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This new translation marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Georges Bernanos's first novel, Under Satan's Sun, a powerful account of intense spiritual struggle that reflects the author's deeply-felt religion. The work develops a theme that persistently inspired Bernanos: the existence of evil as a spiritual force and its dramatic role in human destiny. This haunting novel This new translation marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Georges Bernanos's first novel, Under Satan's Sun, a powerful account of intense spiritual struggle that reflects the author's deeply-felt religion. The work develops a theme that persistently inspired Bernanos: the existence of evil as a spiritual force and its dramatic role in human destiny. This haunting novel follows the fortunes of a young, gauche, and fervent Catholic priest who is a misfit in the world and in his church, creating scandal and disharmony wherever he turns. His insight into the inner lives of others and his perception of the workings of Satan in the everyday are gifts that fatefully come into play in the priest's chance encounter with a young murderess, whose life and emotions he can see with a dreadful clarity, and whose destiny inexorably becomes entangled with his own.


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This new translation marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Georges Bernanos's first novel, Under Satan's Sun, a powerful account of intense spiritual struggle that reflects the author's deeply-felt religion. The work develops a theme that persistently inspired Bernanos: the existence of evil as a spiritual force and its dramatic role in human destiny. This haunting novel This new translation marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Georges Bernanos's first novel, Under Satan's Sun, a powerful account of intense spiritual struggle that reflects the author's deeply-felt religion. The work develops a theme that persistently inspired Bernanos: the existence of evil as a spiritual force and its dramatic role in human destiny. This haunting novel follows the fortunes of a young, gauche, and fervent Catholic priest who is a misfit in the world and in his church, creating scandal and disharmony wherever he turns. His insight into the inner lives of others and his perception of the workings of Satan in the everyday are gifts that fatefully come into play in the priest's chance encounter with a young murderess, whose life and emotions he can see with a dreadful clarity, and whose destiny inexorably becomes entangled with his own.

30 review for Under Satan's Sun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    Mamma mia, angosciante. E' un curato d'Ars triste, tristissimo, tanto triste da risultare improbabile. E' la bontà, la gioia e la serenità dell'abbandono nelle braccia del Padre, dove sta? Mamma mia, angosciante. E' un curato d'Ars triste, tristissimo, tanto triste da risultare improbabile. E' la bontà, la gioia e la serenità dell'abbandono nelle braccia del Padre, dove sta?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Czarny Pies

