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Turn and so begins the moving and tender story of three people in love with each other and with life Francois Truffaut whose film of the novel is one of cinema's greatest achievments has called Jules et Jim a perfect hymn to loveHenri Pierre Roch devoted his life to the arts numbering Duchamp Brancusi Bra. Jules and Jim become friends in Paris and share much of their life L'islam et la femme people in love with each other and with life Francois Truffaut whose film of the novel is one of cinema's greatest achievments has called Jules et Jim a Droit musulman. Des successions. Du statut personnel et des successions - Tome 2: d'après les différents rites et plus particulièrement d'après le rite hanafite perfect hymn to loveHenri Pierre Roch devoted his life to the arts numbering Duchamp Brancusi Bra. Jules and Jim become friends in Paris and share much of their life

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Jules arrives from Austria in belle epoue Paris where he is befriended by Jim Together they embark upon a riotously Bohemian life full of gaiety color and bustle And then there is Kate the enigmatic German girl with the mysterious smileCapricious untamed and curiously innocent Kate steals their hearts in. Jules short German philosophical and Jim tall French romantic meet

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Ue Satie and Picasso amongst his closest friends Jules et Jim an autobiographical novel was originally published in France in 1953 and was followed by Deux Anglaises et le Continent which Truffaut also made into a filmA delightful account of people sharing and unsharing each other Times Literary Supplemen. It began enchanting this exploration of relationships twixt friends

10 thoughts on “Jules et Jim

  1. says:

    Menage a uatreAt the heart of this novel is a menage a trois between two men Jules and Jim and various successive women Lucie and KateIt's told in the third person but I have a sneaking suspicion that Jules view spoilerno Jim no Jules no Jim hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Jules short German philosophical and Jim tall French romantic meet in 1907 and immediately become best friends People wonder if they're gay but they're not they just really like each other They always seem to end up dating the same women and live a wild and complicated life After a while they both fall for beautiful German Kathe who's the original psycho bitch from hell She hangs out with each of them in turn has children with them falls into fits of jealous rage and abandons them for third parties forgives them and then does even crazier things Many of the reviewers here seem to be appalled by Kathe's behavior and even by the fact that the two guys put up with it With all due respect I think this is to miss the point which is all in the extremely unusual style The author a luminary of the French art scene who probably appears briefly in Midnight in Paris at some point based the novel partly on his own life He started writing it when he was 64 and took nearly ten years to get it right; he wanted to make it as simple and unaffected as possible and just tell the story He succeeds very well The fact that he has nearly succeeded in removing anger and heartbreak from the narrative voice doesn't mean that the characters weren't angry and heartbroken at the time uite the contrary But he isn't angry any He's viewing it all from a vast distance and the dominant emotion is nostalgia I was reminded of the scene near the end of The Unbearable Lightness of Being where she finds the old photographs tucked away at the back of the drawer At the time there was all that pain and jealousy but now she thinks back on it and wonders how they could have failed to understand how happy they were Or another association that occurred to me I imagine Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine telling the story to Abigail Breslin his beloved granddaughter So what did she do then Grandpa? She went off without a word and spent the night with her old flame Harold sweetheart Weren't you mad at her? I certainly was But she came back next morning And what did she say? She said she'd had fun but it was all a mistake Did you forgive her? Sweetheart I always forgave Kathe She was a very special lady God rest her soul I love hearing stories about you and Kathe Grandpa Just promise me one thing sweetheart Don't be like her when you grow up I'm not sure the world can handle another Kathe I promise Grandpa That's my girl Readers who are currently involved with psycho bitches of either sex may find Henri Pierre Roché's novel comforting If you're lucky you'll feel this way about your psycho bitch when you've had enough time to think about it properlyWe just watched the Truffaut movie of Deux Anglaises Et Le Continent Roché's second and last book and that does throw an unexpected new light on Jules et Jim The basic story is similar the central character male toys callously with the affections of two English sisters and things end up with one of them dead Towards the end of the movie the guy writes a novel called Julien et Jerôme which he says explicitly is their story with the genders reversedSo the implication is that Deux Anglaises Et Le Continent is the true story and Roché himself is the psycho bitch Or maybe he's just messing with our minds the second time round since the received wisdom appears to be that Jules et Jim IS in fact the autobiographical novel Can a better informed person tell me what's going on here? It seems to be a moderately interesting literary mystery

