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Le Grand Meaulnes

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1913)
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Stephen AB I read a review in London Review of Books, and the reviewer reckoned that Frank Davison’s is the "tried and true translation".
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Esteban del Mal
May 13, 2010 Esteban del Mal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who wonder what Cirque du Soleil would sound like if they talked
Dear Henri Alain-Fournier,

Some people claim you had great talent as a novelist. Many more would claim I don't. Is it fair that you died in World War I while I live, free to write this review and feeling like I'm having a bad morning because I didn't have all the usual ingredients for my breakfast shake? Your remains weren't identified until 1991, true, but do you know that without yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, goji berries and banana congeal like pond scum when blended with almond milk? I guess in
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Eddie Watkins
May 14, 2008 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was about 10 I spent what felt like an entire summer playing in a marsh with a friend. The marsh was a gradual discovery. Each day, as our courage increased, we penetrated deeper into it, crawling and hopping from tree mound to tree mound, until we had mapped out quite a large area in our imaginations. And of course we were the only two who knew about it. This area of the marsh became our sprawling fort, with significant crossings and islands given names from my primary reading matter of ...more
[P]
May 13, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
Some time after leaving university I was in a club; and at one point in the, er, festivities I was tapped on the shoulder. I turned around, and there was an attractive blonde girl. She spoke my name; I stared back at her blankly. ‘Don’t you remember me?’ she asked. I had to confess that I didn’t. ‘Nicole,’ she said. I was about to embarrass myself further, and admit that I still could not place her, when it came to me. Ah, Nicole! Of course! She had been in the same halls of residence as I. We d ...more
Steven  Godin
Alain-Fournier's one and only novel due to his tragic death during the first world war evokes dreamlike memories of a bygone era, with an evocative and moving friendship all surrounding a long lost love. Set in a small French commune and the lush, pleasant countryside Fifteen year old François Seurel narrates his close relationship with slightly older boy Augustin Meaulnes, also known as "Le Grand Meaulnes" because of his natural charisma and physical presence with fellow students during their t ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 16, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: classics, 501, ya, french
Alain-Fournier was the pseudonym of Henri Alban-Fournier (1886-1914), a French author and soldier. Le Grand Meaulnes (1913) was his only novel, filmed twice and is now considered one of the greatest works of French literature. He was a friend to Andre Gide (1869-1951) who wrote The Fruits of the Earth (1897), Strait is the Gate (1909), The Counterfeiters (1927) among many others. Alain-Fournier started work on a second novel Colombe Blanchet in 1914. However, that same year, he joined the army a ...more
KamRun
Feb 25, 2017 KamRun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مولن (مون) بزرگ از آن کتابهایی بود که خودش مرا یافت تا بخوانمش و عجب تجربهی شیرینی هم بود. ماجرا از این قرار بود که میخواستم مولن کوچک ژان لویی فورنیه را بخوانم که متوجه ارتباطش با مولن بزرگ آلن فورنیه شدم و چنین شد که حالا بجای مون کوچک، در مورد مولن بزرگ مینویسم

داستان شروعی نوستالژیک داشت و از همان چند سطر ابتدایی مرا مسحور خودش کرد: راوی (سورل) داستانی مربوط به سالها پیش را روایت میکند و بوی حسرت و روزهای از دست رفته از آن به مشام میرسد. در آغاز یک فلشبک به پانزده سال پیش و حالا راوی ناگهان د
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Helynne
Jun 30, 2009 Helynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Le Grand Meaulnes (sometimes translated as The Wanderer or The Lost Estate) was written in 1913, which was more in the decadent or modernism era, this lovely, mysterious novel falls definitely into the category of late Romanticism. Just one year after publishing his one and only novel, young Henri Alain-Fournier was killed in a World War I battle at Epargnes in 1914. The literary world is so much the poorer for his loss as well as for the loss of many more novels he surely would have w ...more
MJ Nicholls
Le Grand Meaulnes is supposed to be untranslatable, and this translation by French classics legend Robin Buss doesn’t convince me otherwise. The novel hinges upon the titular Meaulnes being such a charming force of character in a lower-class school, his name echoes down the ages and his antics and adventures make him a much-beloved geezer in the province. Doesn’t quite work. But the narrator François is certainly smitten and describes Meaulnes’s first love in fits of florid descriptive prose wor ...more
Ben Winch
Apr 26, 2015 Ben Winch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
A few moments later a strange equipage drew up in front of the glass doors: an outlandish old farm wagon with rounded panels and moulded ornaments; an aged white horse with head bent so low that he seemed to be hoping to find grass in the road; and in the driving seat―I say it in the simplicity of my heart, well knowing what I say―perhaps the most beautiful young woman that ever existed in the whole world.
For the first half of Le Grand Meaulnes I was well-nigh intoxicated by the air of romance a
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Elham Kharidar
Jun 12, 2015 Elham Kharidar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a boring afternoon of one of these days of June, I chose Le Grand Meaulnes immediately in the local library right after the librarian's alarm that they were closing. It was French and I thought I had a glance on a review before. By reading a few pages of it, I realized that it was a young adult story of two boys François and his best friend Meaulnes who lived in a lower-class school in a village. Narrating in a first person, I thought despite its title there was no trace of Meaulnes himself. ...more
Sheyda Heydari Shovir
عجب کتابی. سه فصل داره و من آخرهای فصل دوم کاملا سرخورده شده بودم و از خودم میپرسیدم چطور کتاب باین بچگانهای انقدر ستوده شده و مشهور شده. صدوهفتاد هشتاد صفحه گذشته بود و دیگه چی میخواست بشه. ولی از همون فصل سوم کتاب از خاک بلند شد، راوی نوجوان دو فصل اول بزرگ شد و فصل آخر خیلی درخشان شد. از اون فضای دبیرستان بیرون اومد و یکهو (همونطور که خیلیها تجربهش کردهند) وارد اندوه و گرفتاریی شد که هیچ راه فراری ازش نبود. بسیار تکاندهنده و موثر.
در مواجهه با اینجور آثار همیشه فکر میکنم نباید اون تکهٔ اول اون
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Antonomasia
Never have I found it more difficult to finish a lovelier book. My first attempt was derailed five years ago; the second was ultimately successful only after a three-month hiatus. And this little volume carried so much weight by now, as a favourite of several people - exes, friends, the hard-to-label - from different times and places in my life ... all of which have something of the partially-lost domain about them.

