Discussion about The Kindly Ones. At this point you can lead a debate to the book.

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  • admin February 1, 2022

    The first, testing discussion post.

  • Lyonel Baum February 18, 2022

    A subject of surprise, shock and admiration. A cause of immense uproar . Why? Because it is clear since the beginning that Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones aims to be the supreme and definitive novel on Nazi Germany and the extermination of Jews. My first thought on finishing the book was, wow, what a reading experience ! It really was unlike anything I’d read before.

    By the way , in the 1800’s a man named Max Aue developed the small community of Leon Springs, in the Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio. In 1929, Max’s son, Rudolph, opened a gas station, garage and grocery store.

  • Lyonel Baum February 19, 2022

    A good analyze here : The Executioners Speak (H Net / Humanities and Social Sciences On Line ) http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=24135

    Jonathan Littell. The Kindly Ones.

    Reviewed by Peter Fritzsche (Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    Published on H-German (February, 2009) Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher

  • Lyonel Baum March 2, 2022

    Many readers stop to read after the 150th page are addressed to the test often unbearable to be confronted with a horror that was likely to be more than likely. Stop on the apparent perversion of Max Aue may hide most of this literary work that exceeds the limits of the novel. The division between good and evil going on inside the psyche of all men, “gray area” as wrote Primo Levi. It must be identified in the character of Max Aue this critical region of the soul where absolute evil opposes the brotherhood.

    I don’t know a description more striking, more haunting, as the erotic despair of the hero, [Max Aue] that makes me consider that the birth of this book owes much to psychoanalysis and that this would ultimately the reason for its rejection. Because of the prevailing tone back on all the work that it becomes unbearable retroactively , Jonathan Littell introduces us to this tragic condition, behind the glossy look with which we present by appearing insensitive to what it involved. For me, literature, the true one, is on the side of Littell. L.B. ( France )