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The Prospector The Prospector is the crowning achievement from one of France s preeminent contemporary novelists and a work rich with sensuality and haunting resonance It is the turn of the century on the island of

  • Title: The Prospector
  • Author: J.M.G. Le Clézio
  • ISBN: 9781567923803
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Prospector By J.M.G. Le Clézio, The Prospector is the crowning achievement from one of France s preeminent contemporary novelists and a work rich with sensuality and haunting resonance It is the turn of the century on the island of Mauritius, and young Alexis L Etang enjoys an idyllic existence with his parents and beloved sister sampling the pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and troThe Prospector is the crowning achievement from one of France s preeminent contemporary novelists and a work rich with sensuality and haunting resonance It is the turn of the century on the island of Mauritius, and young Alexis L Etang enjoys an idyllic existence with his parents and beloved sister sampling the pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and tropical flora, and dreaming of treasure buried long ago by the legendary Unknown Corsair But with his father s death, Alexis must leave his childhood paradise and enter the harsh world of privation and shame Years later, Alexis has become obsessed with the idea of finding the Corsair s treasure and, through it, the lost magic and opulence of his youth He abandons job and family, setting off on a quest that will take him from remote tropical islands to the hell of World War I, and from a love affair with the elusive Ouma to a momentous confrontation with the search that has consumed his life By turns harsh and lyrical, pointed and nostalgic, The Prospector is a parable of the human condition Le Mond by one of the most significant literary figures in Europe today.

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    1. It begins here As far back as I can remember I have listened to the seaAnd it begins here The island of Mauritius It is Alexis L Etang who listens to the sea First on Mauritius in 1892, a multi cultural boy on a multi cultural island But you know how these things go Even there are racial strata Alexis is not black There are early lessons The idyllic life of Alexis is shattered, first by a storm, then by the death of his father His family Alexis, his mother and sister is financially ruined, and b [...]

    2. This book by the 2008 Nobel Prize winner J M G Le Cl zio is suffused with a combination of magic and a gentle irony It begins with one of the most luminous childhoods imaginable, with young Alexis L tang and his sister Laure growing up in a remote corner of Mauritius with their dreamer of a father and their gentle mother But if there is anything that life teaches us, it is that joys are fleeting Alexis is gripped with the same ignis fatuus as his father a feverish desire to dig up the mythical b [...]

    3. Evokativan, gust lirizam koji, naro ito u prvoj polovini knjige, podse a na knji evnu verziju ranih albuma o Kortu Maltezeu i ju na mora, i potraga za gusarskim blagom, i brat i sestra koji odrastaju u tom idili no romanti nom pejza u, i pribli avanje Prvog svetskog rata.E, ali dosadno do bola Ne znam kako je to autoru po lo za rukom, pi e kao an eo, ali dod Mnogo mi je krivo i ose am se kao ak Galkjevi iz Ferdidurki Kako te to ne odu evljava, Galkjevi u, jesam li ti hiljadu puta obja njavao da [...]

    4. Where have all the aesthetes gone That s troublesome It seems these days there are entertainers and artists both forgoing the idea of beauty What s odd is that this time on Planet Earth is probably the softest time to be alive in its history and when, if one wanted, being into the pursuit of beauty is at its most accessible point to people And yet for the most part, from popular entertainment to art there is rampant unhinged cynicism running around, lots of ugly, that I see bleeding into the min [...]

    5. Had I read this book when I was 16, I may have thought it a masterpiece Now, I think it is boring and navel gazing In short, this is the story of a man of French decent who grew up on Mauritius After recounting his childhood, the happiness of which is cut short by a hurricane and an evil uncle seriously , he tries to recapture the magic of his boyhood for the rest of the book He hunts buried treasure for years, goes to war, and has an affair with a beautiful woman The affair is especially annoyi [...]

    6. This novel about a man s search for a lost treasure and personal fulfillment begins on the island of Mauritius in 1892, where the eight year old Alexis L Estang lives with his parents and beloved older sister Laure in an isolated house, surrounded by rich foliage and close to the sea, which nurtures and draws him in every night His older friend Denis, the son of the black cook who lives nearby, teaches him about the mysteries of the sea and the local flora in the mountainous forest above it His [...]

