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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Against the Grain by Joris-Karl Huymans

Book Review
Against the Grain
by Joris-Karl Huymans
p 1884

 Both Against the Grain and Marius the Epicurean represent a divergence from the themes and forms of the late Victorian novel.  Along with The Temptation of St. Anthony, these three novels represent a step away from the Victorian novel and towards the experimental path of the novel in Modern times.

  The protagonist of Against the Grain is the Duc Jean des Esseintes, the last of his once prodigious and virile line, living in isolation from the world, obsessed with sensuousness and decadence.  Against the Grain has much to recommend itself to modern Aesthetes- Huymans captures the lushness and ennui that was to become synonymous with the modern condition.

   This one is worth a look.

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