I started reading it again in a sunny May garden surrounded by birdsong - the fir
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Realini
Feb 26, 2013 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le Grande Meaulnes, by Alain –Fournier

I loved this book, which will make me pay more attention to The Le Monde top of 100 best novels…up to know I placed emphasis on the Anglo-Saxon critics’ lists of The Guardian and TIME…

Le Grande Meaulnes is “one of France’s most popular novels…much loved yet little read”
F. Scott Fitzgerald borrowed its title for The Great Gatsby (some think even the characters).

All the life of the author was influenced, moved round a single afternoon, when he met Yvonne, whic
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Katri
Dec 07, 2009 Katri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, french
A strange, haunting book about adolescence and growing up, and about the enchantment and madness of spending your life on supposedly grandiose but ultimately self-absorbed romantic quests at the expense of your happiness and especially that of other people.

I must say I did not like the character of Meaulnes at all. I think he's obnoxious, self-absorbed and empty, and there's no reason for everyone to be worshipping him as much as they do. It didn't detract my enjoyment of this book, though, beca
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Bogna
Nov 22, 2012 Bogna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "Le Grand Meaulnes" at school when I was ca 16, the book stood in its own category, the impression it left hard to describe. And then it disappeared - from my life, but strangely enough, also from public interest in Poland. I remembered it again after coming back home from Duino two years later, and wanted to get it, to go back, to decipher it better, but nobody I asked knew it. I kept looking in libraries, book-shops, in vain, not even on the internet for a long dozen of years did anythi ...more
Adam
Apr 27, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An elegy to lost love, an evocation of the sad inevitability of time, in the form of a modern chivalric romance: a questing youth stumbles upon an engagement party that seems an enchanted otherworld, falls in love therein, tries forever to return, but is foiled by the slow, dread entanglements of the everyday world and his own failings—he finds the woman, but never again the enchanted moment. The tale is told with an almost minimalist delicacy. Magical and melancholy.

Favorite quote: Weeks went b
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James
May 10, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
A unique and dream-like book about youthful ardour and longing. The story of Meaulnes and his search for his lost love is unforgettable. Impulsive, reckless and heroic, Meaulnes embodies both romanticism and a search for the elusiveness of the world between childhood and adulthood. I found this book both enjoyable and thought-provoking in its exceptional depiction of romantic feeling. The result was a haunting ability to remain in my memory with a sort of nostalgia for the reading that I have ra ...more
Elizabeth
THIS BOOK GIVES ME FEELINGS. UGH. *sobs with abandon*
Lisa
Apr 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Is this an ironic title? Not sure what was so magnificent about Augustin Meaulnes. Let's see some of the magnificent thing this guy did shall we. Takes off from school which his mother is bordering him to go to, gets lost with a borrowed horse and buggy, crashes a party for three days, falls "in love" with a girl he met for like 30 seconds, then loses touch with her and pines for her for years, then he falls in love with the girl's brother's ex-fiancee but wait a minute he finds the first girl a ...more
Jim Coughenour
Alain-Fournier's novel evokes a lost world, not only the inevitable loss of childhood but also a lost world of fiction, specifically 19th century boy's fiction: adventure stories full of treasure, mysterious maps, mysteries barely glimpsed, adolescent hero worship, and love that knows nothing of lust. David Copperfield; Kidnapped; Kim. A year after it was published, its young author disappeared into the carnage of the first world war, buried in a mass grave. Unlike Swann's Way (also published in ...more
Nigeyb
Aug 24, 2014 Nigeyb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most French people read this book at school and a recent poll in France made it the sixth best book of the 20th century.

