a bit plodding but in reality wonderfully so. like that wise, avuncular speech that gets tedious at times but which you nonetheless love hearing. Much has been said of Eugene Ionesco’s place in the history of the theater of the absurd. And with good reason. The early plays-and here I’m thinking of The. Ionesco’s anonymous narrator is a young man, an everyman, a human being. We meet him, the Hermit, at the age of thirty-five (like Dante “nel.

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You don’t wake up every morning with fear and trembling, asking yourself what the answers are, then telling yourself thee aren’t any. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Eugene Ionesco’s The Hermit, A Consuming and Most Surreal Read

But you know that everyone has asked himself these same questions. But for me these questions are crucial, they take me and shake me. A good read but you gots to pay attention. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Hermit by Eugène Ionesco

iinesco Maar moeten we die puur psychisch duiden of meegaan met de ik die de diepste oorzaak ervan zoekt in het fundamentele nietweten van de mens: What are my desires? I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? But at least it was made to measure, to my measure.


Yet our narrator stays ridiculously obsessed with what’s coming and what will happen then Extraordinary reading, very philosophical.

He was greatly interested in the solitude and insignificance of human existence, and modern feelings of alienation. Ionesco no doubt had Beckett and Sartre in his periphery, but the strangeness of his voice has a lineage to the Romanian author Urmuz and a handful of surrealists as well.

The best surreal book I’ve read.

Reminded me a lot of a creep I used to date. The final scene is a both beautiful and touching – as he achieves either a spiritual epiphany or thf sees a visual representation of heaven as he is dying. The only difference is that for you the whole thing is files and catalogues… Despair has been domesticated; people have turned it into ionescp, into works of art. Free to become as present as a passing cloud. Much has been said of Eugene Ionesco’s place in the history of the theater of the absurd.

I was pleasantly surprised by and welcoming of the redemption toward the end. Thoroughly enjoyed every page. And yet these forces, these energetic events are ourselves; we are built, we are produced, we are acted upon, but also we make ourselves, we act and we act upon ourselves.

But what he had wanted to know was not something he could ever have contrived. The Hermit is not an extension of pessimistic or nihilistic thought.


In the ‘hermit’s’ own words as translated by Richard Seaver: I came across Ionesco’s book in a most befitting place, abondoned in the basement of an old tenement building.

A tree burgeons forth before his window, from it a great flower rises right up to where he can reach it.

The Hermit : Eugene Ionesco :

Original in its own right, Synecdoche is one of my favorite films of the last decade. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It is gloomy and self loathing for the longest time. After reading the first few pages, I was drawn to the similarities in writing style between this French author, and that of his fellow countryman, Albert Camus.

The Hermit

ionsco Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Then come strange mystical experiences of luminous skies, stars in daylight, and brilliant light, that seem to bring purpose and meaning. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. If it’s true, I don’t think Kaufman’s vision was imitation, but rather an internalized reworking of ideas.

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