Jules et Jim available in Paperback
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- Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
Jules arrives from Austria in belle époque Paris, where he is befriended by Jim. Together they embark upon a riotously Bohemian life, full of gaiety, color and bustle. And then there is Kate, the enigmatic German girl with the mysterious smile.
Capricious, untamed and curiously innocent, Kate steals their hearts in turn, and so begins the moving and tender story of three people in love, with each other and with life. Francois Truffaut, whose film of the novel is one of cinema's greatest achievments, has called Jules et Jim "a perfect hymn to love."
Henri-Pierre Roché devoted his life to the arts, numbering Duchamp, Brancusi, Braque, Satie and Picasso amongst his closest friends. Jules et Jim, an autobiographical novel, was originally published in France in 1953 and was followed by Deux Anglaises et le Continent, which Truffaut also made into a film.
"A delightful account of people sharing and unsharing each other."?Times Literary Supplement
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not one of those readers who devours a book a day but I literally read this in 24 hours - I'm trying to work out why that was: firstly Roche's uses short, pithy sentences which makes for easy reading. Each chapter is only a few pages long so I was continuously persuaded to read one more... and finally, I wanted to connect to what was at the heart of the friendship of Jules and Jim. What actually ends up happening is that, from about half way through, you spend all your time pondering the destructive nature of Kate. For the sake of the men, it is an essential conundrum.I am not sure how I feel about this as a novel. Like the foursome in Marber's Closer, there are no villians in the piece. You could fall in love with each of them. Each of them is tragic. All of them are infuriating. These characters have a liberal, laissez-faire attitude towards love and sex - there is a lot of bed-hopping going on here, whether for revenge, lust or habit. At the heart of it is a beautiful woman with a need to constant attention and a misplaced sense of injustice. I enjoyed it but was definitely relieved when it was over! Maybe their shenanigans were just too exhausting for me! And I never really understood Jules....