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Our Children Scenes from the Country and the Town   By: (1844-1924)

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In "Our Children: Scenes from the Country and the Town," Anatole France crafts a thought-provoking collection of stories that delve into the lives of children from different social strata in late 19th-century France. Through his vivid storytelling and masterful character development, France sheds light on the stark contrasts and commonalities between urban and rural upbringings.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in France's ability to construct distinct, memorable characters. From the mischievous street urchin to the privileged bourgeois child, each persona is sketched with meticulous detail and authenticity. As readers delve into their lives, they are confronted with the harsh realities and inherent challenges of their respective environments.

Furthermore, France deftly explores themes such as social class, economic disparities, and the impact of societal expectations on children. Through his nuanced narratives, he unearths the prejudices and prejudices faced by those inhabiting different corners of French society. In doing so, the author highlights the often overlooked struggles and dreams of the younger generation.

What sets this collection apart is France's ability to strike a delicate balance between realism and poeticism. His prose flows smoothly, effortlessly transporting readers into the hearts and minds of his young protagonists. The picturesque depictions of the countryside and vibrant cityscapes serve as the backdrop for these tales, providing readers with a sensory experience that vividly captures the essence of the era.

Despite its merits, "Our Children" is not without its drawbacks. The episodic structure of the book may prove disjointed at times, as readers are thrust into new scenarios and characters without a clear overarching narrative. However, this also serves as a reminder of the unpredictability and randomness of life, mirroring the diverse experiences of children across different locales.

Overall, "Our Children: Scenes from the Country and the Town" is a poignant, evocative collection that succeeds in illuminating the multifaceted lives of children in 19th-century France. Anatole France's ability to seamlessly intertwine social critique with captivating storytelling is a testament to his mastery of the written word. This book is a must-read for those interested in exploring the intricacies of childhood and the human experience within a historical context.

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OUR CHILDREN

by

ANATOLE FRANCE

Illustrations by Boutet de Monvel

[Illustration]

OUR CHILDREN

Scenes from the Country and the Town

by

ANATOLE FRANCE

Illustrated in color and in pen and ink by Boutet de Monvel.

[Illustration]

New York Duffield & Company 1923

Copyright, 1917, by Duffield & Company

Printed in U. S. A.

CONTENTS

FANNY 1

THE FANCY DRESS PARTY 10

THE SCHOOL 12

MARY 14

PAN PIPES 16

ROGER'S STABLE 18

COURAGE 20

CATHERINE'S DAY 22

THE LITTLE SEA DOGS 24

OUR CHILDREN

FANNY

I

[Illustration]

Fanny started off early one morning, like little Red Riding Hood, to visit her grandmother, who lives quite at the other end of the village. But Fanny did not stop like Red Riding Hood to pick hazel nuts. She went straight on her way, and did not see any wolf.

Even when quite a long way off, she could see her grandmother seated on her stone doorstep, the dear grandmother who smiled with her toothless mouth and opened her old arms thin as grape vines to welcome her little granddaughter. Fanny's heart was filled with delight at the prospect of spending a whole day at her grandmother's... Continue reading book >>




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