The great adventure of le grand meaulnes recalls the great game of kim and the novel is full of stevensonian gestures the incomplete map the quest for lost treasure the skeleton key the locked chest containing the vital clue defoe is name checked in the novels opening pages. Le grand meaulnes french l moln is the only novel by french author alain fournier who was killed in the first month of world war ithe novel published in 1913 a year before the authors death is somewhat biographical especially the name of the heroine yvonne for whom he had a doomed infatuation in paris. Le grand meaulnes the protagonist is an adventurous charismatic wanderer who stumbles across a lost chateau where partyg unlike the average french person i came to this story of adolescent love in my early 50s. For this new penguin classics translation buss chose the lost estate with its appropriate double meaning this is a book about lost youth after all as well as a hard to find house and property but just to make sure the publishers did add the one it is best known under le grand meaulnes in parentheses right along with it. For its 100th birthday le grand meaulnes translated by frank davison as the lost domain has been handsomely repackaged with a ribbon for a bookmark an honor befitting a classic french novel that can haunt the reader as deeply as its seminal incident haunts the title character
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