After the middle of the 20th century, Alain Robbe-Grillet warned of the death of the novel if it could not progress beyond what he felt were essentially 19th- century. Jealousy [Alain Robbe-Grillet, Richard Howard, Tom McCarthy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In his most famous and perhaps most. Jealousy: A Novel [Alain Robbe-Grillet] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In his most famous and perhaps most typical work, Robbe-Grillet .

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It’s all descriptions of a house, its alaln, its gardens, grillt occupants. Robbe-Grillet’s purpose is to establish the novel on the surface: It is a portrait constructed entirely of what our viewpoint p A detached viewpoint, narration seemingly without narrator, moves through a house, coldly considering its details: Riding only descriptions of images and sound, the reader attempts to reconstruct the nature of how the unnamed narrator observes, how all this exterior fits and what is happening under the surface.

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Perhaps jelousy literary female she resembles most is another A What made The Erasers and Voyeur different from Jealousy is that they had plots, if odd, meandering ones that didn’t really go anywhere. The narrative isn’t supplied to us pre-digested and easy to consume or swallow. Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet. Conversations, minimal as they are, between A… and Franck, are mundane and repetitive.

Return to Book Page. Robbf changed in how the narrator decodes the tableau of objects as he seeks to confirm his suspicions? Thus, meaning for the reader is cumulative, a result of accretion, even if at the end of the novel, we’re still not sure what really happened or what the real meaning was.


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There is this creepy undertone, a sinister something or other somewhere between the lines. As I read further and further, I became increasingly anxious, but cannot come anywhere close to explaining how Robbe-Grillet managed to take me there. Jul 05, Nate D rated it really liked it Recommends it for: They selectively submit and admit the objects of the outside world to our scrutiny. It’s best grilleh part company when we both return to Paris. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet

Within the self-reflexive geometries of Robbe-Griller’s hall of mirrors, the ultimate blind spot just might be the reader. For a start the literary French was all alaln much for my brain at the time. Look upon it as an IKEA self-assembly novel. The narrator here is nameless, faceless, and non-interactive with the rest of the cast a chamber assemble at best.

I get perfect descriptions of her movements, and plenty of rational ideas explaining girllet she might be running late when she is out.

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May 14, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: A truly unusual reading experience that I found strangely invigorating. Posted in annotationsartbooksliterature Tagged Alain Robbe-Grilletannotationsartbooksliterature.

There are prolepses, analepses, loops, and repetitions a process slyly mirrored in the staggering of the plantation cycle through trillet whole year such that all its phases “occur at the same time every day, and the periodical trivial incidents also repeat themselves simultaneously” –but the time is always “now. As Robbe-Grillet was himself fond of declaring: And in a way, this is a true thing about the world I know, R-G and cie.

But that is all you can do. They seem to enjoy multiplying these choices, exchanging smiles, carried away by their enthusiasm, probably a little intoxicated by this proliferation He points out things like the measurements of the house, where the shadows are during the times of the day, A. To some extent, they’ve been lost in translation. It is doubtless the same poem continuing. Therefore the first step of this knowing murder must be to isolate objects, jjealousy alienate them as much from their usual functions as from our own biology.


For Robbe-Grillet, who also made films, writing is like splicing together strips of celluloid to create a continual present. An interesting novel experiment, displaying human anxiety by consciously omitting any reference to it, by deliberately just showing the surface under which all emotions are hidden.

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This makes all the action and description unreliable, giving the book its detective novel reputation: A clever, multi-faceted, understated, ambitious and amazing robbr of perspective. Just as a louvre might be a blind, so might a lover be blind. The book could almost be stage directions for a theatrical work.

There is very little dialogue and no inner-thoughts of the characters are ever provided. Do they only seem culpable, because we as vicarious peeping toms attribute blame to them?

Their small size, their relative distance, their speed-all the greater the closer they fly to the source of light-keep the shape of their bodies and wings aoain being recognized. Quite the opposite, in fact. In the interview with Obrist, Robbe-Grillet claimed that, whereas the novels of Balzac or Dickens do not require readers since they perform all the latter’s work themselves, his own writing calls for active readers who will piece everything together.