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4.0 out of 5 stars Courage, Mon Brave!, 20 Aug. 2013
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France has moved on a lot since I was confined to the language lab, and this is a snapshot of the 80s, after my release. The author admits his return to this period was for reasons of nostalgia, but you don't have to be a Francophile to enjoy it for yourself. With a premise reminiscent of the plot of The Mask, the hat in the title changes the lives of all who wear it, giving them courage.
A mild-mannered accountant holds his own against a domineering colleague, impressing his boss and gaining promotion. A put-upon mistress finds the pluck to end her affair with the married man she never goes out with. A blocked perfumer, five years under psychoanalysis, dons the Homburg, dismisses his shrink and scores a final hit with his legendary nose, recombining different elements from the story. An aristocrat declares his inner socialist.
The smells, the tastes and the textures of the period are rendered here for you to relish. I even discovered a French affair with technology, pre-dating the PC, that I was totally unaware of before. Just surrender to the narrative and let yourself be carried along by the unfolding story. A delightful, humorous, satisfying read.
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