Les Caractères by Jean de La Bruyère

"Les Caractères" is a collection of character sketches and maxims that satirically depict the manners, foibles, and quirks of the French society in the 17th century. The author's keen observations and sharp wit provide an insightful commentary on human nature and social behavior, with a focus on the court of Louis XIV. The book is renowned for its style, wisdom, and the author's ability to capture the essence of an individual in a few lines.

The 1554th greatest book of all time


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