Intertextuality, Language, and the Ludic in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Chapter 6. The Misadventures of Marie: A 21st Century Tetralogy
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THE MISADVENTURES OF MARIE
A 21st Century Tetralogy
The Sexual Evolution of Toussaint’s Literary Lovers
The publication of Toussaint’s sixth novel, Faire l’amour, in September 2002, made questioning the validity of all of the previous literary classifications of his works inevitable. With a five-year lapse between La Télévision and Faire l’amour, this novel in particular is somewhat of a departure from his previous works. Nevertheless, critics, readers, and scholars often take for granted what they perhaps believe to be a certain consistency in his writing. For many critics, this author’s writing became predictable; many of them tended to read his novels the same way, often seeing the same things. It is curious to note that despite the fact that this novel boasts being among the ten best novels of 2002 according to Le Point, a few critics were still baffled and disappointed by it.1 Aude Lancelin, for example, wanted to know in her review from the Nouvel observateur why there was “tant d’amour” for Faire l’amour. In like manner, the title of François Busnel’s article “Amour déçu; On avait attendu le dernier roman de Jean-Philippe Toussaint. On avait tort,” tells a story in itself. Busnel saw this novel as “vide, lent et lourd,” these being Toussaint’s exact words in the novel to describe how the narrator was feeling after having left Marie; Busnel lamented the humorous days of La Salle de bain. In like manner,...
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