Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Au Bonheur des Ogres - Daniel Pennac

I have only foggy memories of the title-reference novel - Zola's Au Bonheur des Dames - but am fairly sure it involved no exploding bombs in La Samaritaine (the department store Zola used as a model).
In this profuse detective story, bombs blast and a Hitchockian scapegoat is held responsible.
The style strangely echoes Romain Gary / Emile Ajar (La Vie Devant Soi), and indeed, there are worse paragons to be inspired by!

Please also note the cover illustration by brilliant Tardi, father of comic book heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec, among others!

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