Unlike the average French person, I came to this story of adolescent love in my early 50s. Would the book's charms work for the older reader? The answer is an emphatic yes. It perfectly captures that magical period when emotions are at their most intense.

Le Grand Meaulnes, the protagonist, is an adventurous, charismatic wanderer who stumbles across a lost chateau where partyg
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Hassan Rezaei
Jan 27, 2016 Hassan Rezaei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مون بزرگ تجسم شخصیتی ست که در روزگار ما تبدیل به یک رویا شده و اگر کسی کثل مون بزرگ باشه، بی شک مورد تمسخر قرار می گیره. اما حقیقت در اینه که این شخصیت آن چیزی ست که در جامعه ی ما خیلی کمیاب هست.
این کتاب تنها اثر این نویسنده فرانسوی هست و پس از نوشتن این کتاب در جبه های نبرد جنگ جهانی دوم کشته شده. داستان پیرامون سه شخصیت محری میگذره که بسیار زلال و زیبا توی داستان پرورش پیدا میکنن.
ترجمه ی کتای از مهدی سحابی هست که بسیار روان و خواندنی هست.
اگر دلتون از سیاهی شخصیت های جامعه گرفته، زلالی و شفافی
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Bethan
Aug 12, 2013 Bethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regular-fiction
Apparently this novel is big in France while it's not very well-known in the English-speaking world. The author died in World War I at the age of 27.

Childish and flawed, it's nonetheless fascinating, mysterious, whimsical and magical. Set in the provinces of France, it is primarily the story of two young men who met at school and are friends. There is a light and plaintive touch to the writing and I think it is very special, for its obvious flaws in structure and characterisation; but some of t
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Edward
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A Note on the Translation


--The Lost Estate
David Rain
Jun 08, 2012 David Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alain-Fournier was the pseudonym of a French writer, real name Henri Alban, who died in the First World War at the age of twenty-seven. The narrator of this, his only novel, is a young boy, the son of a schoolmaster in provincial France in the late nineteenth century. 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 sc ...more
Jim Fonseca
Feb 16, 2015 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors
This is the Centenary Edition of the French classic Le Grand Meaulnes, a coming of age story of a boy and the companion he looks up to, nicknamed Le Grand Meaulnes. So we have all the usual boyhood stuff of bullies, juvenile delinquent episodes, boring school days, awkwardness around girls. One day Le Grand Meaulnes, very much the leader, while our narrator is the follower, gets lost and finds himself in an exotic costumed adventure in a fairyland, beautiful girl and all. The story becomes a sea ...more
Natalie
Jun 13, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romans-francais
Oh, this book. Where do I even start? It's known to most English speakers as "The Lost Estate" or "The Wanderer", but actually translates to "The Great Meaulnes". From what I understand, you either love this novel or hate it. It is one of the few books I've given 5 stars to, but it deserves each one as I absolutely adore it.

It is told by a young (and maturing) Francois Seurel about a childhood friend (Meaulnes) who turned out to have one of the biggest impacts on his life. First love, coming of
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Γιώργος
Πολλά συναισθήματα μου δημιούργησε αυτό το βιβλίο... Πρώτα με την ονειρική του ατμόσφαιρα που θυμίζει την παιδική ηλικία και την δροσιά της εφηβείας, βυθίζομαι στην αναζήτηση ενός εξιδανικευμένου ( ; ) έρωτα και τόπου που κάνει τον ήρωα να πιστεύει πως αυτό μπορεί να του χαρίσει την ευτυχία, όπως ένας έφηβος ελπίζει σε κάτι συγκεκριμένο για να ευτυχήσει. Όμως αυτή η αποτυχία που παρουσιάζεται μετά μου φάνηκε σαν τα βουλιαγμένα και κατακερματισμένα όνειρα των παιδιών που βλέπουν τις ελπίδες τους ...more
Frances
I, ok. I don't think I am smart enough to have enjoyed this book. To see the beauty in this novel.

Is it because it's the quintessential French novel, and I'm not French? Like, at all?

Is it because I CANNOT STAND BOOKS WHERE A SIMPLE CONVERSATION WOULD HAVE SOLVED EVERYTHING?

This, at the end of the day, was just dull. "The Great Meaulnes" was, in fact, just a boy who refused to commit and instead gloried in wallowing in self-pity.

Yawn.
Somayeh
Jul 02, 2014 Somayeh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
به خاطر اسم مترجمش به سراغ این کتاب رفتم، اما آنطور که انتظار داشتم نبود.
همانطور که در توضیح پشت جلد آمده این کتاب از جمله کلاسیکهاست، داستان کمابیش خطی عاشقانه ای دارد با نثری روان و بدون پیچیدگی.
اگر دلتان برای کلاسیکهای فرانسوی تنگ شده میتواند گزینه خوبی باشد، داستانی خوشخوان با فصل بندی های کوتاه.
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