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This article was written on 25 May 2008, and is filed under Miscellania.

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5 Comments

  1. peli grietzer
    25 May 2008

    A good occasion for Grillet on Celine: “He wrote two great books, but after that his stupidity got the best of him”

  2. bhikku
    26 May 2008

    Not arf! This has always been one of my big sticking points with M. Marcel . . . if you read the quote out in the sinister, portentous voice Cocteau uses to narrate Melville’s Enfants Terribles, it gains too :)

  3. martin browning
    26 May 2008

    Of course Celine is only channeling Proust there — especially the great earlyish scene of the haut monde as an aquarium.

  4. Ryan
    27 May 2008

    Are you reading Journey again? I’m coincidentally doing just that.

  5. Dennis
    28 May 2008

    Grillet, I assume, is refering to Journey and Death on the Installment Plan when he says Celine only wrote two great books. Nonsense. His final three works – the great trilogy Castle to Castle, Nord, and Rigadoon – are also among the summits of 20th Century literature.

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