    Le film "Sous le soleil de Satan" réalisé par Maurice Pialiat a gagné le Palme d'Or de 1987 à l'unanimité. C'est tout à fait étonnant que l'on a pu réaliser un aussi bon film basé sur un roman aussi cocasse. Georges Bernanos pensait que les prêtres romains catholiques étaient des combattants dans une guerre contre Satan. Dans "Sous le soleil de Satan", Mouchette, une guidoune adolescente qui devient enceinte fuit la maison familiale. Quand son amant qui est trois fois plus vieux qu'elle refuse d Le film "Sous le soleil de Satan" réalisé par Maurice Pialiat a gagné le Palme d'Or de 1987 à l'unanimité. C'est tout à fait étonnant que l'on a pu réaliser un aussi bon film basé sur un roman aussi cocasse. Georges Bernanos pensait que les prêtres romains catholiques étaient des combattants dans une guerre contre Satan. Dans "Sous le soleil de Satan", Mouchette, une guidoune adolescente qui devient enceinte fuit la maison familiale. Quand son amant qui est trois fois plus vieux qu'elle refuse de l'accueillir, elle le descend avec son fusil de chasse. Peu après elle se croise le chemin avec un jeune curé qui a du mal trouver sa vocation. Le jeune curé essaie de la convaincre de se racheter mais elle choisit de se couper la gorge avec un rasoir. Coup de théâtre avant de mourir elle appelle le curé et repentit. Grace à son rencontre avec la jeune pécheresse, le curé trouve sa vocation et entame une longue carrière où il effectue des nombreux miracles. Son dernier tour de force est de ranimer un enfant mort. L'effort est tel qu'il meurt d'une crise cardiaque. C'est très difficile pour un lecteur contemporain d'accepter une telle intrigue. Ce n'était guère plus facile en 1926 l'année de la parution du livre. La manière dont Bernanos a écrit le roman n'a pas aidé. Le jeune curé qui est le protagoniste est absent du premiers tiers du roman tandis que la pauvre Mouchette meurt avant le mi-chemin. Il y a des longues conversations qui tournent en ronde entre prêtres sur leur vocation. Avec les trois quarts du roman parcourus Bernanos introduit un romancier libéral mécréant qui va dominer le dernier quart du roman. Pialat a très bien compris les faiblesses et il a fait des excellents changements. Parmi d'autres choses il a supprimé le personnage de l'écrivain et il a augmenté la présence du la jeune adolescente brillamment interprétée par Sandrine Bonnaire. Gerard Depardieu a été superbe dans le rôle du curé. Néanmoins, le fait qu'un grand réalisateur y a trouvé de quoi faire un bon film ne me fait pas aimer ce roman si inégal.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    This book has been on my radar for a while. After reading Diary of A Country Priest in a few different courses in school I had always intended to circle back, but had not done so. This specific book had been recommended to me a few times, but it was out of print and hard to track down. That has now been resolved by Cluny Media. Cluny is in the process or restoring to print in new editions many Catholic Classics. They have the goal of promoting Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition. They a This book has been on my radar for a while. After reading Diary of A Country Priest in a few different courses in school I had always intended to circle back, but had not done so. This specific book had been recommended to me a few times, but it was out of print and hard to track down. That has now been resolved by Cluny Media. Cluny is in the process or restoring to print in new editions many Catholic Classics. They have the goal of promoting Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition. They are bringing back into print works of theology, philosophy, history, science, and literature. And unlike some other publishers who release revised versions, or edited version, or release books under a new title every few years, Cluny appears dedicated to keeping the classics classy. These are new fresh typeset editions. In Quality paperbacks and excellently formatted eBook edition. Bernanos is considered one of the most important France Catholic, if not just Catholic novelists of the 20th Century. He is known for his penetrating insight into people, and their intentions and drive. This book at first seemed like a disjointed work. It was not until I was almost through the novel that the pieces came together and clicked and a realised cohesion in the novel. I will be honest at times this was not an east story to read. Reading about the priest’s self flagellation, and the young woman’s mental anguish, and self abuse was not easy to stomach. His ability to capture spiritual anguish and anxiety is penetrating. His representation of a trial with the devil is dark and disturbing. The story at first appeared disjointed. But once the different arcs of the story come together it culminates in a very powerful way. This book is not for the faint of heart. It was a hard read but, in the end, well worth it. I cannot say I loved this story. I did appreciate it. But I can categorically state that these new editions by Cluny are excellent. Both in their quality, and for the fact that they are bringing back in print classics such as this story. I look forward to reading many more books from Cluny as they are continuously expanding their offerings. Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More. Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Madalina_Constantin

    E foarte greu pentru un scriitor francez să scrie despre sfinți pentru că, post-iluminism, sfinții sunt priviți cu mare suspiciune de către publicul larg din Franța. Inspirat probabil de viața Sf. Jean-Marie Vianney, romanul e convingător epic, personajele sunt foarte bine creionate, totul se leagă. Conflictul dintre bine și rău este unul puternic. Dar, spre deosebire de povestea vieții unui Sfânt real, din cartea lui Bernanos nu ieși cu toate pânzele sus, ci cu corabia înnecată. Adică foarte dă E foarte greu pentru un scriitor francez să scrie despre sfinți pentru că, post-iluminism, sfinții sunt priviți cu mare suspiciune de către publicul larg din Franța. Inspirat probabil de viața Sf. Jean-Marie Vianney, romanul e convingător epic, personajele sunt foarte bine creionate, totul se leagă. Conflictul dintre bine și rău este unul puternic. Dar, spre deosebire de povestea vieții unui Sfânt real, din cartea lui Bernanos nu ieși cu toate pânzele sus, ci cu corabia înnecată. Adică foarte dărâmat. Cu senzația că răul cu care te lupți o viață întreagă iese mereu biruitor. Cu sentimentul că viața religioasă nu-ți aduce nicio bucurie, că e doar o cruce permanentă. Și un pic mizantrop, pentru că omul poate părea pe dinafară întreg, dar pe dinăuntru este o cloacă de gânduri rele și de pofte abjecte. Autorul nu vorbește deloc despre puterea de seducție a lui Dumnezeu, nici despre întâlniri admirabile care îți marchează viața. Adică nu vorbește despre Bine. O să ziceți, de ce n-ai citit titlul? Și dacă l-ai citit, de ce te-ai băgat? Curiosity killed the cat.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James

