Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Nos Histoires de France - Daniel Picouly
In 1958, ten-year-old Daniel is being punished by his esteemed school-teacher, Monsieur Brulé, and subsequently shut up in the history storage room.
There, he is surrounded by those kitschy, giant posters illustrating key moments of French history found in all French state schools from the 1950s and well into the 70s.
The plotline, thus, consists in the author's youngster self commenting l'histoire de France.
To the reader, it is more of a witty reminder than an educational text, but as such it is very entertaining.
Moreover, the illustrations are numerous, overwrought and presumably dripping with nostalgia to most adult Frenchmen.