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Ralph Manheim Translator. William T. Vollmann Afterword. Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel.

Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first pub Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel.

This book shocked most critics when it was first published in France in , but quickly became a success with the reading public in Europe, and later in America where it was first published by New Directions in The story of the improbable yet convincingly described travels of the petit-bourgeois and largely autobiographical antihero, Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I, to the African jungle, to New York and Detroit, and finally to life as a failed doctor in Paris, takes the readers by the scruff and hurtles them toward the novel's inevitable, sad conclusion.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 17th by New Directions first published More Details Original Title. Ferdinand Bardamu 1. France Africa United States of America. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Journey to the End of the Night , please sign up. Don't say Bukowski, please. I was thinking on getting some Hunter Thompson, but it's impossible to get any of his work here where I live. Has anyone out there read a more cynical and depressing book than this?

Janna Shaw In some ways, Knausgaard is doing a fine job of blowing Celine off his existentially murky pedestal. Where Louis F. This may have to do with Knausgaard's writing style many consider it needlessly droning but I also think it has to do with his landscape raised and schooled in Norway. At least Celine got to do some traveling and see his life through different lenses of the world. And in response to Robert's answer before me, his second book "A Time for Everything" has been compared to the Bible in a number of reviews.

Perhaps you should check it out if your nihilism grows wary of Vogue See all 7 questions about Journey to the End of the Night…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.

More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Journey to the End of the Night. Apr 01, Mike Puma rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: good freakin' question. Shelves: french-author , new-directions-publishing , , lit-fic. Maybe you. View all 43 comments. Jan 14, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves: the-french.

Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn't enough madness left inside him?

The truth is an endless death agony. The truth is death. You have to choose: death or lies. I've never been able to kill myself. That is its strength. After the movie ended and I was sitting there surprised that something was managing to keep the mitochondria working after my brain exploded, and also feeling a hyper awareness of the red corpuscles starting to bring animation back to my slackened muscles; I realized that I needed to expect more from myself.

I wanted to write something, climb something, jump over something, capture a moment of perfection, drink cognac from the belly button of a Sudanese princess, and drive something really, really fast.

I decided to start by reading a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a decade called Journey to the end of the night , after all Sorrentino did begin his film with that quote by the French writer. There is a cynicism in the movie which would seem to create the opposite reaction in the viewer to how I felt, but the presentation of such revelations was so artfully accomplished that what was so inspiring for me was the creativity involved in revealing the truth.

A novel that would state all those hidden thoughts and covert meanings that surround our communication with each other.

After all his government, the French government, is frankly trying to kill him. Robinson is an interesting character. He keeps turning up all throughout the book.

He is a more pessimistic, more selfish, more hapless version of Bardamu. A law had just been passed prohibiting all other activity. He was shot in the arm and wounded grievously enough to take him out of the action. Like Bardamu he went to medical school. In this book he lampoons the medical profession not only the doctors, but the people seeking medical help.

It certainly did not go well for Bardamu, so poorly in fact that he was contemplating returning to the war. The simplicity of his existence at the oars was actually for a while almost like a vacation from life. When they reach America he jumps ship believing that finally in the land of milk and honey he can achieve some level of happiness. America reminded him of his American girlfriend that he had for a short time in Paris. The prosperous optimism, wrapped in a can-do attitude was leaving Bardamu feeling exposed with his shield of skepticism buckling under the pressure.

He was antisemitic and during the war became a collaborator with the Nazis. While away he was convicted of being a collaborator and sentenced to jail time. In he was granted amnesty and returned to France.

Black humor weaves in and out of the paragraphs keeping the cynicism from slipping on concrete shoes. This semi-autobiographical work describes antihero Ferdinand Bardamu. Bardamu is involved with World War I, colonial Africa, and post—World War I United States where he works for the Ford Motor Company , returning in the second half of the novel to France, where he becomes a medical doctor and establishes a practice in a poor Paris suburb, the fictional La Garenne-Rancy.

The novel also satirizes the medical profession and the vocation of scientific research. View all 9 comments. Journey to the End of the Night "tells about the life of medical students". Ferdinand Bardamu, from the First World War on bush stories in the deepest Africa and a galley trip to America until the return to France as a poor doctor. The novel carries mainly autobiographical features.

How Celine marches his protagonist Bardamu as a worker, doctor, people and lover through the turmoil of war and the societies in Africa, America and Paris. With one language ahead of the next, Celine's focus on every Journey to the End of the Night "tells about the life of medical students". With one language ahead of the next, Celine's focus on everything that bothers him seems hypocritical and disastrous.

The Church, the state, the national pride, the middle-class petty bourgeoisie, the decadent upper class and humanity in itself, Celine buttoned relentlessly. Great Novel! View all 4 comments. The often colloquial, coarse and simple vocabulary he employed along with Proustian sentences make a visionary statement in terms of his writing and Jean-Paul Sartre was one of many who was a big fan, for me the book triumphs in it's tone, there is an elevation of sarcasm and wit throughout, there were times when I found the text so funny and others much more serous, but you can never quite figure out what was intended and what wasn't.


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