    7. Translated from the French, this book is set around the turn of the Century in the former French colony of Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, off of the island of Madagascar This is a many themed book If you ever dreamed of life on a tropical isle, a man and woman, living an isolated life, swimming naked, sleeping on the beach and spearing fish for food, here is a story for you The book has a couple of love stories, one between a brother and sister, so close from their isolated upbringing [...]

    8. Published in 1985 by this 2008 Nobel Prize winning French author, The Prospector is a fascinating and beautifully written work Taking place between 1890 and 1925, largely in and near the island of Mauritius, it is told in the first person by Alexis L Etang, beginning when he is eight years old and concluding when he is about forty Structured in literary quest form, the book has seven distinct sections, beginning with Bouran, an Edenic paradise where Alexis spends most of his childhood Here there [...]

    9. As far back as I can remember, the sound of the sea has been in my ears Mingled with that of the wind in the needles of the sh oaks, the wind that never stops, even when you leave the coast behind and cross the cane fields, it s the sound of my childhood I can still hear it now, deep down inside of me, it accompanies me whenever I go The slow, tireless sound of the waves breaking out on the coral reefs in the distance and then coming up to die on the sand of Black River There s never a day I don [...]

    10. The cover is a detail from Paul Gauguin s The Bathers 1898Description It is the turn of the century on the island of Mauritius, and young Alexis L Etang enjoys an idyllic existence with his parents and beloved sister sampling the pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and tropical flora, and dreaming of treasure buried long ago by the legendary Unknown Corsair But with his father s death, Alexis must leave his childhood paradise and enter the harsh world of privation and shame Year [...]

    11. One star for a Nobel Prize winning author Contentious, I know However, I think the fact that I had to renew this book five times from the library says something about the enjoyability of this book.First off, we get the dull, overlong setup of an idyllic childhood in Mauritius On page 25, I know exactly where this is going to go Alexis is going to travel the world, hoping to regain a sense of this childhood paradise Sure enough, Le Cl zio spends 300 plus pages doing exactly that mooring Alexis on [...]

    12. Had to see what all the hoopla was about this Nobel prize winning author This book, translated from French, is about a young man s relationship with nature mostly in and around Mauritius Many of the passages are lovely and the chapter describing his experiencing a hurricane with his mother and sister is fabulous, as if suddenly the book got plugged in Primarily, though, the reading is slow and repetitive The main character s inability to grow up, or beyond his senses does in the end make him a s [...]

    13. Can t decide what to make of this book It seems to embody every cliche of the novel or memoir concerning a disaffected member of a colonial class the idyllic lost childhood, the family s good relations with the indigenous people, the feckless father s loss of fortune and the family s decline into isolation and poverty, the other colonists who are rich and ruthless, the gorgeous indigenous woman, etc.I cannot tell if I m to take the narrator seriously or whether I m to see this as a satire I thin [...]

    14. Ugh, cloying, nostalgia overkill I can t believe it s the translation that makes this book so unlikeable The protagonist lives in a dream state, or that s how the writer works his prose It s repetitive and tedious and you feel as if both you and the writer and the protagonist have wasted time being dreamy instead of taking action or thinking of something other than oneself Not rec d.

    15. now here is a book that uses no particular structural innovations, that on occasion slips to present tense, that sometimes has a certain awareness of its form but none of this is noticeable, distracting, enervating this work spurs my own nostalgia and thoughts and feelings of my childhood as the narrator recounts his own childhood idylls boucan is what where he names his memoriesevery christmas or so when i was a child until we lived for a year of my father s sabbatical from u on the windward si [...]

    16. This book makes you want to do things You want to go live on a remote island You want to get on a boat and spend nights sleeping on the deck, waiting for the dawn You want to find old treasure maps and look for the gold no one else was smart enough or crazy enough to find Le Clezio s naked description of the islands in the Indian Ocean where the action takes place will fill you with a sense of wonder and life that could only be matched by being there The story itself is circular and simple, and [...]

    17. This novel is surprising slow for a story packed with childhood bliss, loss of fortune, death of family members, sea adventure, buried treasure, hurricanes, violent uprisings, an island love affair, WWI, loneliness and isolation Wave after wave of beautiful prose washes over you, and the effect is sometimes mesmerizing but sometimes tedious I found the overall effect to be sobering and depressing, but at the same time one of reverent celebration of nature and a primitive way of life 3.5 stars.

