Where Tigers Are at Home

Where Tigers Are at Home Winner of the Prix M dicis this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau a retired French correspondent through mo

Winner of the Prix M dicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil When Eleazard begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of Kircher, the rest of his life seems to begin unraveling his ex wife goes on a dangerous geologicaWinner of the Prix M dicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil When Eleazard begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of Kircher, the rest of his life seems to begin unraveling his ex wife goes on a dangerous geological expedition to Mato Grosso his daughter abandons school to travel with her young professor and her lesbian lover to an indigenous beach town, where the trio use drugs and form interdependent sexual relationships and Eleazard himself starts losing his sanity, escalated by loneliness, and his work on the biography Patterns begin to emerge from these interwoven narratives, which develop toward a mesmerizing climax Shortlisted for the Goncourt Prize and the European Book Award, and already translated into 14 languages, Where Tigers Are At Home is large scale epic, at once literary and entertaining, that belongs in the company of Umberto Eco and Haruki Murakami.

  • ☆ Where Tigers Are at Home ✓ Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès Mike Mitchell
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  1. Jean Marie Blas de Robl s is a French writer, poet, philosopher and archaeologist In 2008 he won the Prix M dicis for his novel L o les tigres sont chez eux.Born in 1954 in Sidi Bel Abbes, he repatriated to France with his parents after the independence of Algeria, he spent his adolescence in Provence, in the Var He then studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and history at the College de France.After graduating, he taught French literature in Brazil 1981 1982 , China 1983 1984 and then in Sicily, and Taiwan.From 1986 he became a member of the French Archaeological Mission in Libya and participates each summer for underwater excavations of Apollonia of Cyrene, Leptis Magna and Sabratha in Tripoli.Since 1996, he devoted himself exclusively to writing.

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  1. Where does one begin The sweeping scale of Where Tigers Are At Home is crushing to behold But wait, I don t want to lose my focus The experience was mine, why this was a victory for me, jon faith I haven t felt this geyser of love for a book in a while It wasn t a keen appreciation or anything sophisticated or technical It simply was a joy, the way that Mason and Dixon and Three Trapped Tigers glowed in my 20s I ve noticed that I am drawn to the reviews of books which I love or harbor a certain [...]


  2. You can put your snob in a drawer for this one Its eight hundred pages and its encyclopedic self are in line with Umberto Eco or Neal Stephenson than its lovely title, Where Tigers are at Home taken from Goethe , would lead one to suspect I was looking for something in colleagueship with a Bola o or a DeLillo, even if a Gaddis or Vollmann were too much to ask Goethe is of course name checked So too is Eco And Borges makes a natural appearance in a novel set in Brazil Flaubert is here naturally [...]



  3. J ai fini la lecture juste avant de me coucher hier et je suis encore en train de dig rer la fin C est excellent J adore les romans plusieurs voix Des voix uniques au d but et qui en viennent faire une chorale Et le refrain tant Athanase Kircher.On sent la jungle travers le livre J avais vraiment l impression d y tre Fallait le faire quand m me quand je lisais a avec un 20C dehors Superbe couverture Imprim avec deux polices de caract res peu communes C est vraiment un bel objeten plus d un excel [...]


  4. This was my first run in with Blas de Robl s, after having read many a positive critique of the book I am given to understand that this man has been a writer since the early 80s, so I have no earthly clue how this novel compares to his earlier work.Tigers, in essence, links two storylines and frames them next to each other along 32 chapters and a very satisfying epilogue On the one hand, we are presented with the story of Athanasius Kircher, a German jesuit polymath con man, depending on your in [...]


  5. an interesting book not sure when will finish but it is quite compelling so far US publication next year, UK or Romanian editions available nowWhere Tigers Are at Home by JM Blas de Robles this is a book that deserves all the accolades and prizes it got as it will be hard to find a better book next year when it is published in the US on the other hand it is not really sff, though its collection of oddities and strangeness are sffnal than many genre books, while its structure will not appeal to [...]


