Colline

Colline Un d bris de hameau o quatre maisons fleuries d orchis mergent des bl s drus et hauts Ce sont les Bastides Blanches mi chemin entre la plaine et le grand d sert lavandier l ombre des monts de Lure C

  • Title: Colline
  • Author: Jean Giono
  • ISBN: 9782253002895
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • Un d bris de hameau o quatre maisons fleuries d orchis mergent des bl s drus et hauts Ce sont les Bastides Blanches, mi chemin entre la plaine et le grand d sert lavandier, l ombre des monts de Lure C est l que vivent douze personnes, deux m nages, plus Gagou l innocent Janet est le plus vieux des Bastides Ayant longtemps regard et cout la nature, il a apprisUn d bris de hameau o quatre maisons fleuries d orchis mergent des bl s drus et hauts Ce sont les Bastides Blanches, mi chemin entre la plaine et le grand d sert lavandier, l ombre des monts de Lure C est l que vivent douze personnes, deux m nages, plus Gagou l innocent Janet est le plus vieux des Bastides Ayant longtemps regard et cout la nature, il a appris beaucoup de choses et conna t sans doute des secrets Maintenant, paralys et couch pr s de l tre, il parle sans arr t, a coule comme un ruisseau , et ce qu il dit finit par faire peur aux gens des Bastides Puis la fontaine tarit, une petite fille tombe malade, un incendie clate C en est trop Le responsable doit tre ce vieux sorcier de Janet Il faut le tuer Dans Colline, premier roman de la trilogie de Pan Un de Baumugnes, Regain , Jean Giono, un de nos plus grands conteurs, exalte dans une langue riche et puissante les liens profonds qui lient les paysans la nature.

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    1. This had a fabulistic quality to it. Hardscrabble people living near a hill. You see a black cat and, two days later, bad stuff happens. First the water disappears. Then there is a fire. So, is the whole world really falling to pieces? The obligatory nyrb-classics Introduction assures us this was a prescient forewarning of global warming. I didn't get that. By the way, I am not a denier (of global warming) but I don't find hyperbole helpful to my open mind. My nose in too many books, I suppose, [...]

    2. I received an ARC from NYRB Classics.Four families live quiet and simple lives at the foot of a hill in Provence in the early twentieth century. Their small community consists of four white houses and a small shack for an old bachelor that also lives among these peasants. Their days consist of working the land, drinking wine and telling stories. But their bucolic life is threatened when day when a black cat crosses their paths.Janet, the eldest of the group, has lived at the foot of this hill fo [...]

    3. Jean Giono's Hill is the tale of several Provencal peasants living in an isolated hillside community facing the ravages of a nature gone mad. Their patriarch, the half-paralyzed Janet frightens them with tales of their folly in the face of nature:Earth isn't made for you alone to keep on using the way you've been used to, on and on, without getting some advice from the master every once in a while. You're like the tenant farmer -- and then there's the landlord.This is Giono's first novel, publis [...]

    4. It's a question sometimes brought up in book discussion groups: is a novel's setting or landscape a character? You can occasionally see that it is, most often not. I do remember a professor once stating that in a Hardy novel the Wessex sun is a character. In Jean Giono's novel Hill it's apparent and would have been even if David Abram's "Introduction" hadn't alerted the reader to the fact that the hill on which these 4 families live in the French Alps is alive. When the hamlet is exposed to a se [...]

    5. J'avais déjà lu ce bouquin étant gosse et j'en gardais un souvenir assez négatif. J'me souvenais de longues descriptions de paysages campagnards et de la vie déprimante des derniers habitants d'un village paumé. Et puis miracle, ce matin, je constate que les descriptions sont loin d'être interminables, elles sont fluides à lire, pleine d'onirisme et de poésie. Les paysages respirent, la nature est bien vivante. Les personnages sont assez rustres pour être crédibles sans se rendre dét [...]

    6. THE HILL OF DESTINY. (1929). Jean Giono. ***1/2.This first novel by this French author was the winner of the Prix Brentano in 1928-1929. It is the story of a small village and its inhabitants, told in the form of a fable. In normal times, the people of the village lead a very ordinary existence. Each resident has his job and is defined by his relationship to the prosperity of the village as a whole. The activities of the villagers are mostly related to agriculture, and the inhabitants believe in [...]

    7. Collinej'ai dû le lire en quatrième, ça m'avait foutu une claque. Plus tard j'ai eu une très bonne note en rédaction-- j'avais décrit un incendie, un pastiche éhonté. Encore plus tard je suis tombé amoureux d'une jeune fille prénommée Coline-- une vraie sauvagine. Va savoir.Je viens de le relire. Bizarre, le mysticisme écologique et inquiétant du vieux Janet. Mais Gondran au champ, qui sent soudain sourdre la révolte invisible de la colline inoubliable. Il y a des choses pas tradui [...]

    8. "When someone sees farther than the rest of us, it's because there's something a little out of kilter in their brain. Sometimes it could be nothing at all, just by a hair, but from that moment it's all over. A horse, it's no longer a horse. A blade of grass, it's no longer a blade of grass. Everything we can't see, they see."

    9. April 2016 NYRB selection.Giono's book is a rather interesting environmental fable that stays with you. The characters aren't so much characters as society. It's rather strange, moving, and powerful.

    10. Un récit très étrange presque fantastique d'un village du sud de la France soudain frappé par des phénomènes anormaux. La colline semble alors prendre vie et se transformer. Ce roman très court et rapide à lire est assez captivant.

