THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE by Alfred Neumann

THE FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A realistic, dramatic picture of the sanguine struggle of 1870 in France, and of one-eyed Gambetta's overthrow of the Third Empire. But -- as in previous books -- plot and characters frequently are bogged down in details of fact, resulting in higher scholarly appeal and lower popular appeal than most historical fiction. Against a background of famine, siege, bombardment, terrorism, chaos, one meets the eminent figures of the time -- and the fictional characters, Pierre, idealistic shopkeeper's boy, who becomes a soldier of the revolution serving the Public Prosecutor, and Leonie, whom he worships, thirty odd, charming, longtime mistress of an outcast official.

Pub Date: May 12th, 1942
Publisher: Macmillan