Amantele

Amantele[KINDLE] ❆ Amantele By Elfriede Jelinek – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Povestea celor doua eroine ale romanului Amantele, Paula si Brigitte, se petrece intr un orasel austriac de munte Aparent, cele doua femei au caractere cu totul diferite Paula refuza orice conformism, Povestea celor doua eroine ale romanului Amantele, Paula si Brigitte, se petrece intr un orasel austriac de munte Aparent, cele doua femei au caractere cu totul diferite Paula refuza orice conformism, fiind mult mai aplecata spre experiment, pe cind Brigitte suporta cu stoicism viata alaturi de Heinz, un betiv greu caracterizabil ca apartinand rasei umane Alegerile facute de cele doua in cautarea unui barbat vor avea rezultate surprinzatoare In roman, casatoria, copiii, iubirea sunt desfiintate cu o cruzime iesita din comun si cu o violenta rar intalnita la vreun alt autor contemporan Lipsa oricarei urme de fericire intr o relatie este vazuta ca normala, fiind o realitate de necontestat, pe care o ascundem din ipocrizie si superficialitate. I had promised myself never to touch a Jelinek again after suffering through three of her novels for a Nobel Laureate reading project And then I signed up for a class, and she was part of the repertoire, and I reluctantly ordered the copy, knowing I was in for some pain and brutality For a Jelinek novel, this one actually contains less sadism than expected, but the everyday humiliation of women is almostpainful to follow, as it iscommon and recognisable than heroutlandish sto I had promised myself never to touch a Jelinek again after suffering through three of her novels for a Nobel Laureate reading project And then I signed up for a class, and she was part of the repertoire, and I reluctantly ordered the copy, knowing I was in for some pain and brutality For a Jelinek novel, this one actually contains less sadism than expected, but the everyday humiliation of women is almostpainful to follow, as it iscommon and recognisable than heroutlandish storylines As long as there are still women in the world who identify mainly as accessories of men, as objects to be treated and mistreated at the whim of almost gorilla like males, as carriers of offspring conceived without pleasure and brought up to perpetuate the pattern of submission and dominance, Jelinek can t be discarded as unimportant.Her writing style is sharp, acid, brutal, and honest in a hateful way She is not showing off and glorifying the sexual predators and their victims in the monotonous and boring manner of Bret Easton Ellis, but pointing to the lopsided reality within our society, thus making a political statement with her literary pain and meaninglessness.She has her place in world literature I am not going to dispute that.But I hope I won t need to readof her ever again, for whatever reason, for she makes my stomach turn Can a book getunrelentingly negative than this Well, yes, maybe something by Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek s fellow Austrian sorry about the word fellow Elfriede Gosh, on page 159, Jelinek herself says, in jest of course, One must not describe only negative and ugly things Negative and ugly is thy name, Ms Jelinek, at least in this tome In fact, when these characteristics become so extreme they become almost funny and in some ways this is a very funny book Okay, so why fou Can a book getunrelentingly negative than this Well, yes, maybe something by Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek s fellow Austrian sorry about the word fellow Elfriede Gosh, on page 159, Jelinek herself says, in jest of course, One must not describe only negative and ugly things Negative and ugly is thy name, Ms Jelinek, at least in this tome In fact, when these characteristics become so extreme they become almost funny and in some ways this is a very funny book Okay, so why four stars Well, in my opinion, this most controversial of all modern Nobel prize winners has a powerful and unforgettable style For example, there is not a capital letter in the book, which is, I think, Jelinek s way of saying that the world she describes is so petty and stupid that it should not be honored with caps Moreover, and with apologies to all members of my pitiful gender, Jelinek has much to say about men, women, and such delightful institutions as marriage that is, dare I say it, all too true In fact, I recommend this book to all women raised in my own gender conservative tradition, if only as a useful antidote to the romanticism that enslaves and destroys so many of them half of them, to be sure, enslaved and destroyed with a smile on their face and great joy in their heart So, my conclusion is that there is real genius herenow I need to read the Piano Player or one of Jelinek s other novels to discover if there is also versatility In the novel, Jelinek an Austrian novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 a seemingly controversial choice employs an interesting style She avoids capitalisation entirely including proper nouns Each sentence is given a paragraph break, regardless of length Sentences are, for the most part, short Complementing compounding the experimental nature of the novel is the fact that the courses of the lives of two women are told against each other One chapter we are with In the novel, Jelinek an Austrian novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 a seemingly controversial choice employs an interesting style She avoids capitalisation entirely including proper nouns Each sentence is given a paragraph break, regardless of length Sentences