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Villa des Roses [Paperback]

Willem Elsschot
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Aug. 30 2003 1862076162 978-1862076167
Although advertized as a "first-class family boarding house," Madame Brulot's pension leaves few unscathed. Its blackly comic world includes the seduction of the new maid, a tragic suicide and a monkey.

The film adaptation of Villa des Roses won the Best Feature Film at the 2002 Hollywood Movie Awards.


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Willem Elsschot was the pseudonym of Alfons de Ridder. Cheese was his breakthrough novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of world literature Sept. 4 2001
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It has taken quite some time before Alfons de Ridder (better known as Willem Elsschot) got his due recognition as a major author even among his own people, the Flemish, and their northern brothers, the Dutch (who share a common language the same way the British and Americans do).
I consider him to be the most important Dutch language author of the 20th century. Quite a few Dutch and Flemish people share this opinion. Even though his work is little known outside the Dutch language area, Elsschot should really be considered as one of the great figures in world literature, on a par with internationally well known authors as Dickens, Victor Hugo, Chekhov or Cervantes. He did not write any long novels, only short stories. His complete works can be gathered in one 800 page volume. But the quality of these little gems....
As almost all of Elsschot's works, Villa des Roses is based on his personal experiences. It describes the life in a Paris boarding house around 1910. Especially touching is the description of the unfortunate love affair between the servant girl Louise and a young German boarding guest. But there are a lot of other interesting plots and characters in this short story of about 100 pages. Elsschot is a master of observation and phlegmatic, economical description. His simple style is extremely powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of world literature Sept. 4 2001
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It has taken quite some time before Alfons de Ridder (better known as Willem Elsschot) got his due recognition as a major author even among his own people, the Flemish, and their northern brothers, the Dutch (who share a common language the same way the British and Americans do).
I consider him to be the most important Dutch language author of the 20th century. Quite a few Dutch and Flemish people share this opinion. Even though his work is little known outside the Dutch language area, Elsschot should really be considered as one of the great figures in world literature, on a par with internationally well known authors as Dickens, Victor Hugo, Chekhov or Cervantes. He did not write any long novels, only short stories. His complete works can be gathered in one 800 page volume. But the quality of these little gems....
As almost all of Elsschot's works, Villa des Roses is based on his personal experiences. It describes the life in a Paris boarding house around 1910. Especially touching is the description of the unfortunate love affair between the servant girl Louise and a young German boarding guest. But there are a lot of other interesting plots and characters in this short story of about 100 pages. Elsschot is a master of observation and phlegmatic, economical description. His simple style is extremely powerful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a word too many Sept. 22 2013
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Elsschot's first novel.A short melodrama set in the Paris of the early 20th century, with most of the action in the pension Villa des Roses, run by the Brulot couple.In brief chapters Elsschot lets us get acquainted with the strange characters who inhabit the pension.Bit by bit we get involved in the petty intrigues of the guests whose small-mindedness leads to inexorable tragi-comedy.
There's a cinematographic adaptation of Villa des Roses (2005), but it's only a feeble shadow of this very enjoyable novel.
Love Villa des Roses, and you will love Cheese, by the same author , even more.
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