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The Wanderer by Henri Alain-Fournier

The Wanderer (original 1913; edition 1946)

by Henri Alain-Fournier

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Title:The Wanderer
Authors:Henri Alain-Fournier
Info:New Directions (1946), Edition: Re Issue, Hardcover, 306 pages
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Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier (1913)

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Blah, melodramatic and boring. I can't see what's so great about the Great Meaulnes. ( )
  bostonbibliophile | Dec 2, 2015 |
Alain-Fournier is a sort of French Rupert Brooke, a rising literary star who was killed in World War One; in Fournier's case he was one of the third of a million casualties France suffered in the first three months of the war. And, like some of Brooke's more memorable work, such as The Old Vicarage, Grantchester, Le Grand Meaulnes is steeped with nostalgia and an overwhelming sense of loss of place and time. It is striking that both writers, on the eve of the conflagration which would claim their lives, already felt, in fact, as though a world they knew was drifting away. ( )
  JohnPhelan | Jun 17, 2015 |
This obviously slots into the 'either love it or hate it' category, and I wonder if the translator's to blame? I assume at least in part, since this is meant to be enchanting, but reads more like a science text-book. In part it might be the French/English divide, since you just can't get away with random tense changes in English- it comes off as confused or maddening; the endless ellipses and rhetorical questions and descriptive passages which for all I know are beautiful and haunting in French are stilted in English. Finally, the cover must share the blame. My edition has a Sisley impressionist get-up. Really the book needs something far more ambiguous. Maybe de Chavannes would be better: a symbolist with a romantic heritage.
Anyway, I clearly came to this with the wrong expectations. And in English, the back cover's claim that this is "a classic of immaturity" is a little less like praise, and a little more like a damning description. It pales next to The Go-Between, or even Bassani's Behind the Door.
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1 vote stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
Histoire insolite d'un garçon, le grand Meaulnes, de l'école primaire à l'âge d'homme. l'épisode qui transforme sa vie et dirige l'ensemble du récit semble bien banal par rapport à l'ampleur de ses conséquences. Récit très lent dont se dégage une certaine langueur et un certain ennui. Livre assez déprimant au final. ( )
  Lhiscock | Oct 27, 2013 |
I was moved to read this book by an article I read on it in The Commonweal. I was very much impressed by the book, and it is sad to know that the author's life was lost in the first World War. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Jul 7, 2013 |
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...Good bookshops, though, will have one copy. Usually it is just the one, thin and a little bit tired at the edges. Often the sellers won't need to replace it more than once or twice a decade - I bought a copy recently; the shop hadn't sold another in 13 years - but that's not the point: the kind of bookseller who stocks Le Grand Meaulnes doesn't really do so for good business. If you're going to run a bookshop, you had better love books, after all, and if you love books, then Le Grand Meaulnes is the kind of novel you'll want to have around.

If you talk to people about this book, you'll notice something interesting: not only have a lot of them read it, but they're still reading it. How and where they get hold of it is a mystery - possibly they are finding it on the shelves of better-read relatives (which is what I did myself). Some books succeed by word of mouth; Le Grand Meaulnes survives by even less than that, a barely audible system of Chinese whispers.But it remains a book that writers turn to; perhaps as much as any modern novel, it has a style which has echoed through the works of others. Despite the confusion of its titles and its dog-eared thinness and its faults, this is arguably one of the most influential novels of the 20th century.

Henri Alban Fournier was born in La Chapelle d'Anguillon in the Sologne in 1886; he was killed in battle on the Meuse, aged 27, in September 1914. The son of a schoolmaster, Fournier was sketching out both a play and a second novel at the outset of war, but his reputation rests almost exclusively on his only complete work of fiction, which narrowly missed winning the Prix Goncourt...
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Alain-Fournierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blair, FrederikaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davison, FrankTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delisle, FrançoiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellis, HavelockIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leuwen, DanielForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mélaouah, YasminaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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He appeared at our house on a Sunday in November 189-.

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Time passed. (Epilogue: Lowell Bair translation)
Le Grand Meaulnes belongs to, and is the finest example of, a category of fiction that has no name, but exists. (Afterword)
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Alain-Fournier's only novel
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141441895, Paperback)

An unforgettable French masterpiece in the spirit of The Catcher in the Rye-in a dazzling new translation

When Meaulnes first arrives in Sologne, everyone is captivated by his good looks, daring, and charisma. But when he attends a strange party at a mysterious house with a beautiful girl hidden inside, he is changed forever. Published here in the first new English translation since 1959, this evocative novel has at its center both a Peter Pan in provincial France-a kid who refuses to grow up-and a Parsifal, pursuing his love to the ends of the earth. Poised between youthful admiration and adult resignation, Alain- Fournier's narrator compellingly carries the reader through this indelible portrait of desperate friendship and vanished adolescence.

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Also known, and later filmed, as 'The Wanderer', this novel is the story of adolescent pain and the search for a lost love.

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