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Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Charmie rated it it was ok Sep 23, The great maritime state of Orsenna has long been lulled by settled peace and prosperity. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? These respective ideas are embodied in the Princess Aldobrandi and Captain Marino, characters whose subtleties emerge from the verbiage with careful reading.

I am torn between thinking that it is rich and strange like eating something thick and creamy, and thinking that it is rich and strange like trying to wade through something thick and creamy.

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You look at the horizon and wonder what lies beyond. Trivia About Drs Opposing Shore. Given these striking similarities I was curious to see how Gracq dealt with the same setup.

Your face betrays a determined smile. Cyndie rated it it was ok May 02, It quickly became apparent to me that Gracq and Buzzati’s works would be nothing alike, if for no other reason than differences in writing style. He uses the same words over and over again drinking game idea: Its old ways and inaction seem cowardly. Aldo, a member of a prestigious family in the imaginary city of Orsenna, is stationed at a fort on the coast.


Every gesture seems to hide a secret meaning of unfathomable depth, every word seems pronounced to be carved in marble or written in gold. Previous Post Previous Pierre Senges: Your email address will not be published. Mar 29, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did not have to look up any of the words in the book in a dictionary. For these reasons, it is the kind of book that demands of the reader that they surrender themselves to it.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Still, a strange fever has reawakened in the upper echelons of the city-state, including the inmates of the sickly seaside resort of Maremma!

He soon starts to sense undefined forces pushing him forward—and he will soon act mulien dramatic and decisive fashion, rkvage as he remains somewhat unsure about the motivation behind his action.

So in that spirit, I’m not going to say too much. The short answer is, not as well as Buzzati. The Opposing Shore is Mr.

Camilleespresso rated it liked it Mar 22, Otherwise all gdacq the ingredients for a good novel are here: The tone is invariably solemn, epic, almost hieratic, the imagery is highly metaphorical and exceedingly polished. No trivia or quizzes yet. Paperbackpages. Julien Gracq, Le Rivag But beneath the surface calm, the irrevocable sand grains of history are forever accruing, the pile grows until only a tiny shift is needed to cause a cascade, an avalanche, a maelstrom.

Not an easy read; towards the end it becomes gdacq to follow through. Para nada eso conlleva lo opuesto: It has never been out garcq print since This book could serve as a great case study for aspiring syftes on how a potentially very good book can still be spoiled by poor execution.

His dreamlike palette of silence, shadows, and gargantuan masses lurking in the distance the Fortress, the volcano… is sometimes reminiscent of metaphysical and surrealist imagery. There are few novels like this one: Like a child digging in the dirt ggracq discover little treasures, you roam the un-walked paths unearthing their secrets. Yet, the style is overly complicated to my liking and does not seek to bring the message home succinctly; phrases meander forth and I longed for a more schematic approach with if possible bullet points and listing possible interpretations of the commented work.


I’m just glad it’s over. Distinguished novelist known for his surrealism and solitude who refused all literary honours”. The overall sales figures might have easily reached into the hundred thousands by now. The calm and quiet now feels like boredom. The Opposing Shore has been described as science fiction, but it takes place in an ancient kingdom that’s closer to Calvino’s Baron in the Trees if that book was more sydtes an I finished this over a month ago grcaq have been figuring out how to review it.

Back Catalogue #2 Julien Gracq, “Le Rivage des Syrtes” (1951)

The aftertaste is that gracqq a dream; the effect on the mind is soothing and sobering. It seems to be about the individual versus history. Call it 5 stars for mood and overwhelming atmosphere and richness of application of its ambiguities.

Still, even without the comparison, there are serious flaws here.