L'Usage du monde

L Usage du monde Depuis cinquante ans qu il arpente le globe Nicolas Bouvier fait figure de r f rence pour tous les crivains voyageurs Ses livres sont rares pourtant et l on n y trouvera gu re mention de records ou d

  • Title: L'Usage du monde
  • Author: Nicolas Bouvier
  • ISBN: 9782228894012
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Depuis cinquante ans qu il arpente le globe, Nicolas Bouvier fait figure de r f rence pour tous les crivains voyageurs Ses livres sont rares pourtant et l on n y trouvera gu re mention de records ou de raids spectaculaires Cet Usage du monde ne fait pas exception Car l crivain suisse aime prendre son temps Il attendra parfois dix ans, voire vingt, avant de relater, sDepuis cinquante ans qu il arpente le globe, Nicolas Bouvier fait figure de r f rence pour tous les crivains voyageurs Ses livres sont rares pourtant et l on n y trouvera gu re mention de records ou de raids spectaculaires Cet Usage du monde ne fait pas exception Car l crivain suisse aime prendre son temps Il attendra parfois dix ans, voire vingt, avant de relater, solidement m ries ses impressions de voyage Cette patience accumul e lui permet de p n trer en profondeur les paysages comme les tres humains Une documentation toujours tr s solide affleure, mais sans g ner un r cit libre et alerte, plein d humour Photographe par ailleurs remarquable, jamais il ne mitraille, ni ne s parpille en vains clich s un souci constant de v rit l anime, guide son pas de marcheur conome Et c est bien la respiration, le souffle d un v ritable crivain qui gonfle ces carnets Scarbo

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    1. I hadn’t heard of Nicolas Bouvier before, but a preface by Patrick Leigh Fermor means something to me: it means that I will definitely buy the book. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I found myself keeping a mental list of dear friends living in ignorance of their sore and pressing need for me to send them a copy of The Way of the World as a gift.It’s 1953. Bouvier and the painter Thierry Vernet are driving a temperamental Fiat through the Balkans, across Turkey and I [...]

    2. Des pages et des pages de bonheur, de rêverie, de contemplation.Sa description des espaces, des couleurs, à faire rêver.Je n'oublierai pa ses pages sur les bleus d'Iran.

    3. A few years back a friend asked me why I would want to waste my time and money wandering about the world. I babbled something about how I feel a growing need to experience this way of life, to experience the excitement of not knowing what town or country I'll be in tomorrow, to hold in my hands a one-way ticket to a destination still unknown to me. I doubt I made my reasons clear because she gave me an incredulous look probably thinking to herself: "Oh, you pitiful little dreamer, how can you be [...]

    4. Ça donne soif de voyage, soif de paysages. Certaines images sont d'une efficacité redoutable puis parfois pendant un paragraphe ou deux tout est plat, terne et pas forcement très intéressant. C'est assez étrange ce contraste. Mais c'est beau, très beau. Puis ya une variété de rencontres assez exceptionnelle. Le regard est tendre sur un monde qui ne l'est pas toujours.

    5. TO BYŁA DŁUGA DROGA.I nie tyle Nicolasa i jego kumpla, ale moja w czytaniu tej książki. Koniec końców, opłaciło się.Podróż sama w sobie jest fascynująca, ale w czasach, gdy każdy głupek może wsiąść do byle jakiego samolotu, polecieć do Tajlandii lub Wietnamu, zeżreć tam coś i dostać sraczki, a potem przez pół roku wszem i wobec głosić, jaką miał przygodę życia, nie ona stanowi o wartości "Oswajania świata".Znowuż, podobnie jak u Fermora, najlepsze jest "narrator [...]

    6. Geleund tegen een aardhoop kijk je naar de sterren, het golvende landschap richting de Kaukasus, de lichtgevende ogen van een vos. Je verdrijft de tijd met hete thee, af en toe een woord, een sigaret, en dan wordt het licht, het breidt zich uit, kwartels en patrijzen laten zich horen en je haast je om dit ultieme moment in je geheugen als geheel op te slaan, waaruit je het op een dag weer zult opdiepen. Je rekt je uit, je zet een paar stappen, voelt je heel licht en het woord 'geluk' lijkt plots [...]

    7. And why should two guys not be able to drive from Belgrade to Goa? With admirable audacity Nicolas and Thierry drive their rusted jalopy from one continent to the next. Somewhere I read that Hilter wanted to build an autobahn from Berlin to India along the the same basic path in order to outdo all the Alexander the Greats, Xerxes, Khans, and other figures to have swept across Anatolia, Persia and the Stans. These figures loom heavily, if not silently, in the narrative. Nicolas and Thierry observ [...]

