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Friday, or, The Other Island (1967)

by Michel Tournier

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Ok, let me try and give a review of this novel in french. Hopefully I won't make too much of a mess :D


"Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique" est un roman de Michel Tournier (auteur des plusieurs romans que reprennent des figures mytologiques comme lequelles des gemeaux Caspar et Pollux dans "Les Météores" e les orques dans "Les Roi des Aulnes"): ce roman était publié en 1967 mais il est un roman complètement detaché dans le temps de l'Histoire. C'est une réécriture du "Robinson Crusoe" de Defoe (ou mieux, c'est une révision et une recostruction du mythe de Robinson.)
Ce roman ne respecte pas une doxa, un model traditionel imposé par le groups littéraires ; il n'est pas un roman d'introspection psychologique, il n'est pas un roman sociologique, il n'est pas engagée selon l'idée de roman engagée de Sartre. Mais il est un roman phylosophique, que va examiner la solitude d'un homme que se trouve seul dans une île, les liens entre les gens (Vendredi et Robinson) et la relation de Robinson avec soi même, l' île e le concept de Dieu.
- Les Tarots dessinent le futur de Robinson: le démiurge e le besoin d'organiser l'île pour se sentir humain, dans la solitude de l'île; l'ermite que descend dans le ventre de l'île e renaît un homme nouveau; Vénus e Vendredi, e la découverte d'une enfantine joie de vivre, sous la lumière d'un Soleil devenu Dieu; l'abandon de Vendredi e le renoncement de Robinson au retourner à la société: Robinson n'est plus un homme occidental, il est devenu un étranger pour la societé: 28 ans ont passé, il est un vieil homme. Il est presque déjà mort et aussi il a connu une sexualité différent et unique, que ne pourrais jamais être compris par autres gens. Robinson est de nouveau seul et seulement la mort semble être la solution de sa vie, mais il découvre que le jeune mousse de la navire que est de peu partie a décidé de rester près de lui. Robinson va baptiser le jeune garçon "Jeudi"

J'ai aimé bien ce roman... I loved this novel, hopefully I managed to write something meaningful about it, even though I did it in French, which I'm still studying and can't handle very well yet. :D ( )
1 vote Manua | Apr 10, 2014 |
I decided to read Friday as a companion novel to the Robinson Crusoe book my online book group was reading. I saw that it was listed as one of the 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

I spent the entire time reading this book thinking two things: (1) this is a brilliant, thoughtful book and (2) this is not a children’s book. I was relieved to learn later that the Friday I meant to read is a children’s adaptation of this book by the same author; this was the original grownup version.

So I’m not terribly sure what Tournier would have kept in the children’s version and what he would have left out. The book I read was brilliant and innovative and philosophical and very, very French. Robinson Crusoe is alone on the island and he suffers from this aloneness. He tries to recreate the world he left behind on the island when he meets an islander named Friday and fails. Gradually, Crusoe changes and becomes more and more like Friday, so much so that he flees his rescuers when they finally arrive.

Warning: This is not a children’s book. At one point, Crusoe makes love to the island. He later sees that plants are growing up out of the island and he believes these are his offspring. I think children would find all of this very, very odd. ( )
1 vote debnance | Jun 18, 2012 |
re-telling of Robinson Cruseau with Friday as hero ( )
  justine | Oct 8, 2006 |
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Deleuze, GillesAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deleuze, GillesAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denny, NormanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lusignoli, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Schalekamp, Jean A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Friday, winner of the 1967 Grand Prix du Roman of the Académie Française, is a sly, enchanting retelling of the legend of Robinson Crusoe by the man the New Yorker calls "France's best and probably best-known writer." Cast away on a tropical island, Michel Tournier's god-fearing Crusoe sets out to tame it, to remake it in the image of the civilization he has left behind. Alone and against incredible odds, he almost succeeds. Then a mulatto named Friday appears and teaches Robinson that there are, after all, better things in life than civilization.

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