Set in a bizarre and slightly sinister town where the elderly are auctioned off at an Old Folks Fair, the townspeople assail the priest in hopes of making it rain, and the official town scapegoat bears the shame of the citizens by fishing junk out of the river with his teeth Heartsnatcher is Boris Vian s most playful and most serious work The main character is ClementineSet in a bizarre and slightly sinister town where the elderly are auctioned off at an Old Folks Fair, the townspeople assail the priest in hopes of making it rain, and the official town scapegoat bears the shame of the citizens by fishing junk out of the river with his teeth Heartsnatcher is Boris Vian s most playful and most serious work The main character is Clementine, a mother who punishes her husband for causing her the excruciating pain of giving birth to three babies As they age, she becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting them, going so far as to build an invisible wall around their property.
Heartsnatcher Set in a bizarre and slightly sinister town where the elderly are auctioned off at an Old Folks Fair the townspeople assail the priest in hopes of making it rain and the official town scapegoat bear
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The final novel from Boris Vian sort of a Queneau for Coltrane enthusiasts is a bleak and harrowing tale of a mother who loves her children too much Well, that s the rub There s also the David Lynch village, unnamed, where unfeeling psychiatrist Timortis wanders into the Old Folks Fair, where OAPs are sold to the highest bidder He meets the Glory Hallelujah a man paid in gold to absolve the village s shame by fishing corpses and fish heads from the local river with his teeth, leaving the residen [...]
Boris Vian apparently died while attending the premiere of the film version of I Spit on Your Grave The story goes that the cause of death, rather the cause of the cause of death, which was a heart attack, was cause the film wasn t any good I don t know about anyone else but if I had my expectations so lowered I might say to myself, Well, it wasn t that bad Maybe my not dying would raise the expectations of another goodreader and then they would die It won t kill me I already left my brain at th [...]
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An absolutely wicked and delicious concoction of magic realism crenulated with a Daliesque purpose of the grotesque a collage of taboo, Levitic ean prototype, a coronet of greek mythological misdirection and a nexus of all encompassing neuroses are shaken, and stirred, into an ironic indictment of petty foibles.What, what Well, hear ye Timortis, a psychoanalyzator is born again into an anonymous French village where he is witness to a parade of grotesque daily exhibits Each one an exquisite infr [...]
Sou Boris Vian Quero contar vos a minha hist ria da humanidade Todos os horrores que os homens s o capazes de cometer, por dio ou por amor Mas fazendo vos rir, quando a vossa vontade chorar de pena e gritar de medo Alguns v o achar que todas as personagens e situa es s o surreais, mas se tirarem a venda dos olhos ir o reconhec los e reconhecer se O meu nome Jacquemort Estou vazio Preciso absorver as vidas e os sentimentos dos outros para me tornar humano Chamo me Culblanc Cuido da casa, dos senh [...]
Why, oh why did I let you sit on my shelf so long, little Heartsnatcher At first Vian seems like he s just goofing off He s writing a novel as one tries on a costume and prances around in it Behold my costume, don t I look fine in it Wink Aren t you fooled Nudge Let s see a novel has, what Characters No problem Here s a new mother with a gun under her pillow And here s a vicar who could ve been in the Sex Pistols, if there were such a band as the Sex Pistols when I wrote this And here s a Sisyph [...]
People sometimes say they love you, but then you discover that what they really mean is that they want something from you Just about every woman I know has met the guy who says he loves her, but actually wants sex I guess that s the example you think of first But there are plenty .I saw the movie of Coraline yesterday, and it reminded me of this book Coraline has her real mother, who loves her, but is very bad at showing it And then she also has her Other Mother, who wants well, if you haven t y [...]
So, there are enough reviews already out there dealing with plot and themes and all that jazz, so I will simply say I dug it, daddio However, what I did not expect was the Wakean wordplay which leaped out at me due to my current FW reading , and the quality of the translation which achieved that rare ability of seeming as though it was an original text What do I mean Well, howzabout this Sections of the Babylonian garden hung far over the cliff, and certain species of plants clung to the most pe [...]
