La Voie royale

La Voie royale By André Malraux Christiane Moatti, La Voie royale Au d but des ann es vingt le jeune arch ologue Claude Vannec en qu te d une rapide fortune s est embarqu pour l Indochine dans l espoir de d couvrir et de revendre quelques uns des inestimable bas
  • Title: La Voie royale
  • Author: André Malraux Christiane Moatti
  • ISBN: 9782253010357
  • Page: 271
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  • La Voie royale By André Malraux Christiane Moatti, Au d but des ann es vingt, le jeune arch ologue Claude Vannec, en qu te d une rapide fortune, s est embarqu pour l Indochine dans l espoir de d couvrir et de revendre quelques uns des inestimable bas reliefs ornant les temples de l antique route royale khm re, aujourd hui submerg e par la jungle Lorsqu il rencontre Perken, il est fascin par cet aventurier de l gende auAu d but des ann es vingt, le jeune arch ologue Claude Vannec, en qu te d une rapide fortune, s est embarqu pour l Indochine dans l espoir de d couvrir et de revendre quelques uns des inestimable bas reliefs ornant les temples de l antique route royale khm re, aujourd hui submerg e par la jungle Lorsqu il rencontre Perken, il est fascin par cet aventurier de l gende au masque de proconsul romain, qui professe un total m pris des valeurs tablies et peut tre offre Claude la pr figuration de son avenir Ensemble, ils d cident d affronter les p rils d une exp dition qui d fie toutes les lois Et lorsque la for t indochinoise se sera referm e sur eux, dans une lumi re glauque d ab me sous marin, ils partageront la terreur des b tes sans nom qui peuplent cet univers ant diluvien et dont la t te merge peine d un sol spongieux et d compos Mais surtout, une fois parvenus, charg s de leur butin, en territoire insoumis, ils d couvriront, en retrouvant l un des leurs prisonnier des tribus Mo s, l horreur de l inhumain, cette pouvante de l homme abandonn parmi des fous qui vont bouger Roman d aventures, partiellement autobiographique, La Voie royale est aussi une r flexion passionn e sur la mort et sur les vains d fis que l homme lui oppose.
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      Malraux was born in Paris during 1901, the son of Fernand Georges Malraux and Berthe Lamy Malraux His parents separated during 1905 and eventually divorced He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother, Berthe and Adrienne Lamy in the small town of Bondy His father, a stockbroker, committed suicide in 1930 Andre had Tourette s Syndrome during his childhood, resulting in motor and vocal tics.At the age of 21, Malraux left for Cambodia with his new wife Clara Goldschmidt In Cambodia, he undertook an exploratory expedition into the Cambodian jungle On his return he was arrested by French colonial authorities for removing bas reliefs from one of the temples he discovered Banteay Srei The French government itself had removed large numbers of sculptures and artifacts from already discovered sites such as Angkor Wat around this time Malraux later incorporated the episode into his second novel La Voie Royale.Malraux became very critical of the French colonial authorities in Indochina, and during 1925 helped to organize the Young Annam League and founded a newspaper Indochina in Chains.On his return to France, he published The Temptation of the West 1926 which had the format of an exchange of letters between a Westerner and an Asian comparing aspects of the two cultures This was followed by his first novel The Conquerors 1928 , then by The Royal Way 1930 which was influenced by his Cambodian experience, and then by Man s Fate La Condition Humaine For La Condition Humaine, a novel about the 1927 failed Communist rebellion in Shanghai, written with obvious sympathy for the Communists, he won the 1933 Prix Goncourt.During the 1930s, Malraux was active in the anti Fascist Popular Front in France At the beginning of the Spanish Civil War he joined the Republican forces in Spain, serving in, and helping to organize, their small air force His squadron, called Espa a , became something of a legend after his claims of nearly annihilating part of the Nationalist army at Medell n According to Curtis Cate, his biographer, he was slightly wounded twice during efforts to stop the Falangists takeover of Madrid, but the British historian Hugh Thomas denies this He also toured the United States to raise funds for the Spanish Republicans A novel influenced by his Spanish war experiences, Man s Hope, L Espoir was published during 1938.At the beginning of the Second World War, Malraux joined the French Army He was captured in 1940 during the Battle of France but escaped and later joined the French Resistance He was captured by the Gestapo during 1944 and underwent a mock execution He later commanded the tank unit Brigade Alsace Lorraine in defence of Strasbourg and in the attack on Stuttgart Germany He was awarded the M daille de la R sistance, the Croix de Guerre He was also awarded the British Distinguished Service Order for his work with British liaison officers in Corr ze, Dordogne and Lot, and after Dordogne had been liberated, leading a battalion of former resistance fighters to Alsace Lorraine where they fought alongside the First Army.During the war he worked on a long novel, The Struggle with the Angel based on the story of the Biblical Jacob The manuscript was destroyed by the Gestapo after his capture in 1944 A surviving first part titled The Walnut Trees of Altenburg, was published after the war He would never write another novel.Malraux and his first wife divorced during the 1940s His daughter from this marriage, Florence b.1933 , married the filmmaker Alain Resnais.Malraux had two sons by his second wife Josette Clotis Pierre Gauthier 1940 1961 and Vincent 1943 1961 During 1944, while Malraux was fighting in Alsace, Josette died when she slipped while boarding a train His two sons were killed during 1961 in an automobile accident.After the war, Malraux served in a variety of government p

