The Difficulty of Being

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In his time there was something rebellious about being defiantly amateur but there are limits to what one can accomplish when ones wayward instincts remain ones only driving force. That and the continual refining of sensibility. He remains a kind of enfant terrible and when he got older he was a much mellowed enfant terrible. He is an important figure that everyone interested in any or all the art forms must respect because he certainly made a contribution to nearly every form there is but these essays are not for rigorous thinkers.

There is a vagueness in everything Cocteau did that makes it seem that maybe this was the key to his sensibility. I would recommend the book Les Enfant Terribles over this, there is literary power in that.

The Difficulty of Being

These essays just leave you feeling hungry they are so slight. December 14, - Published on Amazon. Read this book slowly and digest it all, great words or wisdom and enjoyable reading. I may buy more for gifts! February 25, - Published on Amazon.

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Waste of time. Many words little said. July 16, - Published on Amazon. He led an interesting life. His views on various subjects are worth reading. It was somewhat wordy and a little too complex for me. October 2, - Published on Amazon. Go to Amazon.

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Translated from the French by Elizabeth Sprigge. Jacket design by Keith Cunningham. Tail of spine very slightly bumped. No inscriptions. Pages clean. Edges of dustwrapper rubbed and creased. Rear panel of dustwrapper slightly discoloured and rubbed being white background. Spine and front panel of dustwrapper bright. The Difficulty of Being, which he regarded as the key to his work, reveals his own interior struggles with his writing, his film and theatre work, and above all, with his personal relationships. In his terse, effervescent style Cocteau analyses the moulding of his personality and its many surrounding myths, evoking childhood memories and later encounters with such people as Proust, Gide, Stravinsky, Satie, Nijinsky, and particularly Raymond Radiguet, who have all influenced his life.

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