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Fiction The Cathedral is a reissue of a classic novel of spiritual awakening by the author of Against Nature Crafted with painstaking attention to detail the novel is both an account of a con. Whew ee OK let s map this out The Dedalus edition of The Cathedral is 339 pages of small dense type Realistically the novel portion of the book that is the part that concerns the fictional character Durtal and his story such as it is takes up a slim 65 to 75 pages Go ahead and count emThe rest of this beast can be divided like so 1 150 or so pages constitute a well researched and opinionated guidebook on Chartres Cathedral its history architecture but mostly the art therein 2 95 to 100 pages comprise histories of aspects of Early Christian and medieval religious symbolism specific categories including saints priestly vestments flora fauna gemstones colorswell it s endless shit really and 3 an article of approximately 20 odd pages discussing a work by Early Renaissance Italian painter Fra Angelico which it might be noted hangs in the Louvre and has nothing at all to do with ChartresSection RatingsI Novel B II Guidebook A III Symbolism Shite D monstrously badIV Fra Angelico Sideshow C Now I ve dissected The Cathedral in this way only to disprove a dubious representation knowingly made by Dedalus Ltd To wit the blurb touts The Cathedral published in 1898 as a major step forward in the development of the novel My good citizens of GR this is demonstrably and damnably false Has anyone over there ever picked up 1835 s Pere Goriot One could credibly argue that their lie satisfies the common law definition of fraud the only element in uestion being whether I ve suffered any proximate injury caused by my totally reasonable reliance on Dedalus lying ass representation Tis a pity but the steadfast honor of Lady Justice that cool and imperious mistress of Guy Liberty oftentimes produces ghastly and ineuitable results Though I was actually reading a series of art lectures delivered by uickly sketched characters and connected only by a thin skein of a story they will show I suffered no injury because my inuiring mind can root out interesting nuggets from a book like a brood sow s snout finds grub bits in the mire

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E Woolf The voice of the main character Durtal is as wicked witty and self lacerating as that of as that of a contemporary scholar with a bad case of mystical anomie Elizabeth Young City Limi. Her sufferings constantly increased Feeling that this time she was dying she grieved over the pitiless macerations she had used and with touching artlessness begged forgiveness of her poor body for having exhausted its strength and so having perhaps hindered it from living to suffer longerAnd she then put up the most strangely fragrant the most wildly extravagant prayer that ever a Saint can have addressed to GodShe had so loved the Holy Eucharist she had so longed to kneel at His feet and atone for the outrages inflicted on Him by the sins of mankind that she waxed faint at the thought that after her death what would remain of her could no longer worship HimThe idea that her body would rot in uselessness that the last handfuls of her miserable flesh would decay without having served to honour the Saviour broke her heart and then it was that she besought Him to suffer her to melt away to liuefy into an oil which might be burnt before the tabernacle in the lamp of the sanctuaryAnd Jesus vouchsafed to her this excessive privilege such as the like is unknown in the history of the Saints and at the moment when she died she enjoined her daughters to leave her body exposed in the chapel and unburied for some weeksOn this point there is abundant authentic evidence More or less minute inuiries were made and the reports of medical experts are so precise that we can follow from day to day the state of the corpse until it had turned to oil and could be preserved in phials from which by her desire a spoonful was poured every morning to feed the wick of a lamp hanging near the altarI m actually not done this book I had to stop what I was doing and copy this because it is the greatest passage of all time

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Version and a detailed examination of the language of medieval art So thorough is Huysman's description of the cathedral that the book has even been sold as a guide to the building Dr Penelop. The second volume in Huysman s uasi autobiographical trilogy featuring the character Durtal this book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in cathedral architecture religious symbolism or church traditions of the middle ages The book has been used for years as a guidebook for Chartes Cathedral I give it two stars simply because it strains credibility to call it a novel It is a short story wrapped around a travel guide Let the reader beware Green dog trumpet and other stories examination of the language of medieval art So thorough is Huysman's description of the cathedral that the book has Identity even been sold as a guide to the building Dr Penelop. The second volume in Huysman s uasi autobiographical trilogy featuring the character Durtal this book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in cathedral architecture religious symbolism or church traditions of the middle ages The book has been used for years as a guidebook for Chartes Cathedral I give it two stars simply because it strains credibility to call it a novel It is a short story wrapped around a travel guide Let the reader beware


10 thoughts on “La Cathédrale

  1. says:

    Detail in a portal from Chartres Cathedral photographer PE L'un des portails de la cathédrale de Chartres détail photographie PEI close the doors of The CathedralWell The scale of the groundwork in spiritual sy

  2. says:

    Whew ee OK let's map this out The Dedalus edition of The Cathedral is 339 pages of small dense type Realistically the novel portion of the book that is the part that concerns the fictional character Durtal and his story such as it is takes up a slim 65 to 75 pages Go ahead and count 'emThe rest of this beast ca

  3. says:

    The Cathedral is a novel about a building I loathed the concept when I read it during the summer holidays of 1986 I felt rather dogmatically that novels should be about people not structures Moreover I disapproved The book seemed to be promoting the Lourdes pilgrimages and I was afraid that Huysmans might have

  4. says:

    The Cathedral volume three of the four part novel of the religious conversion of Durtal the writer and Huysman's fictional spiritual alter ego is a step up in inventiveness and interest from volume two En Route but it's still a far cry from the exuisite beauty of the tetralogy's opening volume the brilliant and transcendent La BasPoints her

  5. says:

    Moby Dick for buildings

  6. says:

    The second volume in Huysman's uasi autobiographical trilogy featuring the character Durtal this book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in cathedral architecture religious symbolism or church traditions of the middle ages The book has been used for years as a guidebook for Chartes Cathedral I give it two stars simply because it strains credibility to call it a novel It is a short story wrapped around a travel guide Let

  7. says:

    Her sufferings constantly increased Feeling that this time she was dying she grieved over the pitiless macerations she had used and with touching artlessness begged forgiveness of her poor body for having exhausted its strength and so

  8. says:

    A building AliveGood follow up to En Route but excessive descriptive passages for enthusiasts for Chartres Cathedral essent

  9. says:

    I often return to the description of La Salette which comes early the book when I feel the need to encounter the horrific sublime His descript

  10. says:

    As much the author's guidebook to Chartres as it is a novel this is a dense but in a good sense meditation on the architecture and symbolism of this great cathedral Not for those wanting a uick overview but surel

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