Re: Louis Ferdinand C?line
What a remarkable coincidence! I just procured a copy of Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Journey to the End of the Night from the library last week. And here you've begun a thread on Celine! Kudos to you!! Regrettably, it will be at least 3 weeks before I have a chance to begin Journey. I'm simply in the midst of too many books already. In addition, I have a commitment that doesn't end until the middle part of December. However, I'm anxious to explore the world of Celine's fiction....and even more interested now that I know he is one of your favorite writers.
There is an excellent site that provides some info--including a biography and bibliography--on Celine here:
Louis Ferdinand Celine Biography and Bibliography at LitWeb.net
There's also the wikipedia entry here:
Louis-Ferdinand C?line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From this last site, I cannot resist quoting a passage from
Journey to the End of Night:
"In this world we spent our time killing or adoring, or both
together. 'I hate you! I adore you!' We keep going,
we fuel and refuel, we pass our life to a biped of
the next century, with frenzy, or any cost, as if
it were the greatest of pleasures to perpetuate
ourselves, as if, when all's said and done, it would
make us immortal. One way or another, kissing is
as indispensable as scratching."
I hope other fans of Celine's work will contribute their thoughts to this marvelous thread.
"All men have the same defect: they wait to live, for they have not the courage of each instant.
Why not invest enough passion in each moment to make it an eternity?" ~E. M. Cioran