    I won't normally put books read for dissertation purposes up here, but this one deserves a review (Bernanos was one of the most important French Catholic novelists of the 20th century). This book is intense, mostly in a good way. Essentially it's an attempt to imagine what it would be like if a modern saint were born in the twentieth century, written by someone who truly hates the twentieth century and does not think a saint could find a place in it. There are some very creepy exorcist-style sce I won't normally put books read for dissertation purposes up here, but this one deserves a review (Bernanos was one of the most important French Catholic novelists of the 20th century). This book is intense, mostly in a good way. Essentially it's an attempt to imagine what it would be like if a modern saint were born in the twentieth century, written by someone who truly hates the twentieth century and does not think a saint could find a place in it. There are some very creepy exorcist-style scenes with the devil, but neither the putative saint nor the reader is clear how real any of this is. Anyway, it's the only book I've read since my sunday school days that has made me feel truly wretched about myself. That's part of the problem with this book, though: it has absolutely no sense of humor or irony, which maybe made sense in '26 but doesn't now. Nothing for Bernanos is in quotation marks. Maybe now we need a postmodern saint (Obama?).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    "Au-dessus de lui, la nuée se déchire en lambeaux. Une, dix, cent étoiles renaissent, une par une, à la cime de la nuit. Une pluie fine, une poussière d'eau retombe d'un nuage crevé par le vent. Il respire l'air rafraîchi, détendu par l'orage... Ce soir, il ne se défendra plus : il n'a plus rien à défendre ; il a tout donné ; il est vide... Ce cœur humain, il le connaît bien, lui... (Il y est entré avec sa pauvre soutane et ses gros souliers.) Ce cœur ! Ce vieux cœur, qu'habite l'incompréhensibl "Au-dessus de lui, la nuée se déchire en lambeaux. Une, dix, cent étoiles renaissent, une par une, à la cime de la nuit. Une pluie fine, une poussière d'eau retombe d'un nuage crevé par le vent. Il respire l'air rafraîchi, détendu par l'orage... Ce soir, il ne se défendra plus : il n'a plus rien à défendre ; il a tout donné ; il est vide... Ce cœur humain, il le connaît bien, lui... (Il y est entré avec sa pauvre soutane et ses gros souliers.) Ce cœur ! Ce vieux cœur, qu'habite l'incompréhensible ennemi des âmes, l'ennemi puissant et vil, magnifique et vil. L'étoile reniée du matin : Lucifer, ou la fausse Aurore..."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    pretty cool and intense book about getting tempted by satan and scourging yourself with a big ole whip thing

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martyna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What is this book about? They say about the path to holiness. About self-sacrifice and adversities that must be overcome in this way. But why is it missing this holy glory? Perhaps because glory is no longer an earthly, human and sensual matter. And because we are able to describe only what we have experienced ourselves, the author ended the story at the time of the death of the miserable priest of Lumbres, to whom his whole life seemed to be tangibly tempted by Satan. A man who permeated human s What is this book about? They say about the path to holiness. About self-sacrifice and adversities that must be overcome in this way. But why is it missing this holy glory? Perhaps because glory is no longer an earthly, human and sensual matter. And because we are able to describe only what we have experienced ourselves, the author ended the story at the time of the death of the miserable priest of Lumbres, to whom his whole life seemed to be tangibly tempted by Satan. A man who permeated human souls. To which crowds of faithful dew from all over the country. But there is also a different way of interpretation. And this is based on the assumption that novels do not have to be obvious, simple and end with a happy solution of the action. The mentioned irony of fate, or if someone else prefers the malicious premeditation of God, does not necessarily have to be everything, it can only be an appearance. A pretense that conceals something that we are still unable to comprehend, something that defies our cognitive capabilities. And that is why it seems to be injustice in its pure form, delusion and absurdity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claire Scorzi

    vale como 4.5 :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Edward Mellor

    A chaotic mess and a slog to get through by the end. But it started off pretty well and there was some interesting philosophy stuff underneath the melodrama

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Weitzel

    In early 20th century France, a simple-minded country priest fights a hopeless battle against the sins of his parishioners and at times, he believes, even Satan himself, incarnate and appearing before him to mock his efforts. His desperate zealotry leads him to extreme measures, from asceticism to self-flagellation to even rejecting his own salvation. This novel is gets pretty intense after a slow start, so stick with it. Regarding the main character: I doubt author Georges Bernanos meant for Fa In early 20th century France, a simple-minded country priest fights a hopeless battle against the sins of his parishioners and at times, he believes, even Satan himself, incarnate and appearing before him to mock his efforts. His desperate zealotry leads him to extreme measures, from asceticism to self-flagellation to even rejecting his own salvation. This novel is gets pretty intense after a slow start, so stick with it. Regarding the main character: I doubt author Georges Bernanos meant for Father Donissan to be viewed as a madman, but he comes across that way at times. He's just got more motivation than sense, and his not particularly agile mind is ill prepared to handle the stress of the many, many confessions he receives. That's how I read him, anyway. A very interesting character unlike any other.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Plunkett

