The Catalans

The Catalans

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by Patrick OBrian
     
 

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A dark story of love and betrayal set against the brilliant colors of the Catalan country in southern France.

This novel, long out of print, is a powerful successor to Testimonies, Patrick O'Brian's first novel written for adults. It is set in that corner of France that became O'Brian's adopted home, where the long dark wall of the Pyrenees runs headlong to

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A dark story of love and betrayal set against the brilliant colors of the Catalan country in southern France.

This novel, long out of print, is a powerful successor to Testimonies, Patrick O'Brian's first novel written for adults. It is set in that corner of France that became O'Brian's adopted home, where the long dark wall of the Pyrenees runs headlong to meet the Mediterranean. Alan Roig returns to Saint-Féliu after years in the East, and finds his family in crisis. His dour, middle-aged cousin Xavier, mayor and most powerful citizen of the town, has fallen in love and plans to marry the young daughter of the local grocer. The Roig family property is threatened by this union, and Madeleine's relatives object on different grounds.

Xavier is a tragic figure, damned by what he perceives as a lack of feeling; Madeleine is to be his salvation. Unfortunately she does not return his affection, and as the feasts and harvest festivals of Saint-Féliu are played out, she finds herself falling in love with Alain.

Author Biography: Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000), the author of twenty novels in the beloved Aubrey/Maturin series, also wrote acclaimed biographies of Pablo Picasso and Sir Joseph Banks.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Nautical specialist O'Brian stays on land in this novel, set in France, that follows the romantic entanglements disrupting a family. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786284153
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
03/08/2006
Series:
Thorndike Famous Authors Ser.
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Catalans 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
O'Brian narrates the story of the Roig family and associates with all of the mastery expected of such an esteemed writer. O'Brian manages to encompass not only an elegant narration, but interweaves intricate descriptions of the region and places in which the story takes place. The added touch of literary detail only enhances the quality of the piece. The finely woven story truly shines as a work of magnificence and proves not to be one easily forgotten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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