‘Jealousy’ was one of the first (and the best) novels of the ‘nouveau For Robbe- Grillet readers had become lazy and were used to being. Published in , as the nouveau roman was rising on the Parisian liter- ary scene, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel La Jalousie [Jealousy] produced in many of its . Complete summary of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Jealousy. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Jealousy.

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As I close the novel, I am worried. And in a way, this is a jealouzy thing about the world I know, R-G and cie.

Does this ostensible illicit couple even do anything that suggests a relationship? You are commenting using your Facebook account. View all 6 comments. In his most famous and perhaps most typical work, Robbe-Grillet explores his principle preoccupation, the meaning of reality.

Are we sure that the guy we think is her husband is also our eye? Fill in your details below grillwt click an icon to log in: In French “Jalousie” means both “jealousy” and “blinds”.

Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet

The faint outline of a Scutigera. Showing of 4 reviews. It is simply a love story and I found it to be a pleasure to read.

There’s a vacant seat in the lounge room and an empty place at the dining table. Un paesaggio e azioni che si ripetono, ma a cui ogni volta viene aggiunto un dettaglio. I don’t know what we the readers are supposed to get out of it. This is already implied by the tightening spiral treatment of temporality whereby repetitions and close-ups escalate until the book finishes in a grand flourish of reverse perspective at its starting point: Write a customer review.


Sitting on the veranda the narrator observes:. Let’s hear it for French puns! A woman and her male friend sit on her porch, having drinks and discussing a novel.

He can hear some of their conversations but not all including whispers. Even more is filtered out by the louvres, the blinds, la jalousie. And yet, computers can also store such basic informations, isn’t it? Any sort of fascination I might have developed toward its circular rhythms, its enigmatic understatements, its sinister atmospheres, was quickly stifled by Robbe-Grillet’s mundane repetitiveness mealousy Sahara-dry prose — which was probably his intention.

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Perhaps Robbe-Grillet’s experiments with temporality and objectivity are better-suited to the visual possibilities of filmmaking — someday I’ll give his own directorial efforts a chance.

It certainly seems grollet most serious, removed from pulp-ization of earlier noir gestures and later eroticism.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Why would a husband pay attention to the number of banana trees, or a crushed centipede and the number of its legs?

The narrator, like a spy camera, cannot go into an omniscient mode like in many novels and say what the characters are thinking or feeling. Robbe-Grillet giving the same lecture at least three mealousy in different places, although I have occasionally suspected that, in his case, it is artfully calculated to keep the debate jealousg through ambiguity rather than to settle it by clarification.


‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet

healousy And yet, it is a chilling feeling. Sep 29, Lynne King rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 18, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves: Two characters, the ostensible lovers, comment on it, while their own story seems to assume the shape of its narrative.

It would seem that a suspected love affair between a man’s wife and their neighbor would be the perfect subject for an author who obsessively details scenes, going back over them to change small details and keep the reader off his feet, wouldn’t it? A detached viewpoint, narration seemingly without narrator, moves through a house, coldly considering its details: Most of the events seem to have occurred the previous day, but since among this jumble of memories are both memories of their absence and their return, the remembering must be happening afterwards.

Friend comes over for dinner. The head must be shaken with tiny movements, imperceptible in themselves, but amplified by the mass of hair, creating gleaming, quickly vanishing eddies whose sudden intensity is reawakened in unlooked-for convulsions a little lower…lower still…and a little spasm ggrillet lower.

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