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Many sources cite his birthdate as , this error being due to vanity on the part of Ionesco himself, who wanted the year of his birth to coincide with that when his idol, Romanian playwright Caragiale , died. As Deborah B. When he "floated" back to the ground and the "light" left him, he saw that the real world in comparison was full of decay, corruption and meaningless repetitive action. This also coincided with the revelation that death takes everyone in the end.

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Shelves: fiction My only exposure to Ionesco prior to this novel was reading and almost performing in "The Bald Soprano" some stuff came up my senior year in high school, and we never got the production off the ground , and reading an interview with Zero Mostel about performing in "The Rhinocerous".

So basically, not enough to have formed a strong expectation, but enough so that I felt aptly prepared to deal with any of his absurdist tendancies as I began to read his one and only novel, "The Hermit". The beginnings of the novel are firmly grounded in reality, which was okay by me, until the narrator disappeared into his own head getting obsessively philosophical upon inhereting some money from a relative.

The second half of the novel sticks with this same theme, but Ionesco dropps much of the tedium and injects a little of the familiar absurdity as in his self-imposed solitude, the narrator begins to [? I was left wanting to re-read "The Bald Soprano" to see what it was that fascinated me about Ionesco in high school. We are told to free ourselves from the feeling of astonishment and move on to other things.

But in that case, on what basis can we found any knowledge or morality? There is no way that basis can be ignorance, and yet we are swimming in ignorance; our point of departure, our foundation, is nothing but the void. How can we build on nothing? And yet these forces, these energetic events are ourselves; we are built, we are produced, we are acted upon, but also we make ourselves, we act and we act upon ourselves.

Oh, if only I had some philosophical talent! But for me these questions are crucial, they take me and shake me. But you know that everyone has asked himself these same questions. The only difference is that for you the whole thing is files and catalogues Despair has been domesticated; people have turned it into literature, into works of art.

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The Hermit Quotes

The rude awakenings in the morning; the mad rush to the office in the hope of still finding my time card; the joy at reaching the office on time so that I could sign it; the anger and frustration on those mornings when I reached the office thirty seconds after the card had been taken away - all that seemed to me to be enveloped in a kind of happiness that I had not previously noted, as all of a sudden I found a kind of beauty in the dust, the crowded street, the mass of people hurrying like me to work, the hundreds and hundreds of gray faces, faces which were but clouds doubtless concealing the sun that we all bear within us, if only we knew it. The past is always tender and beautiful, something to be looked upon with sorrow, whose qualities we notice only when they are gone. We need a certain perspective, and that goes for pen-pushers and statesmen alike, millionaires or tramps. How lovely ugliness is, how happy sadness, and boredom is due only to our ignorance! The iciest cold cannot resist the warmth of the human heart. Assuming one knows which button to push in order to light it. In short, we look back nostalgically on everything, which proves without question that it was beautiful.

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Eugène Ionesco

He is a lonely man and he is more than a trifle bored. As he embarks on a new life — in a new apartment, with new possessions and new neighbours — he feels an initial relief at being his own man; but this period of mental calm is short-lived. Unable to overcome his need for routine and the sense of comfort it brings, he falls into a confined, unimaginative pattern of life. His isolation is given up to repetitive, intense introspection, metaphysical anxieties and obsessive fears. We follow his existence over years, with time being scattered about, slowing down and speeding up, in congruence with his state of mind. He was greatly interested in the solitude and insignificance of human existence, and modern feelings of alienation. He also felt a sense of wonderment and anguish at the strangeness of reality, and this is splendidly expressed in the mouth of the Hermit.

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The Hermit

Shelves: fiction My only exposure to Ionesco prior to this novel was reading and almost performing in "The Bald Soprano" some stuff came up my senior year in high school, and we never got the production off the ground , and reading an interview with Zero Mostel about performing in "The Rhinocerous". So basically, not enough to have formed a strong expectation, but enough so that I felt aptly prepared to deal with any of his absurdist tendancies as I began to read his one and only novel, "The Hermit". The beginnings of the novel are firmly grounded in reality, which was okay by me, until the narrator disappeared into his own head getting obsessively philosophical upon inhereting some money from a relative. The second half of the novel sticks with this same theme, but Ionesco dropps much of the tedium and injects a little of the familiar absurdity as in his self-imposed solitude, the narrator begins to [?

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