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  1. Jim Jim says:

    Alphonse Daudet's One of the Forty aka The Immortal is a brilliant satire on the Académie Francaise and its forty members It is a strangely Balzacian novel to the extent that I almost feel as if the Good Dr Bianchon or that rapscallion Vautrin were hanging about the sidelines It is the tale of a family of Académie members beginning with the aged Réhu most famous with recalling past events with a cynical That's another of the things that I have seen His son Leonard Astier Réhu who has gotten into the august organization by his wife's skirts is a historian with a huge collection of manuscripts written by such figures as Galileo Richelieu and others upon which he bases his august but largely unread historical works He has purchased all his manuscripts from a little hunchback named Albin Fage Doesn't that already make you suspicious? His son Paul an architect desperately wants to marry a title Thrown over by one widow the Princesse Colette de Rosen he winds up with another widow twenty five years his senior the Duchess Maria Antonia Padovani a Corsican The Astier Réhu clan is surrounded by a coterie of wannabe academicians most notably the Vicomte de Freydet whose letters to his family provide an interesting viewpoint on the Académie and its strange waysEventually the word gets out that the immortal Leonard Astier Réhu has been duped by the forger Fage He insists on taking Fage to court but it is he whose reputation suffers the even though Fage is convictedThe general result of reading the production was utter amazement that the Permanent Secretary of the Académie Française and the official representatives of science and literature could have been taken in for two or three years by an ignorant dwarf with a brain crammed full of the refuse of libraries and the ill digested parings of books This constituted the extraordinary joke of the whole business and was the explanation of the crowded court People came to see the Académie pilloried in the person of Astier Réhu who sat among the witnesses the mark of every eyeAfter the trial the historian realizes that although he was Permanent Secretary of the 40 immortals of the Académie it was all a bad businessThe Académie is a snare and a delusion Go your way and do your work Sacrifice nothing to the Académie for it has nothing to offer you neither gift nor glory nor the best thing of all self contentment It is neither a retreat nor a refuge; it is a hollow idol a religion that offers no consolations The great troubles of life come upon you there as elsewhere; under that dome men have killed themselves men have gone mad there Those who in their agony have turned to the Académie and weary of loving or weary of cursing have stretched forth their arms to her have clasped but a shadowI have read several of Daudet's books and think that it is time to begin republishing them with recent translations So far this is the best of the lot at least among the works I have read

  2. Shari Shari says:

    Being my first Daudet work I was hesitant to read this novel at first It was a good decision that I did however because it turned out to be a great read The Immortal is the story of a family that does what it must to survive in a society that thrives on hypocrisy deceit and empty promises Daudet wrote with an engaging but sharp wit Through his sense of irony and dark humor he weaves a story of a plotting wife an obsessed husband and a scheming son who have no real affection for one another save for what each can do and give the others to be among the best in the world of letters and fashionable society The undoing of this family shows Daudet to have a keen knowledge of the society of his time The story is sad and tragic completely ironic It will make any reader pause and think about what really matters in life

  3. Olga Olga says:

    this is the first book I read by Daudet I love it Everything is so vivid and alive in this book

  4. Laura Laura says:

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg

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LImmortel ❰Read❯ ➭ LImmortel Author Alphonse Daudet – Alphonse Daudet 1840 1897 ne a Nimes Gard est un ecrivain et auteur dramatiue francais Daudet se consacra a l ecriture non seulement comme chroniueur au journal Le Figaro mais aussi comme romancier Pu Alphonse Daudet ne a Nimes Gard est un ecrivain et auteur dramatiue francais Daudet se consacra a l ecriture non seulement comme chroniueur au journal Le Figaro mais aussi comme romancier Puis apres avoir fait un voyage en Provence Alphonse commenca a ecrire les premiers textes ui feront partie des Lettres de mon Moulin Il connut son premier succes en avec la Derniere Idole piece montee a l Odeon et ecrite en collaboration avec Ernest Manuel pseudonyme d Ernest Lepine Puis il obtint par le directeur du journal L Evenement l autorisation de les publier comme feuilleton pendant tout l ete de l annee sous le titre de Chroniues Provencales Le premier vrai roman d Alphonse Daudet fut Le Petit Chose ecrit en C est en u Alphonse decida d ecrire des romans de moeurs comme Fromont Jeune et Risler Aine mais aussi Jack et Le Nabab Pendant ces travaux de romancier et de dramaturge il n oublia pas pour autant son travail de conteur il ecrivit en Tartarin de Tarascon ui fut son personnage mythiue.

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • LImmortel
  • Alphonse Daudet
  • French
  • 12 March 2016
  • 9781409944614