The Counterfeiters (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 26 Jul 1990
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Uncle Edouard (38) (Gide styled and as a first person journal) is an author in competition with the notorious, fellow author Robert de Passvant. His half-sister Pauline Molinier, married to Oscar, has sons Olivier, Vincent and George (14). The sons are at college with Olivier befriending Bernard Profitendieu, who has learnt that he's a bastard and left home. Vincent has got Laura Videl, married to professor Felix, pregnant but equally Lilian Griffith conspires with Robert to win Vincent. Robert and Edouard are each seemingly using their friendships, planning literary journals needing editors and their foreign travels to get close to the young men. The young men become in-love and jealous. There are many non-graphic but literary scenes suggesting or otherwise of guys sharing beds and time together in ambiguous and not so ambiguous gay/bisexual ways. There are many back stories based around the Laura's sibling Armand, Rachael and Sarah; the ex-college teachers of Edouard, the Azais. Middleclass parents have to deal (badly) with the issues including counterfeiting and a young man run brothel club.
This is a mix of Middlemarch, Gissing's Nether World and Murger's Bohemians of the Latin Quarter but heavy on the sexually ambivalent. It's quite existential actually.Read more ›