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Books and Characters French and English Kindle Edition

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Length: 174 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140690810X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BOFF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,246 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher (o.d.c.) on November 18, 2013
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To me, the heart of this book- fourteen brilliant essays by the leading light of the Bloomsbury Group- is the essay on Madame du Deffand:
"Her letters to Walpole form in effect a continuous journal covering the space of fifteen years (1766-1780). They allow us, on the one hand, to trace through all its developments the progress of an extraordinary passion, and on the other to examine, as it were under the microscope of perhaps the bitterest perspicacity on record, the last phase of a doomed society. For the circle which came together in her drawing-room during those years had the hand of death upon it. The future lay elsewhere; it was simply the past that survived there--in the rich trappings of fashion and wit and elaborate gaiety--but still irrevocably the past."
"Her perception was intellectual; and to the penetrating glances of her mental vision the objects of the sensual world were mere irrelevance. The kind of writing produced by such a quality of mind may seem thin and barren to those accustomed to the wealth and variety of the Romantic school. Yet it will repay attention. The vocabulary is very small; but every word is the right one; this old lady of high society, who had never given a thought to her style, who wrote--and spelt--by the light of nature, was a past mistress of that most difficult of literary accomplishments--'l'art de dire en un mot tout ce qu'un mot peut dire.'"

And here it may be said, that this book expects a certain knowledge of French from its readers.

The essays on Racine, Sir Thomas Browne, Shakespeare, and Johnson lead up to it. Three essays on Voltaire follow.

"Voltaire had let his high spirits and his sharp tongue carry him too far, and he was to pay the penalty.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eewrite on October 5, 2011
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It's free. What more can I say? If you are interested in books and characters French and English then this will be a fine resource. Thanks Amazon for the freeness!
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