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Length: 62 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RZ2A3Y
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Victor Methos is a former prosecutor and is currently a criminal defense attorney in the Mountain West. He is the author of over forty books and several short story and poetry collections.

After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Utah, Mr. Methos abandoned pursuing a doctorate in philosophy for law school. A partner at a law firm he helped found, he has conducted over 100 criminal trials and has been voted one of the most respected criminal lawyers in the West by Utah Business Magazine.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and having lived throughout the world before settling in the United States, Mr. Methos loves experiencing new cultures and peoples. His current goal is climbing the Seven Summits, and hopefully not dying in the process.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debola on July 3, 2013
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Excellent novella despite the usual careless Kindle version editing. Methos is a terrific writer who crosses genres effortlessly and expertly. As much as I appreciate his other works I feel this is the best so far. More novellas please! Other reviewers have recapped the plot so I won't. Read the story and enjoy the great craft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Jones on May 14, 2013
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Existentialism died late in the last century, but Victor Methos reanimates it briefly with this nostalgic fable. Methos calls this book a short novel, but it's closer to the genre the French call conte philosophique. Why did he choose such a pretentious title? Because he's softly pulling the reader's leg.

The story follows the life of Simon Renard in the first weeks of the German occupation of Paris. Renard is a cipher, an empty point-of-view character of whom we know no backstory except that he's lived in his hotel room for a year. When the Germans commandeer the hotel, Renard is put out in the streets. He finds work unloading a truck of fish and then quickly advances through a succession of jobs. His advancement is also--how existential--a descent. Renard's career amuses because it is absurd; at times the protagonist is more like Till Eulenspiegel than Camus' Meursault or Sartre's Roquentin.

I enjoyed this book because it made me recall many happy hours spent reading Celine, Camus, and Sartre. A parody is always funnier to readers familiar with the original.

The Kindle edition of this book is formatted well, but it's marred by careless proofreading; for example, the German title Herr is consistently misspelled Heir.
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