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The Choice of Life   By: (1869-1941)

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Georgette Leblanc's novel, The Choice of Life, is an exceptional piece of literary work that explores the intricacies of human existence and the profound decisions that shape our lives. Set against the backdrop of a small, picturesque village in rural France, Leblanc masterfully captures the essence of human emotions, desires, and dilemmas.

The story revolves around the lives of two main characters, Emilie and Julien, who find themselves entangled in a complex web of choices that will have profound effects on their futures. Leblanc flawlessly delves into their individual psyches, providing a deep understanding of their motivations, fears, and aspirations. Through their journey, the author poses thought-provoking questions about fate, destiny, and the power of personal agency.

Leblanc's writing style is both elegant and captivating. Her prose is rich with vivid descriptions, transporting the reader to the charming French village with its idyllic landscapes and captivating residents. The author's attention to detail is remarkable, painting a vivid picture of every scene and allowing readers to immerse themselves fully into the story.

What sets The Choice of Life apart is Leblanc's ability to merge philosophy with storytelling seamlessly. Through her characters, she delves deep into various philosophical concepts, including existentialism, free will, and the nature of happiness. Her skillful portrayal of ethical dilemmas and moral choices encourages readers to reflect on their own lives and the decisions they make.

Additionally, the development of the characters is truly exceptional. Emilie and Julien are portrayed as fully fleshed-out individuals, complete with flaws, strengths, and vulnerabilities. As readers follow their journeys, they are given ample opportunity to connect with and empathize with these characters on a deeply emotional level.

The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, with just the right amount of suspense and introspection. Each chapter propels the story forward while delving further into the intricacies of the human condition. Leblanc's narrative is intricately woven, creating a tapestry of interconnected lives and stories that converge in a deeply satisfying climax.

In conclusion, Georgette Leblanc's The Choice of Life is a masterfully crafted novel that combines exquisite prose, philosophical depth, and compelling characters. This thought-provoking story reminds us that our lives are defined by the choices we make, and that true happiness lies in embracing agency and living authentically. This novel is a must-read for both literary enthusiasts and those seeking a captivating tale that explores the complexities of the human experience.

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Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos

[Illustration: Georgette Leblanc]

New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1914

Copyright, 1914, by Dodd, Mead and Company Published, March, 1914

Women are ever divided by a miserable distrust, whereas all their weaknesses intertwined might make for their lives a crown of love and strength and beauty....

How one of them strove to deliver her unhappy friend, the words which she spoke to her, the examples which she set before her, the joys which she offered her: these are what I have tried to record in this book.





Here in the garden, close to the quiet house, I sit thinking of that strange meeting in the village. A blackbird at regular intervals sings the same refrain, which is taken up by others in the distance. The lily's chalice gleams under the blazing sun; and the humbler flowers meekly droop their heads. White butterflies are everywhere, flitting restlessly hither and thither. So fierce is the splendour of the day that I cannot raise my eyes to the summit of the trees; and my quivering lids show me the whole sky through my lashes.

Thereupon it seems to me that the emotion which bursts from my heart, like a too brilliant light, compels me to close the shutters of my brain as well... Continue reading book >>

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