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Intended to convert religiously indifferent readers to Christianity, Pascal's Pensees were published posthumously to wide and ongoing acclaim. This selection of highlights from the Pensees focuses on their most secular aspects, including extensive coverage of the author's sensitive examination of human psychology and his much-appreciated epigrams. Pascal's Provincial Lette Intended to convert religiously indifferent readers to Christianity, Pascal's Pensees were published posthumously to wide and ongoing acclaim. This selection of highlights from the Pensees focuses on their most secular aspects, including extensive coverage of the author's sensitive examination of human psychology and his much-appreciated epigrams. Pascal's Provincial Letters, written in 1656 and 1657 in support of the Jansenist cause, captivated a large audience (including opponents of the cause) with their satirical wit, righteous indignation, and effervescent style. This is the only dual-language edition available.


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Intended to convert religiously indifferent readers to Christianity, Pascal's Pensees were published posthumously to wide and ongoing acclaim. This selection of highlights from the Pensees focuses on their most secular aspects, including extensive coverage of the author's sensitive examination of human psychology and his much-appreciated epigrams. Pascal's Provincial Lette Intended to convert religiously indifferent readers to Christianity, Pascal's Pensees were published posthumously to wide and ongoing acclaim. This selection of highlights from the Pensees focuses on their most secular aspects, including extensive coverage of the author's sensitive examination of human psychology and his much-appreciated epigrams. Pascal's Provincial Letters, written in 1656 and 1657 in support of the Jansenist cause, captivated a large audience (including opponents of the cause) with their satirical wit, righteous indignation, and effervescent style. This is the only dual-language edition available.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    AC

    This book was really quite a disappointment. Frankly, Pascal is dull. Apart from a few well-known purple passages, the Pensées (pp. 90-209) mostly consist of a collection of disjointed, fragmentary, premodern ethical musings. What Appelbaum presents here is a selection - so this is not a complete set, and certainly it is not a critical edition. The rest of the book contains four of the nineteen Provincial Letters (1, 7, 9, 11). These are Jansenist polemics. Dullsville... I just skimmed them. Imag This book was really quite a disappointment. Frankly, Pascal is dull. Apart from a few well-known purple passages, the Pensées (pp. 90-209) mostly consist of a collection of disjointed, fragmentary, premodern ethical musings. What Appelbaum presents here is a selection - so this is not a complete set, and certainly it is not a critical edition. The rest of the book contains four of the nineteen Provincial Letters (1, 7, 9, 11). These are Jansenist polemics. Dullsville... I just skimmed them. Imagine... a writer that makes the Jesuits look like the 'dangerous hipster set'.... and that gives you some idea of what you're dealing with here with ole' Blaise.... Appelbaum himself -- well, I discovered from his dual-edition of Rimbaud that he is an untrustworthy guide as a translator (see my updates or comments ad loc.). The strange thing is that old Stanley seems actually to have an expert's familiarity with Jansenist polemics, and gets really excited -- tossing in a lot of '!!' at the strangest places.... I suspect that he didn't get that itch from his babushka... but, hey... whatever moves your (drunken) boat!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela Randall

    I want this as it's dual-language: Selected "Pensees" and Provincial Letters/Pensees et Provinciales Choisies: Blaise Pascal, A Dual-Language Book I want this as it's dual-language: Selected "Pensees" and Provincial Letters/Pensees et Provinciales Choisies: Blaise Pascal, A Dual-Language Book

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