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In her spare stark style Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all consuming passion Blurring the lines between fact and fiction an unnamed narrat This book reminded me of exactly how I felt when I fell for a married man Intense and overwhelming chemistry was swallowing us For me it was an experiment I was very young and naive and for him being fifteen years older it was a thrill of his own I had never experienced such mind losing magnetism with any other man before and there was something so decadent in our relationship I didn t feel ashamed I didn t have a reason he didn t have any whatsoever guilt trips and I was 20 and living my student life with a full blown adrenaline rush But he was with a reason driving me mad and I was willingly doing this to him as well Just this kind of passion is so extreme that it makes you do things that you wouldn t normally do it makes you cross your moral boundaries without any guilty conscious nibbling When I look back at those days I roll my eyes although there was something so animal and wildly exciting when we saw each other for the first time so that unharming violent passion that we had was in a way appropriate for that time Nowadays I would never go into those kind of complicated relationships because of the numerous vivid overheated reasons and because of the countless hidden struggles and scars that are left behind Just like Ernaux said and just like she thanks passage of time for knowing thatBut again never say never Old flames are not always dead matches

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Passion simple

Or attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two year relationship with a married foreigner where every word event and person either provides a connection with her beloved or i I do not wish to explain my passion that would imply that it were a mistake or some disorder I need to justify I just want to describe it p 23I hate reading books like this because they make me want to be in love againAt the same time the yin and the yang I love reading books like this They are like bon bons And they remind me of when my whole being was electrified and puffed up and full and then of the aftermath when my insides exploded and left a wreck that jangled around like shattered metal and I couldn t move or think without feeling all of that The insides kept ripping from the shards The sinew heals with a lot of scar tissueThis is one of those French reflective inner thought books of super concentrated yearning It is like the diary of a woman who finds herself in a particular kind of limbo that happens when the afterglow of a love has passed the passion has morphed the desire to re live it remains in memory but the realistic distance of self reflection has interceded It s part Duras not as obliue part Catherine Millet not as pretentious and maybe someone else I can t place It evokes those mixed confusing feelings that arise from coping remembering and cherishing The way Ernaux describes these feelings is very familiar I recognize a lot in it I ve had many of the precise thoughts she describes thoughts I ve never seen described elsewhereIt s a book about lovers who remain strangers like all lovers but who suspend disbelief and do not care It s about the futility of recapturing a fantasy but holding a memory as realityBooks like this help us re center help us to remember that passion hasn t died that the civil pleasures are all well and good and necessary for sanity Yet when we are at our height we are irresponsible and oblivious to all but the oblivion of love that obliterates allThis book could be accused of being slight but it s well done especially if you just want to sigh and dream and feelKevinRKy 2016

