|06-30-2007, 06:56 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: South Wales, UK
Device: Sony PRS-500, PRS-505, Asus EEEpc 4G
Huysmans, Joris-Karl: The Cathedral, v.1, 30 June 2007
J-K Huysmans, The Cathedral (1898).
Translated by Clara Bell.
I've reformatted the text, removed some typos and added a TOC; also pictures of Chartres Cathedral and the Virgin of the Crypt at Chartres.
This is the third novel of the Durtal series (La Bas and En Route have already been posted). Durtal has made the leap of faith and has resolved to lead a religious life, though is not sure how. His confessor has accepted a post at Chartres Cathedral, where Durtal makes a prolonged visit. He develops a devotion to the two black madonnas there (the virgin of the crypt and the virgin of the pillar) and spends a lot of time exploring the symbolism of the cathedral. He also recalls trips to other sites of Marian devotion at La Sallette and Lourdes. Nothing much happens, but at the end of the novel Durtal decides to visit a Benedictine monastery to see whether he has a vocation.
This has some atmospheric descriptions of Chartres (partially drawn from Ruskin). It is possible to read the novel as an account of a religious conversion, or as an attempt to evade the modern world.
|Thread Tools||Search this Thread|
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Other Fiction Huysmans, Joris-Karl: A Rebours ('Against the Grain'), v.1 07 June 2007||Patricia||BBeB/LRF Books||3||12-23-2010 06:19 AM|
|Other Non-Fiction Huysmans, Joris-Karl : LÓ-bas v1, 5 mars 2010||NicolasR||ePub Books||3||03-23-2010 04:57 PM|
|Other Fiction Allen, James Lane: A Cathedral Singer. V1. 1 Feb 2009||crutledge||IMP Books||0||02-01-2009 09:57 AM|
|Other Fiction Huysmans, Joris-Karl, En Route, v.1, 26 June 2007||Patricia||BBeB/LRF Books||1||06-26-2007 08:12 PM|
|Other Fiction Huysmans, Joris-Karl: LÓ Bas (Down There) v.1, 23 June 2007||Patricia||BBeB/LRF Books||0||06-23-2007 08:11 PM|