Discover The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes)

One of our favorite titles for the season is The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes), the beloved French novel that suggests a cross between The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. Voted one of the top ten books of the twentieth century by Le Monde, it is an unforgettably bittersweet story of youthful friendship and the search for lost love. Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker contributor and bestselling author of Paris to the Moon, has written a stirring new introduction that discusses the novel's young author, who was killed in World War I. Robin Buss's sparkling translation is the first in fifty years. The great, great grandfather of our best pop love songs, The Lost Estate has a cult following of admirers including Beck and Nick Hornby, who said of the novel, "I find its depiction of a golden time and place just as poignant now."


The Lost Estate
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