MOUCHETTE by Georges Bernanos


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Bernanos, the militant Christian political writer and novelist who died in 1948, perhaps best known here for his Diary of a Country Priest, wrote this, his last novel, some thirty years ago. It is a slip of a story which records a day or two in a Picardy village-- a brutalizing, backward area-- through the eyes of fourteen year old Mouchette who sometimes thinks of death as a ""fantastic adventure."" Stigmatized at school, beaten at home, Mouchette runs off into the woods, takes refuge with a drunken, epileptic poacher who rapes her. She returns home to witness her mother's decease, the vigil of a little old lady who fastens on the dead and the dying, and finally Mouchette walks away to take her own apparently worthless life.... A gentle epitaph which conceals its manifest protest behind almost implacable circumstances.

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston