Une jeune paysanne est attiree par Julien Damon, le coq du village. Son amour grandit, mais il s'eteint vite chez Julien. "Aline" (1905) est un chef-d'oeuvre de jeunesse, une "symphonie pastorale" ou Ramuz decrit avec subtilite la passion et le revirement des c urs."...
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Canton Vaud, SwitzerlandMon intention n'était pas, en écrivant Aline, de "composer", au sens strict, un roman - mais plutôt d'imiter la vie, jusque dans ce qu'elle a de traînant et d'indécis. (letter to Edouard Rod, 1904.)(*)In a small village in the Suisse romande, the French speaking portion of Switzerland, an innocent seventeen year old girl falls in love with a young man who has already had his flings in neighboring villages; she gives him everything and he tires of it. But she is pregnant, the village is tiny, and it is the turn of the 20th century.How many times have we heard that story? It's one of the most basic stories Humankind has in its repertoire, because with every new generation it repeats again and again and again.Does that make it boring? Perhaps, but when it is told with the sensitivity and sincerity Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878-1947) manifested in his first novel, Aline (1905), one reads it again with real engagement. Though later in his career Ramuz would develop a distinctly modernist style, for this novel he wrote in a very straightforward manner spiced with passages that remind the reader that his first book was a collection of poetry. He certainly delivered a convincing imitation of life in Aline.One wonders whether the portrait of the consequences - carried solely by Aline, her mother and her child, but not in the least by the father of the child - might have touched some hearts, might have caused a reader or two to consider the possibility that something was not right here. On the other hand, at exactly the same time in the United States the publication of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie was delayed for eleven years because the extramarital relations were too, well, you know. (*) It wasn't my intention, when writing Aline, to "compose", in the strict sense, a novel, but rather to imitate life to the point of including its laziness and indecision.
Ramuz's first novel, from 1905. It is a deceptively gentle story - readers may have to search at first for the darker undertones that will slowly build as the story progresses. As the title suggest, this is the story of Aline, a young girl from a small lakeside village. She falls in love with the local mayor's son, and at first he seems to be interested in her as well. It's a novel about injustice really, done simply, with a fair dose of pragmatism, but it is quite provocative in its own way. Perhaps the most in the sense that for a first novel, Ramuz focuses so intensely on the female perspective. The style is remarkably straightforward considering how much more complex Ramuz's writing would become.
L’ambientazione e’ quella di Heidi, ma sicuramente Aline non e’ quella Heidi di:“Heidi Heidi tu vis à la montagne”......solo c’e’ un ordine delle cose che e’ fatto da sempre; entriamo per quelle porte che si aprono da sole davanti a noi e le altre rimangono chiuse.(43)
Had to read it for school. Aline is just the most naive character Ramuz could have come up with.