Not too long, I hope. Guy ruins his mind by being profligate, then ruins his body by being a hermit. His other novels are much better in my estimation. By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form. On the occasion of the exhibition, "The land of monsters.

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Get this from a library! Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. As we are stuck with Des Esseintes for the whole duration of the book, It would certainly be beneficial to take him to heart, however I loved hyysmans loathed him in equal measures. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Huysmans predicted his novel would be a failure with the public and critics: Want to Read saving….

The name field is required. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He made no professions of healing, offered the sick no compensation, no hope; but his theory of Pessimism was, after all, the great consoler of chosen intellects, of lofty souls; it revealed society as it was, insisted on the innate foolishness of women, pointed you out the beaten tracks, saved you from disillusions huysmxns teaching you to restrict, so far as possible, your expectations Manchester University Press, pp.

I remain firmly on the fence about this particular book. However, by the early s, Huysmans regarded this approach to fiction as a dead end. Nature, he used to say, has had her day; she has finally and utterly exhausted the patience of sensitive observers by the revolting uniformity of her landscapes and skyscapes But all in all, a good read.

Though many critics were scandalised, it appealed to a young generation of aesthetes and writers. Trivia About Against Nature. Please enter the message. Narub this make for an effective novel? Views Read Edit View history. Remember me on this computer.

To me it seemed like a damning indictment on the fallacy of aestheticism. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Novels by Joris-Karl Huysmans. This is a book about the life and thoughts of wealthy aesthetic aristocrat des Esseintes, about his decision to remove himself from his social milieu and use his vast huysjans to create for himself an artificial world in his remote mansion. At the very moment that Wilde was falling in with social patterns, he was confronted with a book which even in its title defied them.

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