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Lord of the river

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Down the river and into the Iron Age - Christian Merlin guides his train of barges on a final, defiant journey. The smoke-belching steamer, fouling a pristine Rhone, is harbinger of history. Clavels weaves a rich, descriptive tale as he chronicles - with careful eye - a few forboding days.
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Little, Brown (first published 1972)
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This may be the best book I have read in French. It takes us back to the nineteenth century where the Rhone was an important thoroughfare, though declining because of competition from the nascent rail companies. Bernard Clavel comes over as a French Thomas Hardy, chronicling the changes in a rural milieu coming from the nineteenth century behemoth of industrial revolution.
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Bernard Charles Henri Clavel (May 29, 1923 – October 5, 2010 was a French writer.

Clavel was born in Lons-le-Saunier. From a humble background, he was largely self-educated. He began working as a pastry cook apprentice when he was 14 years old. He later had several jobs until he began working as a journalist in the 1950s. After the war, he worked for the social insurance, and he could not dedicate
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