August Is a Wicked Month: A Novel by Edna O'Brien PDF

By Edna O'Brien

ISBN-10: 1453247327

ISBN-13: 9781453247327

Eschewing her stale existence in London, one lady embarks on a trip of independence and sexual liberation at the French Riviera 

Separated from her husband, and along with her younger son away on a camping out journey, Ellen makes a decision to escape her lonely London domestic, naively pursuing “a jaunt into iniquity” alongside France’s Mediterranean coast. yet will she locate the get away she longs for, or the entrapment she so deeply fears?

 In August Is a depraved Month, Edna O’Brien’s lyric, languid prose creates a personality right now usual and mythic, suffering to forge her personal direction no longer as a spouse, mom, mistress, or lover—but as easily, veritably herself.

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Vous autres, vous avez marché dans votre 50 voie, moi, dans la mienne, pareilles toutes les deux, toutes les deux perverses. Nécessairement, nous avons dû nous rencontrer, dans cette similitude de caractère ; le choc qui en est résulté nous a été réciproquement fatal. » Alors, les hommes relèveront peu à peu la tête, en reprenant courage, pour voir celui qui parle ainsi, allongeant le cou comme l’escargot. Tout à coup, leur visage brûlant, décomposé, montrant les plus terribles passions, grimacera de telle manière que les loups auront peur.

Je suis fils de l’homme et de la femme, d’après ce qu’on m’a dit. Ça m’étonne... je croyais être davantage ! Au reste, que m’importe d’où je viens ? Moi, si cela avait pu dépendre de ma volonté, j’aurais voulu être plutôt le fils de la femelle du requin, dont la faim est amie des 31 tempêtes, et du tigre, à la cruauté reconnue : je ne serais pas si méchant. Vous, qui me regardez, éloignez-vous de moi, car mon haleine exhale un souffle empoisonné. Nul n’a encore vu les rides vertes de mon front ; ni les os en saillie de ma figure maigre, pareils aux arêtes de quelque grand poisson, ou aux rochers couvrant les rivages de la mer, ou aux abruptes montagnes alpestres, que je parcourus souvent, quand j’avais sur ma tête des cheveux d’une autre couleur.

61 – Toute notre vie s’est épuisée dans les cantiques de ta gloire. Tels nous avons été jusqu’ici, tels nous serons, jusqu’au moment où nous recevrons de toi l’ordre de quitter cette terre. – Elles t’obéiront à ton moindre signe et ne songeront qu’à te plaire. Si tu désires l’oiseau qui ne se repose jamais, elles te l’apporteront. Si tu désires la voiture de neige, qui transporte au soleil en un clin d’œil, elles te l’apporteront. Que ne t’apporteraient-elles pas ! elles t’apporteraient même le cerf-volant, grand comme une tour, qu’on a caché dans la lune, et à la queue duquel sont suspendus, par des liens de soie, des oiseaux de toute espèce.

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