    445 thoughts on “La Voie royale”

    1. A thoughtful and entertaining novel which is, if anything, interesting for being so obviously written under the influence of Conrad s Heart of Darkness Whereas Conrad s novel came as part of a whole tradition of English writers confronting the savagery of the remote parts of their empire Kipling etc , French literature, before Malraux, had no such tradition so just the fact of seeing France s Indochina colonies examined in the same way somehow seems rather radical.The story concerns a young Fre [...]


    2. The Way Of The Kings was recommended to me by a friend who cites his favourite book as being Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and this one is unashamedly similar in many ways, and is often referred to as a companion book to Heart Of Darkness The story revolves around two men who meet on a journey to Cambodia and decide to hatch a plan to steal some of the ancient artifacts located in the ruins of old Khmer temples Things however don t go according to plan when they happen to come across a grou [...]


    3. Another French book I m probably not going to finish Nana is sputtering like a candle at the end of a long dinner party but it is a very slim Livre De Poche edition that I like precisely because it fits in my back pocket when I am out and about and don t wish to carry any shoulder bag it accompanied me to the Sunday block of the Bang on a Can Marathon It concerns two French adventurers off to Southeast Asia between the two world wars to strip Buddhist temples of their valuable objects for resale [...]


    4. it s cool how much fo a shithead this guy comes off as, like he doesn t feel comfortable with how brutal and shitty he s being as he s going around looting siamese temples and killing Savages and calling them bugs, and he s always trying to validate it the prose doesn t really kick in until the dude s about to die That insane feeling that he could grab death by the throat and fight like an animal, which had gripped him when he thought of shooting Savan, spread within him with the force of a seiz [...]


    5. This effort falls far short of Man s Hope and Man s Fate but certainly had splashes of quality Malraux can really paint with intensity when he gets going Unfortunately, this novel had too many clumsy moments and a splatter shot ending which kept it from being top notch.



    6. liberation cahier ete 2Bien videmment tr s bien crit, cette fresque d crit une aventure digne d Indiana Jones mais avec une tragique la fran aise.Le livre est passionnant mais, trop court, mon go t et reste frustr sur les 2 personnages principaux L article de Lib ration cit plus haut permet de mieux cerner l histoire et ses aspects autobiographiques


    7. One of those novels that at the time was probably received as forward thinking in the metropole but now reads as laden with colonial racism, patriarchy and cultural plunder If one can abide the presence of those themes, there is at least some graceful writing and occasionally poignant philosophical reflections to encounter, though nothing that can t be found elsewhere.




    8. Just travelled to Cambodia and saw this in a bookshop in Siem Reap A mini Heart of Darkness , at first I was put off by the dated sexism and pretentious conversation, but once the men are in the jungle these don t matter The dense visceral descriptions of the jungle seem at one with lives lived fully in the present, completely committed to the moment, and with all the risks this necessarily entails.


    9. The red glint on his shoulder flickered he had made an unseen gesture in the darkness A puny gesture, as puny as the little human speck whose feet were hidden in shadow, whose fitful voice floated up into the starry depths A mans voice, lonely and remote, poised between the shining sky, and death, and darkness yet in it there was something so inhuman that Claude felt as isolated from it as he would have been by incipient madness.Yeah, so this is definitely a french novel If you are turned off at [...]


