L’écume des jours (Download)

6 but the playful of the images and names is one of the charms of this novel and for sure it is probably a monster of a book to translate in any language than French Oh well some random thoughts 910 Only two things really matter there s love every kind of love with every kind of pretty girl and there s the music of Duke Ellington or traditional azz Everything else can go because all the rest is ugly and the few pages which follow as an illustration of this draw their entire strength from the fact that the story is completely true since I made it up from beginning to end Here s the promise and the warning that Boris Vian gives us in the introduction to his 1947 novel The promise of beauty and the warning of ugliness both of them to be found within the pages of his modern fairytale Call it if you want an existentialist love story or a horrible surreal comedy a continuation of the principle that started in antiuity carpe diem passed through the pen of Robert Herrick gather ye rosebuds while ye may and landed in France there to be reconciled with the negation of God the leftist sympathies and the passion for azz among the intellectuals freuenting the cafes down Boulevard Saint Germain des PresFor me the experience of my first novel by Boris Vian is best described in terms of azz It is experimental it has a definite theme romantic love meets cruel reality and within this frame it leaves room for improvization and for instrumental solos The text experiments with reality we live in a magical futuristic world a skewed frame of reference with which the author confounds and distorts the expectations of the reader The game is expanded to all senses scenes are described in terms of either pastel or primary clashing colours tastes are tied up to sounds in the preparation of cocktails cooking is done by mixing exotic and sometimes incompatible ingredients Dialogues are either whimsical or absurdist sending me back to memories of Lewis Carroll or Eugene Ionesco Words are broken into pieces and then re assembled into new shapes and roles Hyperbole is ever present in declared sentiments in atitudes or in set pieces an ice rink a dance hall a wedding an auditorium at the Sorbonne a factory floor etc Vian does not go as far out field as the later generation that embraced be bop but what he does here can be considered revolutionary and uniue for the times the novel was published His love for Duke Ellington is I believe reflected in the compact emotional and in the end carefully orchestrated final productLet s meet the members of the band on clavicocktail we have Colin a young and well heeled socialite living in a posh apartment in the metropolis we don t have a name it s a fable remember on clarinet we have Chick his less rich friend who has to work as an engineer in order to buy the books he loves so much on drums cymbals and assorted cooking pans we have Nicholas a talented servant cook driver and confident for Colin on piccolo we have the blonde Allysum a niece of Nicholas confident for Colin on piccolo we have the blonde Allysum a niece of Nicholas the servant cook driver and confident for Colin on piccolo we have the blonde Allysum a niece of Nicholas and the interest of Chick on violin he have the dreamy fragile Chloe a dark haired beauty and the love interest of Colin on backing vocals he have Iris another young and rich socialite that ties up the different themes together the brass section is fronted by Jean Pulse Heartre Jean Sol Partre in other translations and the Marchiness de Mauvoir the existentialist idols who are lionized by an admiring population first among them our friend Chick on pipsueak we have a small grey mouse with soft black whiskers you never know when you might need one finally on upright bass blind FATE plays on to a different tune than everybody else dropping hint after hint that the end is nighsince I gave you the names of the band members main characters I should also include here the program for the evening mainly Duke Ellington s arrangements all mentioned in the text and all dating from what Boris Vian considers his best period the early 1940 s Black and Tan Fantasy Loveless Love Chloe In the Mood to be Wooed Blues of the Vagabond Misty Morning Prelude to a Kiss Mood Indigo Blue Bubbles To continue with my analogy I will present my favorite passages from the novel as musical numbers from the concert to the tune of Prelude to a Kiss You wouldn t like to give me some clues about the way in which you entered into a relationship with her Colin went on Well said Chick I asked her if she liked Jean Pulse Heartre and she told me that she collected all his works Then I said to her So do *I And every time I said something to her she answered So do I and vice versa Then finally ust as *And every time I said something to her she answered So do I and vice versa Then finally ust as existentialist experiment I said to her I love you very much But that time she ust said Oh So the experiment was a flop said Colin I suppose so said Chick But all the same she didn t go So then I said I m going that way and she said I m not But she went on I m going this way Extraordinary nodded Colin So I said So am I said Chick And after that I went everywhere that she did It sounds much better in French to me Et moi aussi I wish my French was good enough to read this book in its original not anglicized form but I am afraid I will miss too many of Vian s puns and invented words Even the title is a bit better in French L ecume des ours a frothy daydream although I also like the azzy connotations of Mood Indigo to the tune of Let s Suint Twist Again Colin takes instructions about the new dance craze that is sweeping the metropolis The principle of the Locuras y extravagancias creencias y proyectos diversiones y pesares alegrías y frustraciones Un día sin embargo todo cambia un nenúfar. .
