The Catalans
by Patrick O'Brian (9780393051100)

The Catalans
 
Patrick O'Brian
Release Date: 01 October 2005
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 223
Category: Literary
ISBN: 9780393051100
ISBN-10: 0393051102



A dark story of love and betrayal set against the brilliant colors of the Catalan country in southern France.
This novel, long out of print, is a powerful successor to "Testimonies," Patrick O'Brian's first novel written for adults. It is set in that corner of France that became O'Brian's adopted home, where the long dark wall of the Pyrenees runs headlong to meet the Mediterranean. Alan Roig returns to Saint-Feliu after years in the East, and finds his family in crisis. His dour, middle-aged cousin Xavier, mayor and most powerful citizen of the town, has fallen in love and plans to marry the young daughter of the local grocer. The Roig family property is threatened by this union, and Madeleine's relatives object on different grounds.
Xavier is a tragic figure, damned by what he perceives as a lack of feeling; Madeleine is to be his salvation. Unfortunately she does not return his affection, and as the feasts and harvest festivals of Saint-Feliu are played out, she finds herself falling in love with Alain.

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