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Lafcadio's Adventures
Lafcadio's Adventures
Author: Andre Gide
The action of Lafcadio's Adventures passes not only in Rome and Paris but wanders through numerous capitals of Europe, and involves adventurers, pickpockets and Lafcadio Wluiki. Gide's preoccupaion with the idea of the unmotivated crime here achieves the most extended treatment and Lafcadio--one of the most original creations of in all modern fi...  more »
ISBN: 289907
Publication Date: 9/1928
Pages: 242

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Publisher: Vintage Books
Book Type: Paperback
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A swindle, a crime without motivation, a myriad of chance encounters, and a denouement without a resolution all punctuate this novel. To me, Lafcadio is only one player who, frankly, has only two adventures. Also, adventure is his synonym for crime yet his first adventure is to rescue two children from a fire. So why have English translators retitled Gides novel from Les Caves du Vatican (Literal translation, The cellars of the Vatican)? The central theme that links all other actions is a bunko scheme that uses the pope as the device. In this machination you may recognize a tad of Dan Browns Angels and Demons. Oh yes, lets not forget the stirring chapter relating the tribulations of a traveler to rooming in hotels replete with bedbugs, fleas, mosquitoes, et al. But, in all fairness, I found this to be an interesting novel: on a par with The Counterfeiters.