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The Frontenac Mystery

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In one of Mauriac's lesser known novels, he introduces the reader to The Frontenacs, small landed gentry of the Bordeaux region on France. This story explores the special, even sacramental, character of the family bond.
Paperback, 105 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1933)
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Mark
Oct 22, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Spring prowled through the days of imitation Winter like someone whom one feels quite close but cannot see. Now and again he thought that he could smell it, only to find it gone again. It was cold. For one brief moment the afternoon light touched the trees with a soft finger, so that the pine-bark glowed like scales, its gummy wounds holding the gleam of sunset. Then suddenly everything went dull. The West wind drove the heavy clouds so low that they hung above the tree-tops, and drew from the ...more
John
Sep 21, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Frontenacs are an old landed gentry family from the Bordeaux region. On the death of Michel Frontenac, leaving a young widow and three boys, his dutiful brother Xavier commits himself to safeguarding his nephews' fortune and safeguarding the family honour/mystique/pride. Ironically, this guardian of the family honour has his own "mystery" which he must screen from public view whatever the cost. But he is a successful lawyer and well equipped to do so.

Mauriac's portrayal of his characters is
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Duncan
Oct 14, 2012 Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An evocative and moving book, though perhaps a little too sentimental in its affirmation of the spiritual resource that families can be. Its portrayal of the evanescent joys of childhood summer holidays is very powerful.
Rachid Aigledusud
Le mystère qui unit les enfants Frontenac s'est créé dans ce pays profond de leur enfance. Ils ont marché sous ces grands pins qui se transmettent par leurs branches, les secrets venus de l'océan. Ils ont respiré la même haleine des prairies, pleines de boutons d'or et de marguerites. Ils ont couru dans les mêmes herbes mouillées de la Pentecôte; brûlé au même soleil des grandes vacances; tremblé aux même orages du mois de septembre, qui surgissent comme des voleurs, et annoncent la rentrée. Et ...more
Elena
Feb 19, 2007 Elena rated it liked it
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Casi todas las constantes de la narrativa de Mauriac se hallan presentes en esta novela: el retrato de una burguesía provinciana, la descripción detallada, casi idílica, de los paisajes de Las Landas, la presunción de que el individuo actúa movido por oscuras pasiones (la avaricia, la ambición, la sensualidad), contra las que no cabe otro remedio que la salvación por la gracia de Dios. Muchas veces he pensado qué tipo de escritor habría sido Mauriac si su pluma hubiera sabido independizarse de s ...more
Todor Tchervenkov
Un livre émouvant à plusieurs égards, surtout, peut-être, par l'absence de feinte. Le mystère Frontenac, c'est le mystère de l'homme qui n'est pas que chair, pour qui les choses ont plus d'essence.
Ivan Damjanović
Oct 06, 2014 Ivan Damjanović rated it really liked it
Five star parts are watered down with an excessive mystification of the Frontenac family. It’s set in an era of fading patriarchal values; portraits family descendants with the different affinities and ways which also, naturally, end up differently as a result.
Klemans Des
Histoire douce de vies qui passent et qui s'essayent.
Daune
May 24, 2015 Daune rated it really liked it
Better in French. Torturous, interesting and very French.
Roxa
Aug 16, 2013 Roxa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Citesc şi citesc şi-mi dau seama că niciun alt roman de-al lui Mauriac nu reuşeşte să se ridice la înălţimea Ciubului de vipere, care e una dintre cărţile mele preferate. Cu toate astea, odată ce te-ai apucat să citeşti un nou roman de el, nu te mai poţi opri până nu ţi se relevă noul mister familial pe care-l expune.
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François Charles Mauriac was a French writer and a member of the Académie française. He was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life." Mauriac is acknowledged to be one of the greatest Roman Catholic writers of the 20th century.
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