The Holy Terrors. Fiction by Jean Cocteau Cocteau’s novel Les Enfants terribles, which was first published in , holds an undisputed place among the. The holy terrors. Front Cover. Jean Cocteau. New Directions, – The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles) · Jean Cocteau Limited preview – The Holy Terrors is a brand new translation of Cocteau’s widely-known tale, Les Enfants Terribles. It is also the latest addition to New Directions’ modern French.

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With s poetic and minimalist style Jean Cocteau writes a book that cocteah an artistic achievement. A doom had been spoken upon them. Strange in the obsessions it explores with beauty or the idea of beauty at the center of it all.

There is so much to say about this book: His sickness was unremitting and incurable-a state of desire, chaste, innocent of aim or name. View all 3 comments. I said to Jean the other day at Mar Lago, I said, “Jean, you’re a real menscheven if you have a broad’s name!

The Holy Terrors

Books by Jean Cocteau. What this means for Les Entants Terribles is that it becomes particular; in other words, whatever it says about the two main characters can only be applied to these children in these circumstances or, at best, other children in similar circumstances.

Unfortunately, despite it’s magical writing, filled with addictive descriptions, hte story never takes off. He is there just to change the setting; however, this relocation is essential for the plotthen there are moments that might feel dull. It seems to me the French have a niche for this kind of books; ccocteau of Bonjour tristesseThe Ripening Seedetc.


Comments and reviews What are comments? This page was last edited on 5 Septemberat I am Young adult novella, which is not marketed as YA because 1 it was written before such genre was established 2 because adults jfan want kids to read terrrors like this 3 although the central figures are 14 and 16 at the beginning of the story, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s YA; it more than tolerates adults’ reading.

What did grab me is the idea that ghosts could be said to exist between two worlds, and this equally applies to Elisabeth and Paul, who, it must be remembered[!

Aug 14, Dolly Delightly rated it really liked it. You bet I’d stay in bed all day! Most novellas leave me wanting something more, not the case here. There’s nothing like refreshing power of plain, direct, simple writing from these earlier times.

The Holy Terrors by Jean Cocteau

It was the worse for him because he was condemned to love without forewarning of love’s nature. The crime which finally destroys them has the inevitability of Greek tragedy. And I have a lot. As for the couple’s friends, they’re little more than a literary device to make the story even more titillating – once again, only in Cocteau’s intentions.

Nevertheless, I found most of this intoxicating and, spiked with childish illustrations by Cocteau, a quick read and a dark plummet into a world as frightening as it is enchanting, but perhaps not as enthralling a read as I found it ten-years-ago. It’s not the two sided face on brother and sister.

Cocteau’s strange tale may portray some very dark and self-serving human behaviors, some of which, for an adolescent, might be misdemeanors easily overlooked; the adult, however, might be sent to Purgatory, a more permanent tragic end. Balconies and verandas and fireplaces. As Paul lies dying he is attended by Agathe, who reviving Paul temporarily, confesses her love to him, and the plot is laid bare.


Rococco-faced clocks with hands.

Paperbackpages. The excellence stems from Cocteau’s insight to youngish minds; adolescent minds– although these children do not stand still–the end of the novel finds them of marrying age. Jean Cocteau — was an avant-garde French writer, designer, filmmaker and boxing manager.

They live with their sick mother, who very early on dies and they are left alone. They adopt poses and attitudes, set each other [and Gerard] challenges, act out roles, etc.


Writing of his love to Agathe, Paul stakes his life on her reciprocation. The book begins with snow, and there are numerous references to it throughout; the siblings are also said to be both extremely pale, and both wear white clothes [dressing gowns? Reading this is sort of like floating up, up, up into terrprs clouds of a beautiful, serene blue summer sky, then suddenly dropping dozens of stories and getting bashed into billions of bloody, mushy bits. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

I would have put things in the treasure drawer.

Les Enfants Terribles is fantastic, both gritty and dark; it is a strange and clever book which promises to stick with the reader for weeks after it has been read.

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