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Product Details

  • Series: Neversink
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612192904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612192901
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saint of the French avant-garde, Cocteau here reflects on many aspects of his life. These 26 brief observations include his thoughts on everything from his childhood, his style, and the theater to haunted houses.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“A man to whom every great line of poetry was a sunrise, every sunset the foundation of the Heavenly City” – Edith Wharton

“One of the master craftsmen.” – Tennessee Williams

“One of the most inspiring creators—and self-creations—of the twentieth century” – New Yorker

“He left his mark on an entire era.” – New York Times

“To enclose the collected works of Cocteau one would need not a bookshelf, but a warehouse...” – W.H. Auden

“[Cocteau] had, and still has, a huge influence on the avant-garde of American film.” – The Guardian

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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on September 11, 2002
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Cocteau will not appeal to thinkers who admire clarity and concise thinking. He is not a professional thinker one might say. he prides himself on his amateur standing and will appeal to others who find the word amateur appealing. He is a dilettante, granted he is the grandest of the dilettantes but a dilettante nonetheless. His rather slender examinations of different topics makes one realize he is driven exclusively by his own ego whose highest value is sensibility, namely his own, so the essays strike one as self celebrations more than serious investigations. This will interest those who love Cocteaus every word and gesture but there is not really that much in his writing to recommend him to a wide readership. he can be very amusing and occasionally you will find an insight that is striking and completely original but not that often. Mostly this is someone who writes in a comfy chair and concocts little sketches which remain rather sketchy albeit charming much of the time. In his time there was something rebellious about being defiantly amateur but there are limits to what one can accomplish when ones wayward instincts remain ones only driving force. That and the continual refining of sensibility. He remains a kind of enfant terrible and when he got older he was a much mellowed enfant terrible. He is an important figure that everyone interested in any or all the art forms must respect because he certainly made a contribution to nearly every form there is but these essays are not for rigorous thinkers. There is a vagueness in everything Cocteau did that makes it seem that maybe this was the key to his sensibility. I would recommend the book Les Enfant Terribles over this, there is literary power in that. These essays just leave you feeling hungry they are so slight.
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He led an interesting life. His views on various subjects are worth reading. It was somewhat wordy and a little too complex for me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Speakthetruth on December 13, 2012
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Read this book slowly and digest it all, great words or wisdom and enjoyable reading. I may buy more for gifts!
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By Nicole Godiva on October 2, 2014
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read it cover to cover in less than a day... brilliant
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