It's the exact opposite. It's talling everything at once. And some things remain unknown even to the author. In my case, some of the things Lol V. Stein does, some of the risks she takes I can't translate it or convey its meaning because I'm completely with Lol V. Stein and she herself doesn't quite know what she's doing or why. I've talked a lot about writing.
But I don't know what it is. Now that I know it I no longer have the word to say it.
It's just there, and it can't be named anymore. A writer who hasn't known women, who has never touched a women's body and perhaps never read any books or poems written by a women, and yet thinks he's been involved in literature, is mistaken. The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a women, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. When cities are bombed there are always ruins and corpses left. But you can drop an atomic bomb in the sea and ten minutes later it's back as it was before. You can't change the shape of water.
View all 4 comments. Shelves: writers , writing , essays , drinking , french-writers , Practicalities is a book of conversational essays focusing on various subjects: men and women, houses versus homes, gender roles, sexuality, alcoholism, lovers, desire, and writing. Within the pages there are some great insights into Duras' previous works, as well as into her creative process. Many of the pieces are excellent, both poignant and analytical, ringing with a truth and intensity that is common to Duras' writing.
Others, however, seem random and strangely pointless, perhaps inspired b Practicalities is a book of conversational essays focusing on various subjects: men and women, houses versus homes, gender roles, sexuality, alcoholism, lovers, desire, and writing. Others, however, seem random and strangely pointless, perhaps inspired by an experience or person or thought Duras hasn't thought to share with the reader.
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Definitely worth the read, but probably only for someone who's already a fan. View 1 comment. Mar 09, Padraig rated it it was amazing. Reading a book as odd as this memoir translated by Barbara Bray makes me sad there isn't a Marguerite Duras fan club to join. In a "what did you read in ? Such are the blurbs that make me spend my money. My mom took us on a cruise this Febraury and I thought Reading a book as odd as this memoir translated by Barbara Bray makes me sad there isn't a Marguerite Duras fan club to join.
I felt totally cool reading about Marguerite Duras, the sexpro-alcoholic-filmmaker-war resistance -literary star, 's wide ranging book that includes tips on house keeping, stories of terminal alcoholism, musings on newspaper stories and tv images, brags about literary success, her insane fans and glimpses of her writing process.
Constant pops of the unexpected happen even when she's describing the most mundane of situations.
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And then its horrific- like she's charmed you for 1oo pages with her intelligence and then reveals the terrifying hallucinated ghosts she saw during her delirium tremens making you realize this amazing person spent a large part of her life trying to kill herself. She spends a lot of time here on the vagueries of sex. She talks about her first sexual experiences, some in early childhood with such a lack of moral judgement it's jaw dropping.
She spends the last phase of her life with this younger gay man, and calls it a real affair qualifying it by stating that all men are homosexual. How often do you see a 60 year old woman describing herself as a sex object? As a creative I found her most interesting when talking on her own writings. She lays out the organic nature of her writing- the way a creative impulse is outside of your control.
It was a little hard to read- Duras as a prose stylist is sort of slippery. You can never quite tell if she's making a profound observation or being pretentiously banal so you have to keep rereading her to get her straight. Normally that would be a damning critique however Duras is different for the originality of her thought and presence on the page. She was a one-of-a-kind person, and I have this kooky longing to meet her. You think I'm joking, but View 2 comments. May 03, Eleanor rated it really liked it.
Clear, dry, simple. Classic Duras.
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Heartbreaking at times. Life lessons, shopping lists the minimum you need to keep your kitchen stocked , advice on how to dress make a uniform for yourself , drama being stalked by young admirers. Jul 11, Erin Tuzuner rated it it was amazing Shelves: , biographies , international , the-city , essays , xx , travel , non-fiction , collegedly. Stunning, insightful prose of ephemeral beauty. I have long admired Duras' intelligence, emotional honesty, and exquisite ability to turn a phrase. Jun 18, T. Many points of departure. I will write a book like this someday.
Jan 02, A. An amazing and formally inventive little book. The youngins would probably call it 'flash nonfiction. And boy oh boy does it meander. Duras weaves her way through a few dozen tiny memoirs, some of them ineffectual and 'Huh? But this occasional wandering actually strengthens the book's conversational form. As Duras writes in the intro: "At most the book represents what I think sometimes, some days, about s An amazing and formally inventive little book.
As Duras writes in the intro: "At most the book represents what I think sometimes, some days, about some things. Interspersed with powerful insights on alcohol, homemaking and poverty are references to Duras novels I haven't read. Duras loves to write about her career but it reads less like braggadoccio and more like she's smoking a bogie, chatting with you in between drags. It's all very cool, yet also intense. Duras writes about stalkers pre-internet! At certain points you, too, will want to be Marguerite Duras.
The most intriguing essay is on men, which Duras suggests are all homos. It's perhaps argumentatively suspect, and not particularly generous to gay men. But it's all doled out with such bite that I pondered it afterward for several days, thinking about the homosocial, acceptable forms of male camaraderie, gayness' relation to the death drive, etc, etc. Many of the essays here are like that: small, short, sharp, puncturing. It's a quick book but read it slow, with a good cup of hot coffee. This is a hard book to enjoy.
It's not a novel, or an autobiography, nor even a very organised piece of literature. Bits and flashes are beautiful, moving, and then others seem to come from a far-off destination.
Duras appears out of nowhere and then disappears behind abstract ideas I expect I'll reread this one once I've discovered more of her work. Nov 28, Salvatore rated it liked it. She's got some strong opinions. Dec 06, Susan rated it it was amazing. An excellent collection of thoughts Dec 29, Bob rated it really liked it. A collection of pieces not quite essays, "just thoughts, really" as Marwood says in Withnail and I from the last decade of Duras' life. Perhaps from having undergone various health crises, she dictated them to someone else which makes me wonder how any physical act of writing relates to the final product, but perhaps more authors than I realize have worked that way.
In any event, she touches on a wide range of topics - somewhat abstract to me reflections on the places she chose to live ou A collection of pieces not quite essays, "just thoughts, really" as Marwood says in Withnail and I from the last decade of Duras' life. In any event, she touches on a wide range of topics - somewhat abstract to me reflections on the places she chose to live outside of Paris, thoughts from the mids, by a woman born in on what the feminist movement had actually accomplished for women answer: not as much as claimed , and some descriptions of her treatment for rather acute alcoholism, plus a harrowing account of the hallucinations connected with having been in a coma from emphysema complications loss of oxygen to the brain.
She was vastly more prolific than I and perhaps many English language readers realized - have read a handful but will probably find a few more. Nov 10, Laura rated it really liked it. Duras lets you into her writer-mind. She shows up with her true vulnerabilities and humanity.
These short essays, taken from conversations with a dear friend during her later years, offer her insights about a variety of important things, such as love, hunger, alcohol, writing, clothing, house and home, feminism, and so much more. She is a brilliant woman with a fascinating, very awake mind. Reading this intimate collection brings you in close. Sep 03, Dieter added it. Skip to main content. Jul Sep 8. May 5.
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