Les Enfants Terribles (2020)

Les Enfants Terribles Jean Cocteau Les Enfants Terribles At home Paul shares a private world with his sister Elisabeth a world from which parents are tacitly excluded Their room is where the Game is played the Game being their own bizarre version of life
  • Title: Les Enfants Terribles
  • Author: Jean Cocteau
  • ISBN: 9780099561378
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
Les Enfants Terribles Jean Cocteau At home, Paul shares a private world with his sister Elisabeth, a world from which parents are tacitly excluded Their room is where the Game is played, the Game being their own bizarre version of life All that they do outside is effectively controlled by the rules of the Game unfortunately the rules of the Game prescribe that the two children must die
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  1. Warwick

    When me and my sister were younger like four and five, or five and six we used to play these epic games in the back seat of our parents car on long journeys The car was a big old Citro n estate, like the vehicle from Ghostbusters, and the back seat folded down to form a huge play area this was before anyone bothered about seat belts in the back.The games we played were incomprehensible to everyone but ourselves, and now we re older they ve grown incomprehensible to us too All I can remember are [...]

  2. Mariel

    I can see myself becoming part of the room The two sets of grandparents in their big bed they never leave from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory appealed to me I would have sat by their one bed fits all and listened to them bicker Words of wisdom, or in another conversation entirely, as was the case with one of the grandmothers I don t need the chocolate I didn t say I didn t want it but I need those grandparents and their world within a world the poorest shack in the coldest town where the one [...]

  3. Scribble Orca

    Midsummer Night s Dream machinations with a little Anthony and Cleopatra mixed in for good measure between any two of Cathy and Heathcliff, Laon and Cythna, oh why not throw in a few of the Greek Pantheon as well although they did than just mess with each other s minds and really, who cared back then anyway shot in very sexy black and white and accompanied by a stunning selection from Vivaldi and Bach Not long on ambiguity, plenty of nods to Freudian concocteauns, marvelous narration from Jean [...]

  4. Steve

    Cette esp ce de confort n influen ait gu re les enfants, car ils avaient le leur et il n tait pas de ce monde This kind of comfort hardly influenced the children, because they had their own and it wasn t of this world Not of this world, truly Paul and Elisabeth, brother and sister, 14 and 16 years old at the beginning of the story, are an inseparable binary system with a satellite, G rard, 14, caught fatefully in their gravitational well Through a series of credible circumstances, Paul and Elisa [...]

  5. [P]

    I thought the clich that adults don t understand children was untrue until I spent a year or two teaching Having no young relatives, it was the first time I had been around them since my own childhood, and, importantly, it was the first time I had frequent discussions about them with other adults And I was astonished by how na ve the adults, in particular the parents, were, how totally, how greedily, they swallowed and regurgitated the idea that these kids were innocence personified, that they [...]

  6. Cody

    Trump Reviews The ClassicsHow about this Jean Cocteau, am I right What a talent Fantastic with the movies, the bookse drawing and coloring Incredible What an American I said to Jean the other day at Mar Lago, I said, Jean, you re a real mensch, even if you have a broad s name We both got a kick out of that, me saying the Jew word Can you imagine Anyone seen my numbers with the Jews Amazing 99.73% of the Jewish voting people chose Trump The Jews love me You all know Ivanka What am I saying of cou [...]

  7. Nicole~

    3.5 starsA Bizarre Story In Les Enfants Terribles , Cocteau gives the reader a melodramatic view of adolescence, void of innocence and filled with darkness a peculiar relationship between brother and sister of excessive indulgence, petulance, childish pettiness and selfishness Paul and Elisabeth contrive and control their fantasy games in the Room that cocoons them from the world, a place where they feel most alive a comfort zone Their individual existences are simultaneously symbiotic and paras [...]

  8. MJ Nicholls

    First, Cocteau s sumptuous, surreal little pearl of a novella, in peerless translation from Rosamond Lehmann Next, Gilbert Adair s affectionate rip off The Holy Innocents spot the pun Next, Bernardo Bertalucci s film The Dreamers, with a screenplay by Gilbert Adair Next, Gilbert Adair turns his screenplay or re edits his original novel into a novelisation of The Dreamers Not a dud in the bunch An Olympic relay of sultry, challenging art What better

  9. Emma

    Cocteau s velvet words are so beautiful, reading les enfants terribles felt like little kisses on my brain Gorgeous sentence after gorgeous sentence took my breath away The translation by Rosamond Lehmann is a work of art and cocteau s illustrations throughout the book a delight The book is short at only 183 pages and i could have gobbled it up very quickly but.i took my time and don t laugh indulged in all things french and impressionist for the week Debussy s syrinx even found its way to my mu [...]

