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Les Enfants terribles (original 1929; edition 1994)

by Jean Cocteau

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Title:Les Enfants terribles
Authors:Jean Cocteau
Info:Le Livre de Poche (1994), Poche, 121 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:French fiction, family relationships, suicide, sibling rivalry, incest

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The Holy Terrors by Jean Cocteau (1929)

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Cocteau lascia estasiato il lettore, che sembra quasi trascinato dall'atmosfera bohemien del racconto e dall'incedere di una scrittura fresca e veloce. Che fa venire tanta nostalgia per un periodo in cui la descrizione del tempo e il succedersi degli eventi non era ancora sporcata dalla frenesia della nostra era. ( )
  scaredda | Nov 9, 2016 |
A classic in its way, but really this is a book that shows its age; it no longer shocks as once it might, and the story seems so slight compared to the more fleshed-out pieces that followed. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Sep 30, 2016 |
Bizarre in the extreme and one of the books that lead me to my opinion that people should not live alone as they get weird. ( )
  kale.dyer | May 8, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed Jean Cocteau's "The Holy Terrors" -- such fantastic writing really elevates what is a somewhat simple story so it becomes magical.

The novel centers on Elizabeth and Paul, two siblings who have a wholly inappropriate relationship. They are generally apart from the world and completely enmeshed in each other-- so much so they never seem to grow up but continue to play a childhood game of annoying each other as much as possible, with disastrous consequences.

There are some truly wonderful images elicited by this book. It's one I think I'll definitely get more out of with another reading. Really enjoyable stuff. ( )
  amerynth | Apr 2, 2014 |
Saw the film, reading it in English
  allisonneke | Dec 17, 2013 |
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The cité Mothiers is situated between the rue d’Amsterdam and the rue de Clichy.
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«Combien d'hommes profondément distraits pénétrèrent dans des trompe-l'oeil et ne sont pas revenus. »

«Les privilèges de la beauté sont immenses. Elle agit même sur ceux qui ne la constatent pas.»

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