Les Combustibles has ratings and 72 reviews. leynes said: This fucking sucked. I think I’ve never read a play that was more useless and pretentious. to other information about and reviews of Human Rites by Amélie Nothomb. French title: Les combustibles; Translated by Natalie Abrahami. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: Human rites = Les combustibles / by Amélie Nothomb ; translated from the French by Natalie Abrahami. Nothomb.

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The glorious premise — of what books are, or might be, worth saving — isn’t utilized to the fullest — perhaps the biggest drawback of the limits of the stage-presentation — but it’s used well enough. Nominally kes drama, but presented without the trappings of a published play — a cast of characters, for example — the three-act piece can easily pass for a dialogue-driven novel. The question arises which books should be burned first and what the consequences of these actions are.

Fringilla Pinson rated it oes not like it Jun 18, Bahar Ranjbar rated it did not like it Mar 11, Quotes from Les Combustibles. It was beyond boring. It is Marina that quotes a real author — Georges Bernanos, of all people — throwing his: I think I’ve never read a play that was more useless and pretentious, and I’ve read La Sainte Courtisane by Oscar Wilde, so that’s saying something.

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If anyone were writing on the combustobles theme this year, would we save ‘Les Combustibles’? Dijuncto rated it did not like it Jan 12, Human Rites – Nothonb.


At play-size Human Rites is even shorter than the usual Nothomb novel, limiting how far she can take it; she gets to her points speedily and succinctly and still nicely slyly.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links This single location in All: Nora Bouillaguet rated it did not like it Jan 19, To ask other readers questions about Les Combustiblesplease sign up. Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 2 of 2. Human Rites as it’s about good ole book burning.

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Skip to content Skip to nothkmb. Samuel Regueira rated it did not like it May 13, Getting desperate, they do consider it. Since then, she has published approximately one novel per year with a.

All of the action takes place in the room of an unnamed university professor aged about 50, and the only other two characters are the doctoral student Daniel — who is also the Professor’s assistant — and Daniel’s girlfriend-of-the-year Marina.

However, Nothomb’s execution is too messy, the point she makes too obvious. Maybe some books deserve to go up in flames? Un livre n’est pas un bibelot combistibles l’on contemple pour se consoler du monde.

Her experience of this time is told in Fear and Trembling. I can’t help but compare her to Yasmina Reza who’s an excellent playwright and who excels at showing the fucked up human condition. Louise rated it did not like it Aug 28, Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Tome 1 Bernard Werber. When she was five the family moved to China.


Les combustibles – France. Julie rated it did not like it Mar 31, Significantly, the professor finds many of the books unreadable, and although at the end he’s going to save his favorite – a sentimental love story he wouldn’t be seen dead reading in public – he burns it on a malicious whim. Un sac de billes Cpmbustibles Joffo.

Nothomb moved often, and did not live in Europe until she was 17, when she moved to Brussels. Therese Desqueyroux Francois Mauriac. The challenge to the literary canon invented by a unversity elite is superb, but I’m not clear why the reader can have no views which conflict with ‘Les Combustibles’.

She seems quite fucked up and I respect that. Anonymous 27 November at We are in a war setting where fuels are getting scarce, that’s why a professor, his assistant and the assistant’s girlfriend decide to burn some books to relish in the heat.

Lilie rated it did not like it Sep 06, They never met personally. I felt like Nothomb was trying to showcase the decline of humanity: Marjorie Meeus rated it did not like it Feb 09, What were the books actually saved?