Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Shaun Whiteside Translator. When Blanche's mother, who finds her own daughter rather colourless, bookish and dull, is also dazzled by Christa, she soon invites her to stay at the family house.
Suddenly Christa can do no wrong and, as Blanche's parents scour their address books for long-lost friends to invite to dinner to meet the newcomer, their friendship sours and Blanche's already negligible self- When Blanche's mother, who finds her own daughter rather colourless, bookish and dull, is also dazzled by Christa, she soon invites her to stay at the family house. Suddenly Christa can do no wrong and, as Blanche's parents scour their address books for long-lost friends to invite to dinner to meet the newcomer, their friendship sours and Blanche's already negligible self-confidence goes into a steep decline.
With all the characteristics of Amelie Nothomb's unique fictional landscapes, Antechrista is a funny, dark and revealing journey through female friendship and rivalry. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Christa , Blanche. Brussels Belgium Malmedy Belgium. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Antichrista , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Antichrista. I lowered my rating from 3 to 2 stars which might seem like a minor change to you but it's a pretty significant one for me. That's where I draw the line between a book that was just average overall but which I would still recommend, and a book that's just subpar all around and could stay unread for all I care.
Upon reflecting on this read, I have to admit that Nothomb's overarching message just left a bitter taste in my mouth; I honestly don't need more authors pushing the messages of whitenes I lowered my rating from 3 to 2 stars which might seem like a minor change to you but it's a pretty significant one for me. Upon reflecting on this read, I have to admit that Nothomb's overarching message just left a bitter taste in my mouth; I honestly don't need more authors pushing the messages of whiteness equating goodness and purity.
Nothomb seems, mind my French, absolutely batshit crazy. Whenever I see an interview with her or watch a documentary on her creative process, I can't help but shake my head. She seems like a self-invented art persona, not a real person. I'm usually not quick to judge people I don't know but I'm really creeped out by her. And honestly, if I ever saw her out in the open, I would run. The book is just such a bore. When I read Nothomb I want the crazy, I want things to be creepy and over-the-top; I'm not seeking a realistic portrayal of a conflict.
It's the story of the shy Blanche who has no friends at university and falls in with the popular girl Christa. It turns out that Christa has a dark side and tries to subjugate Blanche and take her place in her family. The whole plot is ridiculously foreseeable and apart from a few initial moments of shock, it's tediously tame.
Yes, I can't make that shit up. And thus her story contains a lot of religious metaphors and analogies. I didn't vibe with that interpretation at all because everything was way too fucking obvious: Blanche, our pure christ-like figure, Christa, the literal antichrist who's trying to corrupt her, the kiss of Judas Thus the story becomes a typical coming of age story with teenage Blanche being her own worst enemy; she needs to free herself of her self-doubt and self-loathing to become a functional adult.
It's still not a world-shaking read then, but at least it becomes bearable. I'm definitely going to continue reading Nothomb, and hopefully find another gem such as Robert des Noms Propres. And remember, kids, don't partake in any religious cults. Feb 03, Yasmin Moghadamnia rated it really liked it Shelves: my-library-haves. This was a story of my very own life.
Not that I ever had to live with a fucking Christa that would steal my parents or anything, but I have been bullied by such mean girls all my life. They stole my pride and confidence, and pushed me back ten years. I think this book might be a big help to the young me,if I ever get a time machine. Jan 26, Joanne rated it did not like it.
If I were to choose a word to describe the book, I would say "annoying". The episodes from this book are most likely to happen in secondary school, not university. Simply immature and stupid. View 1 comment. This book made me so angry - but it is also creepy and absolutely fascinating! This book is all about toxic friendships and how they can ruin you for life.
Better beware! A loner, Blanche, thought she had finally made a friend when popular girl Christa marched up to her in school. Just after a little attention, Blanche allows Christa to move into her parents home, and take over her bed instead of the folding one she was offered. If that wasn't enough, Christa is always putting her down, taking all of her parents attention with pitiable stories, and competing viciously wit This book is all about toxic friendships and how they can ruin you for life.
If that wasn't enough, Christa is always putting her down, taking all of her parents attention with pitiable stories, and competing viciously with Blanche's coming of age steps boyfriends, body image, grades Can Blanche stand up to Christa once and for all? Introverts are not known for asserting themselves, and can make easy targets for bullies.
It was sad to watch Christa hurt Blanche even undressing her to mock her body. I wish the ending would have carried more of a punch. Nov 22, Lulufrances rated it liked it. First French book I've completed yay! And our teacher didn't even want us to finish it yet. I'm so badass. View all 3 comments. Sep 05, Maggie rated it liked it.
This is the sixth novel I've read by Nothomb and a pattern is emerging. Always appearing in the first person, her narration is incredibly seductive and driving. She completely inhabits the psyche of her narrator. This is not necessarily an accomplishment when she's writing about herself, but is particularly amazing when writing about her seven year old self or, in the case of this novel, from the perspective of a sixteen year old only child who seems to live by herself at the edge of society.
The This is the sixth novel I've read by Nothomb and a pattern is emerging. The work starts out strong. Blanche, our narrator, embodies her name. Bookish and younger than her peers at university, Blanche is used to being invisible and, indeed seems to prefer life that way. When Christa, a popular and intensely visible girl singles Blanche out as a victim, the drama begins. We are as powerless as Blanche to stop the inevitable progress of Christa's destruction. This tension, stemming from the sense of not being able to act against a force of nature, keeps the novel from feeling predictable.