  3. says:

    Jules et Jim is one of the most famous celluloid love stories of all time It is the story of a love triangle between two Germans Jules and Katie and a Frenchman Jim in early 20th century Europe it is the story of a threesome who sought to “redefine love” and the heartache which is caused by this plan It is however a little known fact that the story is partially based on actual events and is based in the criminally unknown novel of the same name by Henri Pierre Roche The novel is one of the masterpieces of European fiction yet it is not in any way shape or form beautifully written it does not deal with great philosophical or political themes nor did it revolutionize literature in the way that say Joyce or Kafka did As Richard Arnold said of Anna Karenina “We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art We are to take it as a piece of life A piece of life it is” So too is Jules et Jim a work of life it recreates the joys and sorrows of not only life but of love friendship parenthood and artJules shy sensitive and portly meets Jim charming dashing and bohemian in the build up to a ball They become immediate friends they translate each other’s works from French to German and vice versa buy each cigars spend long evenings in the cafés of Paris together Many people silently suspect them of homosexuality an accusation which both men are either oblivious or indifferent toThe two eventually begin in tandem to pursue the women of Paris Jules is an idealistic and romantic; an idolater of love what matters to Jules is not so much the person who he is in love with but the actual emotion of being in love women act of an empty vessel for Jules’s vibrant imagination and rich emotional life Jules concept of love acts as a caricature of love he symbolises the kind of romanticised notion of “great love” represented by shrewish and virginal Victorian lady novelists for Jules women are a gaping chasm which he can fill with his imagination and ideals a relationship represents a simulacrum of emotions rather than an actual emotional connectionJim in contrast is a pragmatist and a bit of a playboy not in the classical sense; Jim doesn’t go chasing after women he certainly doesn’t set out to hurt or use women or brag about his conuests As Jules says Jim is constantly seeking new experiences for Jim outside of art and perhaps Jules women present Jim with his richest and significant experiences unlike Jules Jim is able to appreciate women as individuals for their personal idiosyncrasies the pleasure of each kiss the curve of each breast and the feel of each hair Two two are aware of their contradictory attitude towards women indeed their differences are perhaps the very thing which brings them closer togetherJules and Jim gradually begin introducing women to one another with Jim having the success Although Roche often devotes a paragraph to the many women Jules and Jim meet or fall in love with he is able to demonstrate his skill as a storyteller by making each woman seem like an actual living individual in the space of a few lines Roche’s gift for psychological description is central to his brilliance as a storyteller to create with a few words create a realistic well rounded character is something few people possess and is a testament to Roche’s powers of observationTake for example the artist Gertrude who dreamed of meeting Napoleon in a lift and bearing his love child or Odile who decides the go swimming one day and wanders around in a French town in nothing but her swimwear in what were conservative times the astonished townspeople much to Odile’s consternation decide to have her arrested though she only sees this as petty jealousy on the part of the town’s female women She somewhat haphazardly blames Jules and Jim for this and decides to poison their omelette in returnThe most important character amongst the various women Jules and Jim get to know is Lucie In typical Roche fashion he able to sum Lucie up in a few lines whilst maintaining her individuality “She was a long skulled Gothic beauty; she took her time over everything she did so that other people found every moment endowed with the same abundant value that she conferred on herself” Lucie is in many ways a kind of female version of Jules shy introverted and imaginative Jules has been in love with her for years yet she does not return his love perhaps because of their similarities so Jules chooses to introduce her to Jim who is smitten by her patience her meekness and her forbearance and perhaps subconsciously for her resemblance to Jules Although Lucie begins to return Jim’s feeling her timidity inhibits any relationship between the two she has a fear of physical love preferring like Jules to contemplate love rather than live itRoche never judges his characters indeed his characters rarely judge each other They see each person as a uniue person and each relationship as a uniue experience Yes there are betrayals fits of piue and jealousy feelings are hurt and at times even hatred is aroused but rather then viewing these as purely negative things Roche purports that every experience is something we can learn from that if you never suffer any heartache jealousy or hatred you are never really alive and that one cannot ever live without dying a little bit beforehand Love is a thing to be experience in all it’s forms rather than a thing to be contemplated as Truffaut says “Jules et Jim is a perfect hymn to love and perhaps life” For Roche each person is uniue with their own set of idiosyncrasies traits and insecurities and should not be judged if they want to follow their own uniue path in life it is if they try not to hurt other people a thing to be celebrated Roche was one of the first people to translate Chekhov into French and one can see his influence seeping through if not stylistically then certainly thematicallyWhilst the two are holidaying in Greece they come across a Greek statue with an ’archaic smile’ “A toy steamer took them to the island; they hurried to their statue and spent an hour with it It was beyond even what they hoped They lingered around the goddess in silence gazing at her form different angles; her smile was a floating presence powerful youthful thirsty for kisses and perhaps for blood” They promise each other that if they were to ever meet that archaic smile then they would follow itEventually they are introduced to Kate who had the smile of the statute on the island Jules chooses to meet her alone over the course of a few weeks before formally introducing her to Jim tellingly before he does introduce them he tells Jim that Kate is his and his alone and unlike the other girls not for sharingThe three eventually forms a close friendship together one of the most famous scenes in the film is when the two dress Kate as a man and parade him around Paris In one of the most telling scenes in the book and film the three have a race Kate decides to cheat and starts running whilst Jim is counting down and ends up winning the race Jules and Jim end up following in her wake exhausted yet exulted by Kate’s verve willing to be carried wherever Kate takes them Kate doesn’t feel any remorse about cheating; in fact she views at her right to do as she wishes Kate and Jules eventually get engaged she admits to being won over by his Buddha esue character by his lack of egoism and arrogance and his timidity and sensitivity so unlike other men Jules however proceeds to ignore her during the celebration and decides to talk about literature with Jim instead Jim is despondent by Jules inability to see the blunders he was now making with Kate he feels that Jules would not be able to keep a woman as free spirited as Kate for long Jim is proved right when Kate suddenly jumps into the Seine on the way back Jim however is enchanted by Kate’s lack of inhibitions her ability to “do different”After Jim fishes Kate out of the Seine the jump is never mentioned again Kate is exonerated because she cannot held accountable for her desires indeed if she stopped being so wilful then Jules and Jim would no longer be attracted to herJust before the two get married Kate asks Jim to meet her for dinner at 700 Jim turns up 4 minutes late waits until 750 and leaves feeling that Kate was the type of woman who would not tolerate lateness of any kind Kate herself only turns up at 8 waits 10 minutes and leave This scene is of central importance to the book because it turns out that Kate wanted to know Jim’s opinion on her marriage to Jules It turns out that Jim would have told her that Jules’s fantastical nature meant that he was not the right man for Kate that her wilfulness would eventually break Jules will and that the reality of love would eventually crush Jules’s and whose purely emotional concept of love Kate was unlikely to share These 10 minutes it turns out would shape the rest the trio’s lives as Kate and Jules end up marrying and moving to Germany not long before the First World War breaks outJim visits the couple not longer after the end of the war unable to contain his excitement at meeting Jules again he wanders around aimlessly for a few days before meeting Jules Superficially the couple seem happy they live in a somewhat secluded château and have two daughters however Jim intuits that everything is not as it seems He soon discovers that his suspicions that Jules was not the kind of man who could keep Kate happy were right Kate has only recently returned after a trip to a local farm she has also taken several lovers some in retribution for either actual or imaginary crimes Jules has committed Kate still remains a law unto herself living up to the archaic smile which Jules and Jim glimpsed on the Greek islandJules however is worried that soon Kate will leave them for good she is seeing Albert a friend of Jules who plans on marrying Kate and adopting her two daughter Jules remains powerless against the will of Kate any attempt to stop her would only infuriate her and cause her to seek revenge not because she is malicious but because she views life as a kind of game whereby any advantage another person gains over her she must win back at whatever cost Kate certainly demonstrate certain sociopathic tendencies her indifference for the feeling of other people her morbid individuality which makes her shed societal norms her unwillingness to admit that she is ever at fault for her actions Jules however finally has to discard his naive idea of romantic love when he marries Kateand it crushes him making him gradually retreat even further into a Buddha like state of meditationAlthough Jim pities both his friends he never chooses to judge them or sermonize them Besides this Jules wants Jim to win Kate back from Albert although he can bear her infidelities he cannot bear her leaving him and feels Jim is the most suitable suitor for the job Jim and Kate go for a long walk they both give their side of the story they both realise that they have different accounts of their story not because either of them is wrong but because reality is an entirely subjective experience and perhaps there is no right or wrong and that each individual experiences reality in their own way By the end of the walk much to Jules’s delight they have become loversJim then or less lives with the couple for some monthsand their happiness is reborn Jim and Kate began a tempestuous relationship; Kate cannot dominate Jim like she did Jules he isn’t anywhere near as submissive love changes from a kind of game as it was with Jules to a kind of war long periods of peace are punctuated by frenzied periods of infighting whereby each tries and fails to gain the upper hand over the other Each victory is rendered pyrrhic however by the fact that Jim reciprocates Kate’s demand that every blunder must be accounted for Jules looks on content to watch his friends relationship unfold and chooses not to judge; with people as wilful as Jim and Kate it would be better to let them do as they wished however much they hurt each other Jules Jim and Kate seek to redefine love as Truffaut states “When