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i think he was infected a little by the grandiosity!

the french is sublime, though the thought streams a little tangled.

it was a terrible time for france, there's a bit of 'kicking when someone's down' flavour, and what he says about being born to converse is equally if not more true for the italians, but he makes some interesting points, and has a feel for the language, for sure.

how nice to see a diary in french, thanks ValentinD.

his points about ennui tie in with sartre.

ennui, it's not quite the same as boredom, is it?

why was it so notable a pathology in france, i wonder?

are there other countries which spend so much energy dissecting it?

it suggests unmet expectations, the crash after a manic high.

perhaps the success of the revolution in deposing the church and the monarchy left a bleeding hole in the heart of the country that secular humanism couldn't fill?

the description reminds me of eliot's 'the wasteland'.

europe had really hit rock bottom at that time, it's entirely forgivable for writers, and all sensitive people to have felt so bitter and pessimistic after all that had happened. contemplating the rubble of cities, and the thousands of new gravestones, is it surprising that people looked into a nation's soul and saw a barren void, rather than a plenium?

he rails against a kind of snobbery that is particularly french in its narcissism, its reverence for salon and style, but france is -or was- hardly alone in this, and there was much greatness in the country that he omits, lacking balance, especially as he was its guest.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jun 11th, 2009 at 05:28:40 AM EST
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