Le grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier

By Alain-Fournier

À quoi bon ? À quoi bon ? répondait-elle doucement aux projets que faisait Meaulnes. Mais lorsqu'enfin il osa lui demander l. a. permission de revenir un jour vers ce beau domaine : Je vous attendrai, répondit-elle simplement. Ils arrivaient en vue de l'embarcadère. Elle s'arrêta soudain et dit pensivement : Nous sommes deux enfants ; nous avons fait une folie. Il ne faut pas que nous montions cette fois dans le même bateau. Adieu, ne me suivez pas.

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Le roman d'Alain-Fournier est enrichi d'une préface inédite de Pierre Péju et d'un lengthy portrait de l'auteur par son ami Jacques Rivière : deux textes permettant de mieux comprendre les circonstances de l'élaboration du Grand Meaulnes et sa position particulière dans los angeles littérature française.

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