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The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes)
The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) | Henri Alain-Fournier
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When Meaulnes first arrives at the local school in Sologne, everyone is captivated by his good looks, daring and charisma. But when Meaulnes disappears for several days, and returns with tales of a strange party at a mysterious house and a beautiful girl hidden within it, he has been changed forever. In his restless search for his Lost Estate and the happiness he found there, Meaulnes, observed by his loyal friend Francois, may risk losing everything he ever had. Poised between youthful admiration and adult resignation, Alain-Fourniers compelling narrator carries the reader through this evocative and unbearably poignant portrayal of desperate friendship and vanished adolescence.
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zefmii
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#7days#7covers #7covers7days
From #Japan to #France, I want to recommend this Romantic (in the historical and artistical sense) novel. It is very difficult for me to talk about it without feeling that I am spoiling the book, so I just want to put it out there, let you know it exists and hoping you'll pick it up some day.

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KarenUK
Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier
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Oops.... went a bit OTT in the kindle store this morning..... though they are all from my #TBR and I needed possibilities for an up coming 9 hour long haul flight ... (that‘s my excuse anyway!)

MicheleinPhilly That‘s a GREAT haul! 1y
robinb Liked The Lido! Wonderful selections! 1y
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Bookwomble
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I was really enjoying the feel of this book until the last twenty-or-so pages, when Alain-Fournier gathered together the strands he'd carefully laid in the preceding 180 pages and wove a cloth of infinitely finer emotional texture. Despite the revelation of "The Secret" having a certain melodramatic inevitability about it, the intensity of feeling is breathtakingly honest. ????

Bookwomble The tone of adolescent gaucheness is entirely in keeping with both the characters and the author, and what could have been an early example of a YA potboiler is raised to the level of genuine literature. The first section of Meaulnes at the wedding fête had a surrealistic air, the middle section a kind of fevered languor, the final section melancholic tragedy, all of it overlaid with a shimmering golden light. Instantly a favourite! 1y
Trashcanman Beautiful review. 1y
Bookwomble @Trashcanman Thank you 🙂 1y
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Bookwomble
Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier
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"By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?"

RaimeyGallant Beautiful. 1y
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Bookwomble
Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier
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I had hoped to finish this tonight - 24 pages left - but there's work tomorrow and sleep beckons...

vivastory I've been meaning to reread this one 1y
Bookwomble @vivastory I'm on the last few pages - my goodness, it's tragic! 1y
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Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier
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How can a man who has once strayed into Heaven ever hope to make terms with the earth!

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"He appeared at our house on a Sunday in November 189...
I still say "our" house though it is no longer ours; nearly fifteen years have passed since we left the neighbourhood, and we shall not be going back to it."
#firstlines

In these two sentences, Alain-Founier strikes the tone of nostalgic reverie that permeates the narrative, while setting up an air of expectancy, of revelations to be made. I think I'm going to enjoy this one.

saresmoore I‘m currently reading Rebecca for the first time—the openings certainly have a similar vibe. 1y
Bookwomble @saresmoore "Last night I dreamed I went to Manderly again". It's most evocative isn't it? I obtained Rebecca recently, but not read it yet. I'll be interested to hear your impressions when you've finished ? 1y
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This book was such an unexpectedly delightful story! I honestly had never heard anything about it but just bought it on a whim. It‘s a coming-of-age story about two boys who are at school together. Yet, it‘s a love story and definitely very French. I really liked this one!

catebutler I‘ll definitely have to add this to my list! 2y
Beckys_Books Whatever is in the cup also looks delightful. 2y
HotCocoaReads @catebutler I loved stumbling upon a great book—I highly recommend! 2y
HotCocoaReads @Beckys_Books It was hot chocolate I had in Prague and it was amazing!!! ☕️ 2y
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ElViejoLibro
Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier
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Le Grand Meaulnes. Alain Fournier
Paris Emile-Paul Freres, Editors. 1913. First Original Edition September 1913 shown on page 366 (imprimerie Chaix, rue Bergère, 20, Paris.-15822-9-13), justification of the printing 1,537, typographical error page 133 that indicates chapter I is place of chapter II. Book very scarce, Book in very good condition, rust spots on some pages of the book. #alainfournier #legrandmeaulnes #firstedition #rarebook

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Sha0102
Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) | Henri Alain-Fournier
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I tried reading it but the narrative was boring for me. Couldn't finish it at all. 😴😴😴

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jdtchicago
Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier

This evening, which I have tried to spirit away, is a strange burden to me. While time moves on, while the day will soon end and I already wish it gone, there are men who have entrusted all their hopes to it, all their love and their last efforts. There are dying men or others who are waiting for a debt to come due, who wish that tomorrow would never come...and others who are tired, for whom the night will never be long enough...

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Moray_Reads
Le Grand Meaulnes | Alain-Fournier
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My entry for #setinasmalltown is Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate) by Alain-Fournier and tr. by Laura Carlin. A truly haunting story set in rural France.

#photoadaynov16 #day4 #foliosociety

LeahBergen I've been meaning to read this for ages. 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen It's wonderful. I enjoyed reading it at the time but I didn't realise the impact until I was still thinking about it weeks later. Haunting. 3y
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Gugulish
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Un chef- d'œuvre! Découvrez l'amitié entre François Seurel et Augustin Meaulnes, l'amour de ce dernier pour la belle Yvonne de Galais et le monde poétique du domaine perdu... ? #french #litterature #alainfournier #legrandmeaulnes #friendship