Is a coming of age novel and has delighted and puzzled readers with its depiction of a "paradise lost" in the heart of rural France. Le Grand Meaulnes himself is a mysterious character, part poet and part peasant. Told as a story within a story and written a few years before the outbreak of the 1st World War the story has a prescient sense of heartbreak and doom and has been compared to The Great Gatsby among other classic novels.
Clare Conville, feted literary agent, author and festival curator hosts a monthly book club at The Society Club in Soho. From the unholy to the extreme, from the extreme to the sublime, books will be chosen on the basis of their compulsive readability and transgressive nature.
The next book is LE GRAND MEAULNES by Alain Fournier.