Rétif de la Bretonne (23 October 1734 – 3 February 1806)
Looks like my kind of beer. The pipe? - No. The book? - I will never know.
I think this one had 6,5%, which was just about okay with me. The one with 9% was too strong for my taste.The meerschaum pipe – I was never a passionate pipe smoker – is but a dust catching accessoire.The book? Interesting, but it will not make it among my top 100.
And, let's say, which ten might compete for your number one slot? To ask for an actual No. 1 might be stupidly restrictive. I am guessing Ulysses and Don Quixote might be in with a chance (Aileen the Alien not so :( :)
I am playing with the thought. Quite sure, though, each book having its own "magic", there would be no number one.But you are not wrong with your guessing.As for Aileen: I am playing with the thought not only to order the complete oevre, but to read it in 2021.
I await the results of your playing (re top 10) with interest (and maybe accompanied by your top ten beer bottles - with only one opened at most). A challenge for you to consider.
That would – for several reasons – be a tough challenge. I shall think about it.
A big, big hooray for books - books which live on long after their creators. Which sounds like an excellent epitaph to me.
A book being translated and published two hundred centuries after one's death – a pity one cannot buy one's own books then.
Oh! la la...Retif is quite a discovery, Sean. Reading about the content of his numerous books, I can understand why they were not included in my Nun's College Literature Course. Now, of course, I'm infinitely curious. But I doubt I'll ever be able to get the books in any libraries and bookstores in Toronto. You're so privileged to own them. It looks like they are in French?
Ah, Claude, the pious nuns will have hidden it from your eyes in their "poison cabinet".I do have the excellent German translation being published three years ago with about "but" one third of the origianal volume.The French original got published as a hardcover in 1989 by Gallimard. It has 1872 pages, which are 203 more than the 1669 pages that will become his opus magnum "Pre-Assyrian Philately in a Nutshell", as soon as Tetrapilotomos will have finished the proof-reading. ISBN-10: 2070111709; ISBN-13: 978-2070111701