A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

43. Fanfarlo by Charles Baudelaire

Fanfarlo by Charles Baudelaire. Translated by Edward K. Kaplan. (2.5/5)
The Art of the Novella

1847; Aug, 2012, Melville House, 64 pgs
Ages: 18+
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"Ten years before Baudelaire published his masterpiece, The Flowers of Evil, the great poet penned the only prose fiction of his career: La Fanfarlo. The novella describes the torrid real-life affair the poet had with Jean Duval, a dancer whose beauty and sexuality Baudelaire came to obsess over. The outcome is a work of raw emotional power and a clear distillation of the Parisian’s poetic genius. As Baudelaire himself said, “Always be a poet, even in prose.”"

This was the second selection from Melville House's Novella Book Club this month.  I don't generally get on well with French literature or historical books about France so even though I was game to give this short read my best effort I wasn't too impressed.  Very verbose with flowery and excessive language.  Paragraphs could have been written in a sentence or omitted altogether.  Divided mainly into 3 parts, one on the poet, one on the poet's friend, a spurned wife, and the last on the poet and an actress, Fanfarlo, and their love affair.  I really had not much of a clue what was going on until the end of the spurned wife's story where finally they get to the point and a small plot develops.  Baudelaire was a poet and this is supposed to be his only work of prose, which is good as I have no inclination to read him again.  But at least I feel I've broadened  my horizons a bit with this read and become a tad more [sic] edjificated :-)

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