5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Read it slowly,
This review is from: The Foundling Boy (Paperback)
I'm a francophile and loved every word of this novel. It is set in an uneasy time in French history, the period between the two World Wars of the 20th century and is concerned with the growing up from infancy to early manhood of Jean Arnaud in rural Normandie. All of the large cast of characters are engaging, and not so unbelievable as to detract from the series of storylines that run through the book. The writer's ability to capture the charm of the land of France reminded me of the Brive novels of Claude Michelet, but "The Foundling Boy" is much funnier and I knew that I would not be rushing to get to the end -- the writing and the translation made me want to linger and to read the sequel that is flagged up in the last pages. My only niggle is a daft one -- I don't think André Leducq's bike would have had derailleur gears in the 1932 Tour de France (pp. 100 and 159) as I am pretty certain they did not become race-legal until 1937. Never mind, Jean swapped cycling for rowing which fits his character better!