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The Bachelors

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ISBN-13: 978-0837198118
ISBN-10: 0837198119
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?This is a brutal book, uncompromising in its insights, relentless in its ironies, but nonetheless compassionate. ... There are scenes here compellingly powerful as only great literature can be. ... Terence Kilmartin renders The Bachelors into an English that is both colloquial and elegant.?-New York Herald Tribune

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Text: English, French (translation)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press (CT) (November 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837198119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837198118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,207,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim Stewart on May 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Bachelors is Montherlants poingiant tale of the closing stages in the lives of two eldely french aristocrats. They being the Baron Elie de Coetquidan and his middle aged nephew Count Leon de Coantre members of a run down family of Breton hobereaux living in a small rented villa in an unfashionable quarter of Paris.Some have said the story is a metaphor of Frances inability to engage in the modern world, written as it was between the two world wars. Its real theme is the exploration of getting old. Of a societies response to the individuals unique situation. Each of the two main characters, the Bachelors, are embedded in their own time and epoch. Unable to be understood they are forced to play a role as an unwanted anachronism. Those around them seem unconvinced of their intrinsic value or need for engagement. The story opens with the irrascable Baron reading a newspapaer. He demolishes its pretence at substance and points unerringly at its senationalism and cloak of fashionablity. We move from this scene to a realization that he and his equally aged nephew are about to be kicked out of their home. Seeking a new residence, friends and relatives are cool as to taking on the responsibility of these aged Aristocrats. Something which had a recent real life echo in Paris! Montherlants prose is lucid, humane (in a classical sense) and spleckled with aphorisms and insights. This is his most moving and assured work. Heartening that such a beautiful book is back in print in English.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Devs38 on March 23, 2012
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This is another hidden Gem revealed by the Neglected Books website. It's a great little novel about two aging, poor Aristocrats on the verge of destitution. It's primarily set in Paris in 1924, but provides the history of the family as way to explain how the main charaters have arrived at the conditions and mind sets in which they dwell. Montherlant creates real characters and environments through detailed description, dialogue, and character interaction. Insight into the thoughts of decaying aristocracy, and descriptions of 1924 Paris and French households is very interesting. The book flows and is an enjoyable read. I read the 1960 hardback by The Macmillan Company, translated by Terence Kilmartin.
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