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Strange Gardens by Michel Quint

Effroyable jardins, original French title, 2000

Edward Hopper, Soir bleu (detail)

I found this short novella lying around the house and decided to read it. It's told by a son whose father was a part-time clown, which embarrassed the son. But then an astonishing secret about the father's involvement in the resistance during WWII comes to light.


At first, these rather creepy cover images made me hesitate. (And by the way, the word effroyable really means appalling, not strange as in the English translation title.) But once I read the story I found it a beautiful and simple story about a difficult time in history.

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