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I felt the need to say it – because admitting our victories, when it’s with moderation, is not a bad thing, – I am proud of myself. Even really simple things can make you feel proud of yourself, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Achieving your goals, even if they are small, is a victory that must be celebrated – no exception !
If I’m telling you this right now, it’s because for the first time in my whole life, I managed to follow literally my holidays reading planning. Indeed, as I had two weeks of vacation, I planned on reading two books, one for each week. The first one is by Jean d’Ormesson. The other one, that I managed to finish at the end of my trip to Greece, on the second week, as I planned – oh gosh, I AM PROUD – is the one I am going to talk to you about in this post.
A lot of you may know it, as it is a great classic of french literature – I read Le Grand Meaulnes, written in 1913 by Alain Fournier. In brief, it tells the story of Francois, a 15 year-old boy, leaving in the village’s school with his two parents teachers, who takes in Augustin Meaulnes – AKA Le Grand Meaulnes -, a boarder that came to study and that will completely overwhelm his adolescence.
I’d like, first of all, to focus on the edition – Le Livre de Poche – that pleased me a lot. Why ?
Firstly, because at the end of the book, a few pages are dedicated to an additional chapter and biographic info about the author – which, I think, is essential to better understand the novel.
Moreover, if the biography is that important, it’s because Le Grand Meaulnes is filled with personal references indicated and explained in the editor’s notes at the bottom of some pages. That way, we understand Alain Fournier gave to his characters and the places he describes some elements of his own life – for instance, the main character is crippled, and the author took this inspiration from his sister who was suffering from a hip problem.
I really liked this novel. Simple and pleasant to read but with an incredible writing style and a touching story – and in addition, these discrete biographic references that give to the novel a more personal, intimate and authentic value, and make the story more real.
I highly recommend you to read this book, and especially in this edition as I think it is a funnier way to read a story and learn more about its author at the same time.