am 19. Juli 2000
This book requires a bit of trust on the part of younger readers (like myself) because it makes references to things that happened in the1950's. The world in the year 2000 is a very different place. However, MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes is all the more intriguing for that reason.
I found the essay and Wine and Milk quite engrossing. Equally intriguing were the ones on The Face of Garbo, Novels and Children, The Writer on Holiday, and Romans in Films. My favorite essay, however, was the one on Wrestling. I am not, nor have I ever been a wrestling fan. Perhaps I felt enlightened when I read the essay, especially when I compared it to wrestling today. Even though Roland Barthes brings up the fact, and acknowledges that French wrestling is different from American wrestling (remember, he's talking about the 50's and 60's), The differences have in my estimation only grown more noticeable. And yet the one thing that remains the same is that WRESTLING IS NOT A SPORT...it is a SPECTACLE. Through this essay I was able to add a new word to my French vocabulary... La Barbaque... meaning stinking meat. A term I wouldn't have associated, before reading Barthes, with wrestling.
If you're an essay enthusiast, and enjoy reading about our immediate past, MYTHOLOGIES may be of interest to you.
am 17. November 1999
I'm French, and I read it in French. This book is an absolute must for any who wants to understand our Society. Although it's been written 45 years ago, it's more than ever actual, just like if that guy, as a clairvoyant, had been able to decode our present society (and all its incredible deviante face )half a century before. I must say I'll never see the world and medias like before again. More than a book, this is an enthralling weapon against mass passivity.
am 18. März 1999
I agree. Although a magnificent book, the translation "mutilates" (lol love that). Find a better translation, or, if at all possible, read it in French. There are several concepts which do NOT fully emerge in the english language version. The chapters are not entirely distinct from one another. Happy Reading all :)
am 3. Dezember 1996
What Italo Calvino gives us in 'Cosmicomics' and Umberto Eco provided in 'Misreadings', Barthes gives us more reflections on ourselves and modern society.
Analysis of modern games to advertisements, he depicts portions of personal interaction and methods for dealing with the intelectual side of current systems of thought