    Going to be better about logging what I read in 2021. A brutal book that plunges the reader headfirst into intense spiritual crisis and the deceitful balm of nothingness. Extremely Catholic in that it equates living on Earth with foolish misery yet insists that there is no moral alternative. Bernanos was later quoted as saying “The hard thing is not loving your neighbor as yourself. It’s loving yourself enough so that the literal observance of the precept will not do harm to your neighbor” which Going to be better about logging what I read in 2021. A brutal book that plunges the reader headfirst into intense spiritual crisis and the deceitful balm of nothingness. Extremely Catholic in that it equates living on Earth with foolish misery yet insists that there is no moral alternative. Bernanos was later quoted as saying “The hard thing is not loving your neighbor as yourself. It’s loving yourself enough so that the literal observance of the precept will not do harm to your neighbor” which does suggest that the book’s self-laceration goes beyond theology and is a personal struggle to be combated. His loquacious prose will certainly not be to everyone’s taste, but the novel’s portrayal of a Saint driven mad by uncertainty and hopelessness is much more moving to me than the typical hushed solemnity—sainthood is viewed here as an act of self-annihilation rather than a sharing of gifts. Interested to watch the Pialat adaptation in the coming days. Having seen most of his films, he leaves little room for spiritual matters so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles an unwaveringly religious text. Somewhat disappointed to see, judging by the IMDB character list, that he doesn’t appear to have adapted the book’s last section, in which a libertine French ironist shows up to see the Saint. It’s the book’s most bizarre passage and the only time it shifts from Christian dialectic to a dialectic between the spiritual and the material.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Ellis

    An abject young priest encounters the Evil One in provincial France. Sounds interesting enough, but Bernanos takes it in an unexpected direction. This novel is not a supernatural thriller, rather it is an exploration on the banality of evil, spiritual agony, despair, misunderstandings. Bernanos' Saint of Lumbres is not a joyful saint; his way is the via Dolorosa, most especially the mystery of the scourging. But spiritual agony is not an easy subject for an author to convey, and often I felt mys An abject young priest encounters the Evil One in provincial France. Sounds interesting enough, but Bernanos takes it in an unexpected direction. This novel is not a supernatural thriller, rather it is an exploration on the banality of evil, spiritual agony, despair, misunderstandings. Bernanos' Saint of Lumbres is not a joyful saint; his way is the via Dolorosa, most especially the mystery of the scourging. But spiritual agony is not an easy subject for an author to convey, and often I felt myself lost in the oscillating emotional and spiritual states that Bernanos (and his Enlgish translator) was trying to describe. A large chunk of this novel covers a single night, but felt like an eternity; perhaps that was the intended effect. If you're a sanguine person, I wouldn't recommend this novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jack Luminous

    Pomysł na fabułę i problematyka są jak najbardziej w porządku i bardzo mi odpowiadają, ale sposób, w jaki ta powieść jest napisana, całkowicie skreślą ją z listy dobrych lektur. Przegadana, przeegzaltowana, mocno chaotyczna i potwornie nudna ramota. Aż się przykro robi, bo potencjał jest/był ogromny, natomiast sposób opowiadania historii zestarzał się niemożliwie i dzisiaj trudno się tym emocjonować.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    J'ai décidé d'arrêter lire ce roman.... c'était dégueulasse de lire une fille de 16 ans et de vieux hommes qui sont ses "amants" (non, ils ne sont pas les "amants", ils sont les prédateurs!!)... non merci, je ne veux pas lire ce type de chose... blech De plus, j'avoue que je trouve l'écriture pas vraiment claire, je lirais et je réaliserais que j'avais pas du tout compris ce que j'ai lu... donc je vais regarder le film au lieu de continuer à lire le roman. Lol. J'ai décidé d'arrêter lire ce roman.... c'était dégueulasse de lire une fille de 16 ans et de vieux hommes qui sont ses "amants" (non, ils ne sont pas les "amants", ils sont les prédateurs!!)... non merci, je ne veux pas lire ce type de chose... blech De plus, j'avoue que je trouve l'écriture pas vraiment claire, je lirais et je réaliserais que j'avais pas du tout compris ce que j'ai lu... donc je vais regarder le film au lieu de continuer à lire le roman. Lol.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alina Postolache

