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Clochemerle [Paperback]

Gabriel Chevallier
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2 Sep 2004
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.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099453886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099453888
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The plot is a marvel of ingenuity and makes most detective stories look primitive by comparison" (John Brophy)

"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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'The plot is a marvel of ingenuity and makes most detective stories look primitive by comparison' John Brophy

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Ah Clochemerle. Possibly my favourite book of all time. I've re-read it about 6 or 7 times now most recently just finishing it yesterday and it never fails to amuse and impress me. Bearing in mind it was written in 1936 it is a bit "racy" and when you consider it was translated in the same year for British publication, I hate to think what the guardians of our morals thought in those days. It still stands up well to the test of time and it's just a shame the two follow up novels - inferior but still fun - are so hard to get hold off. Just while I'm mentioning translation, the translator in this case goes under the crazy name of Jocelyn Godefroi and he makes an excellent job of it. Everyone who takes it upon themselves to publish a novel in translation from French should look to this one and marvel at what a great job he(she?) does.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars farce in the french countryside 23 Nov 2004
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Format:Paperback
This is a beautifully written tale, full of french passion, fight and flare..A small old fashioned country town consumed by a desire for their fruity wine and women but divided over a modern edifice..Recommended..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clochemerle? Still very much the case! 18 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
Excellent and oh, still how true! I 01st read Clochemerle when I was about 20, never dreaming I was to spend the major part of my adult life in France. Now for having lived for so long in Provincial France, and not too far away from Lyons and the Beaujolais region, I can better visualize the streets of Clochemerle; the summer heat; the Lime trees and Horse chestnut trees that line the streets and town square; the people and the village "intrigues" and all I have to say is human nature never changes!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome chance to read this again 27 Feb 2013
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I think that the version I read years ago must have been severely abridged, what a fantastic portrayal of small town rural France and French politics between the wars. I had no idea that it was so explicit, in the nicest possible way of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This will make you smile 26 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I remember the TV version and have been trying for years to get it on DVD - no joy. I decided to buy the book and it is a gem. Such a dry, witty style. It had me laughing out loud. Don't hesitate - buy it and enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour Ivresse 25 July 2014
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The massively successful product of a novelist famed for a Great War shocker ("Peur") Clochemerle is a beautifully observed account of a Beaujolais village at the community-level with some interesting observations on the sex lives of married couples. The events that cause the scandal are lovingly placed in the setting. In its observation I am reminded of the Croft and Perry TV series (like Dad's Army) where a distinct type is skewered exactly but always with the humanity to recognise their strengths as well as weaknesses. The 1972 BBC series was more Talbot Rothwell than Gabriel Chevallier with its Seventies Smut antenna working overtime; the text is much more nuanced however the casting of the series very much hit the target. I very much prefer the novel with its strong grip on village France. As Trenet wrote

Un petit village, un vieux clocher
Un paysage si bien caché
Et dans un nuage le cher visage
De mon passé
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recomend. 21 Aug 2014
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Absolutely brilliant. I remembered it from the TV series - but the book it better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Amusing 8 Oct 2013
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A great classic comedy, translated brilliantly from the French. Very funny, The characters are well-drawn, so it's no wonder it was made into a successful film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
pleasant story but no characters
Published 8 days ago by david hoaran
5.0 out of 5 stars I first read this book years ago and was pleased to be reunited with...
I first read this book years ago and was pleased to be reunited with an old friend. I especially like the little line drawings which illustrate many of the pages, making this... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Ann West
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 month ago by Chris McKeefry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent humorous read.
I first read this book when I was c.18 (1955) and found it exceedingly funny. The book is about the confrontation of secular and religious forces in a small wine-growing village... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trinamadon5
5.0 out of 5 stars Clochemerle
A delightful book, well translated. I can see the characters from the 1970s TV version. A colourful, rich if, (I think!) a somewhat exaggerated vision of 1920s rural France.
Published 4 months ago by Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh la la
Could not understand why my parents laughed so much over this book, I now know why, you have to have a warped sense of humour :-)) A real fun read of the French way of life!!!!
Published 4 months ago by Fraggie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Vintage
A great vintage, full bodied and so full of flavour. This is a vintage that has matured so well and needs to be savoured slowly.
Published 4 months ago by aardvaarkcreative
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb adaptation of a French comic classic
Hilarious, bawdy, gloriously acted by a galaxy of British names of the 1970s (and a few French ones): Cyril Cusack (all right, he was Irish), Kenneth Griffith, Wendy Hiller,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen Turnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Clochemerle
It must be at least 50 years since I first read Clochemerle - and it was quite simply great fun to visit it again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barnowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of print book order
Excellent service from World Books for this book no longer available in my local libraries. I would recommend for any book club member
Published 6 months ago by Di
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