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Belle Du Seigneur [Paperback]

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Outline ReviewFirst published in Paris in 1968, Belle du Seigneur is considered the masterpiece of Albert Cohen, a Jew who served the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, who became Israel's first Prime Minister, and worked for the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees after World War II. This tortuous love story revolves around an adulterous affair between Sola, the ostentatious son of the Chief Rabbi of Cephalonia and Ariane d'Auble, a beautiful, blonde, Protestant aristocrat. Threatened by impending war and the growing anti-Semitism of Europe in the mid-1930s, the two struggle to keep passion alive. While Ariane molds herself into the perfection of femininity, Sola takes on a bitter cruelty that translates into revenge against the ostracism of himself and his people.

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Pages   1109
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 4" Height: 7"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Distribooks Int'l+inc
ISBN  2070404021  
ISBN13  9782070404025  

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Aquello que no quisiéramos oír.  Mar 7, 2006
Cada cierto tiempo cae en nuestras manos un libro como éste. Supongo que sucede poco. Bella del Señor, seguramente, dará paso a un nuevo período de sequía literaria con títulos por aquí y por allí que olvidaremos más o menos rápido. Porque Bella del Señor es ese tipo de obras que a usted nadie le menciona, nadie al menos en el mercado de lo actual, siempre tan elusivo y pasajero.
Esta no es una novela sino varias. O si usted prefiere varias en una. Para levantar su magnífico edificio, Albert Cohen escogió la arquitectura loca, pero extremadamente rigurosa y severa, de Joyce, el padre fundador. Otros como él lo han intentado con éxito (Alfred Doblin - Berlín Alexanderplatz). Pero pocos como él han conseguido reducir la arquitectura a música, a la plenitud del relato en que las palabras y lo narrado son una y la misma cosa, en que no hay servicio de uno hacia otro sino simbiosis orquestal. Ha sido como construir una catedral para escuchar una sinfonía. Y Cohen lo consigue. Después de leerlo, de haberlo terminado, nos queda la sensación de que hay algo en nosotros que no encuentra acomodo, algo que probablemente hubiésemos preferido no tener que oír. ¿Es esto el arte verdadero? ¿El arte que nos interpela? ¿El que nos sacude en lo más hondo?
Ariane y Solal, esto es todo. Y un corro de personajes que penden de andamios desde el que nos hablan como un corifeo encargado de multiplicar las caras o las vistas desde las cuales acudimos al drama interno, a la corriente subterránea que nos recuerda, finalmente, que drama o comedia se nutren de las mismas aguas. Allí están esos cinco esforzado primos de Solal, con su chaplinezca informalidad a prueba de ridículos, la flaqueza moral del pobre Adrien Deume sometida al arribismo huero de su madre o a la sumisión gregaria del padre (señor y señora Deume), en fin, la carta floja de la sociedad de naciones, dilapidando en dinero las esperanzas de un mundo en rumbo de colisión, con esfuerzos vanos y banales, que, digámoslo, bien valen este desvío amoroso con destino a lo que quiera que sea el paraíso, por la via de lo que quiera que sea el infierno.
Una experiencia que se vive y que no podremos dejar de evocar.
Wow, hard to forget this one!  May 10, 2002
Albert Cohen's masterpiece is intimidating both for its size and chapter-long sentences. But, please, do not be discouraged. This is one of the most insightful novels I have read. It delves into the bureacratic labyrinth of international institutions, mocks their functionaries, and is a haunting critique of European virtues on the eve of the Second World War. (Particularly funny for those familar with the World Bank, UN, or government anywhere).

But, most importantly, it portrays the relationship between men and women in a profound yet comic way. The book's difficulty is quite worth the struggle, especially when you reach the chapter where Solal seduces his beloved. A chapter that is hard for me to forget, for it shows just how stupid and cruel we are.

This is not for the lazy readers, but if you have any guts, read this one. Its worth the while.

THE ultimate love story  Jul 16, 2000
Cohen's stream of consciousness - beautiful- style leaves us no escape from this absolute, uncompromising love. I have read the book many times, and it never fails to overwhelm me...although I should add that I have never been able to read the last 20 pages... Ariane and Solal are the most beautiful lovers since forever, unconcerned by others - it is the history of love from start to, ufortunately, the end..
(By the way, the novel does not take place in France, but Switzerland)
THE story of love and life. The best 20th century novel.  Aug 30, 1999
This magnificent opus of Albert Cohen is much more than The story of love. It is the story of the dream of love (not only personal, but also in its abstract form) and its impossible realization. It offers an original view of both male and female human nature in matters of love and life. It also contains some of the funniest chapters describing bourgeois society (Swiss, French, Belgian, German, Jewish - you name it) and its values and prejudices, and diplomatic life. Some may find it exaggerated and longwinded, but others will enjoy every single word, and re-read this book every so often. If you can't read it in the original French, don't miss this opportunity and read the English translation.
A great story in need of editing  Aug 28, 1999
If only Albert Cohen had had an editor to make him see sense! The story of Solal's myth of love, resolutely opposed to modern views though it is, will haunt whoever reads it; the sarcastic parody of traditional diplomatic bureaucracy is as close to target as Dilbert is in today's corporate world. But for all his mastery of style, Cohen overdoes it, and not just by a little bit. When you're on page 600 and are just about to start another 50-page monologue with no punctuation and no particular role in the development of the story, you can not help but wonder how much better Belle du Seigneur would be if it was only half its current size.

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