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Minimum purchase required. Any international shipping and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. In terms of coincidences, yes, there are some, but I have never understood why this bothers readers as much as does.

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Life is full of coincidences, so it I not as though we have no experience of them ourselves. Besides, I would argue that, flawed or not, the plot is tremendously gripping and moving. Superficially, Le Grand Meaulnes is a kind of fast- paced mystery novel. As noted, Augustin one day leaves to pick up Francois. When he does return, he fails to provide an explanation, seems distracted and aloof, and appears to be working on some sort of map. Naturally, if one has not read the book before, all of this is intriguing.

Where has Meaulnes been? Whatever the boy experienced clearly had a profound effect upon him and one is eager for an explanation. With that said, I have no qualms about revealing that when Meaulnes leaves with the horse and carriage to pick up Francois. He infiltrates the party and subsequently meets a beautiful girl, Yvonne. Now, what is so brilliant about this idea is that, for a novel about adolescence and adolescents, it actually taps into so many popular, seemingly immortal and universal, aspects of adolescent fantasy, such as the idea of getting lost, the prospect of discovering some magical place hitherto unknown, the opportunity to pretend to be someone other than yourself and, in the process, meeting a beautiful girl.

What elevates it to the level of a masterpiece is that it is, much like Adolfo Bioy Casares. It is important to remember that Francois, from some distance in years, in narrating the tale, is, with fondness and some sorrow, looking back to his own childhood. Le Grand Meaulnes is, then, like Marcel Proust. Indeed, he admits within the first couple of pages that his memories are somewhat confused or have, in a way, merged, so that what may have been numerous days or experiences seem like, have become, only one.

I think this is subtly profound writing, because it is exactly how memory works. If you try to picture an event, let. Moreover, one sometimes cannot help but place important people in places where they cannot have been, or one feels their presence hanging over certain incidents that they were not part of. On this, perhaps my favourite passage in the book is when Francois tries to conjure up the first night in the new house in Sainte- Agathe, and sees Meaulnes.

Bearing this in mind, one could see the lost domain as not only a real, physical place, but as childhood itself. This is given further weight when one considers that the domain was characterised by a kind of gaiety or freedom, and was full of children who, on at least one of the days, were in sole charge. Throughout the book both the older Francois and the young Meaulnes are trying to recapture something ephemeral, something that therefore cannot be recaptured.

I am speaking of a far- away time - a vanished happiness. It fell to me to befriend, to console with whatever words I could find, one who had been the fairy, the princess, the mysterious love- dream of our adolescence. It is telling, for me, that Meaulnes, once he and Yvonne are reunited, feels deflated or disappointed and actually leaves at the first opportunity. Of course, his leaving is explained as being part of some promise or pact, but Isn?

To return to Nicole and my introduction, like me it was not the woman that he wanted, but how she made him feel, what she was part of.

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It does not, except in the most vague or rudimentary fashion, align with my memory of it. March February January RSS Feed. English; ISBN