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La Gloire De Mon Pere / Le Chateau De Ma Mere (Souvenirs d'Enfance I and II) Hardcover – 1969


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Editions Pastorelly (1969)
  • ASIN: B003DQWYGG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Agrippine on May 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
La Gloire de mon Pere opens the series Souvenirs d'Enfance by Marcel Pagnol. The author recollects his chilhood in the city and his summer holidays in the heart of Provence. He introduces us to his family: his father he admires so much, his mother he would like to protect, his aunt who is still a spinster, Paul his little brother,... This book is very easy to read because Marcel Pagnol aims at reflecting the thoughts of a 10 year old boy. Anyone who has ever been in Provence will hear the 'cigales', smell the 'thym'. Whereas A year in Provence by Peter Mayle pictures the vision an adult has of Provence, this refreshing book takes you into a 10 year old boy's world where any event takes a particular importance ! I read this book when I was a kid but now that I am far from France, I read it again and I was no longer in Minneapolis but I was following Marcel over the hills of Provence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allan M. Lees on February 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I discovered Marcel Pagnol during the time when I was learning French and I was instantly charmed by how accessible yet subtle his writing is. Most literature in any language requires a deep understanding of the culture and slang; Pagnol, conversely, is a gift for anyone who has mastered intermediate French (in other words, you know enough never to have problems in day-to-day life but you'd be struggling through the pages of Balzac or Daudet). His prose is not only clear but beautiful and powerfully evocative. The reader will quickly find his/her own favorites; one of mine is the short but marvellous moment when the young Marcel recovers the birds his father has (astonishingly) shot and holds them, emblematic of the glory of his adored father, up high to the golden light of the setting sun. The scene is so powerful not only because Pagnol times the intensity of emotional release so that it coincides with the very last word of the chapter, but also because the rhythm and meter of the words perfectly convey the exultation of the young boy in that moment. Too often writers throw words at the page without enough thought as to how they resonate. Perhaps only Faulkner and Hemingway in American literature, and Thomas and Durrell in English literature, have been equally skilled as Pagnol in welding sound to meaning so successfully.

Pagnol writes with restrained humor and thankfully avoids the crude condescension of Dickens even when dealing with unsympathetic characters. One finishes the two books of his childhood autobiolgraphy feeling hopeful about the world, feeling refreshed and charmed. There is no avoidance of reality, but neither is there an abandonment of wonder and joy.
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By Susan on October 8, 2013
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A French Classic that all French students should read!!!! It captures the true spirit of the French. Watch the movie too
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