  6. Pozoruhodn liter rn z itek, kter vy aduje trp liv ho ten e se sklony k masochismu D Jeden z recenzent p irovn v styl tohoto d la k rom n m Umberta Eca Patrn m pravdu, tak to bylo m sty intelektu ln pom rn n ro n a jsem p esv d ena, e mi spousta vtip , h ek a odkaz ur it unikla




  7. Een waanzinnig leesfeest Anders kan ik dit boek niet omschrijven Waar de tijgers thuis zijn neemt je mee naar het hedendaagse Brazili Naar het langs de kust gelegen Alc ntara, mooi van vergane glorie, naar Fortaleza met zijn stranden, nachtclubs en sloppenwijken en naar het regenwoud van Mato Grasso En tussendoor neemt een Jezu tische pater je aan de hand mee op een tijdreis door het Duitsland en Itali van de 16de en 17de eeuw In Alc ntara woont El azard von Wogau, sinds een half jaar gescheiden [...]


  8. I came to this book as several respected bloggers including one of the judges highlighted it as the most glaring omission from the Best Translated Book Award 2014, where it didn t even make the long list Having read it, I share their surprise it s certainly deserves a place as one of the top translated books published last year When Tigers Are At Home is centered around the figure of Athanasius Kircher, a real life 17th century scholar One part set in the near present say tells the story of Elea [...]


  9. Jean Marie Blas de Robles s Where Tigers Are at Home is a complicated epic novel that if you can follow is actually worth the read The story which is primarily set in Brazil is a story within 2 or 3 beginning with the biography of 17th century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher whose story is the beginning of each individual chapter From there, though, we delve into the real story that belonging to the family of Eleazard von Wogau as he writes the novel the travels of his ex wife lesbian daughter [...]


  10. I can t remember the last time I was this happy to finish a book I really did not enjoy this one Had I not been the one who nominated it for a group read I would have DNF d it way back at the first rape scene Not only did I not enjoy reading this book I found very little to discuss There are 6 story lines that all start out together and very, I mean very, slowly come together and the end feels like a big rush to connect everything I only really found one of the story lines interesting and it had [...]


  11. Un peu lassant La vie d Anathase Kircher sert de liant toute l affaire, une sorte de pr texte rudit, tr s richement document et racont , mais sans que cela fasse vraiment ciment avec toutes les autres histoires parall les du roman On en vient tr s vite pr f rer l une ou l autre de ces histoires crois es, et sauter des pages pour connaitre la suite de l histoire que l on a choisie comme tant la meilleure La sauce ne prend pas vraiment et au final, on s ennuie.


  12. Just finished this tome In here to see what others thought of it I liked it, but the message is rather bleak, as far as our endeavors go


  13. This book is translated in from French into English Jean Marie Blas de Robl sWhere Tigers Feel at Home L o les tigres sont chez eux


  14. I liked it Wry, smart, wide ranging It sets up what seem at first several TV or classic movie set scenes and slowly brings them to much realistic outcomes Often to disastrous ones At times funny, often clever, the revolving stories in modern day Brasil told serially are interspersed with jumps from today back 350 years to around the 1650 s and the Mediterranean world of Athanasius Kircher Much of the book as a result is full of foreboding, amidst the failures step by step of the characters to r [...]



  15. Als iets fantastisch moet zijn, valt het altijd tegen zo ook in dit geval Dit een prima boek, met een duizelingwekkende hoeveelheid tentoongespreide kennis, verdeeld over een handvol verschillende verhalen, die tegen het eind aardig samenkomen Toch vraag ik me na afloop af wat heeft de schrijver me nou willen vertellen Lang getwijfeld tussen drie en vier sterren Het zijn er drie geworden.


  16. In t kort El azard von Wogau woont in Alc ntara, Brazili , en is er correspondent voor een Franse krant Ondertussen werkt hij aan een biografie van Athanasius Kircher, een erudiet jezu et uit de 17de eeuw, waarbij hij diens leven beschrijft door de ogen van zijn leerling Caspar Schott Elaine, El azards ex vrouw, is paleontologe, en vertrekt op expeditie met enkele vakgenoten naar de e jungle Mo ma, hun dochter, studeert in Fortaleza, maar slaat liever aan het feesten dan in haar studieboeken te [...]


