|Plot Summary of Journey to the End of the Night|
|"Celine's misanthropic 1932 novel broke radically with French literary traditions in both style and subject matter. "Celine often said that he regarded himself primarily as a stylist. He held that the French literary language was stiff and spent with age, that classicism and academicism had emasculated the language of Villon and Rabelais, and that in our age emotion could be captured only in the spoken tongue."
Yevgeny Bazarov, Resident Scholar
|"Celine's alter ego, Bardamu, undergoes the idiocy of World War I and then becomes a doctor attempting to care for broken and diseased people after the war. He's sort of a contemporary and older brother of some of the characters in Henry Miller and Bukowski. But he's colder, more bitter, more corrosive in his judgments of the world, of women, of himself. The story takes him through the war, to French West Africa, Manhattan, and back to Paris, and it has a dreamlike, hallucinatory quality. It's easy to dislike him, for his tenderness and regret is subtle and elusive under all the ostensible sarcasm and misogyny, but it's there -- and couched in beautiful, often breathtaking as well as bracing prose."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Journey to the End of the Night|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Life of a profession:
Inside culture (main char)
- visiting a culture in other country
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
- War, general
- War, WW I
- infantry soldier
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- New York
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
Lot of foul language?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog
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