The Horseman on the Roof

The Horseman on the Roof Perhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono s perfect balance between lyricism and narrative description and characterization the epic and the particular than The Horseman on the Roof This

  • Title: The Horseman on the Roof
  • Author: Jean Giono Jonathan Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780865470606
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono s perfect balance between lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the particular, than The Horseman on the Roof This novel, which Giono began writing in 1934 and which was published in 1951, expanded and solidified his reputation as one of Europe s most important writers.This is a novel ofPerhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono s perfect balance between lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the particular, than The Horseman on the Roof This novel, which Giono began writing in 1934 and which was published in 1951, expanded and solidified his reputation as one of Europe s most important writers.This is a novel of adventure, a roman courtois, that tells the story of Angelo, a nobleman who has been forced to leave Italy because of a duel, and is returning to his homeland by way of Provence But that region is in the grip of a cholera epidemic, travelers are being imprisoned behind barricades, and exposure to the disease is almost certain.Angelo s escapades, adventures, and heroic self sacrifice in this hot, hallucinatory landscape, among corpses, criminals and rioting townspeople, share this epic tale.

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    1. Wonderfully written novel with a strong element of the picaresque. There is a touch of allegory/parable, adventure, romance (understated and hinted at), geoegraphy and history. The descriptions are vivid and you can feel the heat of southern France.The main protagonist is Angelo Pardi, a piedmontese colonel (but still very young), who has temporarily left Italy and is wandering around southern France looking for a friend. He is doing this in the middle of a cholera epidemic and death is ever pre [...]

    2. Reading this was a dream. An absolutely gorgeous fantastical dream. The horseman, Angelo, who has had to leave Italy because of a duel in which he has killed a man, travels though the French countryside which is festering with a cholera epidemic, and he moves like a dream of light - which sounds so over the top I'd be embarrassed but for the sheer truth of it. I don't know that I've ever read a more appealing character (I won't even try to describe him as it wouldn't do him a bit of justice). Th [...]

    3. I'm not usually into adventure novels but this is a strange kind of adventure - as much metaphysical as physical, even though its hero is an expert swordsman (though for proof of this you'd have to see either of the other two Angelo books in English: Angelo - brilliant - or The Straw Man - confused and disappointing but for its one sword-fight, which is jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, astonishing). What makes this work is the character of Angelo - charming, heroic, self-questioning, youthfully self- [...]

    4. ★★★½«Se non osa guardare in faccia questo spettacolo, signora, credo che le convenga strapparsi gli occhi. Questo le eviterà la fatica di tenersi le mani sulla fronte. Finito il colera, ci resteranno da affrontare gli specchi.»1831. Angelo Pardi, colonnello degli ussari affiliato alla carboneria, è in fuga dall’Italia e attraversa la Provenza per raggiungere Giuseppe, suo fratello di latte.E’ un’estate torrida quasi all’inverosimile ed il caldo nauseante non dà tregua in un p [...]

    5. Jean Giono's The Horseman on the Roof represents a strange kind of throwback to the picaresque literature of earlier centuries. A patriotic young colonel is on the run from his native Italy because he had killed an Austrian baron in a duel -- at a time when the Austrians were in control of Northern Italy. Crossing the border into France, he walks into a giant cholera epidemic that seems to have a large part of Provence in its grip.The remainder of the novel consists of Angelo Pardi's (for that i [...]

    6. Hace un tiempo tuve entre mis manos una edición de "El hombre que plantaba árboles" prologada por José Saramago. Si bien en ese momento esa conexión me extrañó, ahora, después de haber leído "El húsar en el tejado", la novela más prestigiosa de Giono, veo claro cuál debió ser la conexión que realizó el editor que solicitó ese prólogo.Tanto "Ensayo sobre la Ceguera" como ésta, describen un escenario de ruina absoluta en el que la civilización decae en medio de la demencia al ser [...]

