"I'll also be reading Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate) by Alain-Fournier
(Penguin Classics, PS7.99).
The Lost Estate by Alain-Fournier
, And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson and all the George RR Martin series, Game of Thrones.
The hundred-year anniversary of the start of The Great War also marks the centenary of the death of Alain-Fournier
(1886-1914), author of the classic French novel, Le Grand Meaulnes.
In the chapter on Barnes's debut novel Metroland, Childs suggests that it was "written self-consciously in the shadow of numerous 'first novels', Bildungsromans, and French cultural touchstones [such as] Alain-Fournier
's 1913 novel Le Grand Meaulnes" (19).
Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, Alain-Fournier
and James Joyce were just a few of the others.
Two years later, he was awarded the Prix Alain-Fournier
for his second novel, Cepas et le suivant (This Step and the Following One).
Ford (English, Newberry College) counters the common notion that Fitzgerald stuck with a few Anglo-American writers when in fact he was adept at reading continental authors, including Alain-Fournier
, Tolstoy, Ibsen and Strindberg, and sometimes lifted substantial portions of their work into his own.
While searching for booty together, Antoine and Max discover a phantasmal mansion populated by men and women in late 19th-century tuxes and ball gowns, whose conversation echoes that of characters in a novel later treasured by both men, "Les Grand Meaulnes" (aka "The Wanderer") by Henri Alain-Fournier
, who died tragically in WWI, wrote only one novel.