    18. Il a d fait ce qu il avait cr , pour tre enfin libre I will remember much from this beautiful book but that s the line that s likely to stick with me If I didn t want to go to Rodrigues before, I certainly do now Thanks to Sophie Sebirot Nossoff for helping me feel much better about writing from Ile Maurice Paul et Virginie get several mentions in Le Chercheur d Or.

    19. A tremendous book Vivid, beautiful imagery, with deep and resounding emotional explorations It s a love story to the human experience, to the human condition, to the concepts of love and satisfaction, and to our very planet Simply wonderful.

    20. In this week s Book Club, publisher David Godine explains the process of acquiring new work for translation, and describes how he discovered Nobel Prize winner Le Clezio.Every October publishers from around the world gather at the Messe in Frankfurt for the International Book Fair If you can imagine five football fields some two stories , arranged by country, filled with booths displaying books from around the world, and jammed with people speaking every language under the sun, you have some ide [...]

    21. uvre litt raire voyage, enfance, temp te, la mer, chasse de tr sor, l amourLe Cl zio raconte dans les premiers pages de son uvre le d m nagement Enfoncement du Boucan, 1892 Alexis, le narrateur d crit le d chirement qu il ressent en temps qu enfant qui quitte son monde, son milieu natal, le Boucan Ayant v cu des d m nagements, les mots de Le Cl zio m ont beaucoup touch L auteur vous enivre avec son criture Alexis se lance dans une qu te infinie pour remplir ce vide qu il ressent, ce d chirement [...]

    22. So happy to be excited about a book and an author previously unknown to me Gorgeous prose translation from the french by Carol Marks evoking all the wonder and mystery of childhood in an exotic island setting the sights, sounds, smells, and rituals of family life and the small and large adventures that play out in, and on the edge of, the realm of youth s awareness Tinged with magic, the love of nature, the pull of the open sea, and the bond of family, the story eventually moves on follows its l [...]

    23. Before reading The Prospector I had never heard of J.M LeClezio He is a Nobel Laureate so I assumed there must be some merit in his work I was right I offer praise on many levels The story is powerful and insightful The characters are real and human The themes are multiple The plot revolves around Alexis L Etang, born into comfort and support, whose life takes a dive after the death of his father Wanting to return to the his familiar world, he becomes obsessed with finding the treasure of the le [...]

    24. I m giving this 2.5 stars because I expect from a Nobel Prize winner even though I really shouldn t, given 2014 s winner And I actually liked a part of it, let s say the first third Almost experimental in its repetitiveness, its focus on the sea and the stars and nature, its descriptive, hypnotic force, its sort of out of timeness 1 where stories and reality are one.But it ends up being too long for no reason, and just out of the blue switches scenery for no apparent reason other than to drive [...]

    25. 338 pages.The Prospector In Search of Gold is the crowning achievement from one of France s preeminent contemporary novelists and a work rich with sensuality and haunting resonance It is the turn of the century on the island of Mauritius, and young Alexis L Etang enjoys an idyllic existence with his parents and beloved sister sampling the pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and tropical flora, and dreaming of treasure buried long ago by the legendary Unknown Corsair But with his [...]

    26. The Prospector is one of the lyrical novels I ve ever read It has a rhapsodic, dreamy quality that envelopes you in the sublime landscapes and coming of age adventures of the protagonist Alexis L Etang His childhood is explored in all its curiosities and later in his compulsion to pursue an ancient treasure of the Unknown Corsair Similar to the way Hemingway s prose can fill up page after page with a richness of language that immerses you in the essence of a place, Le Clezio writes in billowing [...]

    27. Really beautiful description of Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands and the possibility of living as one with the nature Makes you feel as if you were there The only thing disturbing my enjoyment was that it was impossible to ignore the silly choises of the main character, who talks a lot about his love for his sister, his girlfriend Ouma with whom he seems to have so much in common, and memories of his mother, yet does very little to help them to ease their largely preventable misery Kind of annoyi [...]

    28. This one book gives you a pretty good idea about why he won the Nobel Prize for literature just a few years ago His language and in translation, yet his eye for detail, that melancholy, his passion for landscape, for the earth and the sea it s like what you hear about the Inuit having a zillion words for snow What sort of hand must one have to write about landscape like that A mighty hand, is what This reminds me, in some ridiculous way, of a book by another French writer Houellebeck, I think it [...]

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