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The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)

Alphonse Daudet

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. . .is diagnosis with a bolus of trite, axiomatic observations.—He must be careful. Medicine was not magic. The power of the Jenkins Pearls was limited by human strength, the necessities of advancing age, the resources of nature, which, unhappily, are not inexhaustible. The duke interrupted him nervously:

"Come, come, Jenkins, you know that I don't like fine phrases. They don't go with me. What is the matter with me? What is the cause of this coldness?"

"It's anæmia, exhaustion—a lowering of the oil in the lamp."

"What must I do?"

"Nothing. Absolute rest. Eat and sleep, nothing more. If you could go and pass a few weeks at Grandbois—"

Mora shrugged his shoulders.

"What about the Chamber, and the Council, and—Nonsense! as if it were possible!"

"At all events, Monsieur le Duc, you must put on the drag, as someone said, you must absolutely give up—"[Pg 62]

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Community Reviews

J'étais déjà grande admiratrice de Daudet avant de lire "Le Nabab". C'est un roman plutôt confectionné, peut-être le plus artificiel de toutes ses oeuvres que j'ai lues, mais néanmoins il m'a beaucoup plû. Le récit rappelle Dickens, mais plus sec, moins sentimental, et aussi avec les personnages net

The Nabob doesn't warrant reading by anyone who has no broader purpose in doing so (I did). Daudet was quite successful in his day, a much lesser French Dickens. In The Nabob he writes fluidly and somewhat romantically about a nouveau riche Frenchman (originally from the south of France, like Daudet

Don't have too much to add to Trent's introduction (though it was written in 1902), in that it's a pretty sharp portrait of the Second Empire, about a guy who gets rich too fast to realize what it's going to mean when people find out about it. Worth reading for all the diachronic excitement of findi