I’ve watched Luis Buñuel’s Simon of the Desert and Exterminating Angel—one of my favourite films and I was going to watch Belle De Jour when I discovered there was a book, and this book is where Buñuel got his inspiration from. Joseph Kessel’s Belle De Jour follows Séverine Serizy, a young and somewhat flighty married woman who has lived a sheltered/pampered life. She and her husband Pierre, a doctor, live a rather comfortable drama free life. Their relationship is kind of odd, yet they seem deeply in love. They sleep in separate beds with the occasional tryst, but for Séverine there seems to be something lacking in their relationship. Pierre sees her as some sort of pure, fragile angel—which turns out to be far from the truth when feelings she doesn’t understand festers into a desire to work at a brothel while her husband works. She lives a double life under the name Belle De Jour, falls for one of her clients and when her secret life is about to be revealed, she goes to extremes to keep things under wraps.
She didn’t know whether the sacrifice she was making would bring her horror or happiness; but before it was accomplished she had to find Pierre and let him see her as the woman he loved for the last time. For the moment was upon her when this woman would be consumed.
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