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Le Baiser au lépreux by François Mauriac
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Le Baiser au lépreux

by François Mauriac

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ean Péloueyre est riche, mais d'une laideur peu soutenable. Or voici que pour des raisons pécuniaires on arrange son mariage avec la jolie Noémie d'Artiailh. Les deux jeunes époux vont connaître un conflit parallèle, lui entre son amour et la conscience de sa laideur, elle entre son désir d'être une authentique épouse chrétienne et sa répugnance physique pour le mari qu'on lui a imposé. Paru en 1922, Le Baiser au lépreux fit scandale et imposa l'univers mauriacien, où les turpitudes cachées des familles bourgeoises se mêlent aux thèmes du romancier chrétien. Il marque le début d'une sériede chefs-d'œuvre, qui culminera avec Thérèse Desqueyroux et Le Nœud de vipères.
  vdb | Aug 15, 2010 |
Draait om een gearrangeerd huwelijk.
Taal zeer moeilijk, woordenschat van hoog niveau. Sterk sfeerscheppend, krachtig proza. Deels verwant aan Gide, la porte étroite. ( )
  lamotm | Jun 10, 2010 |
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(A KISS FOR THE LEPER) To Louis Artus in admiration and friendship
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(A KISS FOR THE LEPER) Jean Peloueyre lay stretched upon his bed.
(GENETRIX) "She's asleep."
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The 2 novels in this volume are early novels, written in 1922 and 1923 respectively, anmd they are allied in mood and setting. Both are studies of that concentrated family feeling, undeviatingly bent on self-interest, which crushes any emotional weaknesses on the part of individuals born or married into the iron circle of bourgeois society in S.W. France. A Kiss for the Leper deals with the marriage arranged between Noemie d'Artialh, a healthy, charming young girl without fortune, to Jean Peloueyre, a wretched youth of poor physique and timid disposition, who could only arouse repulsion in any normal girl, but whose worldly circumstances are considered enviable. The story of their marriage displays Mauriac's 'compassionate realism' at its most striking. He does not evade the horror of the issue, but his searching consideration of their relationship reveals a profound knowledge of human complexity, and his triumph is not only to engage the reader's pity for both victims, but also to impart a measure of serenity and consolation.
Genetrix is the famous study of the devouring mother, a study which ranks with Therese in the force and passion of its characterisation. As with Therese, the reader feels the malevolent integrity of the creature, pitiful in that she desires love and love eludes her, defeated in the end by the power of her own will.
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