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The sophistication being the author’s contextualization of these simple characters amantws women’s precarious position in a society dominated by money and men “. Xmantes Thousands of Digital Comics. Coming from different lower-class backgrounds, both share a dream, the same that already their mothers and grandmothers had: The passages of humor are there to remind us that this fictional world, like our very own, is also a combination of tragedy and comedy.

And of course there are the myriad episodes of violence, particularly of a sexual nature.

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I have a soft spot for books that are deeply sad, yet manage to be funny in a horrible, inappropriate way think babies as maggots! What does this price mean? But I hope Jelinsk won’t need to read more of her ever again, for whatever reason, for she makes my stomach turn. May 17, Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it. Quotes from Les amantes. Limited Edition Books in French.

Les Amantes French Edition by Elfriede Jelinek

Behold the triumphant female in her long fought for nest! But she doesn’t “talk” about it. Brigitte who got her It was a good novel, Jelinek describes the suffering of women in traditional villages in Austria, I was astonished how they have similar problems and position as in the 3rd world villages. It may sound like I’m painting Brigitte to be a manipulative and unlikable character, but that would be to deny the characters their complexity. The amanfes though began to grab me.


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View all 7 comments. They live in utter destitution and work their asses off everyday in an underwear factory. Reading Jelinek is intoxicatingly corrosive, like drinking the bleach and discovering that it tastes like your favorite microbrew.

Lawrence, and a lot about this story reminds me of a turn-of-the-century British novel in its exploration of social and sexual themes. For one unclear reason or another, I have been for the past few months returning to the familiar ground of authors already read. The plot is capitalism, the gender roles are Eurocentric, and the assault and genitally-obsessed scatology is kept to a minimum helinek compared to, say, The Piano Teacher.

Perhaps after more time has elapsed I will get a better handle on this artist, but for now, I will leave it that she is simply only better than most. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Okay, so why fou Can a book get more unrelentingly negative than this? Other foul-natured little beasts. Contrary to Brigitte, who’s happiness is dependent upon a man, Paula’s happiness is threatened by a man. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I’m curious to read another of Jelinek’s books — I think there’s a lot of potential here, but this particular one wasn’t for me. Whereas the previous two were like dense slabs of wasp-studded fruitcake, this was more like a sprightly chiffon cake laced with strychnine.

This item doesn’t belong on this page. Return to Book Page. View all 3 comments. Jelinek is well known as a feminist and a socialist and makes these commitments an integral part of her fiction. Song of Ice and Fire: View all 6 comments. I learned about Elfriede Jelinek because of the film adaptation of her novel The Piano Teacher and because Xiu Xiu used the title of this book “Women As Lovers” as the title of their most recent album and drew a fair number of quotes from it for lyrics as well.


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She has her place in world literature. In fact, I recommend this book to all women raised in my own gender-conservative tradition, if only as a useful antidote to the romanticism that enslaves and destroys so many of them half of them, to be sure, enslaved and destroyed with a smile on their face and great joy in their heart.

Upon my return, I can say hers is a style of documentary, but not just any documentary.

Les amantes by Elfriede Jelinek

The first time I encountered Jelinek, I was too jeinek up in taking the piece personally to pick apart her peculiar literary voice. Moreover, and with apologies to all members of my pitiful gender, Jelinek has much to say about men, women, and such delightful institutions as marriage that is, dare I say it, all too true.

The simplicity being reflective of the characters, who are themselves boiled down to their most basic wants and needs. Although, unlike Brigitte, Paula gets more of the former and less and less of the latter. Example an electrician earns jellinek a good wage. Lists with This Book. If you refuse, be a dear and stick to Fox News, leaving the books to us.

Punctuation above exactly as in the book. The story proceeds much as you can guess it will, without much suspense, but the narrator’s commentary keeps you involved in the unfolding events.