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The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin
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The Red Collar

by Jean-Christophe Rufin

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"In 1919, in a small town in the province of Berry, France, under the crushing heat of summer heat wave, a war hero is being held prisoner in an abandoned barracks. In front of the door to his prison, a mangy dog barks night and day. Miles from where he is being held, in the French countryside, a young extraordinarily intelligent woman works the land the land, waiting and hoping. A judge whose principles have been sorely shaken by the war is traveling to an unknown location to sort out certain affairs of which it is better not to speak. Three characters. In their midst, a dog who holds the key both to their destinies and to this intriguing plot. Full of poetry and life, The Red Collar is at once a delightly simple narrative about the human spirit and a profound work about loyalty and love"--Provided from Amazon.com.… (more)

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Ellen recommended this novella and I'm so glad I paid attention. It's very good.

The setting is a small town in France during a hot summer after World War I. A former soldier is in jail. An investigating officer has arrived to question the soldier. An old dog is outside barking incessantly.

The question of why this man is in jail is not answered until near the end of the novella. The story is doled out slowly as the investigating officer gives the prisoner every chance he can to apologize for or give an excuse for his unnamed offense. The prisoner refuses.

The officer also interviews a young woman who lives outside of town and has known the prisoner for many years.

These three people and the dog are the core of the story that is beautifully and intricately told in just over 150 pages.

I highly recommend this one. ( )
1 vote SuziQoregon | Apr 9, 2019 |
This was a complete surprise to me, a story of loyalty, love and determination against the background of a society exhausted by World War I. A dog is a main character, its owner guilty of an action that did nothing but sum up the futility of war.
  jon1lambert | Sep 27, 2018 |
«La seule victoire qui vaille est celle qu'il faut gagner contre la guerre et contre les capitalistes qui l'ont voulue.» ( )
1 vote ldcosta | May 26, 2018 |
«La seule victoire qui vaille est celle qu'il faut gagner contre la guerre et contre les capitalistes qui l'ont voulue.» ( )
1 vote ldcosta | May 10, 2018 |
Beautiful. Very fast read at 154 pages. ( )
1 vote SaraMSLIS | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rufin, Jean-ChristopheAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alapont, RosaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Vuyst, KatelijneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunter, AdrianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemmens, NathalieÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagel, CarlaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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