a bit plodding but in reality wonderfully so. like that wise, avuncular speech that gets tedious at times but which you nonetheless love hearing. Much has been said of Eugene Ionesco’s place in the history of the theater of the absurd. And with good reason. The early plays-and here I’m thinking of The. Ionesco’s anonymous narrator is a young man, an everyman, a human being. We meet him, the Hermit, at the age of thirty-five (like Dante “nel.

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All alone, like a fool. Please try again later. It has been many years since I have read Ionesco, but I have a special fondness for his writing.

Eugene Ionesco’s The Hermit, A Consuming and Most Surreal Read

He views the rush of the individual through the world in moments both intimate and clear followed by gigantic, historical events that pass in a blur. The main character drinks an incredible amount. You are commenting using your WordPress. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The best surreal book I’ve read. He cannot translate this feeling into intellectual terms because it is psychological: They must know exactly what they’re doing. Oh, if only I had some philosophical talent!

Its unnamed protagonist is a petit-bourgeois, a “nowhere man,” adrift in modern urban society as a spectator not in control of his spirit.

URL of this page: Ionesco didn’t want to tell you how awful things were; he assumed you already knew. A work that is simple in word, and complex in breadth.


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I’d understand the same things I know now, but I could explain them to myself better, and I’d also be able to explain it better to others and exchange ideas. But you know that everyone has asked himself these same questions. Here’s what the author says about love on page 8: The universe seemed to me a kind of enormous cage, or rather a big prison… There was a crowd of prisoners, and as far as I could tell most of them were unaware of their condition.

En aan het slot blijkt – onvervalst Ionesco – in de achtertuin temidden van het afval een boom te zijn opgeschoten, de muren wijken en er strekt zich een woestijn uit onder een stralende hemel.

While this slim volume is not a page turner, it is full of very interesting questions, which I believe are posed to the reader.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Despair has been domesticated; people have turned it into literature, into works of art.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. He is told “They both have field glasses. May 13, Elizabeth Schurman rated it really liked it. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human eguene. Daar bevindt hij zich nog steeds als men alweer met de wederopbouw bezig is en de rond hem weggebombardeerde buurt in een moderne woonwijk herschapen wordt.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I should have children. A prison without work?

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It is a probing of human loneliness, and a compassionate one at that. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.


The tedious mental observations rambled on a bit, and struck tye as the annoyingly naive pseudo-epiphanies a freshman-level philosophy major might have as their professor steps them through the evolution of ‘deep thinking’. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

The Hermit – Eugène Ionesco – Google Books

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Eugene Ionesco, born in Romania inis known as the father of the theater of the absurd. Everyone he sees he no longer recognizes, but it does not matter.

Enjoyable and interesting on themes of solitude, depression, memory and boredom Read full review. Some things do happen to him; he does get involved with a woman.

The Hermit

These are the play Hunger and Thirst and this short novel, The Hermit. At 35 he quits the “rat-race” thanks to an unexpected inheritance and devotes himself to his secret passion: So, I don’t understand the reviews that seem surprised by this. The beginnings of the novel are firmly grounded in reality, which was okay by me, until the narrator disappeared into his own head getting obsessively philosophical upon inhereting some money from a relative.

And that afterward there would be a little less suffering. Eugene Ionesco was elected to the Academie Francaise in