Gemini

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JHU Press, Jan 6, 1998 - Fiction - 452 pages

Tournier's novel is a love story that uses the theme of twinship to explore a near infinity of dualities.

Jean and Paul are identical twins. Outsiders, even their parents, cannot tell them apart, and call them Jean-Paul. The mysterious bond between them excludes all others; they speak their own language; they are one perfectly harmonious unit; they are, in all innocence, lovers.

For Paul, this unity is paradise, but as they grow up Jean rebels against it. He takes a mistress and deserts his brother, but Paul sets out to follow him in a pilgrimage that leads all around the world, through places that reflect their separation—the mirrored halls of Venice, the Zen gardens of Japan, the newly divided city of Berlin. The exquisite love story of Jean-Paul is set against the ugliness and pain of human existence. Gemini is a novel of extraordinary proportions, intricate images, and profound thought, in which Michel Tournier tells his fascinating story with an irresistible humor.

 

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Contents

The Pierres Sonnantes
9
The Anointing of Alexandre
25
The Hill of the Innocents
41
The Quarrys Quarry
63
Heaven and Hell
89
The Identical Twins
119
The Philippine Pearls
145
Wild Strawberries
189
The Identical Twins 119
119
The Philippine Pearls 145
145
Wild Strawberries 189
189
Fur and Feather 207
207
Almond Turnovers 221
221
The SaintEscobille Train 235
235
The Breaking of Stones 251
251
Death of a Hunter 265
265

Fur and Feather
207
Almond Turnovers
221
The SaintEscobille Train
235
The Breaking of Stones
251
Death of a Hunter
265
Misadventure
279
The Pierres Sonnantes 9
9
The Anointing of Alexandre 24
25
The Hill of the Innocents 41
41
The Quarrys Quarry 63
63
Heaven and Hell 87
89
Misadventure 279
279
Venetian Mirrors 305
305
The Island of the Lotus Eaters 333
333
Icelandic Pentecost 357
357
Japanese Gardens 371
371
The Vancouver Seal 393
393
The Prairie Surveyors 403
403
Behind the Berlin Wall 417
417
The Extended Soul 437
437
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About the author (1998)

Born in 1924, Michel Tournier studied philosophy and then became a journalist and a writer. He is the author of several novels, including The Ogre, Friday, and Gemini, also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

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