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The Story of a Child

Pierre Loti

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I knew that my grandmother no longer owned the forests, nor the salt marshes, nor the vineyards; for I had heard them say that she had sold them one at a time to put the money into investments upon the mainland; and that an incompetent notary by his bad investments had greatly reduced her income.

When I went to the Island and the old salt makers and vine dressers, who had at one time worked for our family, still loyal and respectful called me "our little master," I knew they did so out of pure politeness and altogether in deference to our past grandeur.

I regretted that I could not spend my life in tending the vineyards and the harvests, the occupations of several of my ancestors. Such a life seemed a much more desirable one to me than my own which was passed in a house in town.

The stories of the Island that my grandmother and aunt Claire related to me were generally of the happenings of their own childhood, a childhood that seemed so ve. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ce roman de lenfant, qui se compose de courts récits autobiographiques et qui de ce fait nest pas vraiment un roman est mon premier rencontre avec cet auteur qui mavait toujours intéressé. Pierre Loti est sans doute lauteur français préféré des lecteurs turcs dont une grande partie ne connaissent...more

Un doux récit d'enfance. Bref et nostalgique. Un peu à la proustienne, hormis la nature du héros.
Enfant et plein de ressources ici, décadent et maladif dans l'autre.
Un livre qui constitue un moyen d'évasion à la demande de la pression de la vie et du stress des intrigues compliquées.

I think this is the same, the version I read was titled 'A Child's Romance' which I really like a lot more. This book is a true treasure, and I wish more had read it. For any that know exactly how deep the peter pan syndrome can send pangs of longing, this book is for you. It's the most beautiful...more