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Product Details

  • Series: New York Review Books Classics
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590173643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590173640
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parmée's new translation of Renard's classic, late 19th-century stories (accompanied by ink-blot illustrations by Pierre Bonnard) convey the author's inimitable sensibility and his delight in nature's humor and mystery. Ranging from a few words to a few pages in length, each portrait reads like a prose poem and delivers sharp observations and fanciful stories about everything from bats to birds, autumn leaves to the new moon. Renard's five-word evocation of a flea ("An elastic pinch of snuff") and succinct description of a butterfly ("This love-letter, folded in two, is looking for a flowery address") are among the best shorter entries; of the longer, more elaborate entries, "Fish" and "The End of the Shooting Season" tell rich stories of man's changing and complicated relationship with nature. Taken cumulatively, Renard's tender, wry, and surprising tributes remind us of the millions of creatures and characters in our midst. (Nov.) (c)
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“Renard’s way with the detail is unforgettable. Renard writes about spiders, about the moon, and the poetry he makes from the things his eyes tell him is joyful.”
—Michael Silverblatt, Bookworm


“Renard’s people—and animals and plants, too—are not reflections of Renard. They are not metaphors for his moods. They are not steps in his argument. They are as close as he can come to describing being someone or something not Renard. Renard’s truthfulness is the truthfulness of a scrupulous, disinterested witness. You trust him as you trust a Quaker.”
—Naomi Bliven, The New Yorker


“directly, or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature.” —Jean-Paul Sartre

"There is no real equivalent for the French word esprit which is somewhere between and beyond humor and wit and which is essentially what these short commentaries on the bird and animal world display." —Kirkus Reviews

“The farmyard beasts, hunted game, insects and birds of the Nièvre were world enough for him [Renard]. Sometimes their activities add up to a story, sometimes an extended observation; or they might just provide a joyful moment—for instance, when a kingfisher comes and perches on his fishing-rod (‘I was swelling with pride at having been taken for a tree’). And on almost every page there are brilliant descriptions and comparisons.” – Julian Barnes, London Review of Books
 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vera on March 19, 2012
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This is one of the most beautiful nature books written in the last century. Jules Renard had a clinic eye, a sharp way to observe the world that surrounded him. His sense of humour is subtle and precise, the descriptions of animals are both familiar and distant. One of the things that I like the most of Renard is that he doesn't observe nature from above but as an active member, like someone who knows and enjoys his place.
You won't regret buying this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Jones on May 8, 2011
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I keep this wonderful little book in my car and take it with me if I have a line to wait in. It's short stories, sometimes no more than a line, are insightful and just plain lovely. This is in my Top Ten Favorites. You won't be disappointed if you buy this book.
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By Kristen on August 12, 2013
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The words simply sound 'pretty' together. The author personifies animals, plants, etc found in nature, describing them in ways you might not have thought of! A great read. Arrived timely!
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well written, interesting. I knew what I was getting before I got it. Arrived on time and in good shape
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