Translated by Adrienne Dixon
According to the author, Chapel Road "is the book about the childhood of Ondine [. . .] about her brother Valeer-Traleer with his monstrous head wobbling through life this way and that." But the book is about a lot more than that. It is also the story of Louis Paul Boon, an author working on a novel entitled Chapel Road, surrounded by his colorful group of friends. His readers and companions include the painter Tippetotje, who habitually works a naked woman into her paintings, and Johan Janssens, the journalist and poet who is fired from the paper for refusing to agree with the Capitalists, the Socialists or the Ultra-Marxists.
Beyond that, Chapel Road includes a retelling of the myth of Reynard the fox and Isengrinus the wolf, a tale that underscores the greed, stupidity, hypocrisy, pride and lust motivating the other characters of the book.
Chapel Road is "a pool, a sea, a chaos: it is the book of all that can be heard and seen in Chapel Road, from the year 1800-and-something until today."
Nb of pages 338 p.
Publication Date 01 February 2003
Nb of pages 338
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $14.95
It’s a fact that all created things—that means, according to the bible: all things made out of nothing—end up by growing over the creator’s head; so: man has grown over god’s head, and technology and economics have grown over man’s head . . . and so your heroes, the music master and journalist johan janssens grow over your head. Look at what they just brought out of their quiver! Nothing less than that our book is a symphony. You reply with a protesting smile that it’s just a simple game, a game like any other.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Western Europe
Countries : Belgium