Dictatorial duplicities

9 09 2007

The Dictator and the Hammock by Daniel Pennac


A clever (if a bit clever-clever at times) and quite entertaining book. Dictator develops agoraphobia when fortune teller predicts his death at hands of an angry mob and so he hires a double to replace him while he goes off to have fun. But then the double does the same. And so on. Amusing diversions ensue with Chaplin and Valentino too.

Overall a witty and amusing romp but really feels somewhat slight and unsatisfying at the end of the day.

2 star



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