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JACQUES LE FATALISTE ET SON MAÎTRE N.E. (French) Mass Market Paperback – Aug 7 2006


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: FLAMMARION (ÉDITIONS) (Aug. 7 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2080713108
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080713100
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.6 x 11 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #884,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Deux personnages déambulent en philosophant. On ne sait qui ils sont. On ne sait d'où ils viennent. On ne sait où ils vont. Tout ce que l'on sait, c'est que l'un est le maître de l'autre. Bientôt on se demandera lequel. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Denis Diderot (1713-1784), fils d'un coutelier de Langres, est resté toute sa vie fidèle à la devise : "Plutôt s'user que se rouiller." Il s'est dépensé sans compter dans l'entreprise collective de l'Encyclopédie qui rallie tout le parti philosophe, il a brillé dans la conversation, dans sa correspondance et composé discrètement une oeuvre où le radicalisme matérialiste s'approfondit dans l'expérimentation formelle. L'auteur du Rêve de d'Alembert et du Neveu de Rameau s'est progressivement affirmé depuis un siècle comme l'un des esprits les plus originaux et les plus novateurs de son temps. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Actually a very modern book, despite being a few hundred years old. Diderot's method of narration keep you on your toes, and you learn to expect the unexpected. The author challenges the 'rules' of narration, and even reserves the right to rewind and change his mind! All of which is very relevant in book about fatalism, the belief that everything that happens to us is pre-ordained, or as Jacques says, written in the great scroll in the sky. And indeed, for characters in a novel like Jacques and his master, the events that befall them are indeed pre-ordained and written in the 'great scroll' that is the novel... no matter how hard the narrator tries to give an illusion of freewill..! A very easy going read, by the master of French 18th Century literature. If you enjoy it you should also try the Voyage de Bougainville and Lettres sur les Aveugles.
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Il faut lire et relire Jacques le fataliste, qui n'a pas vieilli du tout. Tout y passe, l'amour, la société, le statut social les attentes et le tout enrobé de satire et d'humour. C'est un millionnaire fort décati, mais bon vivant qui sirotant son martini m'avait recommandé la lecture de ce livre. Depuis je le déguste à petites lampées me délectant du sel de ce grand philosophe qui réinventa le monde et sut nous charmer encore par les entrelacs de ce conte si moderne.
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By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 2 2012
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Cetteoeuvre courte et amusante est en fait très riche et peut être analysée à plusieurs degrés.

Il s'agit a priori d'un conte où Jacques, un valet, entreprend de raconter l'amour de sa vie à son maître mais qui, au fil des diversions, n'y parvient jamais. Comme le titre l'indique, Jacques est convaincu que le sort de chaque être humain est prédéterminé et qu'il ne faut donc pas s'en faire avec la vie.

Sans persiflage comme chez Voltaire, l'auteur rompt volontairement avec plusieurs conventions d'écriture. Le narrateur interrompt ainsi fréquemment son propos pour s'adresser directement au lecteur en se distanciant du fil de l'histoire. Son niveau de langage est, disons, fort large et il ne se gène pas pour décrire en détails ce que d'autres tairaient.

Il est amusant de remarquer dans cetteoeuvre du 18e siècle quelques expressions qui ont conservé leur sens initial au Québec mais l'ont perdu en France, par exemple `rôti sucrée' pour `pain grillé' et `jaser' pour `converser'.

Le tout est fort recommandable et ne décevra pas.
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By Aigle on July 22 2012
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J'ai été très satisfaite de la rapidité de l'envoi de cet ouvrage. Il est arrivé en très bon état. Tout est parfait.
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An entertaining insight into 18th C philosophical issues March 25 2000
By alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Actually a very modern book, despite being a few hundred years old. Diderot's method of narration keep you on your toes, and you learn to expect the unexpected. The author challenges the 'rules' of narration, and even reserves the right to rewind and change his mind! All of which is very relevant in book about fatalism, the belief that everything that happens to us is pre-ordained, or as Jacques says, written in the great scroll in the sky. And indeed, for characters in a novel like Jacques and his master, the events that befall them are indeed pre-ordained and written in the 'great scroll' that is the novel... no matter how hard the narrator tries to give an illusion of freewill..! A very easy going read, by the master of French 18th Century literature. If you enjoy it you should also try the Voyage de Bougainville and Lettres sur les Aveugles.
It's in French Oct. 7 2013
By Richard Guidebeck - Published on Amazon.com
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Waste of money, should have read the entire description! Deleted it and consider it a mistake on my part peroid

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