Books: The Other Landscape

THE WANDERER (306 pp.) — Henri Alain-Fournier, translated by Françoise Delisle—New Directions ($1.50).

This minor masterpiece, by a young Frenchman killed in World War I, has gone into 80 editions in France (where it is called Le Grand Meaulnes). It is now after 18 years, reprinted in the "New Classics Series" published by New Directions. It is the story of a 17-year-old schoolboy to whom strange coincidence and his own imagination bring an experience of what Alain-Fournier called "the other mysterious landscape."

The boy, Meaulnes, playing hooky from school, gets lost in the countryside and takes shelter in an old manor which...

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