  17. All the characters in this book have agendas beyond the scope of the ordinary They over reach That s why the immersion in Renaissance Man Anthanasius Kircher s seemingly absurd view that all may be understood is both sensible and grounding A rock would be God if it know it were, observes the character Eleazard In Kircher s time, science and art and religion were the same In our time, of the three, art is useless but somehow also necessary So why does writing novels matter something I struggle wi [...]


  18. Entertaining enough book, with tales of adventure, death, erudition and sex that take place in modern day Brazil The stories are interspersed with entries from what appears to be an old biography of a Jesuit priest.Normally I go in for the Borges Eco type of thing but I have to admit in this case it didn t fully click for me Maybe I just missed something or didn t fully appreciate the end While some absurdity is par for the course, I feel that the last minute attempt to tie all the ends together [...]


  19. Earl Pike wrote in the Plain Dealer about Where Tigers Are At Home by Jean Marie Blas de Robles that the novel begins as Heidegger the Parrot garbles Holderlin the poet, as perhaps the real Heidegger the Philosopher garbles Holderlin the poet, and they are all misspeaking the nature of Humanness and the Transcendent Interesting And so I had to get the book for myself Pike goes on to call it a semiotic feast, a fabulist fantasia of people, stories, myths, symbols, artifacts, cultures and ideas It [...]


  20. A big convoluted book which was entertaining but at the end I didn t feel like it made a cohesive whole I don t think that this is the best new book I read this year I think my biggest problem is that some of the parts, while fine in themselves don t seem to add as much to the whole Like Roetgen s trip out fishing, it adds some adventure but as the novel progresses Roetgen doesn t even turn out to be an important character and the section ends up being a bit of a riff that takes us away from the [...]


  21. Maakte zijn reputatie op basis van de vaak juichende kritieken absoluut niet waar Geen exoticsch clich wordt de leze bespaard, houten personages praten houten dialogen, oeverloos gedram, een boodschap die er in dikke klodders opgesmeerd ligt en volgepropt met onverwerkte resultaten van toegegeven soms interessant opzoekingswerk.Maar elke schrijver die bladzijden volstouwt dankzij stompzinnige strucutren als En vertelt u eens over uw reis naar China eerwaarde 10 pagina s uiteenzetting over fauna, [...]


  22. If you re in for a literary feast, buy this book So many stories, so many characters, so many subjects, so many themes Poverty, religion, superstition, abuse of power, greedy politicians, survival, the yearning for knowledge, historical tidbits, Brazil in the 80s, Germany and Italy in the 17th century, love, sex, and crime, the deepness of the human soul, the secrets of the Matto Grosso, and so much I m still digesting the end which is surprising, stunning and left me with questions about the f [...]


  23. I must be the simple dolt that many Europeans consider American to be This guy ain t no Eco I do like, from time to time, read European stuff not originally written in English While the author makes much of the tragedy of Brazil, he, like many Europeans, engage in not magical realism but rather magical thinking I think it would be fun, for once, to see a Franco phone or one who speaks the languages of the Iberian peninsula to think, just a bit of how those countries in what we now call the devel [...]


  24. There is a lot to not like about this book, but I really enjoyed it for it uniqueness and similarity to another multi layered and somewhat confusing novel Cold Atlas Cons one very awful rape and murder scene the story thread about the erudite priest became annoying to the point that I skipped over most of that and it ended unsatisfacturly sic for ALL the characters Still it was beautifully written and most of the story lines were very interesting I m glad I got the chance to pluck this one of th [...]


  25. There are aspects of this book I loved and aspects I found exceedingly frustrating.Three stories ultimately asking what is truth and what is truth to each of us.Part of the novel is a manuscript written by Athanasius Kircher who is a historical Jesuit scholar in the mid 1600s, the other stories are in the present day but the main one is about Kircher To me that was the least interesting story of the three I am glad I read it and completed it it is quite long but again found it interesting and at [...]


  26. Six, not two or even three This supposedly magnificent book has six stories and a cast of hundreds that come together at the end Because readers cannot see the relationship between the stories, the average reader, who in addition to reading must live a life, will be disoriented and discouraged In my desire to determine if it was worthwhile to plod ahead, I read a few reviews and discovered that the book contains very graphic violence and rape That tipped the balance because what I read becomes s [...]


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