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Alone in his bare room in a French provincial city, young Fabian finds existence weighing heavy. In despair at the endless round of days to come, he wishes, as we all have wished, to escape, to be something other than himself, if only for an hour. Very soon after, a mysteriously obliging M. Brittomart enables Fabian to become anyone he chooses, for as long as he likes. ArmAlone in his bare room in a French provincial city, young Fabian finds existence weighing heavy. In despair at the endless round of days to come, he wishes, as we all have wished, to escape, to be something other than himself, if only for an hour. Very soon after, a mysteriously obliging M. Brittomart enables Fabian to become anyone he chooses, for as long as he likes. Armed with Brittomart's formula, Fabian launches upon a remarkable series of transformations, moving from one body to the next, encountering unforeseen advantages and startling drawbacks.In each change, Fabian is in full possession of the mind and body of the person he elects to become--and yet he half-remembers himself well enough to view this other man apart. Through this fantastic power Julian Green explores with wit and no little profundity those baffling limits which are necessarily imposed on the human individual's searching of the heart and mind of another.Having an inquisitive mind, Julian Green has long been fascinated with this question of individuality, of why each of us is his particular self and not someone else. If I Were You, a worthy addition to Green's distinguished body of novel writing, touches provocatively upon this ancient quandary and upon the "dark forest" which is the heart of another....

Title : if i were you
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ISBN : 18588662
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 247 Pages
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if i were you Reviews

  • Ailin
    2019-05-11 19:03

    افتضاح

  • Mh3n
    2019-05-21 02:09

    به» لکه‌ای از جوهر که روی خشک‌کن بود خیره‌شد،‌ مثل آن‌که قرار بود این لکه جوابِ سؤالش را بدهد. لکه‌ای با شکل غیرعادی که آدم را به فکر سایة یک دستِ بدون شست می‌انداخت و وقتی که خوب به آن نگاه می‌کردی خیال می‌کردی که حرکت می‌کند. حرکتی هرچند مختصر، از راست به چپ. فابین چند روز پیش هم متوجه این قضیه شده بود. انگشتان دراز و باریک از یک حرص به‌خصوص حکایت می‌کرد. به دست یک دزد شباهت داشت،‌ ولی دزدی که چیزی غیر از پول و طلا دزدیده باشد.فابین زمزمه کرد: «دزد باد.» آن‌گاه بلندتر تکرار کرد: «دزد باد، ‌ دزد باد.» و بعد بدون توقف نوشت:او را دزد باد می‌نامیدند چون‌که با وجود کوششی که می‌کرد، هرگز موفقیتی به دست نمی‌آورد. چشمان درشتی شبیه به بچه‌گوزن داشت. چشمانی که از هم خیلی فاصله داشتند و موهای مشکی که دائماً به روی پیشانیش می‌ریخت و مثل پر نرم و درخشان بود. هر از گاهی شروع به خواندن آوازهایی می‌کرد که کلماتش معنی نداشت ولی دست آخر کسانی که آن کلمات را می‌شنیدند ناراحت می‌شدند.پدرش از او می‌پرسید: «این چرندیات را از کدام جهنم دره‌ای می‌آوری؟» و او جواب می‌داد: «من دنبال آن‌ها نمی‌گردم، ‌باد هوا وقتی که از برج‌های کلیسا گذر می‌کند آن‌ها را برایم می‌آورد.» آن‌وقت پدرش دست دراز می‌کرد که به او سیلی بزند، ولی دزد باد خیلی چابک‌تر از آن بود که بتوانند گیرش بیندازند و در می‌رفت و دیگر تا شب کسی او را نمی‌دید».

  • John Kemp
    2019-05-11 22:11

    A rather unsatisfying novel about metempsychosis, which starts with an interesting premise but rather runs out of plot- or indeed point. The ability to inhabit another person's identity is preeminently what novelists are supposed to do after all, though Green seems to have missed this suggestive parallel. Can any of us truly be said to exist as individuals, or are we rather the recipients of a script dictated by our past history, which we are generally too idle or cowed to question? This is maybe one of the ideas bubbling in the background of what might have been an entertaining Gidean sotie, but soon lapses into a fairly tame fantasy, whose moral is perhaps that the happiness of others is generally illusory. A diffuse, occasionally charming, Catholic sensibility pervades the novel, though its main character seems to act without any discernible scruple and does not finally achieve much in the way of insight either. There is surely a much more interesting and thoughtful novel to be written on this theme.

  • Katie Lynn
    2019-04-26 18:12

    I'm wavering between a 3 or 4 star rating. I couldn't predict what would happen next; always refreshing in a novel. But there could have been more depth and development. It seemed like every time he became someone else, he was eager to get out right away. But perhaps that was just one of his character flaws? Overall, it was an interesting read that I enjoyed.

  • scott
    2019-04-26 21:06

    in english though (Harper, New York 1950)