The Day on Fire: a Novel Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud

The Day on Fire: a Novel Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud

James Ramsey Ullman / Oct 22, 2020

The Day on Fire a Novel Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud Suggested by the life of Arthur Rimbaud this biographical novel becomes in Ullman s hands an extraordinary and moving document of a man possessed gifted but for the greater part of his life unmoti

  • Title: The Day on Fire: a Novel Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud
  • Author: James Ramsey Ullman
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Suggested by the life of Arthur Rimbaud , this biographical novel becomes in Ullman s hands an extraordinary and moving document of a man possessed, gifted, but for the greater part of his life unmotivated The slender thread of factual record informs a live, at times repellent, portrait of the man he calls Claude Morel, but where Morel s story departs from Rimbaud s iSuggested by the life of Arthur Rimbaud , this biographical novel becomes in Ullman s hands an extraordinary and moving document of a man possessed, gifted, but for the greater part of his life unmotivated The slender thread of factual record informs a live, at times repellent, portrait of the man he calls Claude Morel, but where Morel s story departs from Rimbaud s is not evident to the reader Born in the Ardennes of northern France, his childhood dominated by a strange mother and his need to escape her, Claude finally reaches Paris there to become a drifter, and in a second return, a depraved waster, involved with another poet Maurice Druard recognizably Paul Verlaine , but writing, ceaselessly, brilliantly, with a decadence then virtually unknown Their relationship ends with a shooting and from then on Claude becomes even of a wanderer, up and down the length of France, then briefly as a soldier of the Dutch in Asia, a deserter, a hunter, trader, perhaps a slaver, a pilgrim Finally a teacher at the court of the Lion of Judah, Menelik, he returned to France to die in Marseilles A haunting tale with an obsessive fascination, it is a tragic book, symbolic of waste, frustration, lost genius Ullman has used Himbaud s own work as an integral part of his text.

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      • James Ramsey Ullman

        James Ramsey Ullman 1907 1971 was an American writer and mountaineer He was born in New York He was not a high end climber, but his writing made him an honorary member of that circle Some of his writing is noted for being nationalistic, e.g The White Tower.The books he wrote were mostly about mountaineering.His works include Banner in the Sky which was filmed in Switzerland as Third Man on the Mountain , and The White Tower.He was the ghost writer for Tenzing Norgay s autobiography Man of Everest originally published as Tiger of the Snows High Conquest was the first of nine books for J.B Lippincott coming out in 1941 followed by The White Tower, River of The Sun, Windom s Way, and Banner in the Sky which was a 1955 Newbery Honor book All of these titles became major motion pictures.Ullman also authored John Harlin s biography Straight Up.He also wrote the short story Top Man , a story about mountaineers climbing K3, a mountain in India.Beyond his mountaineering books, he wrote Where the Bong Tree Grows, an account of a year he spent traveling through some of the most remote islands of the South Pacific.He joined the American Mount Everest Expedition 1963 as official historian Because of health problems he had to stay in Kathmandu The book Americans on Everest The Official Account of the Ascent was published in 1964.


    723 Comments

    1. Was I 14 when I read this sprawling, tumultuous book. Of course I loved it and was thrilled to follow the lives of its poets to their tragic destinies, and then to go on to discover the individual works.It also encouraged me to learn French and I even wrote a poem in French under the books strong influence. I memorized the poem on the frontspiece .Almost 50 years later, can quote (and this is not one of my special skills)Mon Ame eternalleobserve ton viutmalgre the nuit seulet le jour en fou



    2. I read this book as a rebelious, ADHD addled teenager with a drinking problem. Rimbaud's life had every bit as much effect on me as Holden Caufield's and the free-wheeling lives of the characters of On the Road and The Dharma Bums. I think what affected me most was Rimbaud's incredible ability to adapt to extreme circumstances and his need for new experiences. That I grew up to have some pretty incredible experiences of my own was due not in small part to the influence of this book. It also left [...]


    3. I discovered 'The Day on Fire' one weekend when I was looking for something to read from my Dad's bookshelf. He picked this one up and told me how much he loved it and so I borrowed it. I read it, loved it and borrowed it for about 20 years, re-reading it several times. Dad has finally reclaimed it. I don't recommend it to people simply because it is out-of-print but it remains in my Top 10 list of all time and I can't ever see it being usurped. If you are lucky enough to come across an old copy [...]



    4. 5 stars for the first 200 pages + 2 stars for the remaining 460 = 3 stars. The first and best part covers the portion of Rimbaud's life that is most documented--essentially the same content as the movie Total Eclipse. Rimbaud's life is fascinating, his poetry sublime. I read everything I could get my hands on (French and English) when first I discovered him. Then I watched the aforementioned movie (meh). Yet it would be roughly seven years before I would learn of Ullman's book (mentioned in Anni [...]


    5. I found this an immensely frustrating read because the first half is so much more thrilling than the second, and the second half made me feel as if feeling that way was somehow wrong… I imagine it may be a book that I'll grow with and change my thoughts on this, and it's not that the second half of the book isn't without its moments; just that the epic rhapsodies on art being basically more important than anything early on tallied so hard with things I've only just begun to realise in the past [...]


    6. This book was quite enjoyable. I'd say that it's a must-read for those who are really big on Rimbaud or for those who would actually like to know more about him. He's sort of a hero of mine so this book didn't tell me a huge amount that I didn't already know, but I still found it to be quite breathtaking. Unfortunately, it does take a couple of pretty big liberties (which, I suppose, is to be expected, although here it was quite drastic), and admittedly I wasn't too big on how the book ended. St [...]


    7. The book that made Annie Dillard (my favorite author) want to be a writer, a fictional account of the life of the poet Arthur Rimbaud, set in France in the 1800's. Great writing, very like Proust in these long lyrical sentences that last forever; and I also loved how Ullman has Rimbaud walk everywhere, miles and miles from Paris to a village and back or towards other countries. Of course, it was the 1800's so it makes sense. The descriptions of French society and Rimbaud's drug use and affairs e [...]


    8. 1st part very interesting Went downhill for me when it got to the large portions which weren't actually historically documented ie Ullman made them up. Which is fine, I just enjoyed that part less. On to TIME OF THE ASSASSINS when I catch my breath.


    9. I read this book many years ago and have never forgotten it - -- it is a biography of Rimbaud.It knocked my socks off when I was 19 or so I wonder if it holds up. I found out many years later that it was written by the step father of a friend of mine.



    10. I feel as if I've seen the end of a great and arduous journey. I won't soon forget Claude Morel and his days of fire.


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