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Mood Indigo - not the full magic of Vian?

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

It was September 17th. A nondescript Wednesday in South Kensington. I had been to the reading group a few months beforehand about Boris Vian's tale of love and nemesis, 'L'Ecume des Jours', which describes romance in the only way possible- a dream- like condition; and there is the sad degeneration, as reality- poverty, death- pours itself grimly over the sweet rose of passion.

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Chrétien de Troyes

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ISBN: 1412159679

Date: 2008

IT is six hundred and fifty years since Chretien de Troyes wrote his Cliges. And yet he is wonderfully near us, whereas he is separated by a great gulf from the rude trouveres of the Chansons de Gestes and from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which was still dragging out its weary length in his early days. Chretien is as refined, as civilised, as composite as we are ourselves; his ladies are as full of whims, impulses, sudden reserves, self-debate as M

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