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Romance of the Rabbit   By: (1868-1938)

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Romance of the Rabbit by Francis Jammes is a delightful exploration of love, longing, and the complexities of relationships. Set in the picturesque countryside of rural France, the novel effortlessly transports readers into a world where human emotions and the natural world seamlessly intertwine.

The story follows the life of a young and imaginative narrator who embarks on a journey through the mysterious realm of romance. The protagonist finds solace and inspiration in observing nature, particularly the silent rabbit, which becomes a symbol of the narrator's desires and yearnings. Through his encounters with various characters and his whimsical musings, he delves into the intricacies of human connections, emotional bonds, and the ethereal nature of love.

What makes this book truly exceptional is Jammes' ability to infuse profound philosophical ideas into seemingly ordinary moments. His lyrical prose captures the essence of fleeting moments, evoking a sense of stillness and introspection. Through his vivid descriptions, Jammes paints a vivid picture of the idyllic countryside and creates a rich backdrop for the protagonist's introspections.

The novel is a constant interplay between the mundane and the transcendental, seamlessly weaving together the protagonist's thoughts and observations with the timeless expanse of nature. It invites readers to reflect on the complexities of love and human relationships, presenting both the joys and challenges that come with them.

Furthermore, Jammes' storytelling style is deeply introspective and introspective, unfurling slowly like the petals of a flower. This deliberate pacing allows readers to savor each moment and delve into the depth of the protagonist's emotions. It is a book that encourages contemplation and invites readers to question the nature of desire, passion, and enduring love.

Although this novel may not have the fast-paced plot twists often associated with romance, it possesses a quiet charm and gentle allure that captivates readers. It is a poetic exploration of the human spirit, eliciting a sense of wonder and enchantment as readers follow the protagonist's journey.

In conclusion, Romance of the Rabbit by Francis Jammes is an exquisitely written novel that celebrates the subtleties and complexities of love. Jammes' lyrical prose and thoughtful storytelling create a world that is both intensely personal and universally relatable. This book is a definite must-read for anyone seeking a beautifully crafted exploration of the human heart.

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Authorized Translation from the French by Gladys Edgerton



The simple and bucolic art of Francis Jammes has grown to maturity in the solitude of the little town of Orthez at the foot of the Pyrenees, far from the clamor and complexities of literary Paris. In the preface to an early work of his he has given the key of his artistic faith: "My God, You have called me among men. Behold I am here. I suffer and I love. I have spoken with the voice which you have given me. I have written with the words which You have taught my mother and my father and which they transmitted to me. I am passing along the road like a laden ass of which the children make mock and which lowers the head. I shall go where You wish, when You wish."

And this is the way he has gone without faltering or ever turning aside to become identified with this school or that. It is this simple faith which has given to Francis Jammes his distinction and uniqueness among the poets of contemporary France, and won for him the admiration of all classes. There is probably no other French poet who can evoke so perfectly the spirit of the landscape of rural France. He delights to commune with the wild flowers, the crystal spring, and the friendly fire. Through his eyes we see the country of the singing harvest where the poplars sway beside the ditches and the fall of the looms of the weavers fills the silence... Continue reading book >>

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