THE PRISONERS OF SEPTEMBER by Leon Garfield

THE PRISONERS OF SEPTEMBER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With aplomb (Garfield is an experienced writer of children's books) this story of the French Revolution avoids the samenesses of the genre and goes out of its way still further to bypass happy endings. Lewis Alexander Boston, British Importer of Fine Wines, and Richard Mortimer, are by temperament unlikely friends; and so it is that they participate in the events across the Channel on separate sides--Mortimer becoming a Septemberer, betrayed and murdered, while Lewis spends all of his money to retrieve a family of aristocrats only to learn he's been diddled--they're counterfeiters and really belonged in the Bastille. No, le jour de gloire n'est pas arrive for our two heroes although there's a little romance on the side. Garfield writes with a cheerful enthusiasm which is easy to reciprocate.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
Publisher: Viking