agoraphobia and was a prominent member of the Austrian Communist Party until but because of her prose and the themes that she chooses to feature in elfrlede writing. Jelinek is well known as a feminist and a socialist and makes these commitments an integral part of her fiction.
Not only does she explore the way that class and patriarchy affect social relations and individual’s psyches in her narratives, but she embraces elvriede radical prose style that seems to be calibrated to incisively cut through platitudes and social mores to expose the raw domination that underlies social identity. I imagine this is where many readers run into problems Jelinek received a Nobel Prize for literature, but not without major fallout in the literary establishment.
She frequently uses repetition and a starkly sardonic tone. Her MO all but rules out sustained instances of expressive or descriptive language; her style reads as very episodic. And of course there are the myriad episodes of violence, particularly of a sexual nature. But if it sounds like I’m not very enthusiastic about Jelinek’s writing, then I’m giving off the wrong impression. I wouldn’t necessarily call it fun to read, but I have found her novels to be very rewarding, particularly Women As Lovers.
The name of the novel calls to mind D. Lawrence, and a lot about this story reminds me of a turn-of-the-century British novel in its exploration of social and sexual themes. The opening sentences describe a factory in an Austrian village in terms that pare its existence down to the relation between it and the people that labor in it.
There are two main protagonists, both women. One, Brigitte, moves ruthlessly through life, with no concern for her own dignity and holding no illusions about love, interested only in financial security. She sees her own sexuality only as a means of achieving this and pursues a socially mobile, boorish middle-class lout. The other woman, Paula has no sense for securing her material well being, and falls in love with a man with few prospects and little regard for her.
diw The story proceeds much as you can guess it will, without much suspense, but the narrator’s commentary keeps you involved in the unfolding elfriece. In telling this kind of story, it seems like there is a fine line between, on the one hand, being reductive and confirming that reality conforms to jelinnek broad demands of theory, or on the other hand, telling one of those dramatic tales that seems to touch reality at no point, and ultimately seems to have little liebuaberinnen to life as we live it.
I would encourage interested readers to give this novel a try because Jelinek has a really unique style and a definite gift for unusual and provocative descriptions. In fact, pretty much everything about her writing is provocative, and ultimately rewarding.
I was also impressed to learn that Jelinek has written a German translation of Gravity’s Rainbowjelinem is no small feat, and the libretto for an opera based on Lynch’s Lost Highway. She avoids capitalisation entirely including proper nouns. Each sentence is given a paragraph break, regardless of length. Sentences are, for the most part, short. Class and gender are effectively explored and critiqued through the eie. Aug 07, Allison Floyd rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Other foul-natured little beasts.
Reading Jelinek is intoxicatingly corrosive, elfriedee drinking the bleach and discovering that it tastes like your favorite microbrew. It turns out that this was the book for me. Whereas the previous two were like dense slabs of wasp-studded fruitcake, this was more like a sprightly chiffon cake laced with strychnine.
I have a soft spot for books that are deeply sad, yet manage to be funny in a horrible, inappropriate Reading Jelinek is intoxicatingly corrosive, like drinking the bleach and discovering that it tastes like your favorite microbrew. I have a soft spot for books that are deeply sad, yet manage to be funny in a horrible, inappropriate way think babies as maggots! In an attempt to give this nelinek some constructive value, I’ll note that the book–a withering, feminist treatment of marriage and baby-making–was originally published in It may or may not read as dated.
Really, are things so different now? In a lot of ways, yes, they are. But that also depends on where and how you grew up.
Also, independent of the feminist angle, Women as Lovers is a scathing indictment of class injustice and constricting, soul-destroying social paradigms. It was good times. For one unclear reason or another, I have been for the past few months returning to the familiar ground of authors already read. Sometimes, fortuitously, the second impression differs little from the first that initially motivated me to seek out more of their works. More often, though, the repeated experience is more distanced, making for similar quantities of food for thought but qualified more 3.
More often, though, the repeated experience is more distanced, making for similar eldriede of food for thought but qualified more by analysis than elfriwde. In the case of Jelinek, there’s the singular context of ‘s dismal joke of a Nobel Prize for Lit recipient, coupled to the US’s president-elect results in such a way as to suggest the first was a horrible premonition of the second.
As stated in a similar fashion by an Internet post on Tumblr: The first time I encountered Jelinek, I was too caught up in taking the piece personally to pick apart her peculiar literary voice. Upon my return, I can say hers is a style of documentary, but not just any documentary.