Monsieur Le Commandant

Monsieur Le Commandant

by Romain Slocombe
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

French Academician and Nazi sympathiser Paul-Jean Husson writes a letter to his local SS officer in 1942, with shocking consequences.
See more details below

Overview

French Academician and Nazi sympathiser Paul-Jean Husson writes a letter to his local SS officer in 1942, with shocking consequences.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
An intrigue-filled story set in a grimly fascinating period of history does not make up for a lack of characterization in Slocombe’s first novel to be published in the U.S., which presents itself as a French collaborator’s letter to a German SS officer during the Occupation. As the story begins in pre-WWII France, Paul-Jean Husson is a successful, critically acclaimed writer of fiction, drama, and verse. With his wife, Marguerite, he has two grown children, Jeanne and Olivier. He is also a Nazi sympathizer who feels that France has become “gangrenous with the corrupting individualism born of that absurd republican theory of human rights.” Olivier, a violinist, returns from a trip to Berlin with the Paris Symphony with a German actress, Elsie Berger, and Paul-Jean is pleased, as well as strongly attracted to Elsie. When Olivier and Elsie marry two years later, in 1934, however, Paul-Jean starts to suspect she is Jewish, which, if true, would have dire consequences for the family after the Nazi takeover. The problem here is not Paul-Jean’s loathsomeness but that he is written as little more than a caricature. The fact that the book is told from his point of view anchors the narrative in the shallowest of waters. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908313508
Publisher:
Gallic Books Limited
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >