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Celine's alter ego, Bardamu, undergoes the idiocy of World War I and then becomes a doctor attempting to care for broken and diseased people after the war. He's sort of a contemporary and older brother of some of the characters in Henry Miller and Bukowski. But he's colder, more bitter, more corrosive in his judgments of the world, of women, of himself. The story takes him through the war, to French West Africa, Manhattan, and back to Paris, and it has a dreamlike, hallucinatory quality. It's easy to dislike him, for his tenderness and regret is subtle and elusive under all the ostensible sarcasm and misogyny, but it's there -- and couched in beautiful, often breathtaking as well as bracing prose.
This report prepared by David Loftus



Celine's misanthropic 1932 novel broke radically with French literary traditions in both style and subject matter. "Celine often said that he regarded himself primarily as a stylist. He held that the French literary language was stiff and spent with age, that classicism and academicism had emasculated the language of Villon and Rabelais, and that in our age emotion could be captured only in the spoken tongue.
This report prepared by Yevgeny Bazarov








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Life of a profession:    -   doctor Inside culture (main char)    -   French Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   French War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, general    -   War, WW I

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Africa    -   Yes Jungles?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Vagia talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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