♥♥ The Horrors of Loveby Jean Dutourd
Le Dilettante, 544 p., 30 euros.
He was not liked on the left, Jean Dutourd, but he had looked for him. His scogneugneu Gaullism was of such bad faith! The reissue of “Horrors of love” proves that the novelist was worth more than the owner of the reaction section of “France-Soir”, member of the French Academy and that of “Big Heads”. For this big novel published in 1963, he was inspired by the Jaccoud case, a Geneva lawyer, author of a crime of passion a few years earlier. Edouard Roberti, his hero, is a married man and father. And now this 50-year-old MP is fooling around with Solange Mignot, a secretary twice his age. The pecore loves him without being paid back, then it’s the opposite and jealousy torments him. The interest of the novel lies less in the anecdote than in the way in which two friends, Him and Me, unfold it during a digestive walk near the Jardin des Plantes. Besides, the author hastens the outcome a few pages from the end. The best of the novel: the digressions of Dutourd, his irony à la Anatole France. His weakness, Claude Roy had pointed out at the time: his contempt for characters. The illustrations by Philippe Dumas are uninteresting.
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♥♥♥ This park of which we are the statues, by Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud
Grasset, 208 p., 19 euros.
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