Magic has become very popular indeed since Harry Potter arrived on the scene - of the crime of course. Elboz is one of these authors who have been strutting on the stage for quite some time and have been boisted by the Potter's arrival though his own recipe is quite different. It is magic for children or young teenagers and what's more a simple kind of it at that. The originality of this book is that it situates the action in Victorian times hoping the time distance will permit any kind of distortion. It rewrites history by some backward going science-fiction : we are in a technically very advanced world in which everything even animals and plants are mechanical and work on steam : Prince Albert's dream world in a way. And Elboz rewrites history to have a Native American US president to avoid Indian wars, and there is no beating about the bush on the point. That backward going science-fiction is funny but unbelievable. That gives the novel a surrealistic touch that makes it nearly childish, definitely child-oriented. Entertaining though even if slightly primitive and somewhat funny ah-ah. Jack the Ripper is still laughing of it.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Paris Dauphine & University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne