Le Clézio ou la quête du desert (French Edition)

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Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Verba Mundi first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Prospector , please sign up. Did you know that a new translation by C. Dickson of The Prospector has just been published by Atlantic in April ? See 1 question about The Prospector…. Lists with This Book. Aug 09, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: As far back as I can remember I have listened to the sea And it begins here: The island of Mauritius.

It is Alexis L'Etang who listens to the sea. First on Mauritius in , a multi-cultural boy on a multi-cultural island. But you know how these things go. Even there are racial strata. Alexis is not black.

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There are early lessons. The idyllic life of Alexis is shattered, first by a storm, then by the death of his father. His family Alexis, his mother and sister is financially It begins here: His family Alexis, his mother and sister is financially ruined, and beholden now to Uncle Ludovic, not so much a character as an abstract idea of harsh capitalism. His father's legacy is a fool's quest: And so, when things seem bleakest for the family, Alexis quits his position with Uncle Ludovic and takes to the sea, to the nearby island of Rodrigues, to look for gold.

Follow the stream to its source, where you will find a tamarind tree. Eighteen feet from the tamarind tree the stonework that hides an immense treasure begins. Ouma dives into the lagoon, harpoons an octopus for them to roast. She rubs sand over her black body, then his white one. It is Ouma who imparts what wisdom there is: You mustn't be afraid of it. It's like scorpions who only sting those who are afraid of it. You make war for it. People everywhere will because of this obsession. Soon there is indeed talk of war. He is at Ypres, he is at The Somme. There are no novices by that time.

Eventually he is sickened. The doctor takes his temperature and squeezes his stomach, then says with a certain sadness, "In the end it's lice who win the war. Kinda like Rocky and Adrian. It's told in a first-person somnambulist style - As I walk on the blood pounds in my head and I feel feverish. This is best read as a kind of reverse nesting doll, how a small story or vignette exposes a larger idea, and then a larger one.

Reading this, that stink bug of colonialism kept popping into my mind. Ouma teaches us they are one and the same. View all 8 comments. View all 4 comments. Jul 16, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: But if there is anything that life teaches us, it is that joys are fleeting. Alexis is gripped with the same ignis fatuus as his father: In his search for pirate gold, Alexis finds two treasures, his family and the love of a primitive Malaf girl on Rodrigues Island, where he digs for the treasure.

These two treasures he loses, punctuated by the horrors of the First World War. I think back to these lines by Edna St Vincent Millay: What now -- what now to me Are all the jabbering birds and foolish flowers That clutter up the world? You were my song! Now, let discord scream! You were my flower! Now let the world grow weeds! There is a touch of this when Alexis thinks to himself: Now I understand how deluded I was: There have been crimes, transgressions, a war, and because of it our lives have come apart.

It is not just history -- World War I and its dire effect on the colonial peoples -- but nature herself. How many of us lose the treasures that are at hand looking for treasures that may not exist? Treasures that nature herself buries ever deeper in the muck of life to remind us of the madness of our dreams. Jun 14, Walter rated it really liked it. Where have all the aesthetes gone? It seems these days there are entertainers and artists; both forgoing the idea of beauty.

And yet for the most part, from popular entertainment to art there is rampant unhinged cynicism running around, lots of ugly, that I see bleeding into the Where have all the aesthetes gone? And yet for the most part, from popular entertainment to art there is rampant unhinged cynicism running around, lots of ugly, that I see bleeding into the minds of people.

A little bit ago, someone asked what I thought the world needed, and I said, flowers. Flowers are the sign of a dreamer Potted plants are available at your local greenhouse for a couple dollars. This struck me as sad, he did. A work of an aesthete, glorious prose, but one that can think. As it answers why people like ugly, as at some point during this novel, about for the most part a childhood home, all the answers to modern day cynicism are present: As Charles de Gaulle said: The author illuminates this true philosophical understanding of the human mind: View all 11 comments.

Sep 08, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: Translated from the French, this book is set around the turn of the Century in the former French colony of Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, off of the island of Madagascar. This is a many-themed book. If you ever dreamed of life on a tropical isle, a man and woman, living an isolated life, swimming naked, sleeping on the beach and spearing fish for food, here is a story for you. The book has a couple of love stories, one between a brother and sister, so close from their isolated upbring Translated from the French, this book is set around the turn of the Century in the former French colony of Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, off of the island of Madagascar.

The book has a couple of love stories, one between a brother and sister, so close from their isolated upbringing that some folks kiddingly call them "lovers" but they aren't. It's also a love story of this brother and sister, in love with the place where they grew up, the tropical valley of their youth. I can't think of another novel that is so closely tied to love of place.

The book is also a seafaring story - a substantial portion has the narrator on deck behind the wheel of a sailing ship describing the response of the ship and the wind in his hair. And the book is a story of a search for buried pirate treasure - literally step-by-step, clue-by-clue. When the main character goes off to fight in World War I, it becomes a saga of the horrors of trench warfare, akin in its graphic depictions to Fields of Glory by Jean Rouaud. It kept my attention and I learned a lot from it.

Jan 27, Ben Jaques-Leslie rated it it was ok. Had I read this book when I was 16, I may have thought it a masterpiece. Now, I think it is boring and navel-gazing. In short, this is the story of a man of French decent who grew up on Mauritius.


