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[PDF] Le bal By Irène Némirovsky – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Le bal Author Irène Némirovsky – Serv3.3pub.co.uk From the acclaimed author of Suite Française comes Némirovsky’s third novel a masterpiece of French literature available for the first time in CanadaLe Bal is a penetrating and incisive book set i From the acclaimed author of Suite Française comes Némirovsky’s third novel a masterpiece of French literature available for the first time in CanadaLe bal is a penetrating and incisive book set in early twentieth century France At its heart is the tension between mother and daughter The nouveau riche Kampfs desperate to become members of the social elite decide to throw a ball to launch themselves into high society For selfish reasons Mrs Kampf forbids her teenage daughter Antoinette to attend the ball and banishes her to the laundry room In an unpremeditated fury of revolt and despair Antoinette takes a swift and horrible revenge A cruel funny and tender examination of class differences Le bal describes the torments of childhood with rare accuracyAlso included in this volume is Snow in Autumn in which Némirovsky pays homage to Chekov and chronicles the life of a devoted servant following her masters as they flee Revolutionary Moscow and emigrate to a life of hardship in Paris From the Trade Paperback edition.


10 thoughts on “Le bal

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    This book is comprised of two novellas The first Le Bal is about a 14 year old girl's revenge on her narcissistic and overbearing mother Its an absolute gem It is just one of the most satisfying stories ever at least if you happen to be the daughter of a cold and unloving mother The writing characterisation pacing and ending are all perfectly executed A five star story without a doubt But 10 stars for the schadenfreude of the delicious denouement Ooooh I wish I'd been there`The second novella Snow in Autumn is a story told through the eyes of the old nanny of a wealthy aristocratic family fleeing the Russian Revolution and ending up in Paris where they all struggle to adapt some less successfully than others notably the nanny Its a piece that can best be described as 'un homage de Chekov' I am not a Chekov fan and I didn't like this much either Only a two star story for me but the first novella was so superlative that I've awarded the book 4 stars


  2. Paula Bardell-Hedley Paula Bardell-Hedley says:

    In her 2007 preface the translator of Le Bal Sandra Smith describes “interaction between different members of a family” as one of the author’s most important themes Indeed her “insightful analysis” of the fictional Kampf family is at the very heart of this perceptive novellaWritten in 1930 but set in 1926 this short tale focuses Némirovsky’s critical eye on Alfred Kampf a German Jewish immigrant who makes a fortune on the Stock Market but struggles to be accepted into Parisian high society; his wife Rosine a woman with a colourful past for whom he has converted to Catholicism; and their fourteen year old daughter Antoinette whose complex relationship with her mother borders on hatredRosine is utterly obsessed with being accepted into the haut monde and goes to ridiculous extremes in order to hide her family’s working class background She and Alfred arrange to host a lavish ball in their opulent apartment and invite everyone who is anybody with the intention of announcing their arrival into fashionable society However when Antoinette’s mother dashes her daughter’s romantic dreams by forbidding her to attend the girl is filled with adolescent fury and exacts a swift and spiteful revengeWith its subtle and sophisticated prose and shrewd insight into a sensitive teenager’s relationship with her vain socially ambitious mother this bleak little tale is unsettling yet compelling Le Bal is an exuisite piece of writing which turns the crude details of life into elouent fictionThe author was born in Kiev the daughter of prosperous Jewish parents but her family fled to France in 1918 to escape the Russian Revolution Here she became a successful novelist best known during her lifetime for expatriate fictions though she received little serious critical attention until the discovery in 1998 of her notebook containing the first two parts of a planned seuence of five novels entitled Suite Française They were published in a single volume to much acclaim in 2004Irène Némirovsky died in Auschwitz at the age of thirty nine a victim of the Nazi’s Final SolutionYou can read of my reviews and other literary features at Book Jotter


  3. Jay Moran Jay Moran says:

    35 for Le Bal I really liked this story but I wasn't moved by it at all really The premise is great and the execution is good but I wanted a little something from this 4 for Snow in Autumn I thoroughly enjoyed this one which I think may have been due to the settingsubject a wealthy Russian family flee to France in the wake of the Russian Revolution Emotive haunting and beautifully written this is one I'll think about for a while


