Our Lady of the Flowers

Jean Genet s seminal Our Lady Of The Flowers 1943 is generally considered to be his finest fictional work The first draft was written while Genet was incarcerated in a French prison when the manuscript was discovered and destroyed by officials, Genet, still a prisoner, immediately set about writing it again It isn t difficult to understand how and why Genet was able tJean Genet s seminal Our Lady Of The Flowers 1943 is generally considered to be his finest fictional work The first draft was written while Genet was incarcerated in a French prison when the manuscript was discovered and destroyed by officials, Genet, still a prisoner, immediately set about writing it again It isn t difficult to understand how and why Genet was able to reproduce the novel under such circumstances, because Our Lady Of The Flowers is nothing less than a mythic recreation of Genet s past and then present history Combining memories with facts, fantasies, speculations, irrational dreams, tender emotion, empathy, and philosophical insights, Genet probably made his isolation bearable by retreating into a world not only of his own making, but one over which he had total control.
Our Lady of the Flowers Jean Genet s seminal Our Lady Of The Flowers is generally considered to be his finest fictional work The first draft was written while Genet was incarcerated in a French prison when the manuscrip

  • Title: Our Lady of the Flowers
  • Author: Jean Genet Jean-Paul Sartre Bernard Frechtman
  • ISBN: 9781596541368
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum says:

      Μια δοξολογία έκπτωτων αγγέλων στο μεγαλείο της ανδρικής φύσης. Ωδή στη φύση-παραφύση και ποίηση γραμμένη απο ανδρικά χέρια με γυναικείες σκέψεις,ηδονές και οδύνες. Αυτό το βιβλίο κατατάσσεται αμέσως στο θεατρικό πλάνο του παραλόγου με ρεαλισμό,ωμότητα,φρίκη,αηδία,θαυμασ [...]

    2. “The despondency that follows makes me feel somewhat like a shipwrecked man who spies a sail, sees himself saved, and suddenly remembers that the lens of his spyglass has a flaw, a blurred spot -- the sail he has seen.” I think everybody who tries to write a review about Our Lady of the Flowers starts out confounded, befuddled, muddled as to where to start because for one thing Genet's writing style has jumbled up the coherent, organized part of your brain.I was fortunate that the edition I [...]

    3. Nothing if not hypnotic. Genet's prose is entirely unpredictable and he does something here I wouldn't have thought possible or feasible or even desirable. He takes all these Parisian homosexuals (his word), some of them evildoers -- murderers, thieves, prostitutes, assorted toughs -- though not necessarily evil people, it's just that like all of us they are capable of evil and from time to time actually commit it -- and he raises them to near saintly levels. That's how big his empathy is. It's [...]

    4. They should give Jean Genet a kids show. You know, like Sesame Street and Barney and whatever they have now -- Dora the Explorer? Jean could teach the kids outdated pimp argot instead of Spanish! But the language thing would be extra; the reason Genet gets a kids show is that the message of this book is the same as those shows': this message being the glorious imperative to use your imagination."Use your imagination!" When you think about it, it's a bit strange that there's such an emphasis on t [...]

    5. It's been weeks now, and I've been trying to figure out something, anything to say about this novel. Oh, I liked it—very much so, as my rating surely indicates—but I keep circling around and around it, desperately searching for the detail upon which to structure and make sense of my reactions. I have to admit I still haven't found it, though there's plenty that could be rhapsodized over—the cruel beauty, the unexpected possibility of transcendence, the influential, still-avant garde style. [...]

    6. Jean Genet, the author, is serving time in 1940s Paris, and whilst awaiting sentencing begins to write, all sorts, on the back of brown paper bags: and voila: Our Lady of the Flowers is born. He would have used hundreds of these brown bags though: how did he ever get them.Genet writes to assist his masturbation (niiice), and cobbles together a patchwork quilt of personal reminiscences, fantasy, autobiographical sense data, general musings and various story threads of unascertainable veracity. Th [...]

    7. Paris, France during the 40's. Louis Culafroy, a gay boy has come out and named himself Divine. This is his story: his life as a son, male prostitute, thief, swindler, blackmailer and lover. His one true love is a pimp and a beautiful virile man called Darling Daintyfoot. Description of Darling: height, 5 ft. 9 in weight 165 lbs oval face, blond hair, blue-green eyes, mat complexion, perfect teeth, straight nose. Divine loves him so much that she worships Darling's cock that she has made a plast [...]