    7. 3,5/5. C'est une belle histoire, riche en réflexions sur l'Homme, avec beaucoup d'aventures, mais je n'ai pas tout à fait adhéré au style, je l'ai trouvé peut-être un poil trop descriptif et plat si bien que je n'ai pas vraiment ressenti les divers rebondissements, tout me paraissait se succéder sans vraie surprise. Mais il y a aussi beaucoup de belles choses, il y a certes un peu trop de descriptions de la nature mais elles sont parfois splendides ! Et surtout, il y a tout cet aspect tr [...]

    8. Angelo Pardi è un miracolato. A cavallo o a piedi, alla luce del sole o sfuggendo le insidie, attraversa cinque mesi e quasi cinquecento pagine di colera accusando al più un principio di mal di pancia (sconfitto con due bottiglie di borgogna): eppure non si tira indietro, anzi si danna a soccorrere moribondi e lavare morti senza neppure badare a evitare il contatto con i fluidi corporei. Bisogna dire che, nella prima metà del romanzo, il vero protagonista non è lui, bensì la malattia che fa [...]

    9. Moins que son côté roman d'aventures, je l'ai surtout apprécié pour les observations sur les comportements individuels et collectifs générés par la peur d'une menace invisible. Sauve qui peut et chacun pour soi! Rien de tel qu'une bonne épidémie pour révéler nos vrais natures Et en plus, l'histoire d'amour est assez originale.

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    11. There are several Provences and visitors will soon realize that following the roads in the valleys, it often takes longer than anticipated to link two points that seem close on the map. About ten years ago, I spent a short holiday in Jean Giono’s Provence, between Banon and Forcalquier. His most famous novel, in part because it was brilliantly adapted as a movie by Jean-Paul Rappeneau with Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez, is « The Horseman on the Roof (Le hussard sur le toit)”. Angelo [...]

    12. Ce livre fait partie des romans assez difficiles à définir et qui vous laisse longtemps après l'avoir refermé un arrière-goût en bouche.J'ai bien aimé le récit mais pour moi c'est vraiment la scène finale entre Pauline et Angelo qui m'a marqué à jamais. L'intensité du passage est à couper le souffle et fait de ce roman, à lui seul, une perle rare.

    13. Tiempos de cólera en la Provenza francesa. Un húsar solitario se transformará, a su manera, en un héroe. Entre cadáveres, agonías y podredumbre renacerán la compasión y el amor.Ante todo, un libro hermosamente escrito. Cada expresión parece largamente meditada. Un ambiente sombrío, oscuro con descripciones agobiantes e insistentes sobre los últimos estertores de las víctimas del cólera. No es una novela de amor y ni siquiera es una historia agradable. Es una lección de buena litera [...]

    14. Version française: Le hussard sur le toitParution en 1951. Oeuvre faisant partie d'un cycle dit «du hussard» comprenant cinq titres. Le hussard sur le toit est le premier en chronologie (mais pas le premier écrit). Porté à l'écran en 1995.L'auteur (1895-1970) est originaire de Manosque (lieu mentionné dans le roman) d'une famille d'origine piémontaise (le héros est Piémontais). L'expérience des tranchées de la Première guerre mondiale en fera un pacifiste convaincu. Il sera accusé [...]

    15. Magnifiquement bien écrit. L'histoire est captivante, les scènes descriptives sont totalement utiles et participent à l'évolution du récit. Le héros est attachant!Un roman déroutant.

    16. The Horseman on the Roof follows the adventures and near disasters of Angelo Pardi, a young Italian galloping, by the seat of his pants, across southern France as he seeks to distance himself from those who want to kill him. Austria is in possession of northern Italy, and Angelo, a nobleman and patriot of Italy has had to to leave Turin in haste.It is the summer of 1825, and a cholera outbreak is bearing down on all of Provence. As Angelo dashes across the countryside, he not only must outrun hi [...]

    17. მიუხედავად იმისა, რომ სათავგადასავლო ჟანრის ლიტერატურა დიდად არ მხიბლავს, არ შემიძლია ამ წიგნით მიღებულ შთაბეჭდილებას "წიგნით მოხიბვლა" ვუწოდო, that's blew my mind ! ძნელია გამოვთქვა რას ვგრძნობდი, რო [...]

