Pâmoison is an ode to Voltaire's Candide framed in the 18th century novella's structure. But here we have not Pangloss the philosopher but Mangloss the magician. We have not Candide the character of optimism, but Pâmoison the character who swoons.
Like the quest of the original characters, Mangloss and Pâmoison journey from an idyllic European land to other countries where they meet unexpected consequences. Traveling on a hijacked plane, escaping from a Cuban prison, befriending a transsexual physician, observing a fatal attack by pit bulls, shuddering under the looming construction of a space station, camping out beneath the shadows of Mayan ruins, finding friendship with the Indian princess Minneheheh, just to name a few. And Pâmoison's enduring love for the shepherdess Sibella who, as fate had it, transformed into a Ewe.
Theirs is a circuitous journey of cause and effect which eventually brings them full circle to the moral of the fable, similar to Candide, but with a nuance that could only be Pâmoison.
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