are, for the most part, short Complementing compounding the experimental nature of the novel is the fact that the courses of the lives of two women are told against each other One chapter we are with Bbrigette who hates Hheinz but loves the idea of marrying him because he represents her best chance at material wealth and the good life and the next chapter we are with Ppaula, who follows her heart and dreams rather than conforming to society s conception of that very same good life.As an exercise in creatively eviscerating the place of woman in society through a Marxist feminist lens, it is a great success Class and gender are effectively explored and critiqued through the narrative As an exercise of skilful writing and storytelling, I m less convinced While I d not go so far as denounce Jelinek as a fraud or of completely lacking in talent, I didn t enjoy the act of reading as I usually do It felt like a chore, and that s rarely a recommendation Though compared to Thomas Bernhard I must insist that Elfriede Jelinek is nowhere close to the stature and level of his writing She is very good and cynical, true, and she writes honestly, but at least in Women as Lovers she has not reached his level of the sentence and rhetoric given within her own misanthropy I am not sure she has any reverence at all for a human, being they male or female Her picture of life as an Austrian bodes ill for any it seems But I will continue to read her work an Though compared to Thomas Bernhard I must insist that Elfriede Jelinek is nowhere close to the stature and level of his writing She is very good and cynical, true, and she writes honestly, but at least in Women as Lovers she has not reached his level of the sentence and rhetoric given within her own misanthropy I am not sure she has any reverence at all for a human, being they male or female Her picture of life as an Austrian bodes ill for any it seems But I will continue to read her work and see if my opinion might alter I found her work to be engaging and oftentimes quite funny She has great one liners but there is something missing in her prose and I am not sure at this time what exactly that is Perhaps aftertime has elapsed I will get a better handle on this artist, but for now, I will leave it that she is simply only better than most I learned about Elfriede Jelinek because of the film adaptation of her novel The Piano Teacher and because Xiu Xiu used the title of this book Women As Lovers as the title of their most recent album and drew a fair number of quotes from it for lyrics as well The first thing that most people will tell you about Jelinek is that she s a controversial author, and for once, it s not because of bad behavior or personal quirks not primarily, anyway, though she does suffer from agoraphobia and w I learned about Elfriede Jelinek because of the film adaptation of her novel The Piano Teacher and because Xiu Xiu used the title of this book Women As Lovers as the title of their most recent album and drew a fair number of quotes from it for lyrics as well The first thing that most people will tell you about Jelinek is that she s a controversial author, and for once, it s not because of bad behavior or personal quirks not primarily, anyway, though she does suffer from agoraphobia and was a prominent member of the Austrian Communist Party until 1991 but because of her prose and the themes that she chooses to feature in her writing Jelinek is well known as a feminist and a socialist and makes these commitments an integral part of her fiction.Not only does she explore the way that class and patriarchy affect social relations and individual s psyches in her narratives, but she embraces a radical prose style that seems to be calibrated to incisively cut through platitudes and social s to expose the raw domination that underlies social identity I imagine this is where many readers run into problems Jelinek received a Nobel Prize for literature, but not without major fallout in the literary establishment She frequently uses repetition and a starkly sardonic tone Her MO all but rules out sustained instances of expressive or descriptive language her style reads as very episodic And of course there are the myriad episodes of violence, particularly of a sexual nature.But if it sounds like I m not very enthusiastic about Jelinek s writing, then I m giving off the wrong impression I wouldn t necessarily call it fun to read, but I have found her novels to be very rewarding, particularly Women As Lovers The name of the novel calls to mind D.H Lawrence, and a lot about this story reminds me of a turn of the century British novel in its exploration of social and sexual themes The opening sentences describe a factory in an Austrian village in terms that pare its existence down to the relation between it and the people that labor in it Though this immediately strikes one as a very Marxist literary device, Jelinek doesn t use didactic Marxist jargon, so the book achieves a sort of na ve narrative voice, almost reminiscent of a dark fairy tale.There are two main protagonists, both women One, Brigitte, moves ruthlessly through life, with no concern for her own dignity and holding no illusions about love, interested only in financial security She sees her own sexuality only as a means of achieving this and pursues a socially mobile, boorish middle class lout The other woman, Paula has no sense for securing her material well being, and falls in love with a man with few prospects and little regard for her The story proceeds much as you can guess it will, without much