  10. Paquita Maria Sanchez

    Reading this is sort of like floating up, up, up into the clouds of a beautiful, serene blue summer sky, then suddenly dropping dozens of stories and getting bashed into billions of bloody, mushy bits.

  11. knig

    Bizarre Westermarck defiant melodrama tuned in to the obsessive convolvulations of a brother and sister who transverse a wide gamut of other relationships but ultimately end up each others best playdate.Orphaned through a stroke of magical surrealism, Elisabeth and Paul end up keeping house together as teens in 1920s Paris Much like Pippi Longstocking lording it in Villa Vellikulla, Elisabeth and Paul, unencumbered by crass considerations such as money, schooling, or other boring quotidian worri [...]

  12. Lavinia

    A sort of surrealist reading A love and hate experience of two orphan siblings Paul, Elisabeth which includes games The Game, actually their game and plays that replace the real life These games and especially the plays require partners and, mostly, an audience Gerard, Agathe And when the audience becomes too involved and the risk of intrusion in their inner word is too obvious, they are masterfully and mischievously removed.

  13. Nate D

    Curiously bonded siblings, freshly orphaned, retreat into a cloistered Game life of their own making, which barely touches the outside world, but which may incorporate new players Totally weird, poeticized use of language Totally weird relationships But it works.The central obsession immolation dynamic these siblings are like an implicitly incestuous Wuthering Heights the center cannot hold and will take everyone else with it is essentially obvious from the very start, but this is still totally [...]

  14. James

    This is a fantastic, surreal and artistic book, incredibly erotically charged, which explores the other, darker side of love It is a story about a brother and sister, Paul and Elisabeth without a father and with an invalid mother and the different romantic obsessions that they have At first Paul is obsessed with another boy, Dargelos, who looks very feminine Paul becomes very ill when Dargelos throws a snowball at him that has a rock inside it, and Elisabeth looks after him She is fairly obsesse [...]

  15. Vanessa

    2.5 stars I don t know I have mixed feelings about this book I guess Having the knowledge that the book was the basis for another book that was adapted into the movie The Dreamers which I did enjoy meant that I viewed the characters very much like the actors in these roles, and sometimes I found my unnecessary expectations affecting the way I perceived the characters and how the plot would develop.For the most part, there isn t much of a plot to this book Two siblings, Elisabeth and Paul, are co [...]

  16. Kyle

    Actual rating 2.5Not impressed.The story of a severely tempestuous and co dependent brother and sister, Elisabeth Paul, orphaned following their mother s death, slowly devolves into chaotic isolation, one in which drags down with them two others, Gerard Agatha As the four swirl around each other in the atmosphere of The Room a space wherein they dwell or less, an unhinged realm where they enact The Game a dysfunctional and totally mad, well, Game I felt nothing for any of the characters, for th [...]

  17. Marc

    I finished this short novel novella second read through earlier tonight I have much I could say about it, but I feel that if I go into an in depth analysis of the relationships between the various characters Elizabeth or Lise, the passive aggressive sister , Paul her weak brother, with whom she shares a strong physical resemblance , Gerard their friend, who is enad with Paul , Dargelos with whom Paul is enad, and who, though off screen most of the time, is key to the way in which events will unf [...]

  18. Tony

    LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES 1929 Eng Trans 1955 Jean CocteauThis is the only work I have read by Cocteau, and might very well be my last It is a short novel about the absurd lives of two children a brother Paul, and his sister, Elisabeth They live with their sick mother, who very early on dies and they are left alone The two develop a weird relationship with each other that involves playing a game , never clearly defined, that mostly occurs within their room , that place in the house where they both l [...]

  19. Feliks

    It s a kind of book which is impossible to produce in the modern age therefore the kind you have to search back decades to discover the kind you hunt back through many tomes of French and British belles lettres expressly to find relief from today s incessant babble This is one of those books like The Little Prince or The Velveteen Rabbit which rewards that craving which provides respite from all our daily jargon, acronyms, and buzz There s nothing like refreshing power of plain, direct, simple w [...]

  20. Kirsty

    I purchased Jean Cocteau s Les Enfants Terribles for two reasons firstly, it looked fantastic, and secondly, I thought that it would be an interesting inclusion for my Reading the World Project The novel in its Vintage edition has been faultlessly and lovingly translated by Rosamond Lehmann, a Virago author whom I very much enjoy in her own right.Cocteau the man was a fascinating figure by all accounts, and is recognised as important in many fields he was a poet, a novelist, an artist, a musicia [...]