    8. Successful travel writing, as far as I’m concerned, is an exercise in the craft of writing, observation, a bit of adventure, and a willingness to open up, learn, absorb, dig in, and be at least somewhat changed (don't overdo it, though, as the whole "travel as life changing" idea is often petty and forced). The problem with a lot of travel writing is that the adventure—the physicality of the journey—far outweighs the quality of the writing and the knowledge, history, and understanding of t [...]

    9. I am a "fast" reader, but I stretched reading this one out as long as I possibly could. Two young men heading East in a Fiat in the summer of 1953 through to 1955 from Belgrade to the Khyber Pass. The world they describe is beautiful, strange, and I suspect far gone. Bouvier is the best sort of travel writer - one you sees the differences but doesn't dwell or worry about them. He is never condescending, nor does he pity or romanticize. His delight and interest in other human beings jumps from th [...]

    10. A wonderful and illuminating book about the travels of two young Swiss men travelling from Geneva to the Khyber Pass from June 1953 to December 1954, when the world appears to have been a more accessible and safer place.Bouvier's descriptions of the locations are absorbing and authentic. Starting the main narrative in Yugoslavia (remember when there was a Yugoslavia) Bouvier and his travel companion, Thierry Vernet, set off in a car to travel to India. This is not fast paced book and is evocativ [...]

    11. Fans of the genre would probably give this one another star. Personally, I prefer a few anecdotes in a history book to a little history in a book of anecdotes. Bouvier can't quite avoid those tedious ticks of travel writing: long lists of unrelated and insignifcant observations (a broken doll's head, an out-of tune accordion, the nub of an old man's amputated arm, the state logo on a carton of socialist cigarettes) intended, I suppose, to give a sort of pointilliste portrait of the landscape; pe [...]

    12. One of very few books I found difficult to finish which is odd considering I have such a strong interest in the countries which were described. The main problem I had with the book was the author's style. He seemed to be a bit too fond of his own voice and was often trying too hard to sound reflective and insightful. Overall this tone of voice made it feel a bit contrived. I felt that there was some kind of intellectual barrier between the author and all the people/experiences he encountered, so [...]

    13. A wonderful book - an account by 2 French-Swiss young men driving from Geneva to Afghanistan via Serbia, Greece, Turkey, and Iran in 1953. They were on the road for almost 2 years. Published in French as "L'Usage du Monde."I was in Turkey myself as a Peace Corps English teacher, 1964-66, and although they spent only a few weeks driving across Anatolia, I found Bouvier's observations spot-on. Turkey has changed so much in the past 40 years that much is almost unrecognizable now, so I especially a [...]

    14. This 1.5 year trip from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan takes place only 8 years after WWII a time of poverty when certainly few people were traveling to this area. The author is in his mid-20s, has daredevil youth on his side but has sophisticated skills in perception, communication, and language. Beautifully written, a well balanced mix of historical and cultural material with crazy personal adventures of the author and his artist friend - filled with characters, generous or dangerous, but always fa [...]

    15. What a time this was ! A world of tolerance, where people could travel without fearing being arrested for spying in Iran, without fearing being held hostage in Afghanistan Un magnifique voyage, dans lequel on peut encore mieux se plonger si on a eu la chance de voyager un peu soi-même, afin de pouvoir sentir les odeurs et les sensations vécues par ce voyageur et son ami peintre, qui ont vécu ce qui serait aujourd'hui impossible. Magnifique !

    16. Absorbing, and filled me with wanderlust, though I was already traveling while I read it. I have to assume the translation is excellent, since there were beautiful turns of phrase and clever observations throughout. A glorious description of a time that once was that informs the time that is. The perfect companion for a long train ride.

    17. Great travel book. This is what travel writing is all about. Adventure, cultural commentary, getting outside one's comfort zone. The portraits of Iran and Afghanistan in the early 1950s is fascinating, considering the fanaticism that took hold 30 years later. The translation is lively and full of the author's enthusiasm for the topic. Highly recommended.

    18. Il viaggio visto con occhi di fotografo e raccontato da un bravo e sensibile scrittore. Cosa potrei desiderare di più? Lascia però molta amarezza il confronto fra i paesaggi e le genti di allora (anni '50) e quello che sono ora, dopo il passaggio di guerre, bombardamenti "umanitari", rivoluzioni e fondamentalismi e di devastanti terremoti.

