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  • Paperback
  • 373
  • Le Roi des Aulnes
  • Michel Tournier
  • English
  • 03 September 2019
  • 9780801855900

10 thoughts on “Le Roi des Aulnes

  1. says:

    At a high point in a pivotal relationship formed during his refectory days in an alien French boy's school Abel Tiffauges is told the gruesome apocryphal story of the Baron des Adrets' newfound awareness of cadent euphoria by the obese enigma Nestor The crescendo is reached when the latter murmurs in coda that There's prob

  2. says:

    A very special kind of book there's no doubt about that But I'm not sure what to feel about it The first third is a mix of

  3. says:

    This earned a star from me for the research and inventive musings the author had obviously done to do pedantic exhibitions about1 monsters;2

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    Do you not hear what the Erlking uietly promises me?The title of this brilliant novel comes from a poem by Goethe and traces back the love and admiration that the French novelist Michel Tournier 1924 2016 felt for

  5. says:

    Since The Ogre is a book obsessed with taxonomy heraldry classification of all kinds I'll start by saying that the author MIchel Tournier most reminds me of is Thomas Mann Mann's playful ironic fictions seem to have fallen out of use these days I for one can't get over Guy Davenport's comparison of him to James Joyce Mann imposes meaning; J

  6. says:

    Michel Tournier's Der Erlekonigaka The Ogre aka Le roi des aulnes accomplishes the remarkable feat of making the

  7. says:

    The ogre of the title is Abel Tiffauges a French mechanic who first appears a kind of autistic naif strange rather than frightening in his obsessions or perversions It begins in France 1938 in the years before Hitler's invasion — then as the war progresses the setting moves eastward into a winter world of horror and ultimately transcendence — which I admit doesn't tell you much It's an unusual demanding novel; to

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    Michel Tournier writesThere’s probably nothing moving in a man’s life than the accidental discovery of his own perversionandThe very perfection of its functioning and the terrible energy that went into it were enough to exclude him forever but he knew no machinery is safe from a piece of grit and that fate was on his side and The moth flies on wings of love toward the electric light bulb And when he gets there close to it as

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    If you wish to be an ogre then it is very important that you not only be bullied mercilessly but that you react by choosing someone completely unsuitable as a role model This is what happens to Abel Tiffauges the son of an auto mechanic who despite his height is treated like dirt at a Catholic school and ends by inheriting his father's garageAlong the way he develops some strange ideas regarding children While he is not a pederast

  10. says:

    One of the weirdest books I have ever read Très bizarre

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Le Roi des Aulnes

Novel since The Tin Drum Until the very last page when Abel meets his mystic fate in the collapsing ruins of the Third Reich it shocks us dazzles us and above all holds us spellboun. Michel Tournier writesThere s probably nothing moving in a man s life than the accidental discovery of his own perversionandThe very perfection of its functioning and the terrible energy that went into it were enough to exclude him forever but he knew no machinery is safe from a piece of grit and that fate was on his side and The moth flies on wings of love toward the electric light bulb And when he gets there close to it as near as he can be to that which attracts him irresistibly he doesn t know what to do He doesn t know what to do with it For indeed what can a moth do with an electric lightbulb

READ Õ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Í Michel Tournier

An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt France's most prestigious literary award The Ogre is a masterful tale of innocence perversion and obsession It follows th. At a high point in a pivotal relationship formed during his refectory days in an alien French boy s school Abel Tiffauges is told the gruesome apocryphal story of the Baron des Adrets newfound awareness of cadent euphoria by the obese enigma Nestor The crescendo is reached when the latter murmurs in coda that There s probably nothing moving in a man s life than the accidental discovery of his own perversion Just how much truth this observation bore is revealed to Abel many years later when he has mutated from a bunched up undersized boy into a hulking giant of a man bearing a wounded child in his massive arms he is lapped by beatific paroxysms of phoric joy much akin to that experienced by a pair of historic personages St Christopher when he similarly performed as steed for a riverine Christ and Alfonso d Albuuerue a conuistador in peril of death at the hands of the boundless sea who perched a lad atop his shoulders in the desperate hope that the youth s innocence would serve to cleanse him of sin and turn the eye of God toward him in a favorable light Would that there were enough innocence to mount and shrive the twentieth century an epoch when perversion obsession and desire freed themselves from all restraints and ran amok amid a continent watered with blood The Ogre is a beautifully strange novel alternately narrated by and about the remarkable Abel Tiffauges a Frenchman so unlike his countrymen a gentle giant who firmly believes himself an eternal and potent natural force primordial in origin descended across the mists of time from the original Abel the nomad brother of the sedentary Cain who in a pattern to be repeated ad nauseam throughout history s pages was murdered by his sibling for his hateful and peregrine individuality Tiffauges interacts with the material world only in a routine and perfunctory manner uietly going about his solitary business while experiencing a rich and eccentric inner life in which systems and symbols portents and preordained fates illuminate every event in their explicatory light Even as the apocalypse of the Second World War thunders down upon Europe and Tiffauges is swept from a Parisian suburban garage to Teutonic castles amidst the marshy forests and plains of East Prussia he is central to this avenging maelstrom a locus for the melancholy loam of Prussian nature yet completely apart from it a separate entity to the daily suffering and slaughter that plays out around him Finding in the war the means to pursue his child focussed obsessions Abel calmly sets about a phoric existence luxuriating in its anarchic bliss until the diabolical inversion that always threatens the innocent poisons the roots of all his fantasiesMichel Tournier has penned a marvel here a haunting uirky story that lingers in the mind like a disturbing dream The fascinating symbolism and ego mythology of Abel s uniue and contentedly lonely mind after having spread to saturate every event and path of the story are swiftly drawn back in a taut synthesis for the perfectly realized final pages The dialectic between innocence as a guileless love of being of man of life and its malignant inversion purity a satanic hatred of all that innocence cherishes holds place of primacy along with those of freshness versus corruption chaste desire against lust and the boundaries of amorality Abel imagines himself an innocent but why then his need to be anointed by that of a child Abel s immense capacity for sacrifice and compassion exist right alongside his utter indifference to the suffering of the majority of humanity who don t conform to his ideals the children he so gently carries have been cruelly ripped from the arms of their parents and a mother s tears move him no than the death throes of the Third Reich Unrealized guilt yet contains the potentiality for redemption that is immanent in culpability Not until the horrific joke played out by the malignant streams of fate is revealed to him in all the fullness of its macabre glory does Abel finally understand the price of phoria and truly behold the Erl King s sovereignty the inescapable fate in store for the Ogre whether in the pellucid realm of fairy tale or the grim theatre of reality

REVIEW Le Roi des Aulnes

E passage of strange gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to ogre of the Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn taking us deeper into the dark heart of fascism than any. Michel Tournier s Der Erlekonigaka The Ogre aka Le roi des aulnes accomplishes the remarkable feat of making the reader feel even ueasier than does the poem by Goethe from which it takes its nameI still recall reading Goethe s poem in my last year of High School surrounded by old friends The Erlekonig is the ogre of the alders lurking in the trees waiting to grab and kill children In Goethe s poem a child is riding with his father who is driving his horse at a furious gallop hoping to reach home before the dreaded Erlkonig takes the child Alas it is not to be The boy dies in the last stanza leaving my friends and I in the class horrified Goethe indeed created a masterpiece of terrorTournier s version of the tale is even unsettling to the reader His protagonist is a socially awkward automobile mechanic who seems to be of rather sub par intelligence His name is Able Tiffauges which is the name of the property of Gilles de Rais the supposed historical model for Blue Beard Tiffauges unlike most Catholic men who arew instructed follow in the footsteps of St Joseph Tiffauges Saint Christopher as his role model His great dream is to be a porter of male children At this point the reader becomes uite worried sensing that Tiffauages is a very strange person who could uickly develop into a predatory paedophile What happens is indeed uite horribleTiffauges enrols in the French army during WWII is taken prisoner changes sides and is transferred to the Eastern Front He is assigned the job of kidnapping Lithuanian boys to be trained as soldiers to be used against the rapidly advancing Russian army The dimwitted Tiffauges initially believes that the boys are being trained for an elite officers corps When he realizes the truth it is of course too late Tiffauges tries to redeem himself by saving one of the boys from being killed He picks a particularly nice Jewish lad and flees Tiffauges and the boy are soon caught Tiffauges is killed In the view of some the author leaves the issue of the boy s survival open although from my view the text suggest that the boy dies as well The other opinion would have to be based on an interview with the author or same other statement outside of the book itselfHowever the last page is interpreted Der Erlekonig is a profoundly unsettling book The reader feels ill from the experience of having spent so much time inside the unhealthy mind of Tiffauges Nonetheless Tournier s novel is a tour de force He convinces us that the child eating ogre of the alders is indeed a reality in our unhappy world


About the Author: Michel Tournier

Michel Tournier was a French writerHis works are highly considered and have won important awards such as the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1967 for Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifiue and the Prix Goncourt for Le Roi des aulnes in 1970 His works dwell on the fantastic his inspirations including traditional German culture Catholicism and the philosophies of Gaston Bachelard