Simple Passion

Annie Ernaux Tanya Leslie

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Simple Passion

Simple Passion In her spare stark style Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all consuming passion Blurring the line between fact and fiction an unnamed narrator atte

  • Title: Simple Passion
  • Author: Annie Ernaux Tanya Leslie
  • ISBN: 9781583225745
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all consuming passion Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with herIn her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all consuming passion Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.

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    1. Antigone on said:

      At a spare sixty-one pages, Annie Ernaux's account of a woman's experience with all-consuming passion is mercifully brief.And this is a mercy because, for a woman of the current cultural age, great shame attaches to the knowledge that the self can be surrendered so cheaply and completely; that one can and does make a willing transformation, compelled by pure emotional need, into the servant of another's whim. To perceive oneself alive only in his presence, to recognize his absence as a kind of d [...]

    2. Jana on said:

      This book reminded me of exactly how I felt when I fell for a married man. Intense and overwhelming chemistry was swallowing us. For me it was an experiment (I was very young and naive) and for him being fifteen years older it was a thrill of his own. I had never experienced such mind losing magnetism with any other man before and there was something so decadent in our relationship. I didn’t feel ashamed, I didn’t have a reason, he didn’t have any whatsoever guilt trips and I was 20 and li [...]

    3. sofía on said:

      This summer for the first time, I watched an X-rated film on Canal Plus. My television set doesn't have a decoder; the images on the screen were blurred, the words replaced by strange sound effects, hissing and babbling, a different sort of language, soft and continuous. One could make out the figure of a woman in a corset and stockings, and a man. The story was incomprehensible; it was impossible to predict any of their actions or movements. The man walked up to the woman. There was a close-up [...]

    4. piperitapitta on said:

      L'Origine du monde.«Il tempo della scrittura non ha nulla a che vedere con quello della passione.»Scarnifica e viviseziona la sua passione di donna adulta e divorziata, madre e insegnante, la sua passione per A uomo più giovane e straniero, sposato.Lo fa nel suo modo consueto, Annie Ernaux - «Non faccio la cronaca di una relazione, non racconto una storia (che mi sfugge per metà) con una cronologia precisa [] Affastello soltanto i segni di una passione, oscillando senza posa tra "sempre" e [...]

    5. Evan on said:

      "I do not wish to explain my passion -- that would imply that it were a mistake or some disorder I need to justify -- I just want to describe it." (p. 23)I hate reading books like this, because they make me want to be in love again.At the same time, the yin and the yang I love reading books like this. They are like bon bons. And they remind me of when my whole being was electrified and puffed up and full, and then of the aftermath when my insides exploded and left a wreck that jangled around li [...]

    6. Camille on said:

      "Quand j'étais enfant, le luxe, c'était pour moi les manteaux de fourrure, les robes longues et les villas au bord de la mer. Plus tard, j'ai cru que c'était de mener une vie d'intellectuel. Il me semble maintenant que c'est aussi de pouvoir vivre une passion pour un homme ou une femme." Et voilà, je vous ai complètement spoilé la fin du bouquin, et vous ne vous en êtes même pas rendu compte ! Haha !Dans "Passion simple', Annie Ernaux revient sur une histoire d'amour adultère, aussi int [...]

    7. Suzanne on said:

      "Whether or not he was 'worth it' is of no consequence. And the fact that all this is gradually slipping away from me, as if it concerned another woman, does not change this one truth: thanks to him, I was able to approach the frontier separating me from others, to the extent of actually believing that I could sometimes cross over it. I measured time differently, with all my body. I discovered what people are capable of, in other words, anything: sublime or deadly desires, lack of dignity, attit [...]

    8. Nicole on said:

      "From September last year, I did nothing else but wait for a man: for him to call me and come round to my place." (1%)This book surprised me. It wasn't what I expected and to be exposed to the raw emotion and sincerity of the narrator touched me deeply. The opening of the novel gripped me and never let go until I finished it in one sitting. I appreciated the singular focus of it: the woman and her affair with the madness of love itself. It is a bare, tender and crude retelling of her torrid love [...]

    9. Kelly on said:

      Honesty. That the first thing I love about this book. The extent of the honesty- to a pathetic, sad fault. But it is unashamed about it. And that's the other thing.I was expecting the French to give it an increased sensuality or more of a dreamlike quality that would distract me from what was actually happening with the beauty of its expression. Instead, it gave it even more of a brtual edge, I think.Fitting.

    10. M. Sarki on said:

      msarki.tumblr/post/1097862This book has been placed on the shelf of every house I have lived in since 1995. I have kept my first printing in the best collectible condition I possibly could keep it in. The hardcover book has a Brodart archival dust jacket sleeve protecting it, and though I had never read the book, I kept it proudly displayed as if I had. So after five different homes and five different book shelves, Annie Ernaux's words finally found their way into my consciousness just as she wa [...]

    11. Suni on said:

      Il mondo, dunque, ricominciava a significare al di fuori di A.? L’uomo dei gatti del circo di Mosca, l’accappatoio di spugna, Barbizon, tutto il testo costruito nella mia mente giorno dopo giorno sin dalla prima notte, con immagini, gesti, parole – l’insieme dei segni che costituiscono il romanzo non scritto di una passione, cominciano a disfarsi. Di quel testo vivente, questo non è che il residuo, la lieve traccia. Al pari dell’altro, un giorno, non sarà per me più nulla.Non riesco [...]

