AMELIE AND PIERRE by Henri Troyat

AMELIE AND PIERRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sequel to Amelie in Love (1956), and part of The Seed and the Frust continuum, this follows the early World War I years of its central characters and evokes a close focus on the little people of France. Pierre is in the Army, Amelie, with the baby Pierre has never seen, Elizabeth, and Amelie's younger brother Denis are running The Champion Cyclist in Paris and not doing too badly with the cafe. Amelie makes some daring visits to Pierre near the front; Denis acquires a mistress who adores his youth but then he falls in love with the little laundress, Locie; Pierre comes back on leave and discovers he resents Amelie's success without him; Amelie takes in a Spanish lodger whose interest in her repels while it attracts her; Amelie's father comes to visit and his problems with his housekeeper are resolved; Pierre is wounded and his psychological blocks send them back to Chapelle au-Bois where Amelie awaits Pierre's adjustment. There's a metronomic precision of a life lived daily, of the impact of small incidents which loom larger by comparison so that greater issues then are reduced to an understandable size, all of which gives this a small textured quality which cannot, of itself, insure a wide audience.

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1957
Publisher: Simon & Schuster