Television
Jean-Philippe Toussaint Jordan Stump
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Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM By Jean-Philippe Toussaint Jordan Stump

The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean Philippe Toussaint s novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write Unfortunately, he can t decide how to refer to his subject Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio so instead he starts watching TV continuously,The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean Philippe Toussaint s novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write Unfortunately, he can t decide how to refer to his subject Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio so instead he starts watching TV continuously, until one day he decides to renounce the most addictive of twentieth century inventions.As he spends his summer still not writing his book, he is haunted by television, from the video surveillance screens in a museum to a moment when it seems everyone in Berlin is tuned in to Baywatch.One of Toussaint s funniest antiheroes, the protagonist of Television turns daily occurrences into an entertaining reflection on society and the influence of television on our lives.
  • Title: Television
  • Author: Jean-Philippe Toussaint Jordan Stump
  • ISBN: 9781564783721
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback

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Jonfaith Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Sigh, I harbor such hopes. My focus is so soon to sparkle and then, bam, my attentions/intentions dip or are upheaved. There I go. August was quite good to me. I loved every line of Javier Marias. I knew the Premier League was upon me and I thought I would maintain this bliss with Traveler of the Century and that didn't happen. Distractions piled. Football (soccer) was blooming and suddenly. I was lost. It didn't help that the heat normally associated with August finally arrived. Honestly I pick [...]
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Eugene Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
life in the eurozone! across the pond there's a fabled land, a kingdom beating us into decline and empire's twilight by a scant half-century. they say of it that democratic socialism is a viable political party there, but we're skeptical of the outrageous. rumor also describes a state-subsidized intelligentsia so embedded and entitled it flirts constantly with bourgeois decadence -- before collapsing into spasms of marxist self-flagellation. (our native, barbaric artists dream nightly of immigra [...]
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Paula Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Humorous and philosophical contemporary (1997) French fiction from Les Editions de Minuit, a publishing house born out of the French Resistance during WWII and noted for its catalog of avant-garde and, more recently, postmodern novels. La Television tells the story of a French historian on sabbatical in Berlin, ostensibly to write a study on the artist Titian Vecellio. Late in the novel he realizes that Titian's initials are T.V an amusing coincidence, since, while his pregnant wife and young so [...]
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James Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
In this short novel the Belgian author, Jean-Philippe Toussaint charmed me with his wry comic touch. The book is a humorous view of the effect of television on the lives of some people and how they change as a result. The protagonist of La Télévision makes one of the most daring gestures available to a citizen of our contemporary world: he decides to stop watching television. Television has taken over his life in insidious ways. It has made him a spectator, rather than a doer; he has become in [...]
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Rose Gowen Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
I liked a lot of this. A lot of it I liked very much.A man (the back copy says he's an academic, so I guess he must be) is on a grant in Berlin to write a book about Titian. It's summer. His pregnant wife/partner & son are vacationing in Italy. He's having a little trouble getting started with his writing because he can't decide what name to use for Titian in the text. He quits watching TV. He agrees to water his neighbors' plants. He swims. He hangs out with his friend. He thinks about stuf [...]
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Jeff Buddle Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Perfect Toussaint. Comic with a touch of Beckett, with a dash of Chaplin. Funny as hell. So funny in fact that it's a little scary. Prose that you can cut apart and still not understand how it works. How is so little so interesting?
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Amy Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
A neurotic "writer" (he barely gets any actual writing done) obsesses about not watching television (all though he has all these loopholes) and taking care of his neighbor's plants.
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Schuyler Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
An academic acquires a grant to write a book on the painter Titian in Berlin for the summer, while his wife and son vacation in Italy. Early on in his time in Berlin, he decides that television has become too distracting and he swears it off while he works on his book (If this doesn't sound like a pretentious plot, I don't know what does). This proves more difficult than he expected and instead of being distracted by television, our academic quickly finds other ways to procrastinate: swimming, m [...]
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Romain Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Je revois très bien le geste que j’ai accompli alors, un geste très simple, très souple, mille fois répété, mon bras qui s’allonge et qui appuie sur le bouton, l’image qui implose et disparaît de l’écran. C’était fini, je n’ai plus jamais regardé la télévision.C’est lors d’un été passé à Berlin que le narrateur et personnage principal de ce roman a pris cette terrible et irrévocable décision — pour les plus jeunes, il devait probablement disposer d'un modèle [...]
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Ariane Brosseau Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
La télévisionest un roman ennuyeux jusqu'à ce qu'on comprenne comment il fonctionne, c'est-à-dire qu'il se concentre sur l'arrière-plan des images, sur les choses accessoires que les personnages sont en train de faire plutôt que sur leurs réflexions ou sur leurs actions plus importantes.Se joignent à cela des scènes très drôles et plutôt absurdes, solutions à des ennuis de celles qu'on imagine mais qu'on ne réaliserait jamais. Par exemple, s'enfermer dans la salle bain des voisins [...]
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Colin Cox Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Television is an oddly paced but beautifully rendered satire of contemporary culture's obsession with technological distractions. Television was originally published in 1997 (its English translation came much later in 2004), so the references are a little archaic. In fact, this book feels rather comfortable situated beside 90s pop staples such as Fight Club. While the narrative itself is underwhelming, the book's success is located in its passively unmotivated but hopelessly idealistic narrator. [...]
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Annabelle Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Un historien d'art se fait subventionner pour passer un été à Berlin (au CMB?) afin de rédiger une étude sur l'Art et le pouvoir.En fait, il n'arrive pas à écrire et glande, en dissertant solitairement sur l'usage de la télévision (Une lucarne de lumière, blabla) qu'il souhaite arrêter (Aussi efficacement qu'on arrête la clope.)J'ai systématiquement sauté tous les passages sur la télévision (Barbants et trop nombreux) pour me concentrer sur la dérive du chercheur et la difficult [...]
