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The Princesse de Clèves by Madame de La Fayette
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Nov 03, 2009

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Lafayette did amazing things here, I have to say. But it remains difficult for me to divorce myself from my contemporary cultural context in order to fully appreciate the story. It's also so insular and isolated from the rest of French society that I can see exactly how the French Revolution would inevitably occur, albeit a hundred years after this book's publication. That being said, the writing is delicious, and appears very true to the character--despite the ultimate ironies at the end. One wonders, "how does the character gain the knowledge she has?" when we reach the conclusion, which is one of my favorite outcomes of reading at all--nice to see it here, in what has been deemed the first "modern novel."

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