The Weekend Wanderer
Weekends are a time to wander and to permit yourself to find a bit of pleasure. For some it may be sleeping late, spending your day in your pajamas or re-counting a dream, or losing yourself in a book. A dream of a book titled, “The Wanderer” has always been one of my personal favorites written by Alain-Fournier. One weekend, I wandered into a small shop of curiosities and was literally drawn to the cover which was illustrated by Edward Gorey. Picture a young boy cloaked in naive elegance, standing at the edge of the forest of adolescence. I knew at that moment it was a meant to be acquisition, indeed a rare and lucky find. This was the only book Fournier ever completed. ” The Wanderer” was published in France in 1912 under the title “Le Grand Meaulnes.” The first English and American editions appeared in 1928.