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The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) (Penguin Classics)by Henri Alain-fournier
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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.
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 within it, he is changed forever.
About the Author
Alain Fournier (1886-1914) was killed in the First World War after writing his only novel.
Robin Buss (1939-2006) translated a number of works for Penguin Classics.
Adam Gopnik is a New Yorker staff writer and author of Paris to the Moon.
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