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Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

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Author: Henry Murger
Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 102,042 / 303 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 573
Added to site: 2006.05.28 13780

This book was the source of the plot used by Puccini in his opera La Bohème.

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haracteristics, is not met with amongst the greater number of these young fellows, whom pride, a bastard pride, has rendered invulnerable to all the advice of reason. Thus they die young, leaving sometimes behind them a work which the world admires later on and which it would no doubt have applauded sooner if it had not remained invisible.

In artistic struggles it is almost the same as in war, the whole of the glory acquired falls to the leaders; the army shares as its reward the few lines in a dispatch. As to the soldiers struck down in battle, they are buried where they fall, and one epitaph serves for twenty thousand dead.

So, too, the crowd, which always has its eyes fixed on the rising sun, never lowers its glance towards that underground world where the obscure workers are struggling; their existence finishes unknown and without sometimes even having had the consolation of smiling at an accomplished task, they depart from this life, enwrapped in a shroud of indifference.

There exist



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