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S subject to her cold indifference With courage and exactitude she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else and in the pieces of its aftermath she is able to find it book has been placed on the shelf of every house I have lived in since 1995 I have kept my first printing in the best collectible condition I possibly could keep it in The hardcover book has a Brodart archival dust jacket sleeve protecting it and though I had never read the book I kept it proudly displayed as if I had So after five different homes and five different book shelves Annie Ernaux s words finally found their way into my consciousness just as she was hoping for back when she wrote it in 1991 Her not so simple passion made public between us her affair now open also to the world in which I currently keep my personal and continuously aging self It isn t hard for me to imagine the countless other affairs similar to Ernaux s that haven t been so consciously visited as thoroughly and made into a book for our public consumption The fact that Ernaux s sexual passion for a younger married man is confessed to and described in total here between the covers of this book makes the actions of these lovers no and no less palatable than anything Marguerite Duras may have written for us several years before They are both very talented writers The additional truth that Duras and Ernaux are both French and smart is extremely exciting to me and knowing these tidbits wets my monstrous appetite for desire and my constant need for finding ways to fill it There isn t anything in this extremely well written book that has made me uestion or worry about something I may or might have done myself to enrich a long life of mundane work and the raising of a decent family within the confines of a monogamous marriage But if I ventured off to foreign lands and enmeshed my legs within the sweat and stains of another not my wife and this same other offers me the excitement of a longer dream than I could manage within the confines of my own personal and gifted imagination then all the richer for the fun and fury of an elicit affair I have become Of course in regards to my own pathetic self there are always conseuences and the puritan guilt to accompany my travel home to the one who supposedly still loves me So the uestion for me isn t if the younger married man was a bastard for cheating on his wife or that unbending religious shame that must certainly be hung on Annie for tempting him and giving him an always willing residence for his carnal pleasure but instead the issue of why us not the hell be also fucking around and living this one life to its fullest At the very least by reading and completing this little gem we have also become complicit in their affair But screw loose or not the naughtiness of it feels somewhat healthy to me I will never know this in the biblical sense as an affair is not in the cards for me To be daily entangled already with the love of my life after all the pain and the years involved in getting to the sweeter meat of our relationship to cheat or not to cheat is never the uestion It is only and always the uestion whether it is true of what she says that she is somewhat happy But after finally sitting myself down to finish the reading of this book it is never clear to me that Annie is or becomes ever happy herself or what her life is really made of But I can tell you this What is left for Annie Ernaux and now us is the stain that remains from a love never broken as one never made


10 thoughts on “Passion simple

  1. says:

    At a spare sixty one pages Annie Ernaux's account of a woman's experience with all consuming passion is mercifully briefAnd this is a mercy because for a woman of the current cultural age great shame attaches to the knowledge that the self can be surrendered so cheaply and completely; that one can and does make a willing

  2. says:

    This book reminded me of exactly how I felt when I fell for a married man Intense and overwhelming chemistry was swallowing us For me it was an experiment I was very young and naive and for him being fifteen years older it

  3. says:

    This summer for the first time I watched an X rated film on Canal Plus My television set doesn't have a decoder; the images on the screen were blurred the words replaced by strange sound effects hissing and babb

  4. says:

    I do not wish to explain my passion that would imply that it were a mistake or some disorder I need to justify I just want to describe it p 23I hate reading books like this because they make me want to be in love againAt the same time the yin and the yang I love reading books like this They are like bon bons And they remind me of when my whole being was electrified and puffed up and full and then of the afterm

  5. says:

    Honesty That the first thing I love about this book The extent of the honesty to a pathetic sad fault But it is unashamed about it And that's the other thingI was expecting the French to give it an increased sensuality or of a dreamlike uality that would distract me from what was actually happening with the beauty of its e

  6. says:

    Whether or not he was 'worth it' is of no conseuence And the fact that all this is gradually slipping away from me as if it concerned another woman does not change this one truth thanks to him I was able to approach the frontier separating me from others to the extent of actually believing that I could sometimes cross over

  7. says:

    ‘Simple Passion’ by Annie Ernaux was one of the books mentioned in Lance Donaldson Evans’ ‘One Hundred Great French Books’ I haven’t heard of Annie Ernaux before and so decided to try this book I read it in one sitting and finished it yesterday Here is what I think‘Simple Passion’ at around sixty pages is n

  8. says:

    book has been placed on the shelf of every house I have lived in since 1995 I have kept my first printing in the best collectible condition I possibly could keep it in The hardcover book has a Brodart archival dust jacket sleeve protecting it and though I had never read the book I kept it proudly displayed as if I had So a

  9. says:

    From September last year I did nothing else but wait for a man for him to call me and come round to my place 1% This book surprised me It wasn't what I expected and to be exposed to the raw emotion and sincerity o

  10. says:

    My roommatefriend Mita recommended this one to me and I'm glad she did it's a very uick engrossing read I think it took me half of a day to readVery simply this is a portrait of one woman's position as a mistress to a married man and how her passion for him consumes her this passion is largely one sideded though obviously not entirely since he is in a relationship and comes and goes as he pleases It's a very accurate tou