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Savage
Title : Savage
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ISBN : 9781564785350
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 85

Based on the life of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, Jacques Jouet's Savage compels the reader to ask whether it is the primitive or the civilized man who is savage. At the height of the Belle Époque, an eccentric young clothing designer searches for inspiration and identity as an artist among the "savage" peoples of France's colonies. Influenced by several exoticBased on the life of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, Jacques Jouet's Savage compels the reader to ask whether it is the primitive or the civilized man who is savage. At the height of the Belle Époque, an eccentric young clothing designer searches for inspiration and identity as an artist among the "savage" peoples of France's colonies. Influenced by several exotic lovers, a quirky vieille dame, and Édouard Manet himself, Paul's increasingly unconventional designs parallel his increasingly unbalanced state of mind as he struggles to find a market for his work among the haute bourgeoisie. The failure of this


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Savage Reviews

  • Heather

    I found Savage odd and distant:when I finished reading I wished I were sitting with someone who had read and liked this book, so I could get an explanation of what I was missing. I almost liked the frame (which plays nicely with fictional conventions of fiction presenting itself as fact—fitting, this concern with convention in a book concerned with civilization/savageness) more than the rest of the book, though the rest of the book—which explores a Gauguinesque character's peregrinations—h [...]

  • jeremy

    jacques jouet's savage is a slim work that uses as its inspiration the notable life of french artist paul gauguin. the book begins with a rather humorous and mocking metafictional decree about the book's origins, but shifts easily into a more traditional first-person narrative. paul, rather than a post-impressionist painter, is instead cast as a clothing designer. as he travels the world seeking a market for his wares, and attempting to escape the confines of civilization itself, paul begins to [...]

  • Joshua Finnell

    Library Journal Review:Alluding to Jean-Paul Sartre's famous study of Gustave Flaubert, Jouet's recent book asks, "What, at this point in time, can we make of a man?" As a member of the Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), a group of French writers and mathematicians who use constrained writing techniques for inspiration, Jouet's literary output is often characterized as avant-garde. This is a work of fiction based upon the life of painter Paul Gauguin. The prose is a first-person strea [...]

  • Hannah

    I admit I probably don't get it as much as I should - in a literature criticism way. But I really enjoyed reading this, picked up on a whim in the library - who doesn't notice a bright yellow book!It was a very unique insightful read. Quirky, cheeky and fun. All I can say really is that it was beautifully written and thoroughly absorbing. Also intellectually stimulating with it's observations about people, the self and what fashion and artistic thought really means.

  • David

    A bit more slight than Mountain R, but still fast, funny, and clever. Keep the Jouet coming please, Dalkey Archive!