The Bachelors

Henry de Montherlant


The Bachelors

The Bachelors

  • Title: The Bachelors
  • Author: Henry de Montherlant
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback



The Bachelors tells the story of two impoverished members of the French provincial aristocracy, the baron de Co tquidan and his nephew the comte de Coantr , who live in the suburbs of Paris, each pursuing an eccentric, decaying existence cut off from the pressures of the twentieth century This is a story of family intrigues and physical and mental disintegration NeglecteThe Bachelors tells the story of two impoverished members of the French provincial aristocracy, the baron de Co tquidan and his nephew the comte de Coantr , who live in the suburbs of Paris, each pursuing an eccentric, decaying existence cut off from the pressures of the twentieth century This is a story of family intrigues and physical and mental disintegration Neglected and humiliated by society, each lives in his private world of near madness Finally one is helped by a rich relative whilst the other dies of neglect Montherlant portrays with a mixture of irony and sympathy and a terrifying realism the strange twilight world inhabited by these two characters.


Recent Comments "The Bachelors"

Bailing out of this. The narration is prim, the aphorisms lukewarm. I was wrong in expecting something like Mercier and Camier.

An overlooked gem.

Just an exquisite, small novel that's affecting.

Gave up after about 50 pages. The book is about an uncle and nephew, decaying remnants of the aristocracy, impoverished and irrelevant in 1920s/30s Paris. There might have been an interesting story somewhere in there, but I wasn't patient enough to wait around and find it. I found the author's style irritating and finally grew weary of trying to remember who was who after endless pages upon pages of so-and-so married so-and-so, had such-and-such children, who then married so-and-so and so-and-so [...]

I suspect that A Reader's Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose, which I greatly enjoyed, recommended this. I can't. It's not clear whether the original 1934 French, and the fusty, timebound 1960 translation are equally awful, but what I'm reading is unfit for human consumption.

Two eccentric noblemen who live cut off from society are forced to face a bleak future of poverty after their estate collapses from the outstanding debts left by a dead relative. This being a de Montherlant novel, things generally do not go well for our "heroes". Highly recommended to anyone who likes to read about awful things happening to unlikable people.

There is an updated version of this book which I purchased through , with a much better translation than previous editions.

Les célibataires by Henri de MontherlantGenummerd : 2877

excellent, enjoyed this book immensely,


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