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The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus Paperback – July 27, 2005
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I certainly haven t enjoyed anything [this year] more than The Unquiet Grave, by Cyril Connolly...I've loved it since I was a teenager and like always to have it to hand. -- Donna Tartt "
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He was one of the best read men of his generation, and felt that the virgin snow where Shakespeare and Montaigne cut their initial, deep furrows had since become flattened by innumerable tracks so it was no longer able to receive an impression.
Connolly was a great epicurian intellectual, a man whose mind watches itself in Camus' definition. He brooded obsessively on the human condition, admiring those writers who spat in the eye of the ephemeral fame and glory of their own era to follow the solitary and near impossible road to producing a great masterpiece.
A multitude of journalism, a small novel was written, but the masterpiece Connolly was tipped for never came.
But wait. In the course of a lifetime anxiously pondering, well, life itself, Connolly accumulated a hoard of aphorisms that relate to the human being as he or she passes through the stages of life, some of them from the great writers he admired, some of them his own. Here are some choice cuts:
(From Eliot): ''Someone said: 'The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.' Precisely, and they are that which we know.'
'The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.'
'Everything is a dangerous drug to me except reality, which is unendurable.'
'I am now forced to admit that anxiety is my true condition, occasionally intruded on by work, pleasure, melancholy or despair.'
The quote from Hemingway on the cover of my paperback edition holds true: 'A book which, no matter how many readers it will ever have, will never have enough.'
A masterpiece arrived at through the back door.
Don't buy this version; get one of the used copies that cost almost the same and have much better print quality. This was duplicated from a poor-quality scan and it will make for a negative reading experience.
In it he reflects on greatness in literature and on the meaning of the true masterpiece. He says,when including works by Horace, Virgil, Villon, Montaigne, La Fontaine, La Rouchefoucaud, La Bruyere, Baudelaire, Pope, Leopardi, Rimbaud, Byron in his list, that what is common to them is"Love of life and nature: lack of belief in the iea of progress: interest in , mingled with contempt for humanity. .. In feeling, these works of art contain the maximum of emotion compatible with a classical sense of form."
'Palinurus' is clearly a Francophile who in the midst of the war feels deeply the separation from the Continent, from France especially.
He writes what he calls ' the doubts and reflections of a year' in 'three or four rhythms: art, love, nature and religion.an experiment in self- dismantling , a search for the obstruction which is blocking the flow from the well and whereby the name of Palinurus is becoming an archetype of frustration."
The great critic Walter Benjamin thought to construct according to Hannah Arendt , a masterpiece made out of the quotations of other writers. Connally here devotes a good share of the text to the wisest wisdom he according to his lights could find in others. He also offers his own ruminations in part as a way of consoling himself for the personal loss which in some way sets the grieving tone of the work.
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A bit disappointing, erudite, almost rambling in spots.Published 2 months ago by Frederick McDermott
RIght up there with Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, a book everyone should have read. Piercing, strange, odd, exquisite.Published on May 26, 2014 by Christopher Caines
I was turned on to this book of wisdom by an interview I read last year of Donna Tartt. "The Unquiet Grave" is actually a journal written by Mr. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by W Perry Hall
Recommended by Donna Tartt as the best book she's ever read. I don't know that I'd go that far, but it is excellent. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Nanci Vineyard
It is difficult, though not quite impossible, to understand why this tedious piece of self-abuse should still be in print, and selling, after 60 years -- or indeed, why it was ever... Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Harry Eagar
The book consists of the doubts and reflections of a year. Life has no more continuity than a pool in the rocks. Read morePublished on April 23, 2005 by Mary E. Sibley