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The day on fire

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 721 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000713XJW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,125,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I first read this while in college in the 50s. It burned a place in my memory. And have thought of it often. There are a lot of things that have escaped me about this book, except the deep feelings I have, when I think about'Day On Fire'! A mellow feeling which could come from the descriptions of the absinthe scenes. It was so real that one could almost feel and taste the lucent green fog that the drinker of absinthe experiences. And the slow descend into maddness.Caused by the wormwood= Artemisia absinthium, mixed with other aromatics. And the nightmarish hell it produced. I will be anxious to read it again, now, 43 years. later. I still have that feeling that I was there even now.
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While reading this book I got the feeling that I was experiencing the exact same emotions as Rimbaud. James Ramsey Ullman got it right in the same air as Dostoyevsky in the life struggles of a genius. This in depth look of a revolutionary France makes you want to go there are retrace this amazing poet's steps. Rimbaud wrote all of his poetry before the age of 19, and spent the rest of his life doing an amazing assortment of travels that anyone at the time would have been crazy to do. The desperate moments with his mother, his highly emotional relationships and stoney display of emotion while working in the slave trade... it makes for an eye opening experience, all from the armchair.
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Format: Hardcover
The first time I read this book I was in the army in Germany. I thought that it must be one of the greatest books every written. At the time I was more interested in his earlier years (I was 20). I was amazed to find that no-one I talked to had ever even heard of it. Twenty years ago I ran across a copy in a used book store and had the same reading experience except this time his later years were just as interesting as his earlier years. I live in Asia now and brought the book with me. I am due to read it again.
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I first read this "fictional biography" about 25 years ago and was absolutely unable to put it down. Ullman has pulled off a major tour de force with this one. The story of the brilliant young poet Rimbaud (renamed Claude Morel)and his fiery relationship with the poet Verlaine(also renamed)unfolds with passion and fascination. Rimbaud's drug use is also frankly portrayed. Then the novel reimagines Rimbaud's lost years away from France in exotic Africa. I have been looking forward to rereading this again,and envy anyone reading it for the first time.
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Without a doubt this is by far the most interesting book I have ever read - I, like others, read it many years ago (almost half a century ago) and to this day, I remember it and also the exact name of the author. I remember especially when Rimbaud went to Abyssinia and the incredible experiences he had there. The story of how he rebelled as a teen ager, his experience with his male lover, absinthe and so much more - the book is not cheap to buy now, but worth every penny and more.
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