  21. Inderjit Sanghera

    Les Enfants Terribles is Cocteau s dreamlike account between two siblings, Paul and Elisabeth, and their fractious relationship The novel and prose are imbued with a dreamlike and surreal quality and whilst some might point to the incestuous undertones between Paul and Elisabeth, but I am not sure if the story is about sex but about the extremes of adolescent emotions None of the characters, whether it be Paul and Elisabeth or the periphery characters who populate their lives are not rally char [...]

  22. Reuben

    This book has reaffirmed my faith in the sl e ight The language in this translation, though I m sure through Cocteau s talent also, is cold, brooding, but understated Everything is plainly written but murkily obscured The plot is simple to follow, but the motivations, the emotions, less so At the end I am left with no answers, but completely satisfied This is because Les Enfants Terribles is not concerned with explanations, it makes no claim to be, it is concerned with characters, with Games, wi [...]

  23. Andrey

    The book starts out as an innocent coming of age story but transforms itself into a macabre phantasmagoric thriller towards the end.Breathtakingly beautiful Cocteau s style illuminates the themes of teenage friendship and love, jealousy and cruelty, his imagination creating grotesque and twisted but eminently fascinating and haunting images.

  24. Dolly Delightly

    Jean Cocteau s Les Enfants Terribles is a book about the mysteries of childhood and one which could not have been written by a appropriate contender as the phrase, in the singular, has frequently been used to describe Cocteau himself Born on 5th July 1889 in Maisons Laffitte, Yvelines, a small village a few miles outside Paris, into a wealthy and politically influential family, Cocteau left home at the age of 15 His father, a lawyer and an amateur painter, shot himself in his bed when Cocteau w [...]

  25. RB

    This is a 3.5, rounded down.So, the book In Les Enfants Terribles , Jean Cocteau spends the first thirty or so pages casting a spell over the reader, with lush, beautiful descriptions of the setting while setting up most of the lead players There s not much plot, but a whole lot of atmosphere I ve read some comments where readers complain that these characters don t show much care for characters in their lives who die welcome to opium addiction The cold, distant, lacking in emotions feeling runs [...]

  26. Akemi G

    Young adult novella, which is not marketed as YA because 1 it was written before such genre was established 2 because adults don t want kids to read books like this 3 although the central figures are 14 and 16 at the beginning of the story, this doesn t necessarily mean it s YA it than tolerates adults reading In fact, I wonder how many adults can tolerate this It seems to me the French have a niche for this kind of books think of Bonjour tristesse, The Ripening Seed, etc P.S I am bumping up th [...]

  27. Emm

    Before reading this book, I really just considered Cocteau to be a french novelty who made some enchanting films What an understatement Coctueau s exploration of myth is so sophisticated and really provocative Most notably I enjoyed his treatment of Plato s androgyne myth with the titular couple the incestuous brother and sister He also manages to capture that other world of adolescence, which he places between the realms of dreams and the imaginary, where the boundaries of death and life are bl [...]

  28. Zei

    C est la premi re fois qu un roman envoie des enfants en enfer Une phrase qui m a subjugu e et men e me saisir de ce livre de l tag re de la biblioth que et de le lire, tant t d une traite sans le l cher pendant des heures, tant t en boitant, deux pages par heure.Cocteau est un auteur part, en lisant son oeuvre on a la ferme impression de regarder une toile se mouvoir et voluerle une peinture de Dali, tiens Je le conseille vivement tous ceux qui tombent dessus par le plus beau des hasards.

  29. Belle

    I literally cannot stand this type of book The entire novel felt utterly pointless and vapid The story revolves around a group of white, privileged, Parisian teenagers engaging in various mischiefs by torturing themselves and other people for fun I could care less for the silly little game that they invented However, I thought the first chapter was good and thrilling and It reminded me of the opening scene of Au Revoir Les Enfants by Louis Malle, but everything went downhill from there The story [...]

  30. Roxana Dreptu

    I m going to go ahead and make the lame pun that this book was terrible in the way that awesome can mean one thing or another, depending on the amount of English you know and on the century you were born in I was expecting a little of Jeux d Enfants and fewer fever dreams Everybody seems to be an orphan, and trying to count the love triangles is a bit like solving illusionist puzzles The characters and story are surreal.

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