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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This book is an interesting existential analysis of the human condition as seen through the eyes of a former office clerk who, after inheriting a large sum, decides to leave his job. Trivia About The Hermit.

Our hero never studied, was never a rebel, just a bored office worker who quits work after getting an inheritance afflicted by thoughts and daydreams.

On the other, a conglomerate of galaxies. From inside the book. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

It’s so hard to break apart fiction and do something really unusual with it, and to do it so gracefully. The obfuscation of time. Free to become as present as a passing cloud. Goddank, de hemel bestaat toch.

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.

The Hermit

To ask other readers questions about The Hermitplease sign up. He died in Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The entire first half of the novel was weighed down by this banal alienation the narrator heaps upon himself while waxing poetic about what the world actually is and how he’s trapped in a box inside another box inside another box. Deze en andere overpeinzingen vinden in het boek telkens als vanzelfsprekend hun plaats temidden van een minutieuze beschrijving van het dagelijks leven.


Ionesco no doubt had Beckett and Sartre in his periphery, but the strangeness of his voice has a lineage to the Romanian author Urmuz and a handful of surrealists as well. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Perhaps he was trying to recapture the love he had with a co-worker who left him for another co-worker who had an aggressive and alluring line regarding how he was going to make it and so forth.

An Antinatalist confession in Eugène Ionesco’s novel THE HERMIT

Perhaps there will be a morning of grace for me. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Unlike the existentialism of earlier novels, here is the modern alienation at the root of lateth century and beyond technological society. Iojesco 35 hermiit quits the “rat-race” thanks to an unexpected inheritance and devotes himself to his secret passion: The story can be read on several levels, some more evanescent and elusive than others.

After his neighborhood is mostly ruined by the opposing sides in the conflict, and his restaurant is closed down, he begins to live mostly in his apartment and then mostly in his bedroom. Our narrator’s boredom only begins in the office.

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The alienation from others. In his only novel, the celebrated dramatist has chosen as his main character a man who is both utterly banal yet strangely tge with grace, a lowly clerk who is none-the-less prey to luminous visions. Here’s what the author says about love on page 8: Eppure, nonostante fin qui tutto sembri solo grigiore ed oppressione e la vita del protagonista ben incanalata lungo una strada senza uscita, il romanzo si chiude in maniera sorprendente.

I was billions and billions of miles for people I didn’t even know, for billions of people who consorted within me, who became indignant and revolted, who fought one another, loved one another, who loathed one another. Oh, if only I had some philosophical talent!

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This was a fantastic book. But by then, his life has ioneco a contemplation of the sky outside his window, and he’s an old man.

Because your parents acted in such a way that you began to exist. The walls fall away to reveal an endless vista of gardens, forests, a cool breeze and strong sunlight. May 13, Elizabeth Schurman rated it really liked it. Oct 21, Rick rated it konesco was ok. Please try again later. I’ve never had any patience for French novels. Suddenly a revolution breaks out.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Email required Address never made public. View all 34 comments. Ionesco is somehow able to distill living to its barest components, to question these picturesque futures we plan while ignoring the present we inhabit. True Love doesn’t know the meaning of renunciation, is not even aware of that ionfsco, never resigns itself; resignation is for beaten people, as beaten paths are for beaten men.

His first play, The Bald Soprano, satirized the deadliness of life frozen in meaningless formalities. If I have any, they were not worth being exploited and encouraged. A tree burgeons forth before his window, from it a great flower rises right up to where he can reach it.

He will get a nicer apartment in a better part of town.

But what he had wanted to know was not something he could ever have contrived. And you also know that no one has ever come up with any answers, because there aren’t any.