En Route

En Route This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

  • Title: En Route
  • Author: Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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    1. In this brilliant yet bizarre work, J.K. Huysmans incorporates nineteenth century Catholic monasticism into "Fin-de-Siècle" decadence despite intending to do the opposite."En Route" is the second of four novels that trace the spiritual progression of Huysman's literary alter ego Durtal. The first novel "La Bas" describes Durtal's experiences with satanic practices such as Black Masses and orgies. In "En Route" Durtal will begin a conversion to Catholicism by spending ten days in a Trappist mona [...]

    2. This book is the saga of Durtal, the character from La-Bas, which I read and reviewed previously. Out of repugnance for society and his own dissolute life, Durtal turns to the Church. This is apparently roughly based on Huysmans’ own life. His path eventually leads him to a 10-day retreat at a Trappist monastery, where he receives the sacraments, battles against his inner demons, and in the process learns all about monastic life. This book is remarkable both for its protagonist and for its exp [...]

    3. Should be read definitely after (or before) reading the "Submission" by Houelbecq. I think "En Route" wasn't just a peculiar case of a peculiar man in (spiritual) dire straits. You can really see that the 20th century spiritual crisis began and matured in late 19th century and that contemporaries were keenly aware of monumental changes ahead. Therefore, there is a strange kinship between the two books. As if two authors communicate with eachother, each from its own slightly perverted and elevate [...]

    4. The continuance of the conversion of Durtal as begun in the richly descriptive La-Bas (Down There), as he wanders from church to church in Paris trying to obtain some sort of divine encounter particular to how he sees fit for such a discriminating individual as himself. Eventually, he is pointed to a Trappist monastery where he finally finds the mystical vision he seeks. This sequel falls flat in almost every conceivable manner even though Huysmans maintains his propensity for observance of the [...]

    5. One of my favorite books of all-time. I'm not even remotely religious but the book was so sincere that I felt continually grateful that Huysmans was sharing such a personal story about religious conversion. I also found the work to be remarkably intense; I think every line was on the subject of conversion and the protagonist's struggles with it. Highly, highly recommended to anyone with an open mind, even an atheist.

    6. Conversion StoryThis is a book that, despite some imperfections, makes you want to embrace a life of solitude and silence. It has some beautiful lyrical passages.

    7. A brilliant evocation of the interior journey of religious conversion: the reluctance, the glory, the resistance, the horror. I read, as students will, Au Rebours, and La Bas, for their shimmering decadence and self-loathing. The common thread through these novels for me is the search for authentic experience, and the tension between finding oneself and losing oneself (and the possibility of doing the former through the latter).

    8. Жоріс-Карл Гюїсманс, автор, можливо, мого найулюбленішого роману, має у своєму доробку трилогію про письменника Дюрталя. Після подій першого роману, де головний герой поринає у вивчення сатанізму і окультизму, у другій книзі він осмислює пережиті страхіття, змінює свої пер [...]

    9. Huysmans continues his personal semi-autobiographical journey that began in 'A Rebours', continued through 'La Bas' and now in 'En Route'. After dragging himself through the extremes of decadence, Satanism and intellectual transgression, Huysmans' character Durtal awakens one day to suddenly find his religious faith returned. Durtal then goes on the hunt for religion to correspond with his newfound fervour.For a man like Durtal however, this is far from easy. His sensitive artistic soul is confo [...]

    10. Une richesse de vocabulaire incroyable, des bonheurs d'écriture, un style prenant font que l'on suit bon gré mal gré le cheminement de cet antipathique et macho Durtal sur les chemins de la bondieuserie. Evidemment, cela sent le soufre aussi Il y a aussi une misogynie incroyable de naïveté, les femmes n'ont pas vraiment la cote, et les rapports amoureux sont à sens unique et considérés comme salissants. On voit où Houellebecq s'inspire. Mais, malgré tout, cette mystique catholique, ces [...]

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