    12. Taylor on said:

      My roommate/friend Mita recommended this one to me, and I'm glad she did. it's a very quick, engrossing read - I think it took me half of a day to read.Very simply, this is a portrait of one woman's position as a mistress to a married man, and how her passion for him consumes her. this passion is largely one sideded (though obviously not entirely), since he is in a relationship, and comes and goes as he pleases. It's a very accurate, touching and beautiful portrayal of someone engrossed and swep [...]

    13. Tara on said:

      This novel is somewhere between an autobiographic account, a novella, a philosophical meandering, and an investigation of psychology. It's about the author's experience with intense sexual obsession. I read it in a single sitting. The writing is quite beautiful and the author's exploration of her experience is interesting. Not five stars but still pretty awesome.

    14. Vishy on said:

      ‘Simple Passion’ by Annie Ernaux was one of the books mentioned in Lance Donaldson-Evans’ ‘One Hundred Great French Books’. I haven’t heard of Annie Ernaux before and so decided to try this book. I read it in one sitting and finished it yesterday. Here is what I think.‘Simple Passion’, at around sixty pages, is not really a novel. With wide spacing between lines and with luxurious space on the borders of the page, it could be called, at best, a novella or probably a long short st [...]

    15. Natalye on said:

      "Simple Passion" -Annie Ernaux (1991)I'm torn between liking and disliking this book. It begins a bit slowly for me, and tends to drag on through the first half, describing this woman's affair with a man we as the readers never quite come to know. While I wasn't pulled into it right away, there is something to be said about Ernaux's writing style (or the translation, or perhaps a combination of both) that makes it a quick read. Toward the second half, the book really starts to become interesting [...]

    16. Julie on said:

      Okay, so it's a little obsessive but hey, we've all been there. Ernaux writes what the rest of us experience but are too ashamed to admit. Read it in the original French it makes it seem less creepy and more passionate.

    17. Ariane Gagnon on said:

      Très «journal intime», il ne s'y passe pas grand chose, et l'on se demande l'intérêt de publier ce texte publiquement. L'ancêtre du blog trop personnel ? Peut-être.

    18. Blanca García on said:

      Pese a mi descomunal enfado por la pérdida económica que siempre acarrea comprobar que se ha adquirido BASURA, tengo que reconocer que necesitaba leer un libro así; llevaba demasiado tiempo leyendo sólo grandes obras literarias, por lo que algo tendría que frenar la racha o todo sería demasiado sunshine, lollypops, et caetera, et caetera.Bazofia machista de encefalograma plano. Podría plagar esta reseña con citas constantes de cada una de las páginas del libro que corroboran este hecho, [...]

    19. Mike Ingram on said:

      There's not much story, rather there's the aftermath of a story (an affair the narrator/author had with a married man), but the affair and even its aftermath are described only in abstractions, so that it could in effect be a generic meditation on ANY passionate affair's aftermath (and, really, we only know it's passionate because she keeps telling us it was passionate, without ever bothering to recreate the actual passion in concrete language or imagery). Since there wasn't much story, I guess [...]

    20. Meg on said:

      This reminded me a lot of Marguerite Duras' The Lover, which is a far better book. It's got the same straightforward, honest appraisal of a woman's actions within an intense -- though that's Erneaux's word, not mine -- affair, but I feel it lacks the insight and, well, intensity, Duras brings to the subject. I would be interested, since it wouldn't be too much of a waste of time given the book's brevity, to read it in its original French. I suspect it may pack a little more punch that way.

    21. William on said:

      A portrait of pure obsession (a woman for a married man), the likes of which most of us will thankfully never experience. This is an interesting glance into the mind of a woman who could find no meaning in life beyond her existence for her lover.

    22. Mark on said:

      Pretty intense depiction of a woman having a self-destructive love affair. I'd pair this with Micheline Aharonian Marcum's The Woman in the Well.

    23. Véronique on said:

      pour toutes les amantes passionnées. simple??? mon dieu non! douloureux.

    24. Cinthia Ritchie on said:

      So damned sparse, haunting and beautiful. If I could write like this I wouldn't ask for anything else.

    25. Anne on said:

      Un livre aussi percutant qu'il est bref. D'une franchise et d'une honnêteté renversantes.

    26. Emily on said:

      Amazing. The destroying force of passion and desire. Also, writing about writing. Prejudice-free and honest. I loved this.

    27. Tiffany on said:

      This book could be titled: What was I thinking?!?!?!At sixty-six short pages in length, read in earnest this book takes about forty minutes to finish. The truth is I probably spent three times as long trying to figure out what it was about. You would think this is simply a literary diorama of a woman's affair. But shocker--it is not. Question is, what is it?Yes, it's a memoir--kind of. There is the obligatory, authenticating reference to the "lover's" current existence: Cet homme continue de viv [...]

    28. Eileen Margaret on said:

      I do not know what caused me to pick up this book nearly 20 years ago in a bargain bin at the book store. I picked up again yesterday while reshelving my bookcase and read it yet again. It is simple and short, taking less than hour. Every time I am surprised at the raw nature of Ernaux's brief account of passion. There is something utterly relatable and human about obsession however passing it may be. I appreciate the simple reminder of how guided we are by emotion and desire.

    29. Agnès on said:

      "Quand j'étais enfant, le luxe, c'était pour moi les manteaux de fourrure, les robes longues et les villas au bord de la mer. Plus tard, j'ai cru que c'était de mener une vie d'intellectuel. Il me semble maintenant que c'est aussi de pouvoir vivre une passion pour un homme ou une femme". Quelle liberté de ton chez Annie Ernaux!

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