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Serge, Louis, Franck and Caroline are four wealthy friends. They meet every Thursday in Franck's great residence at the end of the 19th century, to satisfy their passion, cinema and particularly cinéma noir. Serge is married, but he has an affair with Caroline. Franck is one of the heirs of a large family of bankers, Louis expert in art has long been forger as for Caroline little is known. Little by little, they come up with the idea of committing a murder, choosing an anonymous, it will be a jogger taken at random, one evening at the edge of a wood. The idea came from Serge who however at the last moment withdraws, Franck and Louis will do the work. The murdered will be thrown in the trunk of his car, it is Caroline who will drive her, alone, to Franck. The other three will go back together another way. Strangely enough, she will take much longer than they will to return, she will give an amazing explanation. A few days later, the press will speak about a certain Jacques Devroux, insurer and disappeared with two million euros.
Tensions and doubts will overcome their discernment. Alliances and betrayals will appear. One night, one of them dreams that he is a historical character of American cinema, but elements of his dream are found in reality, he plunges little by little into schizophrenia, into emotional dictates. He who thinks he is his accomplice, but who is perhaps his enemy, develops paranoia. A psychology all in finesse and raw at the same time describes human nature through its anxieties, its torments, its anguishes, its loves. It only takes four people to represent all of humanity.
These mental evolutions are within us, intrinsically. Suspicion and uncertainty, doubt and spite shatter all that might remain of their friendship. And the end...the murder is conducted here like a Hollywood scenario, you'd think you were in a movie theater, climaxes get married in mute to camera movements...And the outcome will subjugate you.
Summary of the work.
In 1984, the world was divided into three regions at war with each other: Oceania, Eurasia and Estasia. Oceania lives under a dictatorship of a single Party that oversees all the actions and actions of its subjects, even the most private. The leader of this one party is called "Big Brother".
The administration of Oceania is disconcertingly simple, governed by four ministries (Truth, Peace, Love, Abundance) and three slogans: "War is peace", "Freedom is slavery", "Ignorance is strength". The hero of the book, Winston Smith, is a civil servant who works at the Ministry of Truth and whose task is to re-examine the state newspapers and destroy harmful information elements. The novel is in three parts.
In the first, Winston Smith is a model employee. However, his work gives him access to certain underlying truths, which he secretly notes in his notebook. This makes the hero slide towards his second phase, where he becomes an opponent within himself.
It is during this period of rebellion that he meets a young woman, a certain Julia, with whom he falls in love. The latter shares Winston's subversive ideas. During the last part of the book, the couple meets a strange character, a certain O'Brien who seems to share their subversive convictions, provides them with forbidden books, but turns out to be an agent of the Party.
The two lovers are arrested, tortured, and in the end, Winston denies himself, his convictions and even Julia's love. Completely mentally broken, he can then return to society. According to specialists, George Orwell's work was inspired by a novel by Russian writer Eugene Zamitiane (1884-1937), called Nous autres, published in Great Britain in 1924, because censored in the USSR. Eugene Zamitiane was a Bolshevik activist and novelist from the early hours, he was in England in 1917.
He returned to Russia the same year to participate in the victory of the Bolshevists, but because of the Party's authoritarian drifts, he left the same year. We (banned in the USSR) served as a model for 1984 (1949), Huxley's The Best of Worlds (1932), Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and Ira Levin's Un bonheur insoutenable (1970). Censored and considered anti-revolutionary by Stalin, Zamitiane was finally authorized to leave the USSR in 1931 for permanent exile in Paris where he died in 1937.
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Not all dictatorships have the same origin and many paths lead to the "best of all worlds", but perhaps the most direct and the broadest is the one we are going through today.
The nightmare of integral organization is already for more than one billion men a daily experience. This, perhaps, foreshadows, according to Aldous Huxley, the advent of a scientific dictatorship whose subjects framed by an army of "Pavlovian" policemen will come to love their servitude, renouncing the very idea of revolution. Visionary and pamphleteer of genius, Aldous Huxley develops in the capital text that we will read the topics addressed in "the best of the world". How to dominate the forces that threaten our freedoms and confront the huge army of fanatics dedicated to their destruction? Such is the agonizing question posed by this book.
