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Book Tips - Maurice Maeterlinck

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1911 was awarded to Maurice Maeterlinck "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations".

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Alladine and Palomides (Alladine et Palomides)

Maurice Maeterlinck won the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 1911.He was born on 29 August 1862 in Ghent, a town in Flanders; a province of Belgium. A law graduate from the Jesuit College of Saint Barbe, his lack of passion for Bar compelled him hang his black robes rather too early. He started writing plays and wrote them so well that Octave Mirabeau (a prominent critic and scholar of the day) designated him 'The Shakespeare of Belgium'. I like and recommend his Play " Alladin and Palomides". The play reflects dramatic art and mystic beauty. The application of symbolism and almost somnambulant imaginative power showcase his power of dreaming spirit as well as precision as a great Dramatist. The simplification of the dramatic technique has been pushed beyond limits without harming the aesthetics of drama. A dramatic drama indeed!
/Dilbag Firdausi, India

The Blue Bird (L'Oiseau bleu)

A fantastic play full of magical creatures that can be read either by children or adults. This book opens new doors in our own imagination.
/Bertrand Petit, Belgium
It is a magical fantasy play, and it is extremely vivid on the page as I'm sure it would be on the stage. Charming and very entertaining, and the original translation still works today.
/Ryan-Andrew Scott, United States
Fantastic narration.
/Dr Amir, Bangladesh

The Life of the Bee (La vie des abeilles)

I like Maurice Maeterlinck's 'The life of the Bee' because it is so powerfully (read competently) worded that it loses neither color nor shade in its translation from French into English. Alfred Sutro, while translating, ensured that the literary charm to bring out the romantic, poetic and picturesque aspects of the subject does not get hindered by the arid manner of the matter-of-fact scientific documentation. Sutro was able to accomplish it because Maeterlinck did not sacrifice any of the scientific truth and accuracy. His details are precise and proven facts rather than a cluster of fallacy. Read it and you shall nod.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
This is an amazing philosophical-scientific tractate. Maeterlinck proved that he had an enormous talent of the nature's penetrating observer and a fascinating ability of its description.
/David, Sweden
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