    19. Quite possibly the greatest travelogue ever written, the prose in this extraordinarily lyrical piece of work is, even in translation, sublime. A book I read and reread, recommend regularly, and am never disappointed by. One of my desert island books without question.

    20. I very much enjoyed this book. It's the tale of two broke, twenty-something Swiss artists in the early 1950s who decide to drive their beat-up old Fiat (the third main character of the narrative) from Europe to the Khyber pass through Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan. Though I can say that the traditions of Muslim hospitality that make the Middle East such a wonderful place to travel survive largely intact despite all the violence of the past fifty years, the book remains in many ways a [...]

    21. La route tient lieu d'intrigue. on s'enfonce lentement vers l'orient pour y découvrir un monde inconnu et disparu.

    22. A lovely little gem of travel writing. In 1953/54, a very young Nicolas Bouvier set off with a companion from Belgrade to the Khyber Pass in a rattletrap car, hoping to support themselves by a bit of journalism, a bit of portrait painting, and the occasional stand as tavern musicians. "The Way of the World" calls up a lost age when driving from Serbia through Turkey and Iran to Afghanistan was an Adventure rather than suicidal madness an age when the Central Asian parts of the dar al-Islam were [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book, though its certainly not for everyone. It's a travel book in its most basic form--really little more than successive journal entries of the author as he and a friend, both from Switzerland, travel overland in a beat up fiat from Yugoslavia to India in 1953, in the course of a year travelling throughout places like Tabriz, Isfahan, Kabul and Quetta, while denying themselves every luxury, so the speak, except that of being slow. It has its share of travel-book platitude [...]

    24. This is the tale of two twenty-something pals from France riding around Asia in a "rattletrap Fiat." In fact, the Fiat is one of the star players. The thing is constantly breaking down or being defeated by the weather. Bouvier, an aspiring writer, and his friend Thierry, an aspiring artist, are both accomplished mechanics. But they cannot always fix the thing and they do not always have the parts, which leads to lots of negotiations with the locals.This takes place in the 1950s (read: a long tim [...]

    25. 3.5 to 4 stars. Solid travel writing. If Patrick Leigh Fermor writes the intro to your book, I'm assuming a halo effect (and was not disappointed)Not quite in the same league as Fermor (which frankly probably leaves out most everyone) but some solid observations and wonderful turns of phrase. "After a tiring day at the garage, this return of memories was heaven. Our journey rose and spiraled back on itself. It gave us a sign, we had only to follow. Terence, who was very sensitive to happiness, u [...]

    26. 372g : assez conséquent pour résister aux fins d'après midi brumeuses, le plus léger et compact pour être porté en dénivelés dans le sac, un thème qui évade des montagnes pourtant magnifiques mais qui reste pourtant dans le contemplatif, le réflexif, l'évasion : difficile choix de l'objet "inutile" avant de partir en ski rando. Choix heureux de ce récit de voyage dans les années 50 entre les balkans et les portes de l'Inde. Et quelques illustrations formidables.Citation de fin :"Ce [...]

    27. It is without a doubt one of the finest travel narratives I have ever read. Bouvier and Vernet's immersion in the cultures and ways of life of the places they visit is total, and the narrative is overflowing with illuminating observations. It's more than just a pleasant read, though; it's relevant, in its reflections on the tumultuous history of Afghanistan, whose defiance towards conquest-seeking farangis is a thread that remains unbroken, even today. The ultimate goal of travel is the gaining [...]

    28. I'm not giving it a rating on purpose. The truth is that so far I have not finished this book and I don't know if I will finish it. Most probably I will read the chapters about Central Asia and Afghanistan and leave it somewhere in a guesthouse in Mexico. I am native french speaker (Swiss as well), adventurer, traveler and to some extent travel writer myself.To be honest I find this book a bit boring. Nicolas Bouvier can write in a beautiful way and for sure knows how to use the vast French voca [...]

    29. This is the journal of a trip taken by two Swiss young men through a number of countries in the early '50's, including primarily Iran and Afghanistan.They live for long periods in large villages and small cities, just as the natives do, and suffer illnesses, freezing cold, sweltering heat, and many car break downs. They also meet a large number of fascinating people, as they try to earn their living through their painting and writing.Very entertaining, especially descriptions of Afghanistan at t [...]

    30. This story read like it was written by a Frenchman and I found that it really stalled towards the end. I did not bond or relate to the author, but he took me through another time. A time when women lived inside the walls of their houses (even western ones) not working and rarely visible outside the home, when the poor hunted ample supplies of wild animals, wild lions lived in Iran, people wandered the continents, unrooted by the war and looking for new beginnings, when roads and electricity did [...]

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