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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221241660
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 270
Size : 135 x 215 mm
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The Little Bell Ringer Girl

Release date : 22/08/2019
Skillfully mixing two historical eras, Jérôme Attal offers a hero of today in the footsteps of Chateaubriand in search of the mysterious bell ringer girl of Westminster. Two passionate love stories will blend together in a feverish and fanciful treasure hunt through the streets of London.
The year is 1793. To escape the Reign of Terror, young Chateaubriand takes refuge in London. Penniless and starving, he attempts to survive as he pursues his dream of becoming a writer. One night, he let himself get locked up inside Westminster Abbey, amidst the splendors of the royal tombs.... The year is 1793. To escape the Reign of Terror, young Chateaubriand takes refuge in London. Penniless and starving, he attempts to survive as he pursues his dream of becoming a writer. One night, he let himself get locked up inside Westminster Abbey, amidst the splendors of the royal tombs. In the early morning, he is awoken by the daughter of the bell ringer who has just finished her father’s duty while he is bedridden with a terrible illness. As Chateaubriand briefly relates this episode in his Memoirs from Beyond the Grave many decades later, he evokes the memory of a kiss. In the 2000s, Joe J. Stockholm, a renowned professor of French literature, is writing a book on Chateaubriand’s lovers. Taken ill, Joe J. leaves the beginning pages of a chapter devoted to this encounter with the little bell ringer girl abandoned in a notebook at his hospital bedside. But did she really exist? And if there was a kiss, would a lover of Chateaubriand’s constitution be content to leave it at that? Joachim, Joe J.’s son, decides to head to London to continue his father’s research. However, he isn’t the only one interested in this anecdote—a young English librarian has just uncovered the 1793 register of Westminster bell ringers. What will lead a young woman from London and an old Parisian literature professor to become interested, just a few months apart, in the mystery of a kiss in Westminster Abbey? Are our heroes on the point of discovering one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in French literature? From one revelation to the next, Joachim will find himself on the trail of a love as passionate as it is unfailing.
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EAN : 9782221241660
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 270
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont