THE WOLVES by Guy Mazeline


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Goncourt Prize winner for 1932 -- translated from the French by Eric Sutton... A family chronicle, unfolding the disintegration of a wealthy, middle class family of Havre, and the futile efforts of the younger generation to break away from the trammels of provincial society. A book that holds much of interest, in its teeming canvas of life in a Channel port, in its character drama -- the struggle of the old mother in the background, to get into her hands once more, the control of the impractical son, whose marriage to a peasant girl she deplored; the wife, ignoring her husband but wielding her power over her own offspring; the feud, underlying surface intimacy, between the wife, Madame Jobourg, and the mother of the girl her favorite son loves; the town as background, with intricacies of sub-plots adding color and verve. Almost too meticulous in detail and too leisurely in pace for the American public, demanding swifter movement. Sell to those who like the meaty, somewhat ponderous type of family story.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 1934
Publisher: Macmillan