The Horseman on the Roof by Jean Giono

By Jean Giono

Probably no different of his novels larger unearths Giono's excellent stability among lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the actual, than The Horseman at the Roof. This novel, which Giono begun writing in 1934 and which used to be released in 1951, elevated and solidified his popularity as one in all Europe's most vital writers.

This is a singular of experience, a roman courtois, that tells the tale of Angelo, a nobleman who has been compelled to go away Italy as a result of a duel, and is returning to his place of origin when it comes to Provence. yet that area is within the grip of a cholera epidemic, tourists are being imprisoned at the back of barricades, and publicity to the sickness is sort of certain.

Angelo's escapades, adventures, and heroic self-sacrifice during this sizzling, hallucinatory panorama, between corpses, criminals and rioting townspeople, proportion this epic story.

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