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Cathedral is a captivating novel that follows the transformation of the protagonist, Durtal, as he delves into the world of architecture and religion. The intricate descriptions of the cathedral and its history provide a vivid backdrop for Durtal's internal struggles and quest for spiritual fulfillment.

Huysmans' writing is elegant and evocative, drawing the reader into Durtal's journey as he grapples with his own beliefs and desires. The exploration of faith, art, and the human experience is thought-provoking and beautifully rendered.

The characters are complex and engaging, each offering a unique perspective on the themes of the novel. From the enigmatic and eccentric Des Hermies to the devout and mysterious clerics, each character adds depth and richness to the story.

Overall, Cathedral is a masterful work that delves deep into the complexities of faith, art, and the human soul. Huysmans' prose is exquisite, drawing the reader into a world that is at once beautiful and haunting. This is a novel that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned.

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It is the third of Huysmans' books to feature the character Durtal, a thinly disguised portrait of the author. He had already featured the character of Durtal in Là-bas and En route, which recounted his conversion to Catholicism. La Cathédrale continues the story. After his retreat at a Trappist monastery, Durtal moves to the city of Chartres, renowned for its cathedral. Huysmans describes the building in great detail. - Summary by Wikipedia

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