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Tartarin de Tarascon (Classiques Francais) (French Edition) (French) Paperback – June, 1996
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Tartarin is a great character of world literature, a funny man with disparate ideas and neverending trust in success. There are several novels about him, and this is the first of the series. Hilarious and irritating, this man and his adventures will make you laugh and think about your dreams and how good it is you never tried to make them come true.
Tartarin is the great hero of the small town of Tarascon. A popular sport where he lives is hunting, though unfortunately there are no wild animals left to shoot and kill. So, the men of Tarascon devise a new method for showing off their hunting prowess - they hunt each others hats. Every Sunday, without fail, they gather in a clear field and throw their hats in the air, for shooting. The man with the most holes in his hat is proclaimed the winner and, because he is as wonderful at shooting as he is at everything else, Tartarin is always the winner. Daudet allows that the hat industry in Tarascon makes a brisk trade.
We are shown the hobbies and quirks of Tarascon, always through the skewed vision of Tarascon. In every aspect, he is the man about town, a hero without an adventure, a winner without a challenge. Daudet is quite witty in his attack on the small-mindedness of some townsfolk, with the initial twenty pages or so of the novel proving quite hilarious. Tartarin is so revered about town that the stevedores on the quay declare he has 'double muscles', whatever they are. The narrator hastens to assure that he does not know the meaning of that confusing term.
So far so good. We are introduced to an appealing hero, a befuddled, Quixotic Tartarin. Indeed, the novel goes so far in its mimicry of Don Quixote that Tartarin is even referred to as 'Tartarin-Quixote' and 'Tartarin-Sancho', depending on his behaviour and actions.Read more ›
The way the author attempted to deal with his debilitating syphilis, kept a fascinating diary on his ordeal, published in book form. I'd say for purposes of this story, which is a good deal of charming humor and travelogue of a naive man, misunderstood-- even unto himself, it's an interesting diversion from such thoughts as put down later by Alphonse. We all have happier days in our pasts, somewhere.
Of course, Tartarin did not have syphilis, that I'm aware of...
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I had been looking for this book in English for years as I had read it as a teenager and could not forget how much fun it is. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Lina
I had read this book when I was a child,I read it again before I buy it for my grand children.this is one of the must reed books for children growing up.Published on November 17, 2012 by Juan C. Espinoza