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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An exceptional, incomparable novel.(Jean Genet)
The most extraordinary piece of writing for years... 'Gemini' is about a pair of identical twins, collectively known as Jean-Paul. Saying this, however, is a bit like saying that 'Ulysses' is about a man walking around Dublin, because Tournier uses the theme of twinship to explore a near infinity of dualities. In addition to playing with such traditional oppositions as heterosexuality and homosexuality, city and countryside, heaven and hell, Tournier elaborates ingeniously on the profound opposition of chronology and meteorology—the fixed, regulated march of the hours on the one hand, and the wild, unpredictable fluctuation of the seasons on the other.(Salman Rushdie)
Astonishing; an El Dorado of ideas.( New Statesman) Book Description:
Tournier's novel is a love story that uses the theme of twinship to explore a near infinity of dualities.
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Book Description Collins, London, 1981. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First British Edition. Flecked off white board covers with black/silver to spine & its surrounds -browning edges/bumped in very slightly blemished/faded spine DJ. 453pp. Rough-cut vertical page edges. Inside front cover crinkled. Tiny blemish to inside rear cover. Page top edges very lightly foxed. Other than DJ, generally Good. Bookseller Inventory # 8903
Book Description Collins, London, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st UK Edition. Quarter bound black cloth. Ivory paper-covered boards. Silver titles spine. 452pp. Spine ends a little bumped. Loss of colour head 80mm spine fold, probably in production. Paper scratched rear. Foxing board edges, endpapers, and edges. Fore-edges uncut. Head edges slightly dust-soiled. A few small dog-ears. Pencilled price ffep. Contents clean and firm. No inscriptions. Decorated red dust jacket. Shelf wear. 2 indentations rear, as on board, 60mm and 20x15 mm V-shape. Price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 002150
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services. Book Condition: Acceptable. Used - Acceptable. Ex-library with wear - may contain significant amounts of highlighting and underlining in pen or pencil. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-H-012-01404
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1981. Book Condition: Fair. 1St Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP78785213
Book Description Sep 28, 1981. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. An Ex-Library Hardback with dust jacket, officially withdrawn with usual library stamps and markings. DJ sunned. Bookseller Inventory # FBA-16445
Book Description Collins, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. jacket is shelf rubbed, chipped, sunned and a bit torn. edge wear on boards. tanning and marks. unevenness on page ends. fairly good copy.[S.K]. Bookseller Inventory # onli
Book Description Collins, London, 1981. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Almost Mint. First Edition in UK. 452 + 1 pages. Dustjacket Very good condition uncut (spine lightly faded). Binding almost Mint, Contents Very Good, clean & tight, no inscriptions, just to inside rear cover is the Observer review of the book glued in. Size: 15 x 21.5cm.Approx. Bookseller Inventory # 001854
Book Description Collins, London, 1981. Hardback. 1st UK Edition. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Some very, very mild foxing to top edge. 452 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 81611
Book Description William Collins, London, UK, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition, 1st Impression. Fine in Near Fine Dustjacket (jacket spine faded, else Fine). Printed using American sheets, as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 000054
Book Description Collins, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Collins. 1981. Very good clean copy in a very good dust jacket in a mylar protector. Bookseller Inventory # 088024