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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont in 1623, the son of a government official. During his short life he left his mark on mathematics, physics, religious controversy and literature. A convert to Jansenism, he engaged with gusto in a controversy with the Jesuits, which gave rise to his Lettres Provincialeson which, with the Pensées, his literary fame chiefly rests. A remarkable stylist, he is regarded by many as the greatest of French prose artists. He died, after a long illness, in 1662.
Dr. A.J. Krailsheimer was born in 1921 and was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. His publications are Studies in Self-Interest (1963), Rabelais and the Franciscans (1965), Three Conteurs of the Sixteenth Century (1966), Rabelais (1967), A. J. de Rancé, Abbot of La Trappe (1974), Pascal (1980), Conversion (1980), Letters of A. J. de Rancé (1984), Rancé and the Trappist Legacy (1985) and Correspondance de Rancé (1993). He has also translated Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pécuchet and Salammbo and Pascal’s The Provincial Letters for the Penguin Classics.
Not a book you can read in just one sitting, you really have to think and you really need to know the Bible. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Sean
Extremely frustrating. William Sutherland does a great job and I really like this translation. Unfortunately the audio publisher decided to use a translation that is not... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Tony Galiardi
I had another edition of this work that I either loaned out or misplaced. I think it is a classic of Christian thought. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John O. Gould, Topeka, KS
Awesome and thought provoking book. Helps you to understand the power of God in our lives and what we need to do to return to Him.Published 2 months ago by CHERYL DAWN ADAMS
I believe this is the H. F. Stewart translation. The Audible version does not match the paperback (A. J. Krailsheimer) translation nor the Kindle version (W. F. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sasha
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steven H Propp