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Mouchette [Paperback]

By Georges Bernanos, Fanny Howe (Introduction by), J. C. Whitehouse (Translator), Dean Mullaney (Editor), Brian Walker (Introduction by), Sylvere Lotringer (Editor) & E. L. Vouyoukas
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Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.35" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   NYRB Classics
ISBN  1590171519  
EAN  9781590171516  

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One of the great mavericks of French literature, Georges Bernanos combined raw realism with a spiritual focus of visionary intensity. Mouchette stands with his celebrated Diary of a Country Priest as the perfection of his singular art.

"Nothing but a little savage" is how the village school-teacher describes fourteen-year-old Mouchette, and that view is echoed by every right-thinking local citizen. Mouchette herself doesn't bother to contradict it; ragged, foulmouthed, dirt-poor, a born liar and loser, she knows herself to be, in the words of the story, "alone, completely alone, against everyone." Hers is a tale of "tragic solitude" in which despair and salvation appear to be inextricably intertwined.

Bernanos uncompromising genius was a powerful inspiration to Flannery O'Connor, and Mouchette was the source of a celebrated movie by Robert Bresson.

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Mouchette - Inside/out  Aug 28, 2007
Many years ago it was required of English Liturature students to study "the stram of consciousness" method in writing, and Virginia Woolfe's To the Lighthouse was the set text. Perhaps that method of writing has now slid into the far recesses of memory and popularity which might help those reading Georges Bernanos to remember. It seemds to me that unless one gets back into this mode Mouchette - and Monsieur Ouine Monsieur Ouine - will puzzle many readers. We are asked to live in Mouchette's mind as it looks out on a short sequence of time. It is easy to get lost, no less than Mouchette is lost and confused. And it is hard anyway as there seems to be "hole" in the sequence between the events of that night and when Mouchette sets off for the village in the morning. Again, the last paragraph of the book seems to betray the promise of the book; it seems to leave too much to the imagination of the reader and too little to the consciousness of Mouchette: flat like the pond into which she sinks. Never-the-less, a beautiful story well, and chillingly, told.
Minor Bernanos  Nov 25, 2006
This short novel allegedly combines "raw realism with a spiritual focus of visionary intensity." The raw realism, to be sure, is everywhere evident during this tale of a French countryside teenager and outcast who experiences rape, despair, and finally suicide. The strength of the piece lies, I'd argue, in its wonderful concreteness: the sights, smells and tastes of Mouchette's world are all immaculately rendered. But I don't think that in clarity, coherence or proportion the author's "spiritual focus" is on a level with his writerly genius. Mouchette's story, in other words, is too long on lurid incident and too short on meaning. It's true in the last few pages the author declares that despite cryptic intrusions of grace Mouchette's life had largely been a "strange rebellion against tenderness which made her so solitary." Bernanos also briefly reflects here on the entrance of despair into the lives of poor people. But this, I think, is too little, too late to satisfactorily irradiate Mouchette's story with vision, much less with the capacity to move the reader profoundly.

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