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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

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