La Gloire de mon père, par Marcel Pagnol

15 Jun

This is the story of a precocious French youngster at the turn of the 20th century. He teaches himself how to read and his mother fears his head will explode. Subsuqently, his family goes to the countryside for the summer (bien sur) and the central story builds around his school-teacher-father and boasting-uncle’s big hunt in the mountains–and whether our little protagonist can join in on the bloody glory. I’m generally a fan of stories involving precocious children; the humor and charm of this short novel (see especially the section on nose picking), combined with the bucolic setting (the mountains! the herbs! the birds! the goats!), makes this a lovely (albeit mildly sentimental) choice for summer reading.

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