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Against Nature (A Rebours)

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Against Nature (A Rebours)

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One of the most interesting books of the 20th & 21st Century. Literary -Philosophy at it's best. Oscar Wilde lovingly referred to it as his bible and just as his main character Dorian Gray, they both slept with it at their bed side or even under their pillow. The story itself is a stunning piece of art, a formidable practice in a mix of genres and style, more style than genre. "Against Nature" or more naturally "A Rebours" The French title and it is a bench book. The title is most commonly translated as "Against Nature", but there are some editions out there with the translation "Against the Grain", I don't speak French well, but I know this book well and regardless of the literal, the more common English title is more suiting to the context of the book. In short: Jean des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero who loathes 19th-century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation.  In essence he is searching for the deepest understanding of the meaning of life through the most superficial and often absurd ways. It's at once beautiful, charming, dark, revealing, full of lies and the most honest piece of work one can find. Saying anything more would be a spoiler because each section of the book nearly stands alone, which is nice for reading. You can read one section and come back to it hours or days or even weeks later for the next section and you won't lose your mental note.      

Once thing I found most fascinating was something about the Author's thoughts on this book and presumably all his work was that he was that he made it quite cleared purposeful when he said he wished that his books would influence the greatest minds of our times and times to come, yet his work would remain nearly anonymous, even far less known than a "Cult Classic" and this is something he has managed to do for over 100 Years and I imagine it will go on as such for another hundred or two more. You would be hard pressed to finding creation in ant medium in the avant Guard where you can't find his influence either directly or by a degree of only 1. This alone is fascinating. I've been referring this book to odd balls and intellectuals for decades and it is still one of high highest rated recommendations. 

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One of the most interesting books of the 20th & 21st Century. Oscar Wilde lovingly referred to it as his bible and just as his main character Dorian Gray, they both slept with it at their bed side or even under their pillow. The story itself is a stunning piece of art, a formidable practice in a mix of genres and style, more style than genre. "Against Nature" or more naturally "A Rebours" The French title and it is a bench book. The title is most commonly translated as "Against Nature", but there are some editions out there with the translation "Against the Grain", I don't speak French well, but I know this book well and regardless of the literal, the more common English title is more suiting to the context of the book. In short: Jean des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero who loathes 19th-century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation.  In essence he is searching for the deepest understanding of the meaning of life through the most superficial and often absurd ways. It's at once beautiful, charming, dark, revealing, full of lies and the most honest piece of work one can find. Saying anything more would be a spoiler because each section of the book nearly stands alone, which is nice for reading. You can read one section and come back to it hours or days or even weeks later for the next section and you won't lose your mental note.      

Once thing I found most fascinating was something about the Author's thoughts on this book and presumably all his work was that he was that he made it quite cleared purposeful when he said he wished that his books would influence the greatest minds of our times and times to come, yet his work would remain nearly anonymous, even far less known than a "Cult Classic" and this is something he has managed to do for over 100 Years and I imagine it will go on as such for another hundred or two more. You would be hard pressed to finding creation in ant medium in the avant Guard where you can't find his influence either directly or by a degree of only 1. This alone is fascinating. I've been referring this book to odd balls and intellectuals for decades and it is still one of high highest rated recommendations.