Eat Him If You Like by Jean Teule

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Teulé's...allegorical rendering of the true story of Frenchman Alain de Monéys’ last day in 1870...The author’s fictional version of this historical event makes de Monéys into a martyr...An engrossing book to be read in one big gulp; some hackneyed dialogue and caricatures make the brutality easier to stomach.
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A true story. Tuesday 16 August 1870, Alain de Money, makes his way to the village fair. He plans to buy a heifer for a needy neighbour and find a roofer to repair the roof of the barn of a poor acquaintance. He arrives at two o'clock. Two hours later, the crowd has gone crazy; they have lynched, tortured, burned and eaten him. How could such a horror be possible? With frightening precision, Jean Teule reconstructs each step of one of the most shameful stories in the history of nineteenth-century France.
 

About Jean Teule

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Jean Teulé lives in the Marais with his partner, the French film actress Miou-Miou. An illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, he is also the prize-winning author of ten books including one based on the life of Verlaine. He has also written biographies of Rimbaud and François Villon.Emily Phillips is a freelance translator.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Gallic Books. 112 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction
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on Aug 27 2014

Teulé's...allegorical rendering of the true story of Frenchman Alain de Monéys’ last day in 1870...The author’s fictional version of this historical event makes de Monéys into a martyr...An engrossing book to be read in one big gulp; some hackneyed dialogue and caricatures make the brutality easier to stomach.

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