Here s a somewhat bizarre and unexpected emergence from the early 50s not exactly surrealism, not the oulipo despite Queneau s forward, perhaps of a presage of the kinds of wild and unclassifiable oddities that would emerge in greater force in the late 60s and 70s which Vian didn t live to see, sadly Someone else pointed to Vian s jazz background in their review MJ Jonathan Knig Either way, they ve all written excellent reviews , and it makes sense in the beginning theirs a sense of riffing, im [...]
This is one of those books that s so sad that it becomes hilarious or is it hilarious because it conceals a deep sadness The little village in Heartsnatcher is full of follies so absurd and exaggerated that they become real I ve known a few mothers like Clementine Smother a thing with so much love that you suffocate it.
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We find that things that don t interest us very much are beautiful above all others because they allow us to see what we want to see in place of them Perhaps I shouldn t put it in the first person plural 212 This book has the dubious honor of joining the elite completed during childbirth hospital stay shelf started two years ago when my eldest was born It will be forever nestled safely in my mind between The Brothers Karamazov and the Tractatus Logico Philosophicus I know, I ve revealed too much [...]
Heartsnatcher was Boris Vian s last novel and it has a sadness attached to it Here Vian goes after the family unit with great hysterical results And again it s his genius to match the moods into a crazy narrative Vian is like a great bartender, who knows how to mix if not the perfect drink, then at the very least a cocktail that you will never forget.
Este um daqueles romances que, quando chegamos ao fim, n o sabemos se havemos de avali lo com uma ou cinco estrelas E isto decorre muito por for a de elementos perturbadoramente surrealistas introduzidos numa narrativa profundamente complexa mas, simultaneamente, carregada de encanto e magia As personagens s o fascinantemente surpreendentes Jacquemort, psiquiatra que se muda para uma aldeia fict cia podendo no entanto ser situada, pensamos, algures perto de uma das orlas mar timas francesas, ond [...]
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This book is horrible Between the horse crucifixion, nailing horseshoes to small children, selling old people to the market, exploiting kids to do horrible jobs until their death, everything is full of a terrible sadness And the Jesus like boat man that takes over all the sins and shameful acts of the villagers is just too much to swallow The over protective mother that ends up by locking her children in cages, after cutting them all degrees of freedom The book can be read in so many ways that a [...]
O Arranca Cora es uma obra negra, verdadeiramente cr tica e intensa se a soubermos olhar desta perspectiva subjectiva e interior, mais do que atendendo sua forma e lendo as suas palavras superf cie preciso entrar no universo absurdo de Boris Vian e encontrar, nesta aldeia onde tudo ca tico, um sentido para esta busca pelo amor que nunca se concretiza sen o afastando o ainda mais das suas vidas Um livro sobre a fragilidade humana, perturbante e sempre actual, que ainda que possa n o nos dizer mui [...]
This is the madcap story of Clementine, the very overprotective mother of Joel, Noel and Alfa Romeo, three boys whose simultaneous birth cause her such anguishing pain that their father is exiled The story is both hilarious and horrifying, and is told from the point of view of Timortis, a psychoanalyst who just happens to be passing Clementine s home on the day of the boys birth and jumps in to deliver them Clementine becomes increasingly obsessed with keeping the boys safe, and pages are devote [...]
bizarre.I think it s better not to try and explain this novel at alll I ll say is that it seems to be dealing with the concept of guilt, but mostly what one will remember is the Old Folks Fair auction of old people for buyers personal abuse , Glory Hallelujah who takes upon himself all of the shame of the villagers in exchange for gold that he is not permitted to spend, blue slugs that make you fly, and psychoanalysis equalling doggy style sexry funny very weird Even Vian s life is funnyI laughe [...]
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The deliciously bizarre world of hitchhiking animals, crucified horses, and psychoanalyzed cats To say nothing of the kids.
In Heartsnatcher, Boris Vian put the Western world on the couch for an examination and decided the best solution was to hide from it Like many writers, Vian had no particular claim to the title of social psychoanalyst other than the frequent contemplation of his navel, which he found time to do in between stints as an actor, jazz trumpeter, engineer and mechanic This French scribe, of little import beyond his native nation s borders, was part of a post World War II Parisian ebullience springing [...]
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Terrificante amarissima proprio perch ironica descrizione di una maternit paternit indesiderate e, in generale, di un senso di spaesamento.
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