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The Mountain. With Numerous Illustrations

Author: Jules Michelet
Publisher: Nelson and Sons
Publish Date: 1886

This is a somewhat condensed edition of Jules Michelet's famous book. While the public gain by the lowering of the price, they do not lose by the excision of matter which was superfluous. We always stand in awe of Michelet. He is a writer of the highest order; and we greatly admire him; but we do not presume to think of understanding him at all times. When he is most obscure we feel sure that he means something surpassingly grand, if we could only get at it. Like Victor Hugo, he says impossibly fine things. We should vote some of his oracular utterances to be sheer nonsense, only we have not the courage to say so. Besides, others of his dark sayings have more in them than there ought to be in the single utterances of mortals and so we try to take from the one and there with put a portion of meaning into the other. Michelet is charming reading and exceedingly suggestive; but he moves on stilts, and wearies you with his grandiloquence. To a young man who meets with this Grand Monarque French style for the first time, it must appear to be a very big thing; but a little more acquaintance lends disenchantment to the view; even "The Mountain" melts down as we come nearer to it.