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Le Roi des Aulnes

E passage of strange gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to ogre of the Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn taking us deeper into the dark heart of fascism than any. Since The Ogre is a book obsessed with taxonomy heraldry classification of all kinds I ll start by saying that the author MIchel Tournier most reminds me of is Thomas Mann Mann s playful ironic fictions seem to have fallen out of use these days I for one can t get over Guy Davenport s comparison of him to James Joyce Mann imposes meaning Joyce finds it Mann looks for weakness in strength Joyce for strength in weakness Mann s novels illustrate ideas Joyce s return ideas to their origins but reading The Ogre I was reminded again of how incredibly fun it is to move around in a novel whose reserves are charged rather than sapped by a sense of ideal forms At times for all its storytelling and scene setting and narrative capability this book seems to be of an ecology than even the most experimental nouveaux romans Indeed by the end of it I got the sense that Tournier is not just system obsessed but system haunted and that the pages upon pages detailing the main character s private universe were put there as a way to make us see how a modern day Crusoe that is a person who feels completely cut off from human connection might go about surviving Loneliness This book is very lonely It is also I think a testament and warning to anyone who ever spent a year and a half trying to learn Elvish followed by Dark Elvish Klingon and probably because it was the most strange and made up sounding of the languages that my high school offered Russian What happens when the world you make in your head takes over Or to put it even handedly I hope How do we light the mentalemotional candelabra inside us without eclipsing the very real and conseuential world outside us How do we keep from destroyingbeing destroyed In places Tournier s book may be in a little too much of a hurry the answer these uestions to follow the arrow of its logic I wanted of the tide pools But the last fifty pages or so are legitimately visionary and horrible an inverted King Matt the First and worth the momentum

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Novel since The Tin Drum Until the very last page when Abel meets his mystic fate in the collapsing ruins of the Third Reich it shocks us dazzles us and above all holds us spellboun. If you wish to be an ogre then it is very important that you not only be bullied mercilessly but that you react by choosing someone completely unsuitable as a role model This is what happens to Abel Tiffauges the son of an auto mechanic who despite his height is treated like dirt at a Catholic school and ends by inheriting his father s garageAlong the way he develops some strange ideas regarding children While he is not a pederast and never even attempts to initiate any overt molestation Yet he is falsely accused by a little girl to whom he has given rides in his car of rape Just when he is about to be adjudged as guilty of crime a sympathetic judge frees him providing he joins the army It is only days before the German invasion of France and the Phony War is about to turn into a real shooting warBefore long Abel is captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp in East Prussia where he develops a reputation as a trusted hard working prisoner Because of his ability with motor vehicles he is transferred to Goering s giant hunting lodge at Rominten and from there to the napola of Kaltenborn where he becomes an assistant to a racial theorist named Otto BlaettchenThese napolas are short for National Political Academies where German youth are trained to become SS officers As always Tiffauges enters into the spirit of the institution and even takes over Blaettchen s position when the latter is transferred to the Eastern Front In the end Tiffauges is so successful in finding prototypically Aryan looking recruits that he develops a fearsome reputation in the Prussian hinterlandThis warning is addressed to all mothers in the areas of Gehlenburg Sensburg Loetzen and LyckBEWARE OF THE OGRE OF KALTENBORNHe is after your children He roves through our country stealing children If you have any never forget the Ogre he never forgets them Don t let them go out alone Teach them to run away and hide if they see a giant on a blue horse with a pack of black hounds If he comes to see you don t yield to his threats don t be taken in by his promises All mothers should be guided by one certainty If the Ogre takes your child you will NEVER see him againAt the napola the boys and girls are raised in a military discipline heavily laden with the ersatz symbolism of a uasi fictitious Teutonic past What eventually happens of course is that the Russians invade on their way to take Berlin The ending of Michel Tournier s The Ogre is exceedingly strange and not altogether successful The book does however show how one on the borders of evil can still be strangely innocent while contributing to the overall evils of National Socialism The Ogre is probably one of the best French novels of the second half of the Twentieth Century Tournier succeeds in keeping the reader enthralled from the first page to the last