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After recounting his childhood, the happiness of which is cut short by a hurricane and an evil uncle seriously , he tries to recapture the magic of his boyhood for the rest of the book. He hunts buried treasure for years, goes to war, and has an affair with a beautiful woman. The affair is especially Had I read this book when I was 16, I may have thought it a masterpiece. The affair is especially annoying.

She is constantly appear, quickly disrobing, and then diving into a pool of water. The author is constantly describing her like this: The moment when I actually audibly scoffed was when the narrator realizes that the valley is the universe and vice versa. This novel about a man's search for a lost treasure and personal fulfillment begins on the island of Mauritius in , where the eight year old Alexis L'Estang lives with his parents and beloved older sister Laure in an isolated house, surrounded by rich foliage and close to the sea, which nurtures and draws him in every night.

His older friend Denis, the son of the black cook who lives nearby, teaches him about the mysteries of the sea and the local flora in the mountainous forest above it. Hi This novel about a man's search for a lost treasure and personal fulfillment begins on the island of Mauritius in , where the eight year old Alexis L'Estang lives with his parents and beloved older sister Laure in an isolated house, surrounded by rich foliage and close to the sea, which nurtures and draws him in every night.

His father also passes on to him his dream to find the hidden treasure of the Unknown Corsair, through maps and stories. The family's idyllic existence is disrupted by tragedy, causing it to sink into poverty, and Alexis is forced to take on responsibilities in advance of his years. However, he does not abandon his father's dream, and he eventually travels to the island of Rodrigues to seek the treasure that will ensure his family's good standing.

There he meets Ouma, the love of his life, but his search is disrupted by the onset of the Great War, and he must abandon his search, and Ouma. Eventually he is able to return, as an older man whose dream and love have not been diminished by time, but his family's continued poverty and changes in the region cause his dual goals to become more distant and seemingly unachievable.

The Prospector is filled with evocative descriptions of the sea and island life, which was its main strength, along with the love that Alexis and Ouma shared for each other, and the description of the horrors of trench warfare.

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However, the other characters, especially Laure and Alexis' mother, were not portrayed as richly, and I had some difficulty in understanding Alexis' motivations and actions. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed, and would highly recommend, this beautifully told story. Nov 13, Bruce rated it it was amazing. Published in by this Nobel Prize winning French author, The Prospector is a fascinating and beautifully written work.

Here Published in by this Nobel Prize winning French author, The Prospector is a fascinating and beautifully written work. Here there is even an explicit tree of good and evil, and Alexis with his beloved sister Laure seem to fill the roles of Adam and Eve.

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And their leaving entails a descent into poverty. His search takes years, many on the island of Rodrigues, and although he repeatedly seems on the verge of success, it always eludes him. During these years he develops a love affair with an outcast named Ouma, herself mysterious and strange. If there is a constant during the entire novel, it is the presence of the Sea, a haunting and seductive presence for Alexis and a force that never seems to leave his consciousness.

The prose in this novel is lovely, often movingly poetic, and the atmosphere this creates is dreamlike and mesmerizing. Always nature seems more real and certainly more desirable than civilization, and Alexis spends most of his life alone and reclusive. The end of the novel is inconclusive and raises many questions. What is each of us searching for? Are we ultimately left with only memories and fantasies?

At the end of the story, is Alexis simply lost in fantasy, or is he descending into madness? Ultimately, each of us must decide for himself what he is seeking and whether in the seeking he is missing life altogether. This is a wonderful and fascinating book, beautifully written, poignant, haunting and captivating.

As far back as I can remember, the sound of the sea has been in my ears. Mingled with that of the wind in the needles of the sh-oaks, the wind that never stops, even when you leave the coast behind and cross the cane fields, it's the sound of my childhood. I can still hear it now, deep down inside of me, it accompanies me whenever I go.

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The slow, tireless sound of the waves breaking out on the coral reefs in the distance and then coming up to die on the sand of Black River. There's never a day I As far back as I can remember, the sound of the sea has been in my ears. There's never a day I don't go down to the sea, nor a night that I don't wake up, sit up in my cot, back damp with sweat, pull aside the mosquito net and try to hear the tide, fretful, filled with a yearning I don't understand.

I think of the sea as a person- in the darkness- all of my senses are alert to better hear i coming, better welcome it. The giant waves leap over the reeefs, come crashing down into the lagoon, and the noise makes the earth and the air quake like a blast furnace. I can hear it, it's moving, breathing.

This is all there is, what I' feeling, seeing, the sky so blue, the sound of the sea struggling against the reefs and the cold water flowing over my skin. But with his father's death, Alexis must leave his childhood paradise and enter the harsh world of privation and sham The cover is a detail from Paul Gauguin's 'The Bathers' Description: It is the sound of my childhood. One star for a Nobel Prize—winning author!

However, I think the fact that I had to renew this book five times from the library says something about the enjoyability of this book. First off, we get the dull, overlong setup of an idyllic childhood in Mauritius. On page 25, I know exactly where this is going to go: Read more Read less. Here's how restrictions apply. Grin Publishing June 13, Language: Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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