I read Jules et Jim I had the feeling that I had before me an example of something the cinema had never manage to achieve to show two men who love the same woman in such a way that the public are unable to make an emotional choice between the characters because they are made to love all three of them euallya triangle of pure love”Kate and Jim attempt to have a child; their attempts however are fruitless although they are medically able to have children their passionate relationship is ultimately barren In seeking to rewrite the concept of love the two are unable to produce anything of subsistence their selfish though uniue passion is inimical reproducing life perhaps in living life to the full they have give up their ability to reproduce it?This inability to have children eventually takes a toll on their relationship which descends into a perpetual cycle of happiness love passion obsession jealousy betrayal recrimination and reunion During one telling passage Kate cheats on Jim with Harold an old flame of hers he hits her in return Kate is exultant no man had ever lain hands on her lord knows she deserves it for all the pain and suffering she caused Jim however is despondent how far will this passion this passion which has been consuming his soul slowly crushing him go on for? Jim and Jules uestion why they are love with Kate? They decide that it is because Kate is a real woman with her beauty her flaws and her inconsistencies because Kate is unafraid to live and challenge life come what may and Jules and Jim had promised to follow that archaic smile on that Greek island even if it killed them Kate in her turn loves the two because they were able to give Kate what she ultimately desired their undivided attentionJust before Jim is about to leave Paris the couple decide to separate they make love in a passionless indifferent almost frigid way Jim goes back to Paris mentally exhausted yet he learns from Jules that Kate is finally pregnant with his child the result of their night of passionless love making Kate however has a miscarriage both see this as the nail on the coffin of their passionate but ultimately barren relationship Kate decides to go back to Jules’s mild and undemanding love Jim back to an old lover who he had kept in contact with who also offered him a comfortable if unexceptional relationship“Time was flowing flowingHappiness isn’t easy to record then it wars out and nobody notices”The two then split up and get back together intermittently the fire of their love seems to be on it’s dying embers One day as Jim is driving Kate somewhere she decides to attack him with a walking stick after she casually mentions Gilberte the woman who Jim is in a serious relationship with Kate later threatens to kill Jim after he tells her that he is planning on having a child with Gilberte Kate gets hold of a revolver but Jim is able to knock her out before she can shoot The tangled web of their relationship is beginning to unravel as Kate is slowly losing her sanity due to her jealousy over Gilberte Jim euates Jules with Gilberte; Kate myopically refuses to see it this way thinking that one rules exists for her and one for everybody else “Jim wanted to die of his love for Kate To survive was an offence Male spiders know it and so do their females”Kate invites Jules and Jim for a day out and as she is dropping Jules off at the train station she asks Jules to watch them drive off As she is driving off she takes an unusual detour Jim asks her where she is driving them to eventually realising that she is driving them into the Seine for a second leap this one of death just as her first leap had kindled Jim’s love for her her second would put an end to it and fulfil their desire to die for love of one another in his final moments Jim realises that this suicide plunge was Kate’s way of proving her love for him her archaic smile comes back the very archaic smile that Jim promised to pursue in order to live even if it killed him The car careers into the Seine and sinks when their bodies are found they have come apart which is part of the reason that they died despite the fact that Kate drove the car into the Seine to bring them closer together their bodies seperate killing them bothJules takes charges of their two daughters; along with a sense of sadness at losing the two people he loved most in the world a sense of relief comes flooding into him as he realises he will never have to put up with their antics again never have the fear that Kate will leave him for another manJules et Jim is a powerful and beautiful love story because it discards the facile and rudimentary emotions associated with love by mainstream cinema and romantic literature; it captures the essence of love via various well rounded and interesting characters without judging their actions and teaches us to accept people as they are ; as Jules states “If you love somebody you love him as he is You don’t want to influence him because then he wouldn’t be the same person any It is better to give up the person you love than try to change him whether by kindness or domination” Yes the characters are flawed selfish and sometimes irrational but who isn’t? Love is an emotion based on an individual connection between two people and cannot be reduced to the clichés of mainstream cinema or televisionJim and Kate are in many ways self absorbed whether it be with themselves or one another This is best represented by the fact that they are unable to have a child together For all of the passion of their romance their love is essentially barren because they fail to take into account other people whether it be Jules or Kate’s children On the other hand Jules who willingly gives up Kate for Jim to keep them happy is able to produce life and have children with her The two eventually die as they loved together and selfishly and yet ultimately still apart discarding Jules and Kate’s daughter’s to fulfil their ultimate desire to die in each other’s arms only to somewhat ironically come apart as they are drowning

