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The Frog Prince: An Autobiography Hardcover – December 12, 1988


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  • Hardcover: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers; 1st edition (December 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517541955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517541951
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French (translation)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark_the_Maven on January 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With the book being marketed as the biography of someone who published many groundbreaking works, and covering the period between the Great War and WWII, and set in France, it should have been fascinating. Unfortunately it is not, and I expected much better. The part of the book devoted to the publishing enterprise is small and incidental. An enormous amount of the book is devoted to the author's involvement in a ridiculous metaphysical cult, a lot more to his unconsumated love for a particular young woman, and the author's agonizing over when he is finally going to get laid.

A constant irritation is the author's inclusion of small passages and (I guess) witticisms in French, without translation. This self-indulgent quirk is grounds for drawing and quartering, if not capital punishment. Hello! Most people reading English do not speak French.

One other quirk: the book jumps from past tense to present tense constantly. Don't the major publishers have editors anymore?

The book would have benefitted enormously from photographs.

All in all, not worth the time. I'm not surprised the book has gone nowhere and its publisher has not found it worth promoting. The book could have been so much better with the subject matter the author had with which to work.
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