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Pages from the Goncourt Journals

Pages from the Goncourt Journals

2006 ·
·4.23·213 Ratings ·472 Pages
“ Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. ” ― Rumi
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  • Germinie Lacerteux

    1985·
    ·3.51·103 Ratings
    Orphaned at the age of four, Germinie Lacerteux is forced to enter service in Paris in order to pay her way, in a story that paints a vision of 19th-century Paris haunted by poverty, death, and despair. In the service of Mlle de Varandeuil, Germinie reali
  • Hell

    1995·
    ·3.71·865 Ratings
    A young man staying in a Paris boarding house finds a hole in the wall above his bed. Alternately voyeur and seer, he obsessively studies the private moments and secret activities of his neighbors: childbirth, first love, marriage, betrayal, illness and d
  • Downstream

    2005·
    ·4.06·76 Ratings
    Downstream, the shortest and most autobiographical of Huysmans’ novels, is the perfect example of what the French naturalists wanted a novel to be. This dark and mordantly comic masterpiece of everyday pessimism about a Parisian clerk seeking spiritu
  • Pedigree

    2010·
    ·3.86·96 Ratings
    Pedigree is Georges Simenon’s longest, most unlikely, and most adventurous novel, the book that is increasingly seen to lie at the heart of his outsize achievement as a chronicler of modern self and society. In the early 1940s, Simenon began work on a m
  • Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence

    1999·
    ·4.01·1,188 Ratings
    Geoff Dyer had always wanted to write a book about D. H. Lawrence. He wanted, in fact, to write his "Lawrence book." The problem was, he had no idea what his "Lawrence book" would be, though he was determined to write a "sober academic study." Luckily for
  • Selected Essays

    2003·
    ·4.34·213 Ratings
    The writing career of John Berger–poet, storyteller, playwright, and essayist–has yielded some of the most original and compelling examinations of art and life of the past half century. In this essential volume, Geoff Dyer has brought together a rich
  • Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It

    2004·
    ·3.47·1,733 Ratings
    This isn’t a self-help book; it’s a book about how Geoff Dyer could do with a little help. In mordantly funny and thought-provoking prose, the author of Out of Sheer Rage describes a life most of us would love to live—and how that life frustrates an
  • Paris Trance

    2000·
    ·3.66·709 Ratings
    Luke moves to Paris and, with his new love and the other expatriate couple from whom they become inseparable, wander around the Eleventh Arrondissement where clubs, cafés, banter, and ecstasy now occupy Gertrude Stein's city "which is not real but is rea
  • But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz

    1997·
    ·4.24·1,376 Ratings
    In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled live
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