The Foundling’s War
Classic of modern French fiction
Foundling novel in the tradition of Fielding
Fantastic portrait of inter-war France
REVIEWS FOR THE FOUNDLING BOY 'The general air of light irony and the innocent-abroad subject suggests roots in Candide and Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. As in Fielding's book, Jean suffers at the hands of a smooth hypocrite; after childhood, the narrative becomes picaresque, and sexual promiscuity and unknown parentage introduce the tense possibility of incest. Like Fielding, Deon often addresses the reader directly, suggesting we should keep an eye on characters because they will pop up later.' The Sunday Times 'A delight.' The Independent on Sunday ' The Foundling Boy -- terrible title, lovely book -- is a big-hearted coming-of-age shaggy-dog story that describes the interwar boyhood and youth of Jean Arnaud, raised backstairs on a Normandy estate after his abandonment one night in 1919.' The Spectator 'This vivid portrait of the inter-war years opens in 1919 when a baby boy is found abandoned outside the house of Albert and Jeanne Arnaud. Raised by the Arnauds, Jean also attracts the attention of a family of local landowners. Life begins, however, when he strikes out on his own. Julian Evans's robust translation does justice to Deon's classic period piece.' The Independent
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