  4. Bennard Bennard says:

    from The Book Hooligan A kind of giddiness took hold of her the wild need to do something outrageous and evil She clenched her teeth crumpled up all the invitations tore them into little pieces and threw them into the Seine For a long while her heart pounding she watched them floating caught against one of the bridge's arches And then the wind finally swept them deep into the water Narrator from Le BalBack and forth they went between their four walls silently like flies in autumn after the heat and light of summer had gone barely able to fly weary and angry buzzing around the windows trailing their broken wings behind them Narrator from Snow in AutumnI love it when chain bookstores like Fullybooked and National Bookstore have sales When you enter their bookstores and you see bins with books that are priced for as low as 50 pesos per book then you will feel no guilt in buying books by authors that you have practically never heard of because that is what I do when I go to their sales and that is how I discovered authors like Paul Auster Philip Roth and Irène Némirovsky I bought Némirovsky's Le Bal at a Fullybooked sale held last July at The Fort I knew nothing about her but I took a leap and bought her book because it seemed interesting and I have not regretted that decision The book actually contains two novellas titled Le Bal and Snow in Autumn that discusses two different themes; the former discussed adolescent angst and the latter discussed the immigrant experience of Russian nobles after they were driven from their homes by the Bolsheviks The two novellas are miles apart when it comes to their plot but they possess the same nuanced and pained writing by Némirovsky Le Bal is about Antoinette Kampf an adolescent girl who grew in 1930s Paris under the shadow of poverty and only to be suddenly yanked from the shadows and then thrust into the glimmer of Parisian high society as their situation improves when her father comes across wealth through the stock market She has a distant relationship with her father and a violent one with her mother as they both hate each other vehemently Her mother is obsessed with gaining acceptance into high society and she can't be bothered to raise her daughter while Antoinette dislikes how her mother treats her and tries to conceive of a plan that will ruin her mother When Madame Kampf decides to throw a grand ball she refuses to present her daughter to admirers because she does not want Antoinette to steal the spotlight Antoinette who is in charge of the invitations executed her revenge by ripping the invitations in a fit of fury to shreds and throwing them into the river Seine The resulting absence of all of Parisian high society at the ball destroyed Madame Kampf who does not know of Antoinette's revenge and left her marriage in shambles as she wishes that her daughter does not suffer the same humiliationSuch a story has been prevalent in modern pop culture especially in local films and television and it has been retold many times But Le Bal possesses certain uniueness as it tells the story without being melodramatic and contrived Although I have heard that Némirovsky often uses the conflict between mother and daughter as a plot device to the point that it becomes tiresome I have not yet read any of her works for me to complain about such a plot point For me the relationship and the conversations between the mother and the daughter is what drives the whole storyHowever my major gripe about Le Bal is that it does not possess a likable character and it doesn't even have a moment where you will like Antoinette For me it's okay if the character possesses unlikable characteristics but I think it's important for a reader to have a moment where he can sympathize connect or like the main character Even Catcher in the Rye a novel with a similar angst riddled teenager has moments where a reader can sympathize with the main character Yes Madame Kampf treats Antoinette horribly but Antoinette's thoughts are selfish and angry to the point where she has no redemption as a character That in my opinion is a major flaw of the novella but it does not take away all of the pleasure in reading this piece and that may be because Le Bal is short therefore the readers does not have to suffer the unlikability of its charactersThe second novella Snow in Autumn tells the story of Tatiana a servant of the Karines who are members of the Russian aristocracy who has fled Revolutionary Moscow for Paris In Paris the Karines and their servant Tatiana faces a life filled with hardship that is far from their comfortable life in Moscow As time goes by however their stay in Paris seems to be taking a greater toll on Tatiana than on the members of the Karine family because after a while the family has moved on and has come to reluctantly accept their life of poverty in Paris while Tatiana still dreams of the day that she will return to the snows of Russia Because of the increasing business of the Karines Tatiana is neglected and she slowly spirals into despair and one day she hallucinates the coming of winter and snow and she goes out of the house into the river and drownsNémirovsky's skilled juxtaposition of the modern and fast paced life of Paris and the provincial and moral life of Russia embodied by Tatiana is one of the profound things that can be found in the novella along with how the Karines handled the immigrant experience that was cruelly forced upon them without warning The way they bore their misfortunes at the hands of the Bolsheviks their son dying their losing their estate and the other hardships that they suffered just goes to show that revolutions and change are not always goodSnow in Autumn is much better than Le Bal because Tatiana is developed and likable when compared to Antoinette Also the struggle in Le Bal dwarfs in comparison to the monumental sufferings of the Karines in Snow in Autumn That does not mean that struggles about adolescent life and about high society does not matter in the world of literature it's just that Némirovsky in my opinion has failed to properly tell the conflict in Le BalAll in all this collection of Némirovsky's novellas is a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in authors that have almost faded into obscurity Most of Némirovsky's work is published posthumously and it is lucky for readers around the world that her works have been recently rediscovered That is certainly how I feel and I am looking forward to her other works which I have already bought in eager anticipation


