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The first time "Cidrolin" became "Gdrolin" I was left scratching my head. This happens throughout the book as well as strange instances of exclamation points where one would expect a letter or number. Still a blast to read. A masterpiece of the genre.

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It relates two paralell narratives or rather - and Queneau is the great mathematical novelist! We meet the Duke at year historical intervals - refusing to rejoin the barbarous crusades in , and forced to slaughter disapproving bourgeoisie; investing in new weaponry, most notably the cannon, in defence of his castle in ; dabbling in alchemy in ; fleeing the French Revolution in Throughout he hunts, visits the capital, marries woodcutters' young daughters, feasts ferociously, and debates with his clergy.

From the terrifying active Duke, the contemporary story focuses on passive Cidrolin, once wrongly convicted for a crime for which he is still persecuted by an unknown graffiti artist who daubs obscene accusations on his fence every night.

Now living on a barge, drinking endless glasses of essence of fennel, he doesn't do much, giving directions to tourists, staring at construction sites or the nearby camping site. Any trip out of the ordinary invariably finds him back where he started; conversations are banal and repetitive. Like the Duke, he has three daughters and sons-in-law, a dead wife and the first name Joachim. He spends most of his time taking siestas, dreaming of the Duke. When the Duke sleeps, usually replete from an enormous meal, he dreams of Cidrolin. Queneau says his book's starting point was the old Chinese saying about a philosopher - When he went to sleep, he dreamt of a butterfly; when he woke up, he wondered whether he was a butterfly dreaming of a philosopher.

But for the less intellectually alert amongst us including me , 'Flowers' offers sundry, more accessible pleasures. The comic set-pieces, which can arise from slapstick; bathos and deflated rhetoric; the deadpan recording of absurd conversations, and the absurd convolutions of deadpan conversations. The eulogy to dreams and their subversive power over official history. The detective story element - what crime was Cidrolin accused of?

Who is his persector? Why is the watchman of the camp spying on him? Who sabotaged the new flats? Mostly, 'Flowers' is a joy for its language: So inventive, audacious and important is her translating, she should really be credited as the book's co-author. This is a beautiful fairy tale-esque novel that crosses centuries and temperments while writing a new history of France.

Rose Revival & Other Stories

The main character is Cidrolin, a Frenchman in the 20th century who spends his lackadaisical days giving directions to tourists, painting over graffiti on his fence, and dreaming of the Duke d'Auge. The more charismatic Duke comes galloping into his dreams atop his loquacious well-read horse, starting in the 13th century before running into Cidrolin in our century.

Flowers in the Rain and Other Stories

In fact the Duke rams his way through history years at a time. Now she's back with her tenth and best book so far, The Blue Flower. This is the story of Friedrich von Hardenberg--Fritz, to his intimates--a young man of the late 18th century who is destined to become one of Germany's great romantic poets. In just over pages, Fitzgerald creates a complete world of family, friends and lovers, but also an exhilarating evocation of the romantic era in all its political turmoil, intellectual voracity, and moral ambiguity.

A profound exploration of genius, The Blue Flower is also a charming, wry, and witty look at domestic life. Fritz's family--his eccentric father and high-strung mother; his loving sister, Sidonie; and brothers Erasmus, Karl, and the preternaturally intelligent baby of the family, referred to always as the Bernhard--are limned in deft, sure strokes, and it is in his interactions with them that the ephemeral quality of genius becomes most tangible. The Blue Flower is a magical book--funny, sad, and deeply moving.

In Fritz Fitzgerald has discovered a perfect character through whom to explore the meaning of love, poetry, life, and loss. In The Blue Flower readers will find a work of fine prose, fierce intelligence, and perceptive characterization. Fitzgerald never repeats herself, and her latest novel, named Book of the Year by 19 British newspapers in , is her most original book yet. Here she reconstructs the life of 18th-century German romantic poet Novalis, focusing on his boisterous family, his struggle to articulate his longings, and, most tellingly, his passion for year-old Sophie, a simple child he intends to marry despite the furious reservations of family and friends.

Fitzgerald doesn't make it entirely clear what draws Friedrich von Hardenberg Novalis's real name to little Sophie? Throughout, he is carried aloft by an inchoate desire for something beyond that is summed up in his little story of the blue flower: I can imagine and think about nothing else.

A little treasure; highly recommended.? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it be? Read more Read less.

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For a historical novel, The Blue Flower is vanishingly slim. It has 55 brief chapters--essentially vignettes of a few pages each--concluding with an incredibly spare and moving afterword. So what is The Blue Flower?

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  • Childhood and young adulthood in The Blue Flower look all the more fleeting and strange given how uncertain it was at that time for a person to survive to any great age. Social expectations for young women and girls also weave into the novel's reflections on youth: Does she become genuinely attached to him, and if so, in what ways?