    18. Striking, graphic adventure of two individuals trying to escape from a terrifying cholera epidemic. A seemingly accurate description of Southern France just before the advent of Napoleon III.The scenes with victims dropping dead on the spot and the terror of the inhabitants are truly gripping. The narration is excellent, the action fast-paced, and the images depicted are quite sharp.This book was rated 9th best book of all time by Le Monde and I can see why.

    19. The translation I stumbled upon was exquisite. This novel is by far the most 'successful' of Giono's works. It is lyrical and poetic and yet the plot does not entirely subscribe to what one might call the rules of romance. A number of years later another admirer of Giono made an unfortunate film based on this novel, ravaging the storyline and resulting in a travesty. We can forgive the filmmaker since he no doubt meant well but the novel and the author deserve better. I recall the principal acto [...]

    20. Loved the book. There is surprsingly small amount of swashbuckling, it is more of an internal monologue for Angelo, who is a true officer and a gentleman. The workings of his mind and what he highlights and emphasizes is truly fascinating. Reading this book made me want to be a more considerate and polite person. He puts the welfare of others above his own, especially towards the end when he escorts Pauline to her aun'ts home. He risks life and limb to get her there safely, because it is what hi [...]

    21. There were things that I really liked about the book and some that I didn't. The mood atmosphere and setting were all really well done. The characterization was really good but at times got a bit cerebral for my wee brain. I have to admit I had to skim parts of it as there were too many similar descriptions of the many cholera victims and after awhile this slowed the book down for me too much.All in all a good book that I would recommend to people who enjoy good descriptions, characterization, p [...]

    22. Epic novel set in southern France during cholera season. This book could more appropriately be called "Love in the Time of Cholera" than the book that's actually titled that. Oh, and did I mention cholera? The number of scenes where people are dying of cholera is excessive, even more so than the movie which is based on it (a very good film). The rambles don't seem to have much point either, and just seem to be different people's view of cholera. The writing is also confusing and very, very slow. [...]

    23. A story set within a cholera epidemic in France. It is beautifully written, but to me the most fascinating parts are the numerous graphic descriptions of the hellish effects of this awful disease. I tried to find modern photographs of victims but couldn't find any horrible depictions; mostly I found sad dark-skinned children lying in bed. There must be some online photo etiquette in place. Giono is a wonderful writer, and the varying intellectualities of his characters careen splendidly across t [...]

    24. Landscape and cholera are the main characters, and a couple of charming humans "carry the mirror along the road." Since cholera is still epidemic today in war-torn regions and refugee camps, its portrayal here is more than a matter of historical curiosity. If you don't like description of landscape, or think it just gums up the plot, you probably won't care for Giono. Too bad, as he is certainly one of the 20th century's greatest writers.

    25. Very well written in the original french. If I'm honest I really didn't care about the characters, the adventures and philosophical wonderings but I'm still counting Jean Giono as one of my favorite writers from now on. This book is FULL of amazing despriptions :the weather, the landscapes, the food, the sickness etc. And as a bonus, I was very happy to recognize some of the places as I live in Southern France.

    26. Jean Giono ne cesse de sublimer son lecteur. Ses descriptions , longues certes et parfois très ennuyeuse , mais très utiles à la trame événementielle, nous révèle encore une fois le talent invincible et exemplaire de Jean Giono . Des personnages qui font rêver le lecteur . Ce dernier veut faire le tour du monde pour trouver Angelo ou Pauline . un "Must read" !

    27. If I was going to book-club would have finished it. But It is a hypnotic story of travel in a dangerous time. Decidedly old-fashioned. I just finished modern book with very similar overall themes: travel to the unknown, adventures, adversity, single protagonist, etc. Yet, I found Annihilation entirely engaging (stayed up really late to finish it), while this one left me cold.

    28. I borrowed this book based on the reviews about the picturesque description in the book and the positive reviews. But even after going through the first 10 chapters of the book it just doesnt pick up. All the author keeps describing is the wide spread disease and the intolerable heat. Couldnt keep going after a while and so gave up.

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