French Novelists of To-Day Volume 2

French Novelists of To-Day Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... over her children's heads. In such a home the responsibilities of life fall early on Christophe. When himself still little more than a baby he is set to mind his two baby brothers while his mother goes out to work in order to supplement her husband's earnings squandered at the wineshop. Then Christophe's father, who is a musician, discovers his son's musical gifts and brings him out as an infant prodigy. Christophe, early in his teens, finds himself the breadwinner of the family. Yet his existence is not all misery. Simple joys still gladden his heart; and one of his greatest pleasures is to wander through the fields with his uncle Gottfried, a poor pedlar, halfwitted the world calls him, for he is but slenderly endowed with this world's wisdom. Yet his nature is richly stored with true poetry, deep intuition and spontaneous gladness. Gottfried is a character, which Rolland's great master, Tolstoy, would have found after his own heart. Nevertheless Christophe is a lonely child, and when at length he makes a friend of Otto, a boy of his own age, his delight knows no bounds. Without restraint or hesitation Christophe gives his heart into Otto's keeping. For a time all is rapture and enthusiasm. The passionate affection of Christophe and Otto is more like that of two boarding-school misses than of two young boys. But it all ends in disillusionment. For Otto is in reality a commonplace little snob quite unworthy of Christophe's ardent devotion. Christophe is no less unfortunate in his first love. He begins young and he continues to fall violently in love all his days. Romain Rolland is at his best when describing love episodes; here he continues the tradition of Jean Jacques Rousseau and of his fellow Burgundian, Alphonse de Lamartine. With masterly...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547209
  • 9781236547200