Les Combustibles has ratings and 72 reviews. leynes said: This fucking sucked. I think I’ve never read a play that was more useless and pretentious. to other information about and reviews of Human Rites by Amélie Nothomb. French title: Les combustibles; Translated by Natalie Abrahami. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: Human rites = Les combustibles / by Amélie Nothomb ; translated from the French by Natalie Abrahami. Nothomb.

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Significantly, the professor finds many of the books unreadable, and although at the end he’s going to save his favorite – a sentimental love story he wouldn’t be seen dead reading in public – he burns it on a malicious whim.

Dijuncto rated it did not like it Jan 12, Daniel claims things are diffferent with Marina — but then everything is different in these conditions that push the characters to extremes. Nothomb moved often, and did not live in Europe until she was 17, when she moved to Brussels. Samuel Regueira rated it did not like it May 13, The glorious premise — of what books are, or might be, worth saving — isn’t utilized to the fullest — perhaps the biggest drawback of the limits of the stage-presentation — but it’s used well enough.

Her experience of this time is told in Fear and Trembling. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Quotes from Les Combustibles.


Maybe some books deserve to go up in flames? The challenge to the literary canon invented by a unversity elite is superb, but I’m not clear why the combusttibles can have no views which conflict with ‘Les Combustibles’.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Nothomb has some fun with the selection process — though she dodges the tough question by using fictional authors and works, as barely any real authors or books find mention, much less are put up on the chopping block Fahrenheit gets combustibes mention — lea the Professor noting how hopeless that book’s solution to cultural preservation of memorizing the vital books is in the current situation.

The English title is “Human Rites”.

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Marguerite rated it did not like it Sep 18, Human Rites – US. Un livre n’est pas un bibelot que l’on contemple pour se consoler du monde.

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Caroline Lacroix rated it did not like it Dec 21, Nithomb Yes there is. Overall, I literally got nothing out of reading this play.


Human Rites as it’s about good ole book burning. Want to Read saving…. At play-size Human Rites is even shorter than the usual Nothomb novel, limiting how far she can take it; she gets to her points speedily and succinctly and still nicely slyly.

Les Combustibles

So they go through with it, burning book after book. While in Japan, she attended a local school and learned Japanese. Many ideas inserted in her books come from the conversations she had with an Italian man, from late eighties and during the nineties.

The challenge to the literary canon invented by a unversity elite is superb, but I’m not clear why the reader can have no views which conflict with ‘Les Combustibles’. Book ratings by Goodreads. Daria Bks rated it did not like it Nov 17, The complete review ‘s Review:. An old professor who turns out to be shallow and impudent. What were the books actually saved? We are in a war setting where fuels are getting scarce, that’s why a professor, his assistant and the assistant’s girlfriend decide to burn some books to relish in the heat.

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