The Boy -- Marcus Malte

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Malte's prize-winning French epic uses a kind of overwhelming romanticism we sadly don't see that much. Its language is flowery, its characters bursting with emotion, and its scope vast. Disregard the cover for a second. This does become a war story, devastatingly so once World War One strikes, but more so it's a vision of what France looked like in the early twentieth century, as seen from the time-honored viewpoint of the un-socialized and mute "wild child" who must gradually adapt to the civilized world. With each new experience, you feel the book's tone add another register to its considerable repertoire.

The Boy: A Novel Cover Image
By Marcus Malte, Emma Ramadan (Translated by), Tom Roberge (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781632061713
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Published: Restless Books - March 26th, 2019

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