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Sa cunosti pentru a distruge si sa reinnoiesti in distrugere cunoasterea si aspiratia ta - O! Soare al lui Satan! - aspiratia catre nimicul cautat pentru el insusi, o abominabila efuziune a inimii! Sfantul din Lumbres nu mai are forta decat sa cheme inspaimantatoarea odihna; gratia divina pune un voal in fata acestor ochi mai devreme inca plini de misterup sublim...”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Holli

    “...you could not for an instant believe yourself duped by such a man: where he led you, you knew that he would climb with you. The harsh truth, which suddenly, in a word long groped for, darted out to strike you full in the face, had wounded him before you. You knew well that it was as though he had torn it from his heart.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pascal

    Assez ardu à lire, on s'accroche mais l'écriture est plutôt travaillée, le vocabulaire détaillé mais la trame très difficile à suivre, un aspect religieux et mystique, captivant, mais l'action n'est pas au premier plan, plutôt les pensées diaboliques du prêtre... Assez ardu à lire, on s'accroche mais l'écriture est plutôt travaillée, le vocabulaire détaillé mais la trame très difficile à suivre, un aspect religieux et mystique, captivant, mais l'action n'est pas au premier plan, plutôt les pensées diaboliques du prêtre...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gustavo

    Futura review https://thevecchio.blogspot.com/ Futura review https://thevecchio.blogspot.com/

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Meandering. Bernanos writes much, says little. Still, it's always good to remember the devil exists and seeks our damnation. Meandering. Bernanos writes much, says little. Still, it's always good to remember the devil exists and seeks our damnation.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthieu Huard

    A masterpiece of literature!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Halfeared

    3.5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natia Morbedadze

    https://kejeradze.wordpress.com/2021/... https://kejeradze.wordpress.com/2021/...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Binsse and Morris are about tied in their masterful translations of this masterpiece, the Morris has a Victorian torque, the Binsee maintains a slightly more flexible, awestruck lyricism. The later translation called Under Satan's Sun is of little use. Binsse and Morris are about tied in their masterful translations of this masterpiece, the Morris has a Victorian torque, the Binsee maintains a slightly more flexible, awestruck lyricism. The later translation called Under Satan's Sun is of little use.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna Prejanò

    L’abate Donissan vede il mondo come un tavolo da gioco in cui la posta tra gli sfidanti – Dio e il diavolo – è l’uomo. La sua storia, sconcertante in sé, risulta tanto più perturbante quanto più l’autore dissemina particolari contraddittori, culminanti nella scena principale, quella dell’incontro con il Maligno, che addirittura ricalca passo passo i sintomi e lo svolgimento di una crisi maniacale, insinuando così non tanto il dubbio che il santo sia solo un pazzo, quanto quello che siano gli sta L’abate Donissan vede il mondo come un tavolo da gioco in cui la posta tra gli sfidanti – Dio e il diavolo – è l’uomo. La sua storia, sconcertante in sé, risulta tanto più perturbante quanto più l’autore dissemina particolari contraddittori, culminanti nella scena principale, quella dell’incontro con il Maligno, che addirittura ricalca passo passo i sintomi e lo svolgimento di una crisi maniacale, insinuando così non tanto il dubbio che il santo sia solo un pazzo, quanto quello che siano gli stati alterati della coscienza la chiave per aprire le porte della comprensione profonda. Del resto, in altri due punti del libro si afferma, anche se per bocca dell’intellettuale corrotto, che l’autoflagellazione è per l’abate ciò che le droghe sono per altri, e che l’effetto di guarigione del raccontarsi allo psicanalista o al confessore è lo stesso. Tutta la sequenza che si conclude con l’incontro con Satana è stupenda. Si inizia precisando che l’abate conosce una forma di gioia “simile alla dilatazione di un’altra vita nella vita”. Prima è assalito da ricordi d’infanzia, poi gli parla “dentro dentro, una voce estranea, ma col tono preciso della sua voce”. Poi ancora la gioia, la “dilatazione della gioia … fino alla divisione dell’anima dall’intelletto”. In un tale stato d’animo egli esce nella notte, si sente forte della “scioltezza del suo pensiero”: “intieri capitoli dei suoi libri, letti e commentati con tanta fatica, e che, per solito, doveva strappare come a pezzi dalla sua memoria, gli si presentavano improvvisamente nel loro ordine, con titoli, sottotitoli, paragrafi in fila e persino con le glosse marginali”. All’improvviso la stanchezza lo opprime e si rende conto di essersi perso; sta girando in tondo: “Cento volte tentò di rompere il cerchio magico, senza mai riuscirvi”. Sarà Lui, Satana, a soccorrerlo, e a dargli il bacio della sua amicizia… La storia si conclude in modo agghiacciante, con un miracolo fallito, forse l’ultima tentazione, che mette fine al delirio di onnipotenza e alla vita stessa dell’abate, il cui cadavere sembra dire “Tu volevi la mia pace, e vientela a prendere!”

