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A Woodland Queen   By: (1833-1907)

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A Woodland Queen by André Theuriet is a captivating and enchanting piece of literature that whisks readers away into a world of love and nature. Set in the idyllic countryside, the novel follows the delicate and charming Queen of the Woodlands, Amélie de Laurière.

Theuriet's writing style is beautifully descriptive, painting vivid and lush landscapes that transport the reader into the heart of nature. The imagery is so vivid that one can almost smell the intoxicating scent of wildflowers or feel the soft embrace of the woodland breeze.

The character of Amélie is truly the shining star of this novel. She is portrayed as a strong and independent woman, deeply connected to the woods and all its inhabitants. Her interactions with the forest creatures are heartwarming, showcasing her exceptional kindness and compassion. Amélie's love for her woodland kingdom is palpable, and it's impossible not to be swept up in her adoration for her natural surroundings.

Theuriet delicately weaves romance into the narrative, allowing readers to witness the blossoming love between Amélie and a young artist, André. Their love story is tender and moving, with moments of pure joy and heartache that leave a lasting impact. The author beautifully explores the power of love and its ability to transcend societal barriers, making this book not just a romance but a reflection on the transformative nature of human connection.

Moreover, the themes of environmentalism and conservation are skillfully intertwined within the story. Theuriet's deep appreciation and understanding of the natural world shine through, serving as a gentle reminder to readers of the importance of preserving our environment.

While the pacing of the novel is generally steady, there are a few moments where the narrative slows down, which might cause some readers to lose interest. Additionally, the secondary characters could have been more developed, as they sometimes feel overshadowed by the charismatic Amélie.

Overall, A Woodland Queen is a beautifully written and captivating novel that transports readers to a world of love, nature, and enchantment. Theuriet's lyrical prose and his profound connection to the natural world make this book a must-read for those who appreciate both romance and the beauty of the great outdoors.

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('Reine des Bois')


With a Preface by MELCHIOR DE VOGUE, of the French academy


CLAUDE ADHEMAR ANDRE THEURIET was born at Marly le Roi (Seine et Oise), October 8,1833. His ancestors came from Lorraine. He was educated at Bar le Duc and went to Paris in 1854 to study jurisprudence. After finishing his courses he entered the Department of the Treasury, and after an honorable career there, resigned as chef de bureau. He is a poet, a dramatist, but, above all, a writer of great fiction.

As early as 1857 the poems of Theuriet were printed in the 'Revue de Paris' and the 'Revue des Deux Mondes'. His greatest novel, 'Reine des Bois' (Woodland Queen), was crowned by the Academie Francaise in 1890. To the public in general he became first known in 1870 by his 'Nouvelles Intimes'. Since that time he has published a great many volumes of poems, drama, and fiction. A great writer, he perhaps meets the wishes of that large class of readers who seek in literature agreeable rest and distraction, rather than excitement or aesthetic gratification. He is one of the greatest spirits that survived the bankruptcy of Romanticism. He excels in the description of country nooks and corners; of that polite rusticity which knows nothing of the delving laborers of 'La Terre', but only of graceful and learned leisure, of solitude nursed in revery, and of passion that seems the springtide of germinating nature... Continue reading book >>

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