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Crazy to be tied

Modifié le : 2019/08/06

I am cur­rent­ly read­ing an excel­lent nov­el, first pub­lished in 1900, Ana­tole Le Braz’s Le Gar­di­en du feu. What I would give to have this tal­ent, the abil­i­ty to make the most sor­did of pas­sions alive and beautiful.

Although it may make you smile to read a light­house keep­er who tells you his sto­ry with such vocab­u­lary and enlight­en­ment, he who, in prin­ci­ple, does not have a good speech, and does not have an excel­lent edu­ca­tion, you have to go beyond this lit­er­ary trick to let him­self be absorbed by the agony of the heart that this man is experiencing.

The sto­ry is appalling, based on a mis­cel­la­neous fact. A keep­er, he tells us right away, has locked his wife and lover in a room in the light­house of which he is the keep­er. He let them die slow­ly, to take revenge, while he wrote to his boss to explain both the gen­e­sis and the out­come of the tragedy. He promis­es to kill him­self when the two lovers final­ly die.

I am only a third of the way through the read­ing, and I already rec­om­mend it ! I need to dis­cov­er more of these sto­ry­tellers who mas­ter the human soul and tell it with a pas­sion that amazes any con­tem­po­rary writ­ing too white. When a text becomes a musi­cal work, so is this Fire Guardian.

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