  4. says:

    My interest to read Jules et Jim was peaked after seeing Truffaut's film adaptation of the novel a cult classic made up of memorable moments unravelling at an awkward pace Not uite sure of what to make of the film my only thought about the work the core of the work the novel that inspired it was that it must have to it than what meets the eye The book lived up to this expectation The awkward pace is all there; a series of simple precise sentences that present themselves between the deeply poetic and the incredibly trivial and tend to stay at one of these extremes as they move forward at an unusually fast rate Such is the character of the story passionate effervescentIn my opinion this book will not be to everyone's taste literary or emotional In a way it is to be read less like a novel and like a fictionalised essay; though semi biographical it seems to aim at putting a message across rather than weaving together a reflective plot In the end there is only so much to be said of the spontaneous outbursts of three friends who travel love and live; and the book is captivating in another way for its honesty For its unpretentious take on what Life is and what Life could be on the boundaries of love and friendship and on the ultimate tragedy of it all and on the way it so casually describes emotional revolutionCertainly different and far from technical perfection Jules et Jim is a passionate emotional read that both surprised and captivated me and that I am sure I will read again two or five or ten years from now and take another meaning from one less surprising but surely no less powerful

  5. says:

    Jules and Jim become friends in Paris and share much of their life together particularly their women It's a story of Bohemian Paris in the early part of the 20th century plenty of love er lust and cigarettes and alcohol and free willKate a German woman enters the picture especially striking Jules' fancy He initially asks Jim not to make any advances towards her but ultimately Kate turns to Jim for the desire she is lacking with Jules There is very little conflict surrounding this as Jules facilitates the relationship Both men watch as Kate runs back and forth between them and also to past lovers as wellI have a completely lackluster response to the book as it was written in a completely lackluster way Supposedly autobiographical I wound up feeling sorry for all of the characters because of their weakness There's an easy confusion between weakness and free will and the three central characters were clearly baffled by this In their searches to be happy they spent a lot of time making sure every one else was happy all in turn causing a lot of unhappiness all aroundThe Truffaut film was at least cinematically interesting though even by the end of the movie I was hating on most of the characters I can not for the life of me figure out what was so damn appealing about Kate that everyone allowed her to treat them the way she did It's a classic love story of looking for love in all the wrong places