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In a more or less distant future, Guy Montag is a firefighter. In this anticipatory novel, being a fireman means setting fire to books. Indeed, in this somewhat totalitarian society, owning a book or reading one, is a crime. Literature and more generally culture and knowledge are proscribed from this society. Montag with his barracks travels the city to make a beautiful pyre of all secret libraries found. But one day, he will decide not to destroy books and keep them at home, without informing anyone, including his wife who shares his roof. One evening, after a day of hard work, he will meet the very strange girl Clarisse. This 17 year old girl is the opposite of Montag. She is a little crazy, and takes the time to contemplate things and to wonder. At his touch, he will gradually change and become interested in books. He slowly switches to hiding. That's when he remembers a strange previous meeting in a park with the so-called Faber, a former teacher, whom he had not denounced at the time. He finds him and has a discussion with him about the books. The two will then work together to save the culture and discover the flaw of the firefighters. It is therefore, with the support of Faber, that Montag will go talk with his captain: Captain Beatty. From there, Montag's fate will change forever.
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Bardamu enters the military by chance and discovers the horror of the First World War, but befriends Robinson, his brother-in-arms. Wounded, then reformed, he frequents some women of low condition (Lola, Musyne) then leaves France for Africa. There, he notes the brutality of colonial life. Bardamu contracts a tropical disease and is transported by boat to the United States. He visits New York, then Detroit where he is hired as a Ford worker. The discovery of working life does not prevent him from temporarily bonding with Molly, a prostitute. But he returned to France to become a doctor in Drancy, a poor city. There, he discovers miserable daily life, death and greed. Tired of patients, he enlisted in a music hall troupe while Robinson, who met a woman (Madelon), went blind. He returns to Paris to work in a psychiatric hospital. Dr. Baryton, who runs the facility, goes crazy. Bardamu will run the hospital in interim. Robinson will be killed by his mistress, leaving Bardamu alone, bitter and permanently disillusioned.
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The novel begins with the announcement of the death of the narrator's mother by telegram. The narrator, Mr. Meursault went to Moengo to the old man's asylum where his mother was the burial of it. The narrator then tells us the stages of his journey, this is how we make "acquaintance" with two of his friends: Celeste who runs a restaurant where he is accustomed to go ; and Emmanuel to whom he will go to borrow a tie and a black armband for the burial. Once in the asylum after a trip a bus, the narrator makes him aware of the director and the concierge. We learn at this time the reasons for placing the mother in this asylum, namely that his son could not support himself. Then we go to the vigil, where the narrator meet all the 'friends' of his mother. After the burial, the narrator returns and decides to go where he meets Marie Cardona, an old typist from his office, from whom he had fallen in love, which was reciprocal.
Then we meet our neighbors: Salamano, always with his dog and Raymond Sintès, second protagonist of the story because the second plot triggers with him. Raymond will ask the narrator to become his friend, and then write a letter to his ex mistress of whom he wants revenge. The letter will trigger the entire tragedy of the novel, since the The woman will come to visit Raymond, who will beat her on the grounds that she misses him. Following this Excessive violence, one of the young woman's brothers, will begin to follow Raymond. The second part of the novel somehow starts here: the narrator and Marie are invited by Raymond to go to a suburb of Algiers, at one of his friends named Masson.
And in wandering on the beach the 3 men will cross the 3 Arabs including the one following Raymond. There will be an altercation during which Raymond will cut his arm and mouth. The narrator will go alone, a little later, make a walk on the beach and there will re-cross one from them again, who will threaten him with his knife. Merseault blinded by the sun and tired by the Renaudet Céline heat, will press the trigger of the revolver removed earlier to Raymond to avoid a murder, and will kill Arabic of 4 balls.
Following this act, Merseault will be arrested and put in prison. His appointed lawyer will return to his behavior at the burial of his mother. Behavior that revealed insensitivity. Married as for her, will be forbidden to visit, not being his wife.The narrator, with the time spent in prison will grasp the magnitude of the punishment that she represents, to know the absence and deprivation of liberty (the deprivation of women or even tobacco). For to fight boredom, he begins to remember and understands that this past can save him. The trial is taking place with all the people that Meursault knew, namely his neighbors: M Salamano, Emmanuel and Raymond, the friend of his mother Thomas Perez, the director and the concierge of the asylum, and Mary. They are especially there to confirm the insensitivity of M Mersault to the burial of his mother. However, no one will really agree with the lawyer, they will go even to the point of defending it, praising his friendship and his services.At the end of his trial, Meursault is awarded the death penalty. For the first time, he feels really something. The narrator then realizes his love for Mary and opposition with the beginning of the novel, only Mary and her mother are in her mind.