Posted by: chartroose | March 4, 2009

This Is a Gagalicious Must Read!

While looking at the NYT book review page this morning, I read about a controversial new novel.  I’m going to order it today.  Here’s a fast NYT plot synopsis:

“The Kindly Ones,” the 983-page novel by Jonathan Littell that went on sale on Tuesday, is a fictionalized  memoir of a remorseless former Nazi SS officer, who in addition to taking part in the mass extermination of the Jews, commits incest with his sister, sodomizes himself with a sausage and most likely kills his mother and stepfather. Oh, and it’s been translated from the French.”
By MOTOKO RICH
Published: March 3, 2009

Self sodomy with a sausage!  I’ll bet that part makes me laugh like a crazy fool!  It’s too bad it’s so long, and I wonder if the translation is any good.  Well, we shall see.  (I may have to skip the incest parts–ick).

The novel won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, so maybe it’s better than some crtitics are saying…

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Responses

  1. Zwow, so I just finished The Reader, and decided I wanted to read another story based around the war, but from the Nazi pov. So I headed into the bookstore and hunted down the (emo-cute) history buff employee and picked his brain for suggestions. He promptly created a stack for me, and told me how crazy the history folks were going over this one. So I took it (before Oprah could get her grubby little sticker on the cover.) But seriously it has sausage sodomy in it?! I won’t be able to read it in public – I’ll laugh so hard people will think I’m a sadistic freak finding pleasure in a book about the war 😛

  2. This sounds like a fun book, but seriously, is all that shit not a bit of overkill? As if it wasn’t bad enough to be an SS guy, did he really need to put in incest and sausage porn as well?
    Needless to say it’s been added to my wishlist right away. ROTFLMAO

  3. Chartroose, and I say this in the most kindly way possible – that sounds utterly ghastly. Try Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer when you’re done.

  4. Yeah, Carrie–it really does sound bad, doesn’t it? I can’t wait to give it a try since bad can be quite entertaining every once in awhile!

  5. I’m hooked. I’ve added this to my amazon wishlist and be ordering it soon. I joined the War thru the Ages Challenge so I can “justify” it. 😛

  6. This doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea. but if you actually read it…I eagerly await your thoughts!!!

  7. 983 pages? Makes me wonder how many pages are devoted to sausages.

  8. I think the critics are split about this one less because of the, to put it mildly, odd moments, but rather because of how it portrays Nazis. Some critics say it’s a blatantly anti-Semitic book while others say, on the contrary, it’s demonstrating the horrors that truly existed. Quite frankly, if a book is causing this much furor, it must indeed be read, though in my case I may find that it won’t particularly appeal in all respects (like the ones mentioned in your post).

    Still, it seems interesting. And so I too await people’s thoughts and responses…

  9. I love the NYT synopsis 🙂

    As you said too bad it’s so long…

  10. I think I’ll wait to read your thoughts before I put any sausages on my book order.

  11. This book sounds good, but creepy! I gave you the Lemonade Award. Check it out on my blog.Just ignore it, if you don’t feel like dealing with it.

  12. Oh my God, I wouldn’t read it if it were the very last book on earth. Yuck and double yuck, but just my very own humble opinion. :<)

  13. I think that Amy and Nan are probably right, but I can’t help it. I just have to see for myself! It’s kind of like rubbernecking at a car accident. You know it’s wrong to want to see something terrible, but deep down in your evil heart you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of some blood and gore.

  14. I don’t think I’ll be adding this to my tbr, either. Thank you!

  15. Yeah, Care, stay away from it. It might traumatize you for life! I have already been traumatized, so bring it on!

  16. […] Chartroose just ordered a book called The Kindly Ones, and here’s the synopsis: “The Kindly Ones,” the 983-page novel by Jonathan Littell that went on sale on Tuesday, is a fictionalized  memoir of a remorseless former Nazi SS officer, who in addition to taking part in the mass extermination of the Jews, commits incest with his sister, sodomizes himself with a sausage and most likely kills his mother and stepfather. Oh, and it’s been translated from the French.” […]

  17. Sounds like a great book. I wouldn’t worry about laughing at the sodomy with a sausage because I’d probably laugh like crazy too. I should get a copy of this book too. I’ll look forward to what you have to say once you’ve read it.


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