Uint sir relies on the simultaneous setting up of interferences obtained via the rigorously synchronized oscillatory movements of two loosely connected centres of animation I didn t realize said Colin that it was concerned with such advanced developments in physics In this case said Nicholas the dancer and his partner should attempt to maintain minimum perceptible distance between themselves Then their entire bodies begin to vibrate following the rhythm of the music You don t say said Colin looking slightly worried A series of static undulations is then set up said Nicholas presenting as in the laws of acoustics various diaphragmatic vibrations and frictions which make a large contribution to the creation of the right atmosphere on a dance floor or like on of my mechanical trainers used to say Dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire to the tune of Let s Do It Let s Fall in Love Colin complains that everybody is amoureuse except him I wish I were in love said Colin The butcher boy wishes he were in love And the baker boy wishes exactly ditto ie that he were in love The candle stick maker s boy and everybody in the street wishes and wishes that I were in love and they were and you were and we were and that the whole wide world were too And even those that are left wish that they could fall in love as well alternative suggestion Tous les garcons et les filles with Francoise Hardy to the tune of Georgia on my Mind let s listen to Colin daydreaming about the girl he ust met I wish he went on I were lying deep in lightly toasted grass with sunshine and warm earth all around the grass crisp and yellow as straw you know what I mean with hundreds of little buzzing insects and clumps of soft dry moss too One lies flat on one s tummy and stares A hedge some pebbles a few gnarled trees and half a dozen leaves complete the scene They re a great help And Chloe said Chick And Chloe of course said Colin Chloe on my mind I guess you can tell from my uotes so far that this is a boy meets girl kind of story whimsical and sweet and mostly pink and light blue in tone with fluffy white clouds scateerred artistically in the sky A perfect April in Paris kind of mood Which is true if the reader is willing to ignore the occasional arring notes that leave a trail of bloody dismembered tranmpled by elephants crushed by falling roofs etc bodies scattered around the edges of the main plot Colin is happy he has found the girl of his dreams there is music in his life and he feels generous towards his friends Existentialism can be fun right He was running and he was scared Why can t we always be together Things were always happening to alarm us Wrong This is still the real world that we see distorted under the artistic lens of Boris Vian This is stil written under the influence of Sartre and Beauvoir and Camus on a is stil written under the influence of Sartre and Beauvoir and Camus on a note is it possible that the grotesue portrait of Jean Pulse Heartre in the novel has anything to do with Vian s wife having an affair with the philosopher People get sick and need to see a doctor People need to work for money before they can relax with a drink listening to a hot azz number Governments still spend the better part of their budget on military adventures And some people are concerned about books than about the real person waiting right by their side But he loves his books than me wails one of the band players I don t have a fast tempo dark and wild number to suggest right now but I m sure there are a few to be found listening to from Duke Ellington Or you can picture the famous scene from Charlie Chaplin s Hard Times Down below in front of each mammoth machine a man was struggling struggling as not to be slashed and torn apart by the voracious cogs facing him Every man s right foot was held down by a heavy iron ring They were only let off twice a day at night and at noon I was both enchanted and disturbed by the story of Colin and Chloe Chick and Allysum thrilled by the experimental nature of Boris Vian s prose and by his imagery I would use some Salvador Dali images to illustrate my review if I were not sort of lazy right now and rushing to go back to another novel I would like to watch the Michel Gondry film version since I believe Audrey Tatou is perfect for the role of Chloe Finally after a first succesful foray I will probably continue to read Vian s books first succesful foray I will probably continue to read Vian s books with his commercial pulp stories next I only discovered this recipe a couple of years ago but it has already become one of my favorites It s hard to believe that the different ingredients go together In fact they complement each other perfectlyFrench manga with fatal love stories and roasted Sartre 1 medium manga2 fatal love storieswhole early Sartre including authorLewis Carroll style wordplaysome PG WodehouseridiculepanachebrioTrim the manga retaining a good part of the extreme violence sex and nudity and transpose into French novel form using the method from page 73 Add the love stories *THE WORDPLAY AND THE WODEHOUSE AND *wordplay and the Wodehouse and well Set aside in a warm place for an hour until it has risenMeanwhile turn the Sartre inside out and tear it to pieces Make sure that both the author and La Naus e are completely covered in ridicule If you do this correctly Sartre will still be a lifelong friend but be warned that you may not get it right on the first tryFold the Sartre carefully into the main plot then pour into a pot boiler and simmer until done Serve immediately with plenty of panache and brio. Empieza a crecer en el interior de Chloé y tras los primeros instantes de sorpresa un manto de melancolía parece cubrir la viveza de todos.

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L’écume des ours

Boris Vian ↠ 3 review

One might like this book for many reasons because it s a love story because it s unconventional uite bohemian amelie poulain like and maybe even because it s surrealistic and sf i called this book a collective bildungsroman because i have the feeling all characters undergo major changes during the booko carte care place in primul rind pentru ca e o poveste de dragoste in al doilea rind pentru ca e neconventionala si nu in ultimul rind pentru ca e de o boemie specifica lui amelie poulain si ar mai fi un rind pentru cei interesati p cartea combina cu succes realitatea cu sf ul si cu suprarealismulpersonajele care pot fi usor grupate in cupluri chloe colin alise chick isis nicolas traiesc fara preocupari cotidiene concrete chick e gata sa se falimenteze si sa renunte la dragostea pentru alise de dragul colectionarii operei lui ean sol partre iar colin considera ca munca il coboara pe om la nivelul masinii cu toate astea in final cu totii ajung sa experimenteze lucrurile de care fug la inceput munca probleme financiare si moarte motiv pentru care indraznesc sa numesc lucrarea lui vian un bildungsroman colectiv despre povestea principala dragostea dintre colin si chloe n o sa spun nimic pentru ca detalii se gasesc mai peste tot mai bine citeva citate mai intotdeauna era bine dispus restul timpului dormeausa de la intrare se inchise in urma lui cu zgomotul unui sarut pe un umar golpe mine nu ma intereseaza fericirea tuturor oamenilor ci a fiecaruia in parte ce ar fi sa cint misty morning propuse anticarul oare i buna da spuse colinare un efect formidabil produce un cocteil gris perle si verde de izma cu gust de piper si de fuma se citi avind in casti muzica lui duke ellington He got passed her and started crying She was at least fifty nine years old He sat down on the curb and cried some It relieved him greatly and his tears froze with little crackling sounds and broke on the smooth granite sidewalkThe garden of children must make their eviction charges like a game of musical chairs Skies are clown shoes thundering the last laugh Colin reminded me of my usual answer if I like children or not Searches for an example every time Uh it depends on the kid like anyone He s not a kid but I never felt like he was anything else Halos of luck blind what they are made of Maybe not uite because Colin and his back up dancers don t give me that bittersweet wistfulness an impulsive baby would What s residual is that I don t begrudge them ignorance of the difference between sun and no rise Michel Gondry made a film version Mood Indigo I switched off in the direction of the cloud mobile lover s trip Do you ever feel like things are real when you can drag them off to drown em see which fishies make it to the next world Sometimes it feels like the things I don t want to do that with are the blurred days holding me back It felt like I was doing this rescuing translation in my mental visual Vian s prose is fantastic for this Suggestions in literal like an exaggerated serious expression on an innocent face Nick s taken for granted does a leap frog Suishy toes my some are unluckier than others wading A smile is losing it s colder like you saw a picture of the cold In the film I was *livid when Colin must go to the party so his buddy *when Colin must go to the party so his buddy will not get the girlfriend first Some friend he is Film is watching someone being waited on feet and hands kissed like asses When did Colin become their leader Is it the blonde hair the money It must be the money he was first When Colin gets in love when Chloe s his wife Burning happiness in bed like a fed cat Chick and Alise aren t the Someone is telling you about that wonderful dream they had but they are asleep They start falling before Colin does but maybe they are not necessary for him after all Nick falls down with him too he s catching up with the aged His niece follows her lover Chick down the hungry pockets of philosopher Partre Let me reach for my belief in my coat They ll be there for the doomsday doublets for today Colin is losing his money behind Chick A flower in Chloe s lung conuers her life Maybe it was retribution for every bloom that lost its life so a lover could believe in theirs She goes and Colin goes with her I knew that you couldn t be a kid again There has been three translations of L ecme des ours Brian Harper s translation Foam of the Daze my press TamTam Books Mood Indigo American trans s translation Foam of the Daze my press TamTam Books Mood Indigo American trans this British edition translated by Stanley Chapman Froth on the Daydream Translations are a fascinating subject matter because basically it is how one looks at a book and how they tell the tale in a lanugage that is suibtable for that book or culture Since I am the publisher I of course nod towards Brian s translation one because he s American who lives in Paris and has an understanding of Vian s world and times As well as giving the language an American tone I think Vian s work translated into English works better with an American English voice due to the nature of the work And this is not saying Vian doesn t like British literature because he does there is outright love for PG Wodehouse in this particular novel but overall the love of Jazz is extremely important in Vian s work and American English to my ears fit the material Also Brian is a superb writer But Chapman s translation is very interesting for instance he drops reference to Jean Luc Godard in the first few pages which is not in the original by any means since the book was written in 194. Inmersos en su universo peculiar donde cualuier cosa es posible Colin y Chloé Chick y Alise son dos Hello, Snow! jóvenes parejas de amigos ue comparten.