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Le Grand Meaulnes (Classiques De Poche) [Paperback]

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Outline ReviewWhen Alain-Fournier was killed in battle on the Meuse in 1914, he left behind Le Grand Meaulnes, a novel of wistful enchantment. The tale is recounted by Franois Seurel, whose father heads the village school where Augustin Meaulnes comes to board. A tall, somber youth of 17, he instantly becomes the class ringleader, and is soon known as le grand Meaulnes. When the youth sets off on an impetuous errand of a few hours and doesn't return for several days, events take a darker turn.

After Meaulnes's reappearance, Seurel notices his companion's unrest, and tries to uncover its source. He wakes in the midwinter nights to find Meaulnes pacing the room "like someone rummaging about in his memory, sorting out scraps." Meaulnes remains disconsolate, but finally reveals the nature of his travels, and the strange days of revelry at his unintended destination--the "lost domain" to which he is desperate to return and doesn't know how to find. Seurel rightly guesses that Meaulnes met a young woman there, and that he is in love. "Often afterwards, when he had gone to sleep after trying desperately to recapture that beautiful image, he saw in his dreams a procession of young women who resembled her ... but not one of them was this tall slender girl." The two friends set about retracing Meaulnes's path, and their journeys take them into manhood, when Meaulnes finds at last a way to bring his quest full circle.

Alain-Fournier pairs his tightly twisting plot with a poignant nostalgia. His descriptive powers bring to the reader the sights and sounds--the icy winter winds and rattling carriage wheels--from an earlier time, all the while weaving a brilliant affirmation of loyalty and lasting friendship. --Joannie Kervran Stangeland

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Pages   247
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.01" Width: 4.33" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Librairie Generale Francaise
ISBN  2253005274  
ISBN13  9782253005278  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alain-Fornier, christened Henri Alban, was born in La Chapelle d'Angillon in 1886. He was tragically killed in the First World War after writing Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Domain), his only novel.

Alain-Fournier was born in 1886 and died in 1914.

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Sometimes the things you loose are gone forever  Nov 21, 2007
John Fowles once wrote that "'Le Grand Meaulnes' belongs to, and is the finest example of, a category of fiction that has no name, but exists." Indeed, describing this book as a story about growing up or the pains of love, while apt, would be somewhat inaccurate and misleading. If I were to compare it to anything else, the only other work which comes to mind is Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' - the two novels feature (to a certain extent) similar themes and "great" characters faced with similar challenges. Yet, what makes this work so unique is the way in which it beautifully captures the bitter-sweet and almost surreal transition from childhood to maturity; that fleeting time when the lessons of adulthood are the most poignant and most difficult to bear. One of those lessons, which the characters of this book struggle to come to terms with, is that sometimes the things you loose are gone forever. 'Le Grand Meaulnes', Alain-Fournier's only novel, is a beautiful and haunting masterpiece, definitely worth reading.
Yestercentury or Yesterday?  Feb 22, 2007
'The Lost Domain' is a location in which the chemistry of love stirs the imagination with both dire and life sustaining results. With the poignancy of this genre's literary decline in the last century, this domain has become self-referential. A read of this brilliant fiction will restore your hopes for the genre. It is tender and affectionate, and at times hallucinatory. The encounter with the domain recalls Hesse's, 'Steppenwolf' and his encounter with the theatre of magic. The narrator's loss when his 'visionary pathfinder', the tragic Meaulnes, is acute' for he embodies the key to an enchanted existence, and is awesome in the proper sense of the word. Frank Davison's translation brings the 1890s up close and personal. Apart from the horse travel(and one marvellous description of free-wheeling on a bicycle), the proximity of close-knit hamlets to eachother, and lamps and candle-lights, the immediacy of the place is striking. By comparison, English contemporary, Siegfried Sassoon's books place you firmly in a bygone era, perhaps as a result of his 'class' protcols. But this beautifully resolved work is free from such distinctions.
French Classic- young men coming of age  Jul 27, 2006
Le Grand Meaulnes is a beautifully rendered tale full of love, loss, betrayal and friendship. It is the tale of young boys at a boarding school who are coming of age and learning about all that life has to offer. It takes place in the French countryside in the 1800's. It is intriguing to watch the boys mature and take their initial steps into adulthood, from carefree days at their boarding school to emotionally intense times and lives that stretch far beyond the boundaries they had previously observed.
That the author died in action on the Meuse at the age of 27 adds a purity to this story and an authenticity that dwells in the pages of his novel. It is a joy to read.
Strange Magic  Apr 30, 2006
This is the only novel of a young French writer - his real name was Henri Alban - who died in the First World War at the age of twenty-seven. The narrator is a young boy, the son of a schoolmaster in provincial France in the late nineteenth century, and the story begins when a new pupil comes to the school, the extraordinary Augustin Meaulnes. Taller than the other boys, stronger, more daring, Meaulnes seems destined for adventure; and adventure soon comes when he absconds from school and discovers the mysterious "lost domain," deep in the countryside. There, guests gather for a strange and enchanting party - and Meaulnes meets the beautiful Yvonne de Galais, who is to beguile him for the rest of the book. Thus begins one of the great romantic novels of adolescence and a brilliantly magical fable, filled with mystery and longing.

A great many writers have citied this as a favourite, notably John Fowles, in the preface to the 1977 revised reissue of his novel The Magus (1965), who claims that he sought, in this justly celebrated novel about the mysterious goings-on on a Greek island, to create the same effect of enchantment achieved by Alain-Fournier. (Interestingly, Fowles says that he missed a trick: he should have made his main character a teenage boy, instead of a young schoolteacher.) In English translations, Le Grand Meaulnes (the narrator's bantering term of affection for his intrepid friend, as in "The Great Meaulnes" or "Meaulnes the Great") now usually appears under the French title, but has been known in the past as The Wanderer or, more commonly, The Lost Domain. Read it. This is a book you will never forget, once it has enchanted you with its strange magic.
The Wanderer and The Magus  Dec 11, 2005
I'm sorry to be one of those who saw the movie first, but I did see both The Magus and The Wanderer at the Nugget - at our college town theater in 1969. Neither have appeared on DVD, which is a shame and a mystery. When and if you get a chance to see the film versions, they will not disappoint! I actually went back the next night to see each of these films again, and now, I must sit with the books and wait.

Until reading these reviews I did not know of the connection between the two, which makes the fascination I experienced and memories kept all these years even more valid.

Perhaps a stunning Candace Bergen at age 22 would not impress you in the main role, but Anthony Quinn had what I will deem his second best role (after Zorba) as The Magus.

Another "go figure" quandary as to why magical intelligent films are not reaching the KMART crowds....

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