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The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol

William John Locke

Book Overview: 

This collection of short stories is of lighthearted adventures of an irresponsible -- and irrepressible -- Frenchman in England and Paris.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ah, madame!” cried Bondon, eagerly, “I am heart-broken. You who are so kind—let me see her.”

“Hein?” exclaimed Bocardon, in stupefaction.

“See whom?” asked Zette.

“My dear dead one. My dear Euphémie, who has committed suicide.”

“But he’s mad!” shouted Bocardon, in his great voice. “Euphémie! Euphémie! Come here!”

At the sight of Euphémie, pale and shivering [Pg 68] with apprehension, Bondon sank upon a bench by the wall. He stared at her as if she were a ghost.

“I don’t understand,” he murmured, faintly, looking like a trapped hare at Aristide Pujol, who, debonair, hands on hips, stood a little way apart.

“Nor I, either,” cried Bocardon.

A great light dawned on Zette’s beautiful face. “I do understand.” She exchanged glances with Ari. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A jazz-age hybrid of PG Wodehouse and Margery Allingham. The protagonist, Aristide, is a good-hearted scam artist who enjoys and deserves the good life. He is out and about in Provence, from Aix to Nimes to Perpignan. Had to leave this behind unfinished in the hotel, but I will get back to it.


Very lightweight book, a collection of linked short tales. Pujol, something of a vagabond, has a series of amusing and poignant encounters including the saving of a child found on the road. A not especially memorable example of Locke's skills but a decent read.

A collection of stories about.... well, exactly what the title says. Aristide Pujol is a vibrant Frenchman with a genius for always landing on his feet even if he hasn't a penny in his pocket. His well-meaning schemes always have unforeseen twists, but his joie de vivre and many innate talents sa...more

Ha! What a wonderful man Aristide Pujol is! And this seemingly haphazard short stories about him all connect and come back round ending the story satisfactory. I can't add anything that hasn't already been said by others, but I will say that William J Locke was his witty self in this!

In Aristide Pujol we meet a character very much like our "Beloved Vagabond" in a previous book. He is lively, lovable, part scam artist, part jack of all trades who wanders from place to place enjoying the adventures of the moment with a flourish uniquely his own. Think of a French "Groucho Marx"...more