Alain by Catherine Robbe-Grillet

By Catherine Robbe-Grillet

Beaucoup connaissent Robbe-Grillet mais qui connaît Alain ? Il ne s'agit pas ici de livrer une biographie d'A.R.-G. Ni de revenir sur les sujets abordés par lui dans ses Romanesques, ailleurs, et par moi dans Jeune Mariée (Nouveau Roman, combats littéraires ou politiques, cinéma, etc.) Mon projet est plus limité : mettre en lumière certaines facettes de notre vie de couple, mettre l'accent sur quelques facets de sa personnalité saisis à travers nos objets intimes ou quotidiens et, par touches successives, compléter de son versant conjugal son photo publique. Sans plus. » Dans ce texte qui se déroule sous los angeles forme d’un abécédaire aux entrées a priori ludiques (Agendas à Yaourt), Catherine Robbe-Grillet restitue les gestes de l’homme qui partagea sa vie cinquante sept ans. On le découvre insensible à l. a. douleur body, mais dévasté par les dégâts occasionnés par los angeles tempête sur son parc, passionné par ses cactées auxquels il accordait une cognizance exceptionnelle, ou grand beginner de vin, de thé et de pots vides, tandis qu’il exécrait le ketchup. Catherine Robbe-Grillet revient également sur certains malentendus comme los angeles raison pour laquelle son mari ne se rendit pas aux obsèques de son éditeur ami Lindon. Elle pose un regard lucide et acéré sur certains épisodes de leur vie, tel l’établissement d’un contrat de prostitution conjugale qu’elle ne signa jamais, ou l. a. liaison de son époux avec l’actrice Catherine Jourdan qui inquiéta leurs proches, mais qu’elle assuma totalement, n’ayant jamais redouté d’être abandonnée.

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This empty moment is a decisive one for a lonely man. It is a moment where things could go either way for Frank, but Richard Ford remains true to the unshakeable optimism he has granted his character and true to the symbolism of Easter weekend, and he allows Frank a chance at salvation. But Ford also remains true to the evader in Frank. His demoralizing experiences with others over the previous days, the catalysts of this empty moment, should be the occasion for Frank to face up to his failings, yet he experiences these only as an unwanted burden to be cast off.

16 This is the refuge to which Frank returns on Easter Sunday evening. But he is immediately struck by the “unfriendliness of the town” and the indecipherability of its centre-less dispersion, as if the town had been deliberately constructed to remain impenetrable to unwelcome outsiders. Frank sees again that “it can be a sad town, a 15 Folks, “The Risks of Membership”, 85. Ford will deal with the race question much more comprehensively in Independence Day, as indeed he will with life in the suburbs and the condition of community life in America.

Haddam is lost in the depths of central New Jersey, located “midway between New York and Philadelphia” (48), a suburb of both, and is a town that barely rises to the status of a centre in its own right. But it functions as a refuge from what Frank himself refers to as the “real world”, which is “a worse and devious and complicated place to lead a life in” (51). Frank is comfortable in the “out-of-the-mainstream feeling” (48) that exists in Haddam and is reassured by its distance from the “genuine woven intricacy” of big cities and its absence of “challenge or double-ranked complexity” (103).

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