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Tartarin On The Alps   By: (1840-1897)

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Tartarin On The Alps by Alphonse Daudet takes readers on a thrilling adventure filled with humor, excitement, and moments of introspection. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Alps, the novel follows the amusing and at times eccentric character of Tartarin, who is on a quest to conquer the great mountains.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Daudet's impeccable storytelling. The author expertly weaves together a narrative that skillfully combines comedy, action, and philosophical musings. Through his vivid descriptions, readers are transported into the heart of the Alpine landscape, feeling the biting wind, hearing the crunch of snow underneath Tartarin's boots, and immersing themselves in the untamed beauty of the mountains.

Tartarin, the larger-than-life protagonist, is a delightfully complex character. At first, he presents himself as a courageous adventurer, eager to conquer the Alps and claim his place among the legendary mountaineers. However, as the story progresses, Daudet unveils Tartarin's true nature, showing his vulnerability, insecurities, and the stark contrast between his fantasies and reality. This duality makes Tartarin relatable and adds layers of depth to his journey.

Moreover, Daudet's use of humor is simply brilliant. From Tartarin's hilarious mishaps and exaggerated stories to the comedic interactions between characters, the book offers plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The author's wit is sharp, and his comedic timing impeccable, making it an enjoyable read from start to finish.

Beyond the humor and adventure, Tartarin On The Alps also touches on more profound themes of identity, dreams versus reality, and the human need for recognition. Through Tartarin's self-reflection, readers are encouraged to question their own aspirations and the extent to which they are willing to go in order to achieve their goals.

The translation of the book captures the essence of Daudet's prose, allowing English readers to fully appreciate the charm and wit of his writing. The flow of the narrative remains smooth, and the language effortlessly transports readers to the Alpine setting.

While Tartarin On The Alps might not be on the top of everyone's reading list, it is a hidden gem that deserves recognition. With its blend of adventure, humor, and introspection, this book offers a thoroughly enjoyable experience for readers of all ages. Daudet's captivating storytelling, relatable characters, and beautiful descriptions will leave readers longing for their own adventure in the Alps and contemplating their own journey through life.

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By Alphonse Daudet



Apparition on the Rigi Kulm. Who is it? What was said around a table of six hundred covers. Rice and Prunes, An improvised ball. The Unknown signs his name on the hotel register, P. C. A.

On the 10th of August, 1880, at that fabled hour of the setting sun so vaunted by the guide books Joanne and Baedeker, an hermetic yellow fog, complicated with a flurry of snow in white spirals, enveloped the summit of the Rigi ( Regina monhum ) and its gigantic hotel, extraordinary to behold on the arid waste of those heights, that Rigi Kulm, glassed in like a conservatory, massive as a citadel, where alight for a night and a day a flock of tourists, worshippers of the sun.

While awaiting the second dinner gong, the transient inmates of the vast and gorgeous caravansary, half frozen in their chambers above, or gasping on the divans of the reading rooms in the damp heat of lighted furnaces, were gazing, in default of the promised splendours, at the whirling white atoms and the lighting of the great lamps on the portico, the double glasses of which were creaking in the wind.

To climb so high, to come from all four corners of the earth to see that... Oh, Baedeker!..

Suddenly, something emerged from the fog and advanced toward the hotel with a rattling of metal, an exaggeration of motions, caused by strange accessories... Continue reading book >>

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