Jurgen Author:James Branch Cabell Here is a novel in the tradition of the troubadours. it is the story of Jurgen, a monstrous clever fellow willing to taste any drink once, of a middle-aged pawnbroker who regains for a period his lost youth to wander in the mythical lands of Poictesme and Cocigne. Wherever he visits he meets a variety of the world's fairest women and he deals fa... more »irly with them all-after his own manner. Jurgen is many things: a frankly erotic novel, a tale of fantastic love and adventure, a satire, and a work with a philosopic view of life. Critics have uneasily placed it in the American literary tradition; it stands alone, quite unique, a continuing joy.« less
Time and fashion may have passed Cabell by, but Jurgen is still one of the wonders of literature. If you like wordplay of all kinds (anagrams, different languages, puns, you name it), then this is a book you need to read. Have a dictionary handy, or perhaps a passing knowledge of (at least) French and Russian, and this book is both funny and edifying. Cabell loved wordplay, and Jurgen is his crowning achievement.
The book was actually banned; authorities figured those odd words and puns just *had* to be something obscene. They weren't sure what, but it *had* to be... :)