Clochemerle (Paperback)Gabriel Chevallier (author)
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A funny look at the social and political dynamic of French village life.
Gabriel Chevallier's delightful novel Clochemerle satirizes the titanic confrontation of secular and religious forces in a small wine-growing village in Beaujolais. The eruption begins when the socialist mayor decides that he wants to leave behind a monument to his administration's achievements. He takes as his model the ancient Romans, who were famous for two things: hygiene and noble edifices. Thus, he decides to unite the two concepts...by constructing a public urinal in the centre of town. There is one problem, however: the chosen locale is next to the village church, and this outrages the ecclesiastical party.
*Perfect for fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolate*
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
A fine satire, filled with humorous incidents and much subtle philosophy. It is for intelligent, open-minded people with a sense of humour * Yorkshire Post *
The author has a wonderful eye for village types, and the village of Clochemerle is built up for us as a shining and integrated whole - he has chosen to employ his great talents in describing a series of people, episoded and conversations that are ribald, exaggerated and bizarre. I must confess that its rollicking grossness pleased me * Howard Spring *
A full-blooded uproarious farce in the Rabelaisian tradition * Times Literary Supplement *
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“All the fun of the farce”
If you fondly remember the Brian Rix farces then do try Clochemerle. Sometimes bawdy but often insightful into human nature and local politics, Clochemerle is relevant still and laugh-out-loud funny.
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