Le Grand Meaulnes, by Alain-Fournier

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RobArtisan

Craig,

It is hard to get everything from a translation, but I would put The Great Gatsby on a higher plain.

The introduction to the book highlights weaknesses in the story. It doesn't matter though: every reader will make a connection with something that is poignant to them. It is the ability of the book to kindle such feelings that make it special in France. It seems to be relatively unknown in the English speaking world and I am not sure we have anything that fills that gap exactly.

The death of the author adds further piognancy and seems to point to a lost world before that innocence was lost in the Great War - that extra level of symbolism gives it more power.

Rob

Sue Boxell

I was given a copy of the book when I was studying French literature at university and I loved it immediately. I don't think you can make too many comparisons because you have to read it in the context of french life in that period rather than the very american superficiality of The Great Gatsby, although they are both excellent works. Do we need to compare it with anything else? The film is really worth watching too. " Le Grand Meaulnes is a 2006 film directed by Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe, based on the classic novel of the same name. The film premiered on October 4, 2006 in France".

Craig McGinty

Thanks for that Sue, I will have to look out for the film, because thanks to Rob lending me his copy I've a new interest in the life of Alain-Fournier.
All the best, Craig

Neil Shephard

Sue Boxell mentioned the 2006 film - disappointingly miscast especially the 2 male leads - but there's no doubt that the atmospheric 1967 film directed by J-G Albicocco with the wonderful Brigitte Fossey as Yvonne de Galais conveys the haunting charm of this moving story more effectively and is a much better version

Craig McGinty

Hi Neil, will have to keep my eyes peeled to hopefully see a showing on television, or maybe track it down online.
All the best, Craig

RobArtisan

Craig,

in the introduction to the issue I gave you there is a note about how the author fell n love with a woman who proved unobtainable in the end - I think this give it some reasonance

Rob

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