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The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus (1945)

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The Unquiet Grave
A Word Cycle by Palinurus
Cyril Connolly
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I finished this book about a week ago, and have been avoiding writing about it because I have been thinking and trying to understand it. Palinurus is Aeneas' trusted pilot, washed overboard, and ashore, where he is killed. Oracles ascribe the later troubles of the Trojans as they reach Italy to Palinurus' restless spirit, left unburied on a strange shore. The introduction helps to explain the structure of the book. The first section, introduces the author, and the fact of his failed marriage, and sets the time in the midst of WWII. "Two fears alternate in marriage, that of loneliness and that of bondage" "A woman who cannot feign submission can never make a man happy and so cannot be happy herself"
The second drags the depression deeper, referring to suicides of friends, and quoting at great length from French savants. In the third the beginning of his marriage is recalled, from Paris to Toulon, and he begins to heal.
Chamfort: "A man must swallow a toad every morning if he wishes to be sure of finding nothing more disgusting before the day is over"
"…melancholy and remorse form the deep leaden keel which enables us to sail into the wind of reality"
"Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment" Santayana

Altogether, I read this as a meditation on enduring life and its challenges, with great beauty in its prose style, but often obscure in meaning. ( )
1 vote neurodrew | Feb 22, 2014 |
I think it is a very exciting story.Although it's a thriller,and makes me unhappy.the story is about Grave and someone is already dead.they have not finish what they want do.so they make trouble to someone is alive.It's terrible thing that you can not see them and hear them,but they will affect you.because of the time, i can not read it carefully.But it still caught my eye.
1 vote | Limingqi | Oct 16, 2011 |
Surprisingly concise and rich, it is a book to be placed in the same constellation where Cervantes's "D. Quixote", Dante's "Inferno", Shakespeare's "Othello", and Baudelaire's "Fleurs du Mal" reside... ( )
  hjenne | Mar 6, 2010 |
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Possibly one of the most interesting books ever written: a concise, universal, and nigh-poetic trip around one's Self. Highly influential in my personal formation, particularly after I have become and adult, I re-read it yearly, along with Morgenthaler's "Matahari", and Macfie's "Wasa-Wasa".
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This enduring classic is "a book which, no matter how many readers it will ever have, will never have enough" (Ernest Hemingway).

Cyril Connolly (1903-1974) was one of the most influential book reviewers and critics in England, contributing regularly to The New Statesmen, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. His essays have been collected in book form and published to wide acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. The Unquiet Grave is considered by many to be his most enduring work. It is a highly personal journal written during the devastation of World War II, filled with reflective passages that deal with aging, the break-up of a long term relationship, and the horrors of the war around him. It is also a wonderfully varied intellectual feast: a collection of aphorisms, epigrams, and quotations from such masters of European literature as Horace, Baudelaire, Sainte-Beuve, Flaubert, and Goethe. Dazzlingly original in both form and content, The Unquiet Grave has continued to influence generations of writers.

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Expresses unorthodox views on art, love, nature, and religion with ample use of literary quotations.

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