    10. Heart of darkness removed to Southeast Asia and the vaguely defined jungled and mountainous border areas of Cambodia, Laos, and Siam Thailand in the 1920s One character is a young French orientalist like Malraux out to recover Angkorian plunder from the jungle another is a returning adventurer who hopes to reestablish his empire among local tribes and lead their rebellion against encroaching civilization a third character has tried that and failed and is himself enslaved Interesting but not part [...]


    11. Just arrived from China through BM.Page 51 Les musees sont pour moi des lieux ou les oeuvres du passe, devenues mythes, dorment, vivent d une vie historique en attendant que les artistes les rapellent a une existence reelle Et si elles me touchent directement, c est parce que l artiste a ce pouvoir de resurrectionEn profondeur, toute civilisation est impenetrable pour une autre Mais les objets restent, et nous sommes aveugles devant eux jusqu a ce que nos mythes s accordent a eux


    12. I liked this book the least of Malraux s books that I have read Maybe the language was too difficult for me Maybe I should try it in English translation sometime The first book by Maulraux, and it made his name as a young writer of great promise in France in the 1930s I did feel that Malraux borrowed a lot from Conrad s Heart of Darkness in it, and I confess that I did not like this Writers borrow from each other all the time, so that is all right The telling is what counts and it did not work v [...]


    13. Not quite without merit as a story of adventure, very Stevenson like, but literary very unequal There are some distinct similarities with Heart of Darkness, by Conrad, even in some details, but not very well elaborated The metaphysical underlayer is almost ridicule tough guys Always talking about death and courage in this way it reminded me of Hemingway, but al least he succeeded in making his characters plausible


    14. La Voie Royale comes over to me as a semi autobiographic account meant to somehow justify the author s actions in Cambodia in the 1920s His admiration for Conrad s Heart of Darkness which I share with him shines through in the second part of the novel, but isn t enough for me to appreciate this story of thievery and embarrassing cultural missteps and misrepresentations.


    15. Started out promising, building anticipation for adventure in search of lost ruins to plunder in the jungle Sadly it rapidly devolved into ranting stream of consciousness of a delirious man as his life slips away amidst the attacks of encroaching tribal natives The frenatic and feverish pace of action sequences was difficult to follow, not helped by the language and style, which was choppy, complex and convoluted.


    16. Je d couvre Malraux Apr s avoir d vor La Condition Humaine, j ai beaucoup aim la Voie Royale o l on sent la touffeur de la jungle grouillant de petites b tes sympathiques en se demandant quel sens donner sa vie C est divinement bien crit Au d tour du pillage des richesses cambodgiennes, on croise un Sisyphe aveugle qui rappelle un peu le Kurtz d Au coeur des t n bres.


    17. La Voie Royale comes over to me as a semi autobiographic account meant to somehow justify the author s actions in Cambodia in the 1920s His deep admiration for Conrad s Heart of Darkness which I share with him shines through in the second part of the novel, but isn t enough for me to appreciate this story of thievery and embarrassing cultural missteps and misrepresentations.


    18. La voie royale est l histoire d un archeologue aventurier qui apres des longues annees ou il vol des tresors Khmers dans les jongles du Cambodge, il fait quelques erreurs et meurt comme il a toujours voulu en courant des grands risques.C est roman a ses merites mais il atteint pas le niveau du chef d oeuvre de Malraux La Condition humaine.


    19. This novel is about two adventurers facing death in the jungles of Cambodia and contemplating their place in civilization and impending death There are a few scenes that are haunting and the reader may never be able to get them out of their minds The novel is a bit uneven, however.



    20. io ci ho provato e l ho anche finito mi sono annoiata terribilmente, eppure l ho letto nei luoghi incantati di cui parla mi dispiace, malraux, ma con te ho chiuso.





    21. Just atrocious I couldn t understand a single convoluted sentence, not because of the language but because of thejust murkiness of the plot and style Next


    22. The futility of life The inevitability of death Blah, blah, blah How can someone who looted a Cambodian temple in the 1920s write such a boring novel based very loosely on that experience


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