suspense, but the narrator s commentary keeps you involved in the unfolding events.In telling this kind of story, it seems like there is a fine line between, on the one hand, being reductive and confirming that reality conforms to the broad demands of theory, or on the other hand, telling one of those dramatic tales that seems to touch reality at no point, and ultimately seems to have little relevance to life as we live it I think Women manages to evade this particular bind because despite the inevitability of its outcome, and equally, because of it, there is a sense of tragedy accompanied by sharp and insightful commentary that prevents the story from seeming to become merely socialist feminist propaganda.I would encourage interested readers to give this novel a try because Jelinek has a really unique style and a definite gift for unusual and provocative descriptions In fact, pretty much everything about her writing is provocative, and ultimately rewarding I was also impressed to learn that Jelinek has written a German translation of Gravity s Rainbow, which is no small feat, and the libretto for an opera based on Lynch s Lost Highway Reading Jelinek is intoxicatingly corrosive, like drinking the bleach and discovering that it tastes like your favorite microbrew I wasn t able to make it through The Piano Teacher or Wonderful, Wonderful Times It turns out that this was the book for me Whereas the previous two were like dense slabs of wasp studded fruitcake, this waslike a sprightly chiffon cake laced with strychnine I have a soft spot for books that are deeply sad, yet manage to be funny in a horrible, inappropriate Reading Jelinek is intoxicatingly corrosive, like drinking the bleach and discovering that it tastes like your favorite microbrew I wasn t able to make it through The Piano Teacher or Wonderful, Wonderful Times It turns out that this was the book for me Whereas the previous two were like dense slabs of wasp studded fruitcake, this waslike a sprightly chiffon cake laced with strychnine I have a soft spot for books that are deeply sad, yet manage to be funny in a horrible, inappropriate way think babies as maggots In an attempt to give this review some constructive value, I ll note that the book a withering, feminist treatment of marriage and baby making was originally published in 1975 It may or may not read as dated Really, are things so different now In a lot of ways, yes, they are But that also depends on where and how you grew up Also, independent of the feminist angle, Women as Lovers is a scathing indictment of class injustice and constricting, soul destroying social paradigms It was good times Definitely not half as bad as I thought it would be I heard her books tend to be quite brutal and sadistic but this wasn t really the case Sure, it wasvulgar but nothing extreme.If it hadn t been for the dragging of Brigitte s story especially, it could ve been 4 stars. 3.5 5 the men don t talk about the women, because they are here, whether they talk about them or not. For one unclear reason or another, I have been for the past few months returning to the familiar ground of authors already read Sometimes, fortuitously, the second impression differs little from the first that initially motivated me to seek outof their works More often, though, the repeated experience isdistanced, making for similar quantities of food for thought but qualified mo 3.5 5 the men don t talk about the women, because they are here, whether they talk about them or not. For one unclear reason or another, I have been for the past few months returning to the familiar ground of authors already read Sometimes, fortuitously, the second impression differs little from the first that initially motivated me to seek outof their works More often, though, the repeated experience isdistanced, making for similar quantities of food for thought but qualifiedby analysis than pathos In the case of Jelinek, there s the singular context of 2016 s dismal joke of a Nobel Prize for Lit recipient, coupled to the US s president elect results in such a way as to suggest the first was a horrible premonition of the second As stated in a similar fashion by an Internet post on Tumblr if the change of US government goes through, no one has the right to require work experience in a job application ever again blows never outweigh money money is heavier than blows.paula however has only herself and her love to give away.which is too little. The first time I encountered Jelinek, I was too caught up in taking the piece personally to pick apart her peculiar literary voice Upon my return, I can say hers is a style of documentary, but not just any documentary Her documentary is devoted to the scene of some particularly brutal subspecies whom the commentator can afford to describe in tones both candid and kitsch Behold the triumphant female in her long fought for nest Behold both her successful mate and her successful offspring Tis a shame that both the male s lustful passion and the parents pedagogical leanings are woefully aborted by an inability to communicate or commune, but that s the law of nature for you We wishy washy and oh so politically correct humans would do well to learn from such things Or, perhaps, we have, upon which the narrative begins to turn on the axis between organisms under the microscope to domestic observance until you re either sick to your stomach or think it all quite realistic Either way, don t go ruining it all by pasting universal on it, if you please Prominent as they are in the papers and on the tube, the percentage of