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Wees maar eens koning (original 1957; edition 1964)

by John Steinbeck

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Member:Philippe_Nollet
Title:Wees maar eens koning
Authors:John Steinbeck
Info:Amsterdam Querido 1964
Collections:Literatuur, Your library
Rating:***
Tags:20e eeuw, Amerika, Amerikaanse literatuur, Klassieker, Komedie, Fictie, Humor, Literatuur, Nobelprijs, Roman, Politiek, Satire, Verenigde Staten, Frankrijk

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The Short Reign of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck (1957)

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Unfortunately, this is a somewhat misjudged attempt by a true master writer to master a literary genre he is unfamiliar with. He is trying his hands at comedy and at politcal satire and he doesn't suceed very well with either. That doesn't make The Short Reign of Pippin IV a book to avoid; it has his moments, at times it is definitely thought-provoking, even funny, but the satire isn't sharp enough, we don't really care one way or the other how this plot develops, and I don't think it worked better when it was published. It is impossible not to like Steinbeck's writing for me, so I am glad I read it, and I am even happier that I read all the other classics of his first. ( )
  petterw | Mar 7, 2015 |
The Short Reign of Pippin IV : A Fabrication by John Steinbeck (1957)
  BipashaR | Sep 2, 2010 |
This is the book that made me a royalist when I was young. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 7, 2010 |
A very humorous spoofy take on an ordinary man who is a star gazer being forced to become the King of France. And while it was quite cute and funny, I have to admit that I found myself skimming pages.
It is very different than anything Steinbeck I have ever read before. And other than the above, it is really difficult to explain it. It was so different and I am such a Steinbeck fan that I think I just really could not get my head wrapped around it.
There are the Christians, there are the Communist Christians, there are the Atheist Christians, there are the Christian Christians.
And then there are the politics. This poor man wants nothing more than to be removed from this monarchy.
I don't know how I really feel about this one. I don't know how to recommend it. It was..................different, funny, a spoof. Perhaps, I just didn't get it. ( )
2 vote rainpebble | Sep 10, 2009 |
This is one of my favorite of Stenbeck's books. Likely because it is a comedy. ( )
  gam3 | Mar 10, 2009 |
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    LA BELLE FRANCE

was head-over-heals in the worst Government crisis of all time - and fifty million Frenchmen, from the biggest Cabinet Minister to the littlest fille de joie,decided that what their country needed was a KING!

So they nominated quiet, unassuming M. Pippin Arnuld Heristat, an amateur stargazer, lineal descendant of Charlemagne, who looked as if he'd take orders form the gatekeeper's dog.

But, soon as they slapped the crown on his head, Pippin IV jumped off his throne and started triumphantly screwy, utterly different, brand-new French Revolution ....
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Setinbeck's story about the little Frenchman who didn't want to be King is irresistibly delightful, from his royal misadventures aboard a motor scooter, to his fascinating relationship with his chief adviser, a wise nun who learned about life as a stripper with the Folies Bergere.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143039466, Paperback)

A work of antic political satire from an American master

In The Short Reign of Pippin IV, John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin Héristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin the most hilarious royal court ever: Pippin?s wife, Queen Marie, who ?might have taken her place at the bar of a very good restaurant?; his uncle, a man of dubious virtue; his glamour-struck daughter and her beau, the son of the so-called ?egg king? of Petaluma, California; and a motley crew of courtiers and politicians, guards and gardeners.

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In "The Short Reign of Pippin IV," John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin Hristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin the most hilarious royal court ever: Pippins wife, Queen Marie, who might have taken her place at the bar of a very good restaurant; his uncle, a man of dubious virtue; his glamour-struck daughter and her beau, the son of the so-called egg king of Petaluma, California; and a motley crew of courtiers and politicians, guards and gardeners.… (more)

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