    8. Sartre characterizes this text in the introduction as “an epic of masturbation” (2), “only one subject: the pollutions of a prisoner in the darkness of his cell” (3), which presents the primary structural difficulty in interpretation here—the modulation between the moments of the fictive Real metanarrative and the purported Imaginary sub-narratives therein. Sartre also thinks that the text has a “desolate, desert-like aspect” wherein one character, say, “undergoes ascesis in an a [...]

    9. THE REVIEWS ARE IN!!! PARIS REELS!!! “There are only two real writers among the living Frenchmen: Genet and I.”—Louis-Ferdinand Céline (noted Célinean)“Genet is God.” (Jean-Paul Sartre, noted Sartrean) ****************************************What to make of this novel? What can I possibly add to something both as simple as a “children’s tale” yet so slathered in an alchemical mixture of the sacred and profane that their differentiation becomes a thankless, no, useless task? The [...]

    10. My introduction to masturbation occurred when I was around nine years old. A senior boy shared the secret. At home that afternoon, for the first time I rubbed my little prick and…nothing. All I created was friction, sweat and boredom. It was as though my penis wasn’t ready for what was being asked of it. A few hours later, however, I tried again, and on this occasion something did happen. The tinder started to smoulder; and then it caught fire. A small flame. I blew on it gently, scared in c [...]

    11. This was hard, but there is an unmistakable art in Genet's writing--a sensuality as it should be: consumed with textures and scents. I got lost and am certain I did not always understand but the book left me impressed with Genet's eye for details, humor, and poetry. Like poetry, it should be read more than once; it's blunted characters and blurred identities fall like sunlight or shadows on whatever you as a reader bring. This is not a celebration of gay or criminal lives, but a perspective that [...]

    12. Genet is a genious in his sensual descriptions of ruthless men. His attraction to crime and death equals his love for masculine beauty and sex. He wrote this book in jail, and in more than one way, this book released him. The first time i read it I was about twenty and it actually shook my (literary) world. He was so different from anything I'd read before (and i'd real lots of books before) that I compulsively read and reread it.

    13. The best prison novel ever! Well, actually it's a piece of erotica from a genius writer. Jean Genet is one of the greats, because he can express suffering, joyment, and a world that is extremely eroticize. To go into his world is like having a feverish dream and realizing that your world that you work in can not possibly exist. Genet's world is much more real, dirty and very very beautiful.

    14. Bernard Frechtman translationFeb 2015.It would be more rewarding to re-read bits of A rebours and The Naked Civil Servant, I thought at first. (Genet's descriptions are never so lush as Huysmans', and his gay demi-monde - or full-on underworld - is contemporaneous with Crisp's but, for all the use of Wildean reversal / transvaluation of values, the wit here is rarely as funny.) This might have been another instance of reading a classic too late, when I'd already read so much inspired by it that [...]

    15. Hold on, this shit is kinda gay.*I was 17 when I first read Our Lady, and I would never be the same again. My mind & teenage limbic system simply did not know how to process passages like the following. I thought I literally might explode.'I know very well that if I were sick, and were cured by a miracle, I would not survive it.''July Fourteenth: red, white, and blue everywhere. Divine dresses up in all the other colors, out of consideration for them, because they are disdained.''When Mimosa [...]

    16. i’d want to say that it was hard for me to finish reading this because i couldn’t stop masturbating but honestly i was masturbating because of something else. which is not to say that this book was a contributing factor. i think the spate of masturbation which coincided with the reading was because i was having anxiety about my neighbor screaming, which did make it very hard to read the book and really enjoy it. so you see i share something in common with genet—disclosing too much informat [...]

    17. Powerful work with sensual descriptions of even ordinary events. Considering his lack of education (left school at about 12 or so) it's a work of genius, and he is not fettered by conventional uses of narrative.

    18. I feel silly giving this stars it's less a work of art and more the darker parts of a man's living brain. As Sartre says in the intro: "This work of the mind is an organic product. It smells of bowels and sperm and milk."I liked this description of the pimp: "all and always hot muscle and bush".

    19. The title Our Lady of the Flowers turned me off at first – another self-absorbed piece of trashy drag. But why then did Sartre write a long preface? There lay the key. Sartre had been fleshing out his program of existential psychoanalysis, and then he suddenly found it all here, in the flesh. It’s a rare feat when a novelist breathes life into untested ideas. Almost every reader has trouble describing this book, no matter how they like it. Now I’ll give it a try. Jean Genet performs here a [...]

    20. This free-flowing, poetic novel is a largely autobiographical account of a man's journey through the Parisian underworld. Genet drew the characters after their real-life counterparts, who are mostly homosexuals living on the fringes of society as was Genet himself. Written while he was in prison, it was largely completed in 1942. The book was first published anonymously by Robert Denoël and Paul Morihien at the end of 1943, though only about 30 copies of the first edition were bound in that yea [...]

    21. If asked to name the single greatest book I've read it would be Our Lady of the Flowers. I was introduced to it by a rough trade male hustler in 1975 and it's hard to believe I got past the first page at that time. This novel purports to tell the story of a circle of pimps and transvestites in 1940's Paris. That, however, is surface, and it is unfortunate that gay and feminist factions have appropriated Our Lady as a kind of political manifesto. Genet himself stated that this was not his aim at [...]

    22. Frequently beautiful & certainly one of the few books to legitimately make me blush when reading it in public (particularly on the train, where I was v. attentive to whether or not fellow passengers were reading over my shoulder). That said, after the first 50 pages, I found it an incredible chore to get through. Perhaps I just needed to be reading, at that point, something more narratively driven. The sense of awe awarded figures like Divine and Our Lady, &co was evident, wonderful, now [...]

    23. Unique erotica, like no other book ever written. A convict in a French prison posts glamorous magazine pics of men on his cell wall and daydreams sex fantasies of them intermingled with fantasies of his fellow inmates. This is no gay porn Walter Mitty, though; you find yourself inhabiting an alternate universe much like Kenneth Anger’s short films made during the same period (World War II Nineteen Forties). Read this and feel your head explode!

    24. Face-to-face with the desire to touch. The book is a gesture I hold between my fingers a moan for the sake of a gesture (or is it a death croak, la pètite morte?) The book is a gesture I hold between my teeth. Gnawing at the wound, mouth-born paroxysms of pain. I pry the shards from crevasses of molars. Regurgitated, spit-soaked, soured by the sanguine, the little shredded book falls from my mouth into the soil. Later, a paperwhite blooms beneath the snow.

    25. Never thought I'd suggest that a novel devoted to praising penis should be adapted for Broadway, but here we are. So, when I wrote my dear friend to ask if he cared that I doodled all throughout his book, he responded: "NP. Fascinated to see what sapphic undertones you can wrench out of the depths of Jean Genet's dick-swinging fiesta." YEA. That was pretty hard to do; the soundtrack to this text screams PENIS-PRICKS-STICKS. (Somehow though, it's surprisingly NOT misogynistic, and almost HAWT, ev [...]

    26. I'm not entirely sure how to properly vocalize what it is that was so enticing about 'Our Lady.' It's not by any stretch of the imagination a proper story, even in the sense of the postmodern novel which doesn't have to follow any rules of continuity, really. The characters change here and there not according to the usual idea of growth throughout the plot, and I response to events - to the contrary, Divine, Darling, Our Lady, Mimosa, and the rest of the queens are all rather static characters - [...]

    27. Disgusting and beautiful. This book, about the queer Parisian underworld, feels peak Burroughs but with a romantic edge. It's astonishing that a book like this was published in 1943, since a number of passages read like pornography, in addition to the characters behaving in absolutely vile ways to each other. It's hard to like these characters, and any sympathy I may have had for Divine vanished near the end during the passage with the dead child. For fans of beat literature, this novel is essen [...]

    28. This book would be extremely depressing except for the interesting connection between his fantasies and being a prisoner. The prisoner writes his fantasies from his prison cell, whiddling away the time or just trying to keep himself company. But the really interesting aspect is the way he talks to his audience, because it isn't so much story which evolves but his view of people he's writing to. The longer he is in prison in isolation, the more frantic and desperate he becomes so that his story g [...]

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