  6. says:

    I haven't seen the famous film of this novel but I know people that I have and they have all sung its praises When I saw this book in the library I wasn't even aware the film was based on a novel before I couldn't resist snapping it up It was an easy read but the subject matter wasn't as lighthearted as I'd assumed from reading the blurb on the backAnything to do with bohemianism Paris café culture and free spirits tends to lure me in where books are concerned but I was surprised to find that this was not the crux of the story in Jules et Jim Roché's novel is somewhat autobiographical which is very interesting so because it was his debut novel and was written in his seventies He based the character Jim on himself and Jules on a friend in his life and what characters they both were All the women in their lives they shared eually and without hatred and distrust which is a concept I can't even begin to understand I think I was surprised at this attitude to life and love because of the time period it was set in around 1907 and onwards There was me thinking that back in the early twentieth century people were very uptight when it came to love sex and everything in betweenKate is the character that truly tests Jules and Jim She is a firecracker a woman akin to the two men in terms of her view and approach to life However I found her a very difficult character to warm to Although not without her charms Kate was in short an extremely selfish woman brash and uick to act whilst not always making the right decisions She was easily angered throughout even when as a reader I felt she shouldn't have been and she was not shy of hurting people to get her own back on them particularly Jules and later JimWhat saddened me a little with this novel and hence the slightly lower rating was that although the title is Jules et Jim Jules wasn't in very much of the book at all It should have been Jules Jim et Kate or even Jim et Kate although I suppose without the complete alliteration it doesn't have uite the same ring to it I found myself missing Jules as a character although he seemed a bit silly at the start and longing to be rid of Jim and his ridiculous feelings for Kate for just a few chaptersI fully intend on watching the film as I'd love to see how this simple story was transferred to the screen The writing in the novel is so simple and direct that it's almost like just reading an everyday diary although there are moments of literary beauty and I imagine that it would lend itself uite well to a film whilst allowing room for development in certain areas For those who have seen the film and enjoyed it I'd suggest giving the book a go maybe you'll get something extra from it who knows

  7. says:

    I'm rating this on memory Read it years ago because I loved Truffaut's film I enjoyed the book a lot then but I should give it another reading

  8. says:

    I liked it The language was simple short and to the pointapparently it's actually a 'social revolution' masuarading under pages full of lustThe word 'love' is thrown around uite a lot In my eyes Jules starts out as a pompous idiot but then matures into a man while the other two Kate Jim remain blissfully ignorant children completely prey to their wills and wantsUnlike a lot of books that I read this one was easy for me to rate I liked this book I didn't think it was amazing at all and I don't understand how someone could but I suppose we all have our own interpretationsIt's worth pointing out that in Britain Henri Pierre Roché is pretty unknownI see a few Italian reviews here though maybe it's studied in their schoolsthis like many other books I'll be reading in the coming weeks is part of my 'EuroFiction' moduleGood uick readWhy not give a chance see what you think

  9. says:

    It began enchanting this exploration of relationships twixt friends and lovers Then about half way through I began to tire of the self indulgence that their being middle class afforded them When it became self pampering I almost closed the book Shortly after I came across this 'The word 'normal' was almost offensive to them' and I dropped the book into the charity bag I had lost empathy with all the characters and they their credibility Not often I find a film preferable to the book but for sure in this instance

  10. says:

    The story of Jules and Jim and Catherine was turned into one of Francois Truffaut's most beloved movies Its big messy plot is set in Europe during and after the first World War A shy writer Jules becomes friends with Jim They have various adventures with young women until they meet Catherine Catherine and Jules fall in love and get married but Jules is always there outspoken and not shy in revealing his affections for Catherine During the war the two friends fight on opposite sides and always think about the fact that they might come up against each other in battle After the war the marriage between Jules and Catherine begins to wane and forces of lust and love take over leading to a bittersweet ending

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