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ISBN: 0141186054 / ISBN-13: 9780141186054

The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication

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  • The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (Penguin Classics) – Mass-market paperback (2001)
    by John Steinbeck

    The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Classics
    2001
    English
    192 pages

    ISBN: 0141186054
    ISBN-13: 9780141186054

    Steinbeck's only work of political satire turns the French Revolution on its head, as amateur astronomer Pippin Heristal is drafted in to rule the unruly French. Enchanting comedy ensues as Steinbeck creates the most hilarious royal court ever around the brief, bold reign of the corduroy-clad Pippin, his social-climbing wife Maria, his star-struck daughter Clotilde and her Californian beau, Todd. Featuring a motley crew of courtiers and con men, guards and gardeners, Steinbeck's late comic novel is an entrancing read about ... Show more

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Reviews of The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication

Overall customer rating: 5.000
AbdulHaq

Charming; bitter sweet.

by AbdulHaq on Nov 6, 2008

This is a charming novel, somewhat dated at times, and more apparently so when the author states that in the year 19?, but dated or not, it has relevance to the now of Europe, France, the World in general. It?s a novel that deals very capably, but with great humour, with the human frailties of pride, honour, selfishness, self-aggrandisement and primarily, duty. Although this writing, by the master of description, John Steinbeck has neither the grittiness of The Grapes of Wrath, nor the vast, descriptive eloquence and stunning word pictures of landscape, of East of Eden, nor the deeply sad philosophising of The Winter of Our Discontent, it has some of the loveliest passages that will make one want to read them and read again. The action doesn?t take place in Cannery Row; neither in Tortilla Flat, but in a quiet and safe arondissment in Paris. Read The Short Reign of Pippin IV and you will learn to love and admire another human being? a human being with aspirations, strengths, weaknesses and honesty. But a great man perfect for a world not ready for him as yet.

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