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Katherine Cecil Thurston

Book Overview: 

On a trans-continental train journey into Paris, Max, a young adventurer determined to make his way as an artist, meets Blake, a well-to-do Irishman. Blake helps Max set up a studio in Montmartre and they enjoy the life of Paris and each other's company. However, things are definitely not what they seem and the book takes a very contemporary turn as another person appears on the scene.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Monsieur, her husband, who was quite a gourmet—'

'Always declared there was no such coffee in all Paris! Was not that so?'

Madame's laugh was now a gurgle of delight. 'How clever of monsieur! Yes, it was what he said.'

'Of course it was! And now, how was this good husband? And how was life treating them both?' He put the questions with deep solicitude as he poured out the coffee, and madame, standing by the table and smoothing her apron, grew serious, and before she was aware was pouring forth the grievance that at the moment was darkening her existence—the disappointment that had befallen the Maison Gustav when her father-in-law, a market gardener near Issy, who had a nice little sum of money laid by, had married again at the age of sixty-four.

'Could monsieur conceive anything more grotesque? An old man of sixty-four marrying a young woman of twenty! Of course there would be a child!' Her shoulders went up, her hands went out i. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I've been reading a fair bit of 19th century literature lately and find myself drawn to it. Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, the minor roles constructed for his women characters (Tony) and his dissection of aesthetics led to me exploring more turn-of-the-century literature. There I came across the term F

More of a love story with the city of Paris than love between "Max" and, ummm , whatever the guy's name was.