The Holy Terrors. Fiction by Jean Cocteau Cocteau’s novel Les Enfants terribles, which was first published in , holds an undisputed place among the. The holy terrors. Front Cover. Jean Cocteau. New Directions, – The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles) ยท Jean Cocteau Limited preview – The Holy Terrors is a brand new translation of Cocteau’s widely-known tale, Les Enfants Terribles. It is also the latest addition to New Directions’ modern French.

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Siblings Paul and Elisabeth share a ‘private world The brilliance of this novella, however, is the brutal realization that children live in another world of their own, and the way this is expressed in equally brutal, beautiful language. See if you have enough points for this item.

A Play in Four Acts. The more isn’t the outsiders of Agatha and Gerard. Comments and reviews What are comments? The crime which finally destroys them has the inevitability of Greek tragedy. Most novellas leave me wanting something more, not the case here.

The room hung in mid-air, miraculously suspended, changed, unfamiliar to the child who stood there, stock still, staring, behind one of the armchairs. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Public Private login e. There’s a chance I’m just messed up and the room wasn’t supposed to be attractive.

The Holy Terrors

I have much I could say about it, but I feel that if I go into an in-depth analysis of the relationships between the various characters — Elizabeth or Lise, the passive-aggressive sisterPaul her “weak” brother, with whom she shares a “strong physical resemblance”Gerard their friend, who is enamored with PaulDargelos with whom Paul is enamored, and who, though off-screen most of the time, is key to the way in which events will unfoldAgatha an orphan employed as a mannequin when we coctexu meet her, and a tragic figure; she greatly resembles — physically, that is — Dargelos, not insignificantlyMichael the herrors Jewish American who makes a brief, but significant, appearanceetc.


Elisabeth and Paul are endlessly fascinating. Words of wisdom, or in another conversation entirely, as was the case with one of the grandmothers. The bath terrkrs two. I recognize the fairy tale desire without it being my own. Refresh and try again.

In short, here’s another holy cow I’ll be just honoured to turn into a lot of juicy meat. To ask other readers questions rhe The Holy Terrorsplease sign up.

In accordance with the blurb, I believed that the Game itself would be more a focus than it turned out to be. Rococco-faced clocks with hands.

Reading this is like having a beautiful dream that modulates into a beautiful nightmare.

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For the most part, there isn’t much of a plot to this book. Both Paul and Elisabeth, it becomes clear, live a life somewhere between fantasy and reality.

I backed away slowly. Instead they merely exist as dummies for Cocteau to explore the extremes of emotions in various kinds of relationships: One very quickly realises that the relationship between the siblings is not as straightforward or orthodox as social mores prescribe, and tentatively reels on the verge of incest, their incongruous love never consummated but paramount.

After Paul’s illness and their mother’s death, the siblings find themselves living terrods in their Thee flat, more precisely in the bedroom they share – a filthy mess in which they spend the whole day sleeping and eating junk food, then staying awake all night doing Their individual existences are simultaneously symbiotic a 3.

Time is not exactly a hurdle when the passing of three years is described in one single line. In a nice touch, Cocteau imagines a group of painters opening their windows and looking out at the boys and not recognising them as the subject of their sentimental paintings, titled things like Merry Wee Rascals and Play In A White World.


The thought of Paul ceding the pact with Agatha puts her in a frenzy Freud would have been proud of. The book begins with snow, and there are numerous references to it throughout; the siblings are also said to be both extremely pale, and both wear white clothes [dressing gowns?

Paul becomes very ill when Dargelos throws a coctrau at him that has a rock inside it, and Elisabeth looks after him. My library Help Advanced Book Search. And no one has ever had to wonder about my loving Ivanka. There’s nothing like refreshing power of plain, direc It’s a kind of book which is impossible to produce in the modern age; therefore cocteaau kind you have to search back decades to discover; the kind you hunt back through many tomes of French and British ‘belles-lettres’ expressly to find terrore from today’s incessant babble.

But the language is so good when its good. In an alternate view, ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ may possibly be the author’s psychological comparison of destructive behaviors from childhood to adulthood – that an adult is the malignant version of its younger self; the behaviors don’t really change over time, just that their outcomes become lethal.

Illustrated with jeaan of Cocteau’s own drawings. Elisabeth soon takes up a job as a model, where she meets Agathe, a girl who was orphaned at a young age after her drug-addicted parents committed suicide. Strange in the obsessions it explores with beauty or the idea of beauty at the center of it all.