First French Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book by Stanley Appelbaum

By Stanley Appelbaum

This first-class anthology bargains the start French-language scholar a primary style of a few of the world's most important prose. selected for either their eloquence and straightforwardness of interpreting, excerpts from such masterpieces as Les Misérables, The pink and the Black, Madame Bovary, Carmen, and The 3 Musketeers will open new worlds for linguists. Readers will appreciate the phrases of 50 nice writers of a number of genres from the 17th via 20th centuries, together with Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Baudelaire, Dumas, Proust, and different literary virtuosos.
Lucid and obtainable, the unabridged English translations by way of Stanley Appelbaum seem on pages that face the unique French textual content. Literature enthusiasts, French-language scholars, and different readers will locate this quantity a desirable exploration of French literature...and a useful relief to getting to know one of many world's so much romantic languages.

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Naturally, their subject matter and treatment are quite varied, but a persistent theme running through many is mental illness (which troubled the author and his family, as well). Our excerpt is from the story “Denis” in the collection Miss Harriet (1884); the remainder of the story is full of surprises and odd turns of plot, before Denis ends up in an asylum. 44. Henri Bergson (1859–1941), who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1927, was a philosopher for whom intuition was more likely than scientific analysis to explain how the mind operates, and even how evolution takes place.

Alexandre Dumas père (July 1802–1870) is the preeminent French creator of swashbuckling historical novels (he was also an important playwright). One of his two most famous works is the perennial favorite Les trois mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers; 1844), the title of which has become a catchword for comradeship. Full of brio, Dumas’s text reads like a shooting script, with taut dialogue and a complete notation of visual and sound effects. This excerpt includes the introduction to the musketeers’ celebrated motto.

The duration of our passions is no more dependent on us than the duration of our life. 6. Passion often makes a lunatic of the cleverest man, and often makes the biggest fools clever. 7. Those great, striking actions which dazzle the eyes are claimed by statesmen to be the results of great plans, whereas they’re usually the results of temperament and passions. Thus, the war between Augustus and Mark Antony, which people connect with their ambition to become masters of the world, was perhaps no more than a result of jealousy.

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