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Lolo Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Ce court roman met en scène un professeur qui prend un congé sabbatique en vue d'écrire une étude sur Titien. Seul durant la période estivale, il décrit quelques-uns des événements et occupations qui ponctuent cette période initialement dédiée au travail. Et en filigrane, il décrit son rapport à la télévision, et notamment sa décision d'arrêter de la regarder. Bien que la trame ne soit pas spécialement accrocheuse, j'ai été entrainé agréablement et sûrement dans cette lect [...]
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Sean Masterson Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Inspector Clouseau hijinks mixed with a bit of Bernhardian nihilism. I wonder if his humor was aimed at his predecessor Robbe-Grillet and the nouveau roman which tended to eschew the funny like Camus' Plague. Been really interested in French post-Existentialist lit lately and am planning on following this up with Michel Houellebecq. I'd recommend anything from Dalkey Archive Press if you want to see what the Europeans are up to. Even when the material is flat I still put the book down with a new [...]
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Tim Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
A self-involved academic narrator allegedly working on a mongraph on Titian while in Berlin reflects on culture, art, and himself as he tries to give up watching television in this ridiculous little story. It is funny and perceptive, but also uneven, with scenes of brilliance and others that I hurried through, maybe uncomfortable as they struck too near my self-indulgent bones.
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Brigid Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
I love the concept of this novel--in the modern day, is it possible to not stumble upon distraction in every moment?--but I couldn't muster up any real feeling for the protagonist and his predicament. Though quirky and funny at times, it left me feeling a bit whelmedly, Toussaint is European.
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David Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
This is a great funny read. It's like a Thomas Bernhard took a whole bunch of xanax and accepted a challenge from his life-person to use parentheses and paragraph breaks. It's got some really wonderful comedic moments.I say this about a bunch of writers, I know, but I'm looking forward to reading more (and am quite excited I recently found his _Making Love_ on sale at Third Place Books).
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Katie Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Our narrator is an academic who's supposed to be working on a project on Titian/Charles V in Berlin, in service of this he stops watching TV, only to find himself inevitably surrounded by television. The narrator takes a critical tone, which is funny because Toussaint's writing is so sitcom-ish (a clever, actually funny sitcom) - it occurs in scenes and the humor is that of the everyday.
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Pascale Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
A man gives up watching television, but that is really not pertinent to this novel of the “roman infinitésimal” school. He pretends to work on a thesis. The question of time and being, dissected into moments; water and streaks of light. In French (La télévision).
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Tuck Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
this starts out very funny, normal seeming, but then as the academic becomes more manic and frustrated by not being able to write, paranoia strikes deep. All because of TELEVISION. even turned off, they still affectyour life.
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Marion Linder Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Le livre qu'il vous faut si vous cherchez quelque chose de léger mais de tout aussi intelligent. L'épisode de la fougère oubliée dans le frigo des Drescher ou encore de l'attente inconfortable chez une famille allemande moyenne m'ont particulièrement fait rire.
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Tom Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
This is one of my favorite reads in the past five years. I'm not sure why, but I laughed hard and long throughout the novel. Many of my friends who read it did not find it very funny, but it really struck a chord with me. Probably not a flattering thing to admit
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Mark Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
An author can't finish his book because he becomes so obsessed with not watching TV. A great look at the power of television and peasant's revolt of the Luddite. Also a dead on analysis for anyone who has procrastinated finishing an important paper.
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Jeff Van Campen Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
The main character in this book gives up television. Sort of. He spends an entire summer sneaking glimpses of television and reworking a single sentence of a book that may never come into being. The book is both incredibly funny and a little bit disconcerting.
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Kendra Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
I reread this book in August of 2008.This book is excellent. My only complaint is the overuse of variations of the word "pensive" - at least once per page. By the end of the book it was very distracting. But still, this is a great book, humorous, witty, and engaging.
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Eva Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
I read this for french class, and thought it would be perfect as I'm also procrastinating on writing my thesis. But this dragged a bit. And I didn't like the main protagonist at all, which didn't help. It's still a good read, just not terribly riveting.
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flowerville Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
boring pseudo-intellectual wittering alternates with a lot of leering at females. shallow.
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Ben Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Felt like DeLillo writing a novella on autopilot, which is not entirely a bad thing.
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Kalyrohey Aug 08, 2020 - 22:50 PM
Ce livre ne devrait pas s'intituler "La Télévision" mais "La Procrastination". Une bonne lecture cependant.
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Television By Jean-Philippe Toussaint Jordan Stump The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean Philippe Toussaint s novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write Unfortunately, he can t decide how to refer to his subject Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio so instead he starts watching TV continuously,The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean Philippe Toussaint s novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write Unfortunately, he can t decide how to refer to his subject Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio so instead he starts watching TV continuously, until one day he decides to renounce the most addictive of twentieth century inventions.As he spends his summer still not writing his book, he is haunted by television, from the video surveillance screens in a museum to a moment when it seems everyone in Berlin is tuned in to Baywatch.One of Toussaint s funniest antiheroes, the protagonist of Television turns daily occurrences into an entertaining reflection on society and the influence of television on our lives.

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