  5. Liezel Liezel says:

    This must be the most extreme teenage rebellion I could imagine Only a 14 year old could feel sorry enough for themselves to do something this awful That being said her parents are perfectly awful as well In short a funny and dramatic teenage moment taking place in Paris in the 1930’s Great read hard to imagine three less likable characters


  6. Wilde Sky Wilde Sky says:

    Two short stories – one of revenge and one of longing for the pastThe stories characters writing were all reasonable but they came across as very dated


  7. Lori Bamber Lori Bamber says:

    The first story in this collection of two long short stories or short novellas was impossible for me to read I uit about four pages in feeling like I had been locked in a room with a bunch of awful people and then realizing I could just escape by closing the book The second story however is both beautiful and beautifully written offering insight into the very strange world of someone who had served generations of Russian nobility and followed them into exile


  8. Hannah Hannah says:

    The book has two parts which are completely different stories which I did not know at the beginning because the blurb on the cover of the book only really talks about the first story in the book Le Bal The text cover was a bit negative in the sense that it blames the daughter and calls the daughter vengeful and a bit evilHaving read the story I understand the girl's behaviour The mother Roisine Kampf and her husband Mr Kampf are planning to host a ball in their home to mark their ascension into Parisian high society They used to be poor and Madame Kampf used to always complain about her husband not making enough money and saying that he promised her wealth Mr Kampf then makes lots of money in the stock market and now the most important thing for the family is to be accepted in the upper class circles The book starts by Antoinette 14 years old being reprimanded by her mother because she doesn't look at Rosine when Rosine enters the room Then her parents make Antoinette write out the addresses for all the 200 invites but scold her when she politely asks for the permission to attend the ball even for half an hour Her mother even threatens to hit her We learn that Antoinette used to feel sorry for her mother when they used to be poor and her mother used to cry all day long She used to comfort her mother but Rosine hardly ever accepted the condolences and usually became aggressive Antoinette wants nothing than to attend the ball and fall in love and get married usually at 15 in the upper class instead of having to take piano lessons with an older woman Mademoiselle Isabelle whom she hates She suspects her British maid Miss Betty has a secret lover who is introduced as her cousin and this is confirmed when the maid picks her up from the piano lesson with her lover which Antoinette finishes unexpectedly early The maid who was supposed to post the 200 invites hands them to Antoinette and orders her to drop them off in the mailbox while she and her lover spend some time together Angry and upset at not having a lover and not being allowed to attend the ball Antoinette tears up the invites and tosses them into the Seine A few nights later the Kampfs and their servants prepare their house for the ball Antoinette and Miss Betty are moved to the linen closet and after Antoinette has finished her dinner there she watches the preparations through the window Just before 10pm the door bell rings and Mademoiselle Isabelle shows up Antoinette who watches the spectacle from a hiding place in the living room had completely forgotten that she gave her dreaded piano teacher the invitation during the piano lesson Mr and Mrs Kampf entertain Mademoiselle Isabelle for an hour and then she leaves when no one else shows up and Madam Kampf starts crying because she thinks that the upper class circle has rejected her family and decided to boycott the ball The book ends with Antoinette coming out of her hiding place and comforting her mother Snow in autumn is about a wealthy Russian family who have to flee Russia and then the Ukraine to live in France The story is told by the ageing maid Tatiana Ivanova who sends off the two oldest sons of the family to serve the military under the Tsar The story mainly deals with the events of the Russian revolution and how this has affected a wealthy Russian family They have to abandon their home and leave behind their belongings and flee like many other 'White Russians' did to other countries The family first moves to the Ukraine and then to France This is partially autobiographical as Irene born in Kiev has also had to flee with her family and was eventually killed in a concentration camp by the Germans who had invaded parts of France


  9. Federica Federica says:

    35I read a book written by Irène Némirovsky for the first time many years ago and I vividly remember that I was struck by her writing style I found it well developed and compelling I felt immediately attracted by it It is like it has the ability to speak directly to me in a way that it's not always easy to find in booksThese two short stories were the final confirmation that my first impression was right Le Bal is the one I liked the most It was written in 1928 and I felt impressed by how realistic was the description of the young girl' rage and sadness It was dramatic in a peculiar way I could not believe that it was so old Snow in Autumn is interesting as well because I Némirovsky shows great ability almost her trademark in my opinion in describing life during WWII and in particular how it can differ from the past and the impact it has on the characters; however I did not like it as much as the previous oneI hope to read her other books as soon as possible


  10. Salvatore Salvatore says:

    Snow in Autumn is a minor piece one note and precious but a look at a family and their servant destroyed or improved depending on your perspective by the Russian Revolution and by emigration


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