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The Dean’s Watch by Erckmann-Chatrian is a captivating tale set in the 19th century, revolving around the enthralling life of a clockmaker, nicknamed the "Dean," and the small town of Sainte Agnes. Masters of storytelling, the authors skillfully paint vivid descriptions of the characters and their surroundings, allowing readers to immerse themselves in this charming world.

At its core, The Dean’s Watch is a story