  26. 4 out of 5

    Johannes

    Chef-d’œuvre inquiétant, radical, éblouissant. Et quel style! Écoutez : « Qu’elle est longue, la route du retour, la longue route ! Celle des armées battues, la route du soir, qui ne mène à rien, dans la poussière vaine !... Il faut aller, cependant, il faut marcher, tant que bat ce pauvre vieux cœur – pour rien, pour user la vie -, parce qu’il n’y a pas de repos tant que dure le jour, tant que l’astre cruel nous regarde, de son œil unique, au-dessus de l’horizon. Tant que bat le pauvre vieux cœu Chef-d’œuvre inquiétant, radical, éblouissant. Et quel style! Écoutez : « Qu’elle est longue, la route du retour, la longue route ! Celle des armées battues, la route du soir, qui ne mène à rien, dans la poussière vaine !... Il faut aller, cependant, il faut marcher, tant que bat ce pauvre vieux cœur – pour rien, pour user la vie -, parce qu’il n’y a pas de repos tant que dure le jour, tant que l’astre cruel nous regarde, de son œil unique, au-dessus de l’horizon. Tant que bat le pauvre vieux cœur. » (p.325) Encore les lignes suivantes, qui tranchent comme un couteau. Je suis convaincu que le soleil sous lequel nous vivons n’est pas « de Satan ». Et pourtant: « Regardez ces enfants, Seigneur, dans leur faiblesse ! leur vanité, aussi légère et aussi prompte qu’une abeille, leur curiosité sans constance, leur raison courte, élémentaire, leur sensualité pleine de tristesse…, entendez leur langage, à la fois fruste et perfide, qui n’embrasse que les contours des choses, riche de la seule équivoque, assez ferme quand il nie, toujours lâche pour affirmer, langage d’esclave ou d’affranchi, fait pour l’insolence et la caresse, souple, insidieux, déloyal. Pater, dimitte illis, non enim sciunt quid faciant ! » (p.330-31) Moi non plus.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kåre

    røvsyg kamp mellem det gode og onde. pudsigt at præsten stadig kunne bruges som billede på det gode i ca 1925. tænker at beskrivelsen af det onde meget godt passer med krimi genrens massemordere og andre superskurke. på den måde lever genren fint stadigvæk billedet på det gode ligner mit selvbillede som ung kunstner; massere af hjerte, men ingen veltalenhed eller anden teknik.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex Stroshine

    This was a slog to get through. There is no doubt George Bernanos can describe spiritual anxiety and anguish, but the inner turmoil the protagonist endures in this novel is incoherently narrated and none of the characters elicit the reader's sympathy. Psycho-spiritual malaise takes up most of this book. This was a slog to get through. There is no doubt George Bernanos can describe spiritual anxiety and anguish, but the inner turmoil the protagonist endures in this novel is incoherently narrated and none of the characters elicit the reader's sympathy. Psycho-spiritual malaise takes up most of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ruzmarì

    Much more dogmatic than Diary of a Country Priest, and lacking the endearing directness or warmth of innocence. Still, Bernanos is a powerful storyteller, and this is a powerful story, startling in places with its timeliness and audacity.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eiluned

    Je suis sans doute passée à côté , mais je ne me souviens pas de m'être autant ennuyée qu'avec ce livre. Il y a sans doute quelques belles phrases à sauver, mais les errements et le parcours de foi d'un curé qui a vu Satan m'ont laissée de marbre. Je me suis forcée à finir. Je suis sans doute passée à côté , mais je ne me souviens pas de m'être autant ennuyée qu'avec ce livre. Il y a sans doute quelques belles phrases à sauver, mais les errements et le parcours de foi d'un curé qui a vu Satan m'ont laissée de marbre. Je me suis forcée à finir.

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