    11. The first 15 or so pages, you might be wondering what the heck you're reading, but the suspense quickly builds as the premise takes shape. Written in the 1920s by a man who survived the Battle of Verdun in WWI, the story is, simply, about man vs. nature, with some lyrical and prescient observations about the earth and how we treat it. Some favorite lines: "What's more, what good does it do to worry about what earth is getting up to? She does whatever she wants. She's old enough to mind her own b [...]

    12. I read this edition specifically because of the incredible introduction by David Abrams ( /book/show/4 ). In the introduction, Abrams says that Giono realizes that:"Only by reconceiving life as a quality proper to the whole of this earthly cosmos do we free our bodily senses to engage, to participate, to resonate with every aspect of the sensuous surroundings."And that's Giono, in a nutshell. Giono's work takes us on a journey of the senses into a world infused by the wild eroticism of Pan. This [...]

    13. I wanted to enjoy this book but things didn't work out that way. Despite not enjoying Hill I do recognize its undeniable merit. Sadly, that merit is not enough to redeem it. Maybe I was distracted or not in the right head space for this short novel but I found it insufferably boring - I wanted to be done with it, which is never a state that makes for pleasant reading.There is, however, one particular scene early on which I feel will stay with me far into the future: a character stomps on a lizar [...]

    14. 3.5?While I absolutely loved the descriptions of the countryside and the general sense of the plot, in a way I found the story stilted in execution. Perhaps it reads better in French or perhaps I just need to give it another go at some point.

    15. Hill (Colline in the original French) is the first novel by Jean Giono, who went on to publish 50+ works of fiction. Not long (the NYRB edition is 107 pages) and without chapters, Hill is delivered in short, poem-like fragments. Published in 1929, the poetic style of Hill (as translated by Paul Eprile in 2016) creates a story that feels both apocalyptically modern and primordially wise.Modernity’s relationship to the natural world is a core theme throughout Giono’s oeuvre. Several of his boo [...]

    16. Visit Literary Lass for more reviews & giveaways"Four houses, orchids flowering up to the eaves, emerge from a dense stand of grain. Up there among the hills, where earth’s flesh folds in thick rolls. Sainfoin in bloom bleeds red under the olive trees. Bees dance around birches sticky with sap.A fountain murmurs and overflows in two streams that plunge from a ledge and scatter in the wind. Gurgling under the grass, they reunite and course through a bed of rushes. The wind hums in the plane [...]

    17. This was the new translation by Paul Eprile (titled "Hill") and published by New York Review of Books in 2016. Published in French in 1929 as Giono's first book after his return from World War One's battle of Verdun where he was one of the two survivors from his military unit). This book by Giono was astounding in its portrayal of life in the region of Provence prior to the coming of automobiles. We are immersed in the daily life and concerns of peasants, but most compelling is the wonder and te [...]

    18. Un court roman qui se déroule dans un minuscule hameau paysan provençal, au début du XXe siècle. Subitement, des événements étranges surviennent et vont plonger les habitants dans la peur : s'agit-il de la nature qui se rebelle contre ces hommes qui tentent de la domestiquer ? J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre. Quelle écriture, quelle simplicité, mais quelle vérité dans les personnages et les situations ! Quand on pense que c'est le premier de l'auteur À lire ! J'avais déjà adoré R [...]

    19. Lyrical and odd and lovely and gruesome, which is all great, but something in the resolution felt ultimately flat. And I think what I'm criticizing is the actual book and not the translation (plot resolution, structure, etc) but I'm not sure. In tone reminded me in reverse of an odd little novella called Disquiet by Julia Leigh, and not because it's set in rural France. Glad I read it, made an impression for sure, just not sure it hit the spot the introduction seemed to promise. Also/anyway, one [...]

    20. This was a book that I found on the New Shelf at the public library. It caught my eye because it was from the NYRB (New York Review Books) Classics. It is very short and although poetic and philosophical very easy to read. It was first published in 1929 and it is amazing how the theme of the book still applies to ideas on how we should treat the Earth and its inhabitants today. The comments (his philosophy) Janet made on his deathbed would be difficult to understand if I had read them out of con [...]

    21. A strange little fable about the effects of environmental encroachment by humans and the ways in which nature can fight back. Giono wrote this nearly a century ago and his view of humanity was grimly prescient. This novella is deceptively simple; even though it's only a scosch over 100 pages, there's a lot going on here.

    22. On aime ou on deteste, je suppose. Car c'est un grand coup de pied au coeur qui remonte à l'âme. Un livre immense, un amour immense, et des gens simples.Incommentable.Peut être, si, pour remercier Giono de ce cadeau.

    23. Fantastic. This novel is full of exquisite imagery, moving freely between the impressionistic, the naturalistic, and the human. The translation is beautiful. The effect of the story and the skill of the prose left me in a perfect poetic pause.

    24. Spare, beautiful, and haunting. This may be a stretch, but it reminded me of José Saramago's Blindness, another tale of fear and communal breakdown, and The Master and Margarita, another fantastic allegory featuring a malevolent paranormal cat.

    25. A Nicks Pick book - make sure to read this translation with the introduction - the writing about the landscape (this is called "Hill" after hall) is incredible.

    26. Yes, a million times yes. Environmentalism is not a late twentieth century idea. Gorgeous, terse writing that shocks, continually shocks.

    27. (3.5) The translated syntax often comes across as crude and jarring, perhaps intentionally, but I'm giving Giono the credit for this poetic catharsis of rural France.

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