They have a burning need for solitude, to become true free spirits liberated from "what men have made of life. But then comes a knock at the door. Soon their Garden-of-Eden getaway is interrupted by a visit from their neighbor, Palamedes Bernardin. At first, Emile and Juliette are delighted. Bernardin is a retired cardiologist how convenient to have a doctor living so close! The Hazels are baffled though still amused after this first fairly innocuous visit.
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They have a burning need for solitude, to become true free spirits liberated from "what men have made of life. But then comes a knock at the door. Soon their Garden-of-Eden getaway is interrupted by a visit from their neighbor, Palamedes Bernardin. At first, Emile and Juliette are delighted. Bernardin is a retired cardiologist how convenient to have a doctor living so close!
The Hazels are baffled though still amused after this first fairly innocuous visit. He stays exactly two hours and leaves without ceremony.
Emile and Juliette laugh it off—easy cruelties: their neighbor is large and portly, and has the personality of a sack of boulders. But as Mr. Bernardin visits the next day, and the day after that, in succession, when it looks like the visits will never cease, a low-grade paranoia and anxiety begins to settle on them. By the middle act, we meet Mr. In an effort to fill the void of a conversation, Emile blurts out an absurd dinner invitation. He is morbidly curious.
He wants to know who would marry such a man. When they meet Bernadette, Emile and Juliette are shocked. She repulses the couple but also elicits their pity and sympathy. The book darkens in tone with every turn of the page, like a stain that deepens on white carpet. Soon their need to understand their neighbor, to understand why he acts the way he does, to ascribe some logical motive to his actions—gets turned inward.
The inscrutable Mr. In fact, it reminded me of a psychiatrist and patient relationship, albeit inverted and corrupted. Emile is enraged by the intrusions, which evolve slowly in the book from being a nuisance to daily tortures. He starts to babble and drone, just to fill the silences. He becomes so obsessed with the visits he is helpless to prevent them. With wicked glee, Nothomb inserts small pinpricks into her characters.
Nothing you can see or feel at first, but eventually it does serious damage. The Stranger Next Door is a dark, absurdist comedy with existential edges that only novelists writing in French seem capable of pulling off. It has the unfortunate tendency not to act; it prefers, passively, to be seen. Well, gases expand; they are elastic and can be compressed; and they have weight.
The Stranger Next Door is one part laughing gas, two parts gas chamber. In a kind of pathological reversal, Emile is driven to murder, a murder that he sees as an act of mercy. Then this impenetrable, impassive presence makes him reflect and think otherwise.
It becomes a kind of violation from which he never recovers.
Смотреть Дорогой читатель. Удачно выбранное время событий помогло автору углубиться в проблематику и поднять ряд жизненно важных вопросов над которыми стоит задуматься. Интрига настолько запутанна, что несмотря на встречающиеся подсказки невероятно сложно угадать дорогу, по которой пойдет сюжет. Просматривается актуальная во все времена идея превосходства добра над злом, света над тьмой с очевидной победой первого и поражением второго. С помощью описания событий с разных сторон, множества точек зрения, автор постепенно развивает сюжет, что в свою очередь увлекает читателя не позволяя скучать. Отличный образец сочетающий в себе необычную пропорцию чувственности, реалистичности и сказочности. Одну из важнейших ролей в описании окружающего мира играет цвет, он ощутимо изменяется во время смены сюжетов.
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She repulses the couple but also elicits their pity and sympathy. The central character is a retired philosophy teacher and the book jumps right into the human psyche. He wants to know who would marry such a man. Sempre se di giudizio possiamo parlare. Am meisten zu denken gab der Mund: It becomes a kind of violation from which he never recovers.
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