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The first fifty pages went over my head. Lots of talking heads with exotic names making disconnected remarks.
The narrative voice was so thin, so elusive that I found it impossible to get any kind of emotional foothold in the story. Eventually a narrative voic Not every book by an important writer is an important book. Eventually a narrative voice did emerge. A first person narrative of a character who, as we guessed, is informing for both sides during WW2 in Paris and whose two best friends are inventions.
Now it did get more interesting. In a proper novel no doubt he would have been a compelling character but here, apart from wanting to get his mother to safety in Switzerland we learn little about his motives. Maybe that was the point, that such people are unknowable.
But Modiano created him so he must know him even if he pretends not to. The problem was that the artifice of pretending not to know a character you do felt awkward here. Modiano seems to like unknowable characters. But while this technique of creating ghosts rather than characters worked fabulously well in Dora Bruder here it felt forced and trite. View all 17 comments. In fact, thinking of it now, its the most disappointing Modiano novel I've read so far.
Set in a dark and seedy Paris where there are no heroes, it's full of derelicts, shams, demimondaines, and ruthless criminals. The story centres on a double agent, a young man without a future, who is caught between a rock and a hard place, as he struggles to keep a grip on himself during a time where there is so little moral cl 2.
The story centres on a double agent, a young man without a future, who is caught between a rock and a hard place, as he struggles to keep a grip on himself during a time where there is so little moral clarity.
It felt a little like one of those atmospheric black and white film noirs of the s, where I found the last third was the best part of the novel, but overall I found the narrative was a bit of a mess compared to Modiano at his most dazzling.
It's one that I definitely want to read again. That is something I'd want to look in to further prior to or during another read of the 4. That is something I'd want to look in to further prior to or during another read of the book.
I've read that Modiano's writing is like that of W. In fact this book seems to me more to be related to Ulysses episode 15, Circe , T.
Eliot 's writing and By Night in Chile. View all 3 comments. Author Modiano, the Nobel Prize in Literature winner, is a French novelist with a large bibliography. Of the more than 25 books he has written only a small number are available in English. At least so far. Apparently one his major themes, Wikipedia calls it an "obsession," is the German occupation of France during World War Two and how French citizens came to terms with it.
Night Rounds Nuit du Ronde is his second book. More novella than novel it tells the story of a man who seems to be p Author Modiano, the Nobel Prize in Literature winner, is a French novelist with a large bibliography. More novella than novel it tells the story of a man who seems to be part of a gang of criminals who are both collaborating by arresting patriotic Frenchmen while stealing as much as they can from the houses of those who have fled the Germans.
For such a short book there is a large cast of very bizarre characters, all pretty repugnant. The narrator is ordered by his boss, the "Khedive," to infiltrate a group of men who are forming a resistance to the Germans. He is quite taken with the Captain of the group, whose enigmatic comments seem to indicate that he is aware of the narrator's criminal life.
The narrator is piercingly aware of the ultimately doomed path he has set out upon. The question of which side the narrator is on is ambiguously addressed throughout the book.
The novel has a dream-like, even hallucinatory quality that wonderfully points out the surreal nature of enemy occupation and ultimate loyalty. I look forward to reading more Modiano. He won't understand the first thing about this story. Neither do I. We're even. I couldn't put the book down as soon as things started to clear up, but that's not to say they're fully clear at the end. The main character struggles in occupied Paris to navigate working as a double agen "I hereby authorise my biographer to refer to me simply as 'a man,' and wish him luck.
The main character struggles in occupied Paris to navigate working as a double agent for a French gang that collaborates with the Nazis as well as a group of French resistance fighters.
But this isn't an action-packed spy thriller, and it's not concerned with good and evil, right and wrong. It's about the effects of "living through extraordinary times," as the narrator says. He had been worn down by the pressure and sorrow of daily life during the war and the occupation. That set him adrift and led him to the story told here. The conflict between the two groups is secondary; the power of the story is in understanding the immense psychological and personal impacts of the occupation and Nazi collaboration.
That story is expertly told here, but it's so difficult to understand, even for the person telling it. The narrator is a young man who, claiming to hold no moral convictions, has been drawn into the world of profiteers and the French Gestapo.
He is sent to infiltrate the resistance, who may suspect his double crossing ways. Embedded in both camps, his loyalties are conflicted and — although we know from the beginning that he will betray the French cause — he must decide whether or not to stand up to his malevolent employers. The story begins mid party. Three hundred thousand francs a bottle. There is no rationing at Cimarosa Square. Undercutting the debauchery are the quietly menacing figures of the Khedive and Monsieur Philbert, profiteers turned Gestapo, who coax the narrator to give up the addresses of his resistance friends.
Torture punctuates the merriment, accentuating the surreal atmosphere. The things which bind him to the world are few, he tells us. His primary ties are to his mother and two innocents — a blind, red-headed giant and a young girl or an old woman? Frequently the narrator, who in previous times has lived as a thief, whore, and con-man, protests that he is not strong or morally certain enough to do the right thing, but instead must go with the flow and will later face the consequences.
Not enough moral fibre to be a hero. Too distracted and dispassionate to be a real villain. On the other hand I was malleable, I had a fondness for action, and I was plainly good natured. Night Watch sometimes feels — deliberately — overwhelming in its description of the underworld excesses, but beyond this narrow world is a blank space.
We are given no background, no history, and no suggestion of what life in Paris is like for those not profiteering besides the regular sneering mentions of rationing by the revelers.
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