Jean Cocteau ´ 9 Free downloadHere are people in the world who would hate you if they new and that you have a perverse and subversive power to reveal the truth to be or not to be There is a sovereignty of the mind which gives you the power to determine who you are
to whom a choice which many people needwhom a choice which many people need worry about You cannot come out as black nor as a woman it is in the open it is nown While the struggles of those other oppressed peoples are real and perhaps in many ways externally worse it is a uniue dilemma of homosexual people and I can only speak to the male experience to struggle with the internal demons of who you are of rationalizing and categorizing despairing and accepting your emotional physical and romantic desires Cocteau s narrator notes I suppose the artists invented the firm breasts they put on women and that in reality all women had flabby ones It is the collective history of art and society which tells us what love is or is not supposed to be And by the atavistic definitions we mold and imagine our loves to fit those immortal constructs But what is a gay man to do in the face of such narrow and incompatible definitions He redefine love or he must settle for the image of love rather than the If Tolstoy is right that there are as many inds of loves as there are hearts then how many people are settling for history s and art s image of love rather than discovering their own reality of love Le Livre Blanc is not the story of a gay man finding love but rather the discovery of a man that his love is not the same love that he has been taught that love is manifold That love is a universal truth but one which has engendered infinite manifestations and varieties This is not a feel good novel with trite moralizing but rather the pained and impassioned struggle and persistent even at the end confusion of a man beset
against what he has absorbed from society aswhat he has absorbed from society as and as real he does not find true love he finds failure and struggle he finds fleeting images throbs of physical and emotional stirring but ultimately he is yet to manifest his own definitions The arched bodies are riveted together at the sex grave profiles cast thoughtful downward glances turn less uickly than the tripping and now and then plodding feet Free hands assume the gracious attitudes affected by common folk when they take a cup of tea or piss it out again A springtime exhilaration transports the bodies Those bodies bud push forth shoots branches hard members bump sueeze sweats commingle and there s another couple heading for one of the rooms with the globe lights overhead and the eiderdowns on the bed The sun is a veteran lover who Saving CeeCee Honeycutt knows his job He starts by laying firm hands all over you He attacks simultaneously from every angle There s no getting away he has a potent grip he pins you and before younow it you discover as always happens to me that your belly is covered with liuid drops similar to mistletoe A brilliant little book Anger love violence and longing A complete contrast to modern romantic gay fiction and despite it never being formally acknowledged by Cocteau unmistakeably him Actually 25 starsJean Cocteau 1889 1963 the fabulously multi talented writer artist and film maker never officially recognized Le livre blanc as his work he said he didn t want to upset his mother but to anyone familiar with his poetics it is clearly his He was concerned about his mother s humor because the topic of this book is growing up and living as a homosexual man At the time the nicest word used to describe homosexuals was invertis inverts homosexuality was not illegal in France though inverts were strongly discriminated against whereas it was still actively prosecu. As a collector's item and second because of its assumed authorship Cocteau never formally acknowledged the bo. ,
Ted in the lovely anglo saxon world The first person narrator begins with his childhood recounting a few unmistakable signs of his tendencies to inversion When puberty arrives the jig is well But I m not willing just to be tolerated That wounds my love of love and of liberty The anonymity provokes a tragic honestly The words dance across every last page charming the reader the whole way through Man it s a good thing that there aren t homosexual males today who are shamed by society and emotionally battered by jocko bible beating dads preachers politicians and education systems into disingenuous heterosexual marriages with women they could never truly love often driving them to live self hatred inducing double lives rather than face their true selves because they are afraid of being rejected by the culture at large andor disowned by their families friends andor spiritual communities while those who do decide to embrace their inner worlds outwardly live in constant danger of bigotry manifested as violence and governmentchurch interference in their bedrooms hearts and homes and it all too often ends tragically for all concerned because a simple fact of nature couldn t be embraced by the inbred Christ juicin minds of the masses or this book may have been really depressing and insightful even nearly a hundred years later Hashtag sarcasmTragic lovely and puzzlingly tasteful in its vulgarity Also still sadly relevant Incidentally
there s a whole lotta sex innit I love Cocteau his movies his writing and his hots a whole lotta sex innit I love Cocteau his movies his writing and his hot of naked men elegant formal solutions and formidable expressive conciseness as with other works I do not find really exciting his emphasis on an almost dreamlike lightness that brings with it a lot of common sense an almost prefabricated sense of things I wish l loved him Jean Cocteau s Le Livre Blanc is a very interesting book one which he denied authorship of for uite a while I Velva Jean Learns to Drive know Cocteau for his surreal films how he could transform the beautiful into the bizarre so easily His writing in Le Livre Blanc is so well crafted that you forget that this is technicallyind of an erotic book When fatality appears in disguise it gives us an illusion of freedom and in the end always leads us into the same trap Or the exuisite My heart and instinct combine in such a way that I find it difficult to commit either without the other following This is what leads me to cross the boundaries of friendship and makes me wary of casual contacts in which I risk catching the malady of love In the end I envied those who do not suffer vaguely from beauty now what they want bring vice to the point of perfection pay and satisfy it If anything I was sad that I didn t get to read of Cocteau s voice But perhaps this will launch me into the rest of his writing endeavorsThere comes the uestion of the point of this book though I find a similarity in Cheryl Dunye s The Watermelon Woman in that if you can t find anything creative in the world that speaks to you you have to create it Here is an authentic experience of someone who is dealing with society s perception of his sexuality and the truth of the matter Which wasn t entirely
common in literature at the time Cocteau wrote Le Livre Blanc in 1928 Cocteau ever the Renaissancein literature at the time Cocteau wrote Le Livre Blanc in 1928 Cocteau ever the Renaissance was also an artist and his gay erotic artwork is featured in this book as well I love Cocteau s art style so much that I can look at his erotic artwork and see the beauty in it I also like the fact that it s right there in your face But then I can watch Alejandro Jodorowsky s The Holy Mountain without flinching so perhaps that s just something about my reaction to nudity and eroticism Here s to reading of Cocteau in 2019. Ok except in so far as he allowed it to appear in the 'authorized' bibliography drawn up in connection with .
I will say that this is not a perfect book but a book which I am glad and changed because I have read it While it is perhaps overly simplistic melodramatic and perhaps not comprehensive enough in it s characters it is a book which speaks from a true and wounding personal honesty which I believe it rare in many novels even ones which are my favorites It relates the experience of a man in agony and confusion over his sexuality stripped of artistry and moral overbearing albeit somewhat rife with stereotyping In Proust we find homosexuality painted over we find Proust s male lovers turned into mannish women we find the grotesue pervert of Charlus the sadistic lesbianism of Vinteuil s daughter etc While I still believe the truest account of the homosexual love experience is Proust s narrator s love for Albertine it is impossible to consider it without also acknowledging the gender bending and artistic dishonesty of that portrayal While Proust out achieves in philosophic truth in artistic mastery and aesthetic jouissance it is Cocteau s slim Le Livre Blanc The White Book which bares his own soul and experience with no masks of garrish making upThe story is simple the narrator falls in and out of infatuation with a series of men all of his homosexual adventures end in disaster and usually death leaving the narrator feeling lost and alone He ultimately retreats from a society which hates and misunderstands him His primary struggle as an aesthete is reconciling his homosexual longings with the aesthetic image of heterosexual love the two are not compatible His desires are obtusely unfitting with his ideas about love as he has learned them from a society largely heterosexual and only containing secret veins of homosexuality In Kierkegaard s Seducer s Diary he explains A perfect iss reuires that the agents be a girl and a man A man to man iss is in bad taste or
worse yet it tastes bad Love between men is not a normal thing in the narratoryet it tastes bad Love between men is not a normal thing in the narrator society nor is it even today though it is tolerated and largely accepted as a marginal faction it is in bad taste it tastes bad there is something unnatural about it because nature as society has constructed love is between man and woman Their parts fit It is naturalA gay man can read and love and empathize with Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights Madame Bovary or any other novel which is decidedly written by and for the hetero normative majority Why is this Because love is love people say But I think it is hard for straight people to read love and empathize with gay literature Not because it is not love but because it is love translated into a language which they do not understand It is reading a novel in translation there are bits of the personal artistry some of the collouial truth which is lost in the mechanic process of translation Love has attracted to itself and engendered centuries of discourse vertiginous heights of poetry and art which have built it into something nearly incomprehensible It is accepted and absorbed as abstract as inevitable as true But that is not the case for homosexuality which remains nascent in the collective mind and culture remains fringe and marginal Being a gay man is a uniue social Odyssey It is
unlike being a woman and unlike being ofbeing a woman and unlike being of white ethnic color unlike being physically or diagnostically mentally handicap Like the Biblical Esther whose Jewness is not seen and must be vocalized by her gayness is neither seen nor strictly detectable It is a true Odyssey a journey of self discovery and of regaining your own Ithaka which you have been cast away from by society on the waters of what is normal Even growing up in New England it is a singular experience to now that Le Livre Blanc attributed to Jean Cocteau has a twofold interest first because of its appeal to bibliophiles.