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An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt France's most prestigious literary award The Ogre is a masterful tale of innocence perversion and obsession It follows th. A very special kind of book there s no doubt about that But I m not sure what to feel about it The first third is a mix of diary excerpts memories and reveries especially about the youth of Abel Tiffauges a crippled garageholder in Paris It s difficult reading but it s clear enough Tiffauges looks at reality in a very strange way with special attention to young children yes indeed he sees himself as childbearer and Saint Christopher his patron saint but a girlfriend refers to the oger myth a humanoid monster in fairy tales that hunts childrenThen the perspective changes the Second World War starts and Tiffauges is prisoner of war in a camp in East Prussia deep in Germany He is afforded a lot of freedom becomes an aide of G ring and eventually ends up in a castle school of the Hitlerjugend In the slipstream of nazi rigor and cruelty he can develop his special talents It is here the link is made with the known poem of Goethe the alder king Der Erlk nig I m not going to reveal the end but in the midst of the apocalyptic sceneries of the fall of the Third Reich Tiffauges comes to repent his sins This part in Eastern Prussia is much easier to read as an interesting developing story But this also has a perverse side effect hunting red deers maniacally dissecting and analysing of racial and phyiscal characteristics of children atrociously training of the Hitlerjugend at a certain point it becomes attractive Add to this the beautiful depicting of the eastprussian landscapes dark woods lovely lakes and grand castles of the teutonic order all very wagnerian and attractive Tournier has drawn a lot of criticism for this as though he wanted to make nazisme likeable I don t agree on the contrary he has succeeded in exhibiting the perversity in every human soul and he clearly shows the excesses this can lead to In short there is a lot in this book to make it a beautiful but shocking work but in the end I can not say this was pleasant to read So a very mixed and ambiguous judgment


About the Author: Michel Tournier

Michel Tournier was a French writerHis works are highly considered and have won important awards such as the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1967 for Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifiue and the Prix Goncourt for Le Roi des aulnes in 1970 His works dwell on the fantastic his inspirations including traditional German culture Catholicism and the philosophies of Gaston Bachelard



10 thoughts on “Le Roi des Aulnes

  1. says:

    At a high point in a pivotal relationship formed during his refectory days in an alien French boy's school Abel Tiffauges is told the gruesome apocryphal story of the Baron des Adrets' newfound awareness of cade

  2. says:

    A very special kind of book there's no doubt about that But I'm not sure what to feel about it The first third is a mix of diary excerpts memories and reveries especially about the youth of Abel Tiffauges a crippled garageholder in Paris It's difficult reading but it's clear enough Tiffauges looks at reality in a very strange way with special attention to young children yes indeed; he sees himself as childbearer and Saint Christopher his pa

  3. says:

    This earned a star from me for the research and inventive musings the author had obviously done to do pedantic exhibitions about1 monsters;2 the Aristotelian concept of potency which he managed to tie up with the sexual act;3 the two types of women the woman trinket one who can be manipulated by men and the woman landscape

  4. says:

    Do you not hear what the Erlking uietly promises me?The title of this brilliant novel comes from a poem by Goethe and traces back the love and admiration that the French novelist Michel Tournier 1924 2016 felt for Germany His father being a renowned expert in that country’s culture the boy learned the language at an early age He was raised with a German model in mind and a compulsive cult for order Publish

  5. says:

    Since The Ogre is a book obsessed with taxonomy heraldry classification of all kinds I'll start by saying that the author MIchel Tournier most reminds me of is Thomas Mann Mann's playful ironic fictions seem to have fallen out of use these days I for one can't get over Guy Davenport's comparison of him to James Joyce Mann imposes meaning; Joyce finds it; Mann looks for weakness in strength; Joyce for strength in weakness

  6. says:

    Michel Tournier's Der Erlekonigaka The Ogre aka Le roi des aulnes accomplishes the remarkable feat of making the reader feel even ueasier than does the poem by Goethe from which it takes its nameI still recall reading Goethe's poem in my last year of High School surrounded by old friends The Erlekonig is the ogre of the alders lurking in the trees waiting to grab and kill children In Goethe's poem a child is riding with

  7. says:

    The ogre of the title is Abel Tiffauges a French mechanic who first appears a kind of autistic naif strange rath

  8. says:

    Michel Tournier writesThere’s probably nothing moving in a man’s life than the accidental discovery of his own perversionandThe very perfection of its functioning and the terrible energy that went into it were enough to exclude him forever but he knew no machinery is safe from a piece of grit and that fate was on his side and The moth flies on wings of love toward the electric light bulb And when he gets there close to it as near as he

  9. says:

    If you wish to be an ogre then it is very important that you not only be bullied mercilessly but that you react

  10. says:

    One of the weirdest books I have ever read Très bizarre

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