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It is narrated by the husband and it’s all about suspicion with flashbacks, etc. The house’s surfaces reveal themselves to us in a series of straight lines and chevrons, horizontals, verticals, and diagonals, disks and trapezoids.

View all 6 comments. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their grilllet. With a “mechanical gesture,” the oval of the brush and the straight lines of its teeth pass through the “black mass” on her head, imposing order on it, just as the “mechanical cries” of nocturnal animals shape the darkness beyond the veranda by indicating each one’s “trajectory through the night.

In the three-page story “The Dressmaker’s Dummy” which opens the collection Snapshots []we are shown a coffeepot, a four-legged table, a waxed tablecloth, a mannequin, and, crucially, a large rectangular mirror jealohsy reflects the room’s objects–which include a mirror-fronted wardrobe that in turn redoubles everything.

I was reminded of this author today by Scribble with regard to one of Robbe-Grillet’s other books. Notify me of new comments via email. His gaze becomes like that of “The Shape” in John Carpenter’s Halloween, or the entity in David Lynch’s Lost Highway who stalks a maritally troubled house at night armed with a camera.


Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet

In this sense, good art, in its discovery of meaning, is exactly the opposite of a game. I can imagine the narrator being a well-made robot, carefully noticing every detail of the object it is asked to supervise, but unable to put into words the emotions of the observer, let alone the purpose of the observation.

The silent narrator, who never names himself and whose presence is merely inferred, e. Yet, I concede, he has informations–uncomplicated ones–which go beyond what he can see or hear from wherever he is while observing A.

Time curvature appears on page three, although it took a second reading to absorb that point. Having uncorked the cognac she turns toward Franck and looks at him, while she jeslousy making his drink.

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This is why I don’t like to read books that are out of my comfort zone Refresh and try again. In fact, it’s almost free of action of any kind. Franck complains about car troubles, swats dead an enormous caterpillar, the two discuss a book they are reading and make plans to go to a port town several hours away for shopping.

Various scenes are described from the vantage point of an outside observer – with almost a Peeping Tom feel – and the scenes overlap, spiral around, repeat with more or less detail, in much the same way a mind would worry over specific memories when trying to piece together a mystery. How many meals do they actually eat all together?

‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet

Can the reader reassemble what the author has dis as sembled? It takes tens of hours each month to provide this. Readers of Robbe-Grillet’s previous works will not be surprised at the latter, but the former might come as something of a shock.

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Geometric order is pitted against formlessness and entropy: This site uses cookies. In that account of the novel the narrator, a jealous husband, silently observes the interactions of his wife referred to only as “A A woman and her male friend sit on her porch, having drinks and discussing a novel. Instead, one slowly pieces together the story and the emotional experience of jealousy in the repetition of descriptions, the attention to odd details, and the breaks in repetitions.

In the interview with Obrist, Robbe-Grillet claimed that, whereas the novels of Balzac or Dickens do not require readers since they perform all the latter’s work themselves, his own writing calls for jealousyy readers who will piece everything together. I also disagree with […]. Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jealousy. We look through louvres.

Is he the reader or is the narrator or is he just a man fascinated by the undulating eddies of a shallow pool? The plot is actually good. She has arranged her hair into a low knot whose skillful waves seem about to come undone; some hidden pins grilet be keeping it firmer than it looks.

Are we meant to feel stupid? The woman known only as “A