countries that have had to lock their Nazi past away is quite small Instead, feel free to think fondly on a time when Nobel Prize winning women caused certain judges to walk out in a hissy fit because they couldn t handle the truth.In many ways, this book is extraordinarily amiable The plot is capitalism, the gender roles are Eurocentric, and the assault and genitally obsessed scatology is kept to a minimum when compared to, say, The Piano Teacher If there were ever such a thing as a good introduction to Jelinek, I d put my money on this one Only, of course, if you ve broken the habit of demanding everything act like entertainment If you refuse, be a dear and stick to Fox News, leaving the books to us when momma has a bad day, then she thinks, that the pork butcher s wife for example has a housewife s kingdom of her own, but also a smokeroom of her own then momma gives her little grandson franzi a shove with the sharp toothed rake franzi s bawling and bellowing compensates momma for the pork butcher s wife having two kingdoms, a housewife s kingdom and a pork butcher s wife s kingdom franzi s cries guide momma back to the heart of the matter, that is, to the fact that she herself has everything a woman can wish for, and and everyone is healthy the pork butcher s wife is forgotten franzi is comforted at length whatcan a momma wish for nothing. It was a good novel, Jelinek describes the suffering of women in traditional villages in Austria, I was astonished how they have similar problems and position as in the 3rd world villages women had no future there neither present, they dreams of a man, poor and ignorant one, that would be able to save them and give them better position, she shows us how they treat women badly beat her, punish her and rape her they consider a woman just a body she talks about 3 examples Brigitte who got her It was a good novel, Jelinek describes the suffering of women in traditional villages in Austria, I was astonished how they have similar problems and position as in the 3rd world villages women had no future there neither present, they dreams of a man, poor and ignorant one, that would be able to save them and give them better position, she shows us how they treat women badly beat her, punish her and rape her they consider a woman just a body she talks about 3 examples Brigitte who got her goal at last, even though that her goals were so simple Paola became a pregnant and suffers with her husband who was rough and drunk all the time, he was handsome but soon he lost his charming she then started to sell her body so as to get money to get her goals, but on the contrast she was divorced and returned to the factory where Brigitte had begun her life in, Elfriede Jelinek shows us how women dreams of men and consider them their heroes who can bring them all their wishes and the kingdoms they dream of but that kingdom was not that perfect nothing but cleaning dirt and preparing food they both obliged their lovers if they were loving them to marry them by being pregnant of them this novel depicts the false virtue that those villagers claimed and punish their girls for such false reasons, while the truth is each family brought their children in illegal way it is obvious that the author refused such community and made fun of the fate of those simple women another example was Zuzana who was a well educated young woman and she at last found a suitable man as if the writer considers marriage the final fate of each woman, she describes marriage preparation as those for a funeral ceremony it was similar to a psychological analysis for those simple peoplecheck this fordetails Women as Lovers is a harsh and bleak portrayal of the lives of two Austrian women They are named Brigitte Paula They live in utter destitution and work their asses off everyday in an underwear factory They both think that the only way to find true happiness is to marry the one they love Brigitte loves Heinz, who is ugly, but he has a stable job and, therefore, a better future Paula loves Erich, who is handsome, but he is a ne er do well drunkard and he beats her up Brigitte uses sex to m Women as Lovers is a harsh and bleak portrayal of the lives of two Austrian women They are named Brigitte Paula They live in utter destitution and work their asses off everyday in an underwear factory They both think that the only way to find true happiness is to marry the one they love Brigitte loves Heinz, who is ugly, but he has a stable job and, therefore, a better future Paula loves Erich, who is handsome, but he is a ne er do well drunkard and he beats her up Brigitte uses sex to manipulate Heinz into marrying her This is quite effective She gets pregnant and Heinz reluctantly proposes She gets it right Paula uses sex to change Erich and to marry a man she imagines he will soon become This is quite ineffective She gets pregnant and Erich is still the same wife beating drunkard She gets it wrong The pragmatist far outwits the idealist in this harrowing anti fairy tale.Elfriede Jelinek wrote the novel in an unconventional format using the lowercase as a device throughout the narrative to emphasize the insignificance of Brigitte and Paula s existence She tells the story in a detached manner, empty of emotion, and straight to the point The repetitive prose is to mirror the monotony of the women s plight The passages of humor are there to remind us that this fictional world, like our very own, is also a combination of tragedy and comedy Although, unlike Brigitte, Paula getsof the former and less and less of the latter 4 out of 5 stars