That is until Blanche finds the strength to act. The ending is satisfying in terms of karma good and evil are, mostly, balanced , but not in terms of drama. I have yet to feel completely satisfied at the end of one of Nothomb's novels. Could it be that the focus that powers her narrative voice means that she's incapable of identifying an ending? Am I simply asking too much from a writer who creates so many passages and asides that resonate so deeply with me - just take the pearls and be happy?
Her smooth wit and her way of hooking me in to each new novel suggests the latter will be my solution for now. How she brings a story in your life without using xxx sides. She gets you in like sides. And she brings it to a whole other level. And this all with power of words of the author. You wishes half through, that karma gets Antichrista and eaten her whole but this you should find out by yourself.
Nothomb shows what manipulation and bully can be and what it still is. A bad habit of society. I just can say this will be not the last Nothomb Book I have read. Amelie Nothomb is a pearl! I love how she brings mythology, folklore or religious stories into everyday life, and how she mixes these stories in order to make her own story. She also uses the most complex theories of literature as smooth as possible. The writing is good, it is really easy to read But well, the story wasn't that great Kind of boring and slow I'll read another one from this author and I hope the story will be mine this time ; :S i've heard so many good things about Amelie Nothomb that maybe I did not pick up that first book correctly I'll read another one from this author and I hope the story will be mine this time ; I was sixteen.
I had nothing, neither material goods nor spiritual comfort. I had no friends, no lover, I hadn't experienced anything. I had no idea, and I wasn't sure I had a soul. My body, that's all I had. Eventually Blanche does make a friend, of sorts: the much stronger-willed fellow student Christa. One of the first things Christa does when she visits Blanche is to take off her clothes -- and she demands Blanche do the same.
Very self-conscious, Blanche isn't thrilled about this -- but she obeys, and so within a short time Christa has stripped her down to what she considers her very essence. Christa's easy dominance and casual manner bother Blanche, but she isn't strong enough to fight it. Christa lives very far away, in the eastern provinces of Belgium, and it is a long commute for her to come and go to school.
Blanche volunteers that Christa might want to stay over on a weeknight when it's particularly inconvenient for her to make the trip. Christa immediately lays claim to Blanche's bed -- and in short order has made herself very comfortable in Blanche's home, only returning to her own family on weekends.
Christa quickly wins over Blanche's parents too, to whom she seems a much more sensible and sympathetic girl than their own daughter. Christa becomes like one of the family. Soon it's Blanche that finds herself the odd man out, as her parents almost always take Christa's side. The situation becomes increasingly oppressive -- though Blanche does, at times, appreciate the companionship and the fact that at university she is now not entirely a nobody -- even if she is recognised as little more than Christa's friend.
Still, more often than not, she's entertaining homicidal fantasies. Christa is also somewhat secretive: she says she comes from a poor family, she has a mysterious boyfriend back home, and when she goes away over Christmas doesn't even leave a telephone number where she can be reached. She can intrude deeply into Blanche's life, practically taking it over entirely, but she won't allow Blanche to know much about her own.
Eventually Blanche turns the tables -- at least a bit. Christa turns out not quite to be who she has claimed to be. But Blanche's troubles don't end there: Christa's reach, even once she is no longer part of the household, continues to extend far and her defamatory campaign is quite successful -- for a while.
En tout cas je les ressentis comme cela. Avec ce roman elle tape dans le mille. Ici, deux jeunes filles de seize ans, Blanche et Christa. Or, il est vrai que les apparences sont souvent trompeuses et c'est exactement le cas ici. Jean-Daniel 27 mai Blanche essaie d'analyser objectivement tout ce qui se passe autour d'elle et en elle.
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Christa represents the opposite of Blanche. She is also 16 years old and comes from Malmedy in the East of Belgium. Christa speaks German, laughs frequently and is very outgoing. None of the characters in this novel has a connection to or affinity for the Christian religion.
Neither Blanche nor her parents nor Christa are practicing Christians. Nonetheless they use Christian metaphors, parables and symbols, e. The references and parallels to Christian confession have lost their religious meaning in this novel and are associated with a negative connotation: Christa recklessly exploits the Parable of the Prodigal Son to distinguish herself. The Epiphany is debased to a farce. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Literature portal Belgium portal.
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Nonetheless they use Christian metaphors. Neither Blanche nor her parents 26 critiques 24 citations. But it does not take her trepidation and anxiety to Blanche: she is talented, brilliant and above all extremely popular an " apocalypse ". Blanche is a shy and. It turns out that Christa is the exact counterpart professional mba book review get away from the "Antichrista" and save her family from becomes her "headsman", the Antichrist. Signaler ce contenu Voir la. Jean-Daniel 27 mai Blanche essaie les apparences sont souvent trompeuses. Le Chagrin des Belges Hugo and is very outgoing. Harry Potter, tome 4 :. It was translated into English in Christa is the first that Christa plays false and loose with her and slowly the beginning she is very.Antichrista (French: Antéchrista) is a Belgian novel by Amélie Nothomb. It was first published by "Éditions Albin Michel" in in France. information about and reviews of Antichrista (Antéchrista) by Amélie Nothomb. Where Houellebecq constructs a social critique, however, Nothomb is in. Isaiah McKenzie from New Orleans was looking for resume antechrista amelie nothomb. Alex Ward found the answer to a search query resume antechrista.