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Nouvelle histoire de MouchetteOne of the great mavericks of French literature Georges Bernanos combined raw realism with a spiritual focus of visionary intensity Mouchette stands with his celebrated Diary of a Country Priest as the perfection of his singular art“Nothing but a little savage” is how the village scho. In the 1980's when I was an undergraduate the Nouvelle histoire de Mouchette was a popular choice for inclusion on first year French Lit courses The novel is short and clear both of which are important ualities for English speakers beginning to read French Moreover as it addressed the issues of alcoholism and rape it had the virtue of discusssing topics that are still considered inappropriate for secondary school courses Finally the outstanding Robert Bresson movie version regularly appeared in the repertory cinema house which meant that the undergraduates who studied the book would soon be able to compare their interpretation with that of a a great directorThis much said the sad story of the protagonist is uite painful to read I think today that Mouchette no longer has a pedagogical mission It never had any outstanding literary ualities I advise anyone curious about Bernanos to read the Journal d'un curé de campagne which is one of the very finest books of French literature Another good choice would be to attend a performance of the Poulenc's great opera Dialogues of the Carmelites for which Bernanos wrote the scenariol

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Nouvelle histoire de Mouchette review Û 3 Í One of the great mavericks of French literature Georges Bernanos combined raw realism with a spiritual focus of visionary intensity Mouchette stands with his celebrated Diary of a Country Priest as the perfection of his singular art“Nothing but a little savage” is how the village school teachOl teacher describes fourteen year old Mouchette and that view is echoed by every right thinking local citizen Mouchette herself doesn’t bother to contradict it; ragged foulmouthed dirt poor a born liar and loser she knows herself to be in the words of the story “alone completely alon. Here's a story of a 14 year old girl in rural France translated from the French first published in 1937 so we assume we are harkening back to the author's youth in the early 1900's Kerosene lanterns and candles give other clues of the era It's a dirt poor region of smugglers and poachers fueled by alcohol and abuse People die young from tuberculosis The deceased grandfather of Mouchette spent time in France's notorious prison in French Guyana probably Devil's Island Our main character is born into this world of poverty alcohol abuse disease and despair Even at this young age Mouchette's role in life is so inculcated into her that she deliberately smudges her face when she goes into town because she is expected to look dirty Her teacher holds up her filthy hands to the class to be mocked Mouchette's short life exemplifies the time of human history when life was mean brutish and short A powerful book

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E against everyone” Hers is a tale of “tragic solitude” in which despair and salvation appear to be inextricably intertwined Bernanos uncompromising genius was a powerful inspiration to Flannery O’Connor and Mouchette was the source of a celebrated movie by director Robert Bresson. Realism so destitute yet graceful as to attain a kind of shimmering deathly clarity and deep uarries of potential resonance Bresson made a film of it It jumped me at the library with its nyrb cover and only took a day to bolt through