Talk:The Thief's Journal

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I haven't read the book yet so don't feel qualified to rewrite the article, but this is just a poor rip-off of the penguin book jacket ... 'enduring...vice' - that surely makes no sense! 12:49, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree... couldn't tell if some undergrad Comp. Lit. major wrote this or if it's lifted directly from an advertisement. Let's try to clean it up a bit... it's the only Genet I haven't read so I can't update on the text. Tcallahan —Preceding undated comment added 20:43, 30 September 2009 (UTC).

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Added image[edit]

I noticed that the infobox said first edition preferred for an image. I've added an image of the cover for the first US edition of this book from 1964 - I know that's not quite what was meant, but it's better than nothing! Feel free to replace it if you can supply an image of the first first edition! Nortonius (talk) 20:59, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Direct plagiarism throughout the article[edit]

These sentences, from the article, are also word-for-word from the 1965 Penguin Modern Classics edition's back cover: "everywhere the pattern is the same: bars, dives, flop-houses; robbery, prison and expulsion." and "This is a voyage of discovery beyond all moral laws; the expression of a philosophy of perverted vice, the working out of an aesthetic of degradation."

I'm not sure what kind of citations are needed for this--I don't have any secondary literature at hand--but surely the blurbs could be replaced with more neutral language, e.g.

"The novel's protagonist travels through Europe, begging, stealing, and prostituting himself. He is repeatedly imprisoned and released."


"Genet's work is deliberately transgressive, flouting traditional moral norms and aestheticizing criminality." — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:23, 14 July 2013 (UTC)