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Le Mystère Frontenac (Français) (edition 1991)

by François Mauriac (Author)

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Title:Le Mystère Frontenac (Français)
Authors:François Mauriac (Author)
Info:Le Livre de Poche (1991), 189 pages
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Tags:BIBLIO 5, Narrativa extranjera, Novela, Ficción, Psicología, Clásico, Literatura francesa

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Le Mystère Frontenac by François Mauriac

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Pour Blanche Frontenac, restée veuve avec cinq enfants, le bonheur personnel n'existe pas. La seule chose essentielle est d'agir en vue du bien commun et dans l'intérêt de la famille. Quand le moment sera venu, Jean-Louis, le brillant aîné, obéira aux mêmes liens puissants du sang. Malgré des aspirations différentes, il reprendra l'affaire familiale, deviendra le maître de la fortune afin de protéger les cadets et de maintenir à jamais le mystère Frontenac.

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Le Mystère Frontenac parait en 1933, soit au début de la carrière de Mauriac. Il fait suite à Thérèse Desqueyroux, son premier roman, considéré a posteriori comme l’un des plus beaux de son œuvre. Blanche Frontenac, courageuse veuve bordelaise, porte à ses enfants une attention et un dévouement exemplaires. Mais les vocations des uns et les défauts des autres posent autant d’obstacles à cette mère-courage. Heureusement, le « mystère Frontenac », instance supérieure et mystique formée des dévotions de chaque membre de la famille et de l’amour filial et fraternel, les réunit et les rappelle sans cesse les uns auprès des autres. Pris dans les affres de la mondanité parisienne, Yves, le cadet, concentre toutes les inquiétudes de sa famille, mais son frère Jean-Louis, digne porte-drapeau du mystère Frontenac, saura finalement lui rappeler que seule compte une chose : la famille.
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Comme un fruit suspendu dans l'ombre du feuillage
Mon destin s'est formé dans l'épaisseur des bois.
J'ai grandi, recouvert d'un chaleur sauvage,
Et le vent qui rompait le tissu de l'ombrage
Me découvrit le ciel pour la première fois.
Les faveurs de nos dieux m'ont touché dès l'enfance;
Mes plus jeunes regards ont aimé les forêts,
Et mes plus jeunes pas ont suivi le silence
Qui m'entrainait bien loin dans l'ombre et les secrets.

MAURICE DE GUÉRIN
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XAVIER FRONTENAC glanced shyly at his sister-in-law.
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The Frontenacs are a family in whom a sense of family bond is strong. They can assimilate and convert those who marry into their circle, like Blanche, the mother in this story, who accepts her destiny of loneliness without a protest. Their mystic ambience even extends to those illicitly connected with them, like Xavier Frontenac's vulgar mistress, Josepha, one of the rare characters in whom the writer indulges his sense of humour. The Frontenacs are a characteristic 'Mauriac' family; small landed gentry of the Bordeaux region, solidly placed but always exercising stringent control of finance. The burden of this control falls mainly on Blanche, who is widowed at an early age, with five children to bring up. It falls also upon her brother-in-law, Xavier, who was deeply devoted to his brother Michel and is terrified lest his sister-in-law should discover his illicit menage.
The scenes of family life in this novel are among the most touching which even Mauriac has written. The growing up of the three boys, Jean Louis, Jose and the special problem child, Yves, shows the novelist at his most perceptive. The clou of the book is the relation of Yves with his mother, a study in which many critics have seen autobiographical traces, but, however regarded, it reflects Mauriac's feelings for his countryside and its people at its most passionate intensity.
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