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Le Bossu (1857)

by Paul Féval

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    The Chevalier D'Harmental (The Conspirators) by Alexandre Dumas (Artymedon)
    Artymedon: Like le Bossu of Paul Feval, this cloak and dagger novel takes place under the Regency of Philippe d'Orleans in the XVIIIth Century.
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Extraordinaire swashbuckling novel set between Spain and France. Additionally its secondary subject is the study of a stock market bubble inspired by the Mississipi.

Sabatini inspired himself of Feval who has deeper descriptions. The author takes his time to develop a scenery, a landscape at a time, of slower narratives, even in an action novel.

Its most famous scenes are classics of the Cloak & dagger literature:
the fight in the moats of the Castle of Caylus followed by an assasination which prompts a Monte-Cristoian revenge against the assassins summarized by: "Si tu ne viens pas a Lagardere, Lagardere ira a toi";

The education of Aurore de Caylus by Henri de Lagardere in Spain, in which she learns her alphabet in a fencing treaty;

The auction of stalls for the Mississipi shares speculators at the Prince of Gonzagues' mansion during which a mysterious Hunchback has the last word;

the family Council perfidiously called by the Prince of Gonzagues-one of the most accomplished villains of the popular novel genra - during which a gipsy - and former childhood friend, impersonates Aurore in front of her mother who suddenly hears "I am here" the motto of her previous husband now dead for 20 years whispered in her hears;

The Ball of the Regent, Philippe d'Orleans, in his Palais-Royal...
The meanders of "The Hunchback" may at times be rambling but how nice it is to roam through its pages! ( )
1 vote Artymedon | Jun 3, 2012 |
Le chef d'œuvre incontestable d'un maître du roman feuilleton. ( )
  clinchamps | May 25, 2009 |
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En Pars, en los ltimos das del reinado de Luis XIV, el prncipe de Gonzaga pidi la mano de la hija del marqus de Cailloux. Sin embargo, no saba que ella haba tenido una hija en secreto con Felipe de Lorena "Duque de Nevers."Opening near the end of Louis XIV's empire, a swordsman named Lagardere befriends the Duke of Nevers. After the Duke is killed by his jealous cousin Gonzague, Lagardere sets out to get even.… (more)

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