CLOUDY TROPHY by LÉon Daudet

CLOUDY TROPHY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Over-fictionized biography of the ""bon papa Hugo"", depicting him not as the venerable upholder of domestic, bourgeois family tradition nor as the prolific man of letters and arbiter of literary tastes, but as an egotist, proud, sensual, drifting through endless amours, but primarily faithful to Juliette Drouet, mistress for fifty years. This is written by his grandson. A plethora of famous names and the outstanding events of Hugo's life are brought in, -- his wife's infidelity, his own subsequent relationship with Juliette, his pseudo-liberal political activities and the condemnation of Napoleon III which led to his exile, his daughter's death, etc. The focus is on the amorous side and it is cheaply handled, luridly played up; the dialogue is intimate, foolish. There is little of appraisal of his work.

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 1938
Publisher: Morrow