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The Pigeon (1987)

por Patrick Süskind

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Jonathan Noel, bank security guard, has spent 30 years protecting himself from people and events. But an encounter with a glaring pigeon upsets his ordered life and flings him into a state of fear and insecurity. Patrick Suskind has also written Perfume and the play, The Double Bass.
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A highly entertaining, quick read. Written in masterful prose.

One thing I'd critique is a certain ambiguity in the protagonist's character: albeit being a neurotic, isolated recluse, he has little to no problems negotiating with a seamstress or spontaneously booking a room at a motel. I'd assume those situations could have been portrayed as more of an inconvenience for a person like Monsieur Noel. ( )
  MyBookshelf2 | Oct 21, 2020 |
This is a little slip of a book and quite why it should make the 1001 Books list at all is a mystery to me. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not a patch on Perfume, his previous book.

You get a feeling that the nine years spent between Perfume and Pigeon were pretty barren as far as literature goes for Suskind and, when pressed for some content, he gave in and allowed his publishers to issue the precis for the novel that had eluded him.

It’s a shame because the premise is a good one and, without more flesh on the Pigeon‘s bones, there’s too much here that others (The Nose, One No-One and One Hundred Thousand, Kafka’s Metamorphosis) have done before. And they’ve mostly done it better.

Jonathan has his life perfectly organised, but when a pigeon turns up in the corridor outside his flat one morning, it triggers his emotional undoing.

That’s pretty much it and, as I say, it’s such a shame that we don’t get more of Suskind’s wonderful writing to enjoy or a more gradual descent into mania to tantalise us into thinking he couldn’t possibly lose it to that extent.

Instead, it romps along and an hour or so later you’re thinking you could do with more. Ah well… ( )
  arukiyomi | Oct 8, 2020 |
This made me laugh, cry, and want to rip my hair out!

I loved Süskind's imagery (as in [b:Perfume: The Story of a Murderer|343|Perfume The Story of a Murderer|Patrick Süskind|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328815062s/343.jpg|2977727]) and I loved how I could feel Jonathan's chest-constricting fear and his heavy self-loathing.

I know some people won't, but I can relate to the character. I can tend to be obsessive about things and also about how people perceive me, however, just as in this novella, it really doesn't matter what people think of you and most likely, people won't even notice you.

I enjoyed this short story and look forward to reading more of Süskind. ( )
  mdunagan | Dec 3, 2019 |
A slightly neurotic middle-aged man spends his working life as security at a Parisian bank, standing still all day long. The rest of his time he spends in his one-room flat, eating and sleeping; even here he hardly moves about. Decades go by like this, and the man is quietly contented, if not happy. And then, one morning, an inane detail triggers an existential threat: a pigeon has been let into the hallway, and it frightens him beyond measure.

This novella technically covers only one day, but there are extensive flashbacks (especially towards the beginning) that fill in the main character’s pre-Parisian life. And for what it is, I guess it did well enough? I was not bored while reading it, but the creeping insanity and tumbling-down worldview didn’t really feel true to me. It feels very magical-realist, but aimlessly so, as if the novella ended up that way on a whim. it’s well worth reading for what it is, I guess, but it didn’t captivate me.

I must also add that this novella reminded me of a 1995 short film by Sylvain Chomet: La vieille dame et les pigeons: that one, too, features pigeons as ominous harbingers of an impending life-altering impact. (It’s been uploaded on Youtube, and its visual storytelling almost without spoken lines allow anyone to watch it). ( )
  Petroglyph | Mar 5, 2019 |
At only 77 pages, this is a short novella comparable in its unsettling effect to the best existentialist novellas by Camus and Kafka. The main character lives a very boring but dependable and respectable life on his own in Paris, where he has worked for 30 years in the same job as a bank security guard. He seems fairly stable and relatively content despite his previous traumatic life, until he is perturbed by the presence of the pidgeon.
While there are moments when this book is peculiarly comic, its best strength is the realistic insight it gives onto the state of anxiety that can be induced by the most trivial thing in individuals with certain psychological states or phobias - how everything can suddenly spiral out of control in the mind. The end was very good, and this comes highly recommended to those who enjoy psychological literature, existentialist works, or to the general reader. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Sep 14, 2017 |
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Als ihm die Sache mit der Taube wiederfuhr, die seine Existenz von einem Tag zum andern aus den Angeln hob, war Jonathan Noel schon über 50 Jahre alt, blickte auf eine wohl zwanzigjährige Zeitspanne von vollkommener Ereignislosigkeit zurück und hätte niemals mehr damit gerechnet, daß ihm überhaupt noch irgend etwas anderes Wesentliches würde wiederfahren können als dereinst der Tod. Und das war ihm durchaus recht.
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Jonathan Noel, bank security guard, has spent 30 years protecting himself from people and events. But an encounter with a glaring pigeon upsets his ordered life and flings him into a state of fear and insecurity. Patrick Suskind has also written Perfume and the play, The Double Bass.

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