The Journal of Jules Renard by Jules Renard

By Jules Renard

Spanning from 1887 to a month prior to his loss of life in 1910, The magazine of Jules Renard is a special autobiographical masterpiece that, notwithstanding celebrated in a foreign country and pointed out as a precept impact via writers as various as Somerset Maugham and Donald Barthelme, continues to be principally undiscovered within the usa. all through his magazine, Renard develops not just his creative convictions but in addition his humanity, as he displays at the nineteenth-century French literary and paintings scene and the emergence of his place as an enormous novelist and playwright in that global, offers aphorisms and quips, and portrays the main points of his own life-his love pursuits, his place as a socialist mayor of Chitry, the suicide of his father-which frequently look in his paintings.

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12/9/08 4:22 PM Try to Tell the Story Page 53 53 we went backstage to meet the actors. They seemed to be about twenty feet tall, and I was terrified of them, especially the Grand Vizier, who seemed to be Dad’s friend. But there were boys in tights and high-heeled shoes who proved to be girls when you got close to them. There was an extraordinary smell, sick but sweet, and I asked what it was. No one knew. No one noticed. ” That was it, and not long after as a kid I was given Leichner makeup sticks, and I had a game of making people up.

She might never have heard from us again. My dad had an uncle who had gone off, long ago, to Canada. Just sent a letter when he got there. Prince Rupert in Canada. “Well, look what the cat dragged in,” said Sally to me. qxp:. 12/9/08 4:22 PM Try to Tell the Story Page 31 31 beside her. And all he brought in during the war was a dead rat every morning. ) “Hallo, Sally,” I said. ” “Was it? ” I realized she was the first woman I had left, and I was in tears there on the street in the lovely warm evening.

Qxp:. 12/9/08 4:22 PM Try to Tell the Story Page 43 43 Bert’s—a three-mile walk—and he gave a brilliant narrative of the whole show. And we were there just as Hitler went into the bunker. Story-telling is a knack, and he had it. Whereas Reg and Tommy, who had been there, if you asked them to talk about it, they waved you aside and said, “You don’t want to hear about that,” rather as if they’d been there, but in a daze. I had heard grown-up talks where Dad explained the war to them, and they nodded and drank it in—the big picture.

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