Day 4 topic is:
One of the best parts about book blogging is the exposure to books and authors you might never have heard of before. Pimp the book you think needs more recognition on this day. Get creative! Maybe share snippets from other bloggers who have reviewed it or make some fun art to get your message across.
Because of lack of time today, I will focus your attention on my most favorite French novel ever! It is quite famous in France, well, at least it WAS decades ago when I was in my teen and when all the students had to read it, but I still need to meet an American reader who knows about it or even about the author!
I reread it in French this year, in fact it was my very first review of the year, but never dared to try it in English translation.
Please click on the cover to read my review.
Le Grand Meaulnes was published in French in 1912, and translated in English several times, I believe, usually under the title The Lost Estate. A search gave this result. As you can see, there’s an French translation even available as a Kindle book. I have not read enough of the online excerpt to certify that it’s a good translation.
I highly recommend this book, which should definitely be better known in the US!
Doing a basic search in my library, I stumbled into these cool books my Rosalind Ashe: Literary Houses and:
This second volume presents 10 famous houses in literature, and the #10 is Les Sablonnières, the famous farmhouse of Le Grand Meaulnes. The author gives a very short biography of the author, and inserts excerpts of the book related to the house. She has great illustrations, including maps of the house!
Did you know about these books by Rosalind Ashe? They look really cool. Here are the houses described:
– in Literary Houses: Dorian Gray’s house in Grosvenor Square ; the eerie chapel of Castle Dracula; Gatsby’s mansion at West Egg; aMiss Havisham’s house; Manderley!; Northanger Abbey; Howard’s End, Thornfield Hall, the House of the Seven Gables, and Baserville Hall.
– in More Literary Houses: Gone with the wind, Margaret Mitchell — The portrait of a lady, Henry James — Middlemarch, George Eliot — War and peace, Count Leo Tolstoy — Blandings castle, P.G. Wodehouse — The Castle, Franz Kafka — Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann — The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa — Wide Sargasso sea, Jean Rhys — Le Grand Meaulnes, Alain-Fournier.
Well, I actually managed to recommend 3 books!
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