THE INQUISITORY by Robert Pinget


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When you come in from the main courtyard you've got the other door facing you at the back it makes it look more spacious though God knows the drawing-room doesn't need it runs the whole length of the house"" runs on the whole length of this book although this particular line is only the beginning of a ten page description of an interior of a chateau where an old secretary has disappeared and what happened is now being examined in The Inquisitory conducted by a nameless interrogator through an aging servant who drones on and on in an ambient, sometimes incoherent, sometimes contradictory fashion about not only all the furnishings and fixtures on the premises but all the people who frequented the chateau and the outlying farmers and tradesmen in the village none of whom are more identified than they might be in a telephone directory so that what is technically a tour de force is actually a triumph of tedium. Are there ulterior motives? no doubt, but you will reach the end of these 399 pages which end gratefully ibid ""Answer Yes or no answer I'm tired.

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 1967
Publisher: Grove