THE GRAND CREVASSE by Roger Frison-Roche


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The season's second (One Green Bottle by Elizabeth Coxhead-Lippincott) novel which combines the solitary elation of mountain climbing with a young romance. This time it's Brigitte, from a protected, sophisticated background, who falls in love with Zian Mappaz, a Swiss peasant guide who takes her on her first climbs. Sustained by his will, but still susceptible to fear and overpowering fatigue and the terror of limitless space and solitude, Brigitte accredits herself as a novice, makes the ascent of Mont Blanc with him. In their marriage which is to follow, both experience the dissonance of their backgrounds; Brigitte draws the ill feeling of his peasant people while Zian, to please her, sells his old farmhouse, acquires a chalet in which he is always ill at ease. And as the season opens once again, and Zian goes out as a guide, Brigitte cannot face the separation, returns to her family, and then recognizes that her love for him is paramount when he dies on a crevasse... The cold grandeur of this country lends a special caste to a story which should appeal to the audience of his novel, .

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1951
Publisher: Prentice-Hall