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Book Title: The Cathedral|
The author of the book: Joris-Karl Huysmans
ISBN 13: 9781406813791
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 821 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.8
Edition: Echo Library
Date of issue: January 1st 2007
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Whew-ee! OK, let's map this out. The Dedalus edition of The Cathedral is 339 pages of small, dense type. Realistically the "novel" portion of the book, that is the part that concerns the fictional character Durtal and his story (such as it is), takes up a slim 65 to 75 pages. Go ahead and count 'em.
The rest of this beast can be divided like so: (1) 150 or so pages constitute a well researched and opinionated guidebook on Chartres Cathedral, its history, architecture but mostly the art therein; (2) 95 to 100 pages comprise histories of aspects of Early Christian and medieval religious symbolism, specific categories including saints, priestly vestments, flora, fauna, gemstones, colors...well, it's endless shit really; and (3) an article of approximately 20-odd pages discussing a work by Early Renaissance Italian painter Fra Angelico, which, it might be noted, hangs in the Louvre and has nothing at all to do with Chartres.
I. Novel = B-
II. Guidebook = A-
III. Symbolism Shite = D (monstrously bad)
IV. Fra Angelico Sideshow = C-
Now, I've dissected The Cathedral in this way only to disprove a dubious representation knowingly made by Dedalus, Ltd. To wit, the blurb touts The Cathedral, published in 1898, as "a major step forward in the development of the novel." My good citizens of GR, this is demonstrably and damnably false! Has anyone over there ever picked up 1835's Pere Goriot? One could credibly argue that their lie satisfies the common law definition of fraud, the only element in question being whether I've suffered any proximate injury caused by my totally reasonable reliance on Dedalus' lying-ass representation. 'Tis a pity but the steadfast honor of Lady Justice, that cool and imperious mistress of Guy Liberty, oftentimes produces ghastly and inequitable results. Though I was actually reading a series of art lectures delivered by quickly sketched "characters" and connected only by a thin skein of a story, they will show I suffered no injury because my inquiring mind can root out interesting nuggets from a book like a brood sow's snout finds grub-bits in the mire.
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Read information about the authorCharles Marie Georges Huysmans was a French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans.
He is most famous for the novel À rebours (Against Nature). His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide-ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical wit.
The novels are also noteworthy for their encyclopaedic documentation, ranging from the catalogue of decadent Latin authors in À rebours to the discussion of the symbology of Christian architecture in La cathédrale. Huysmans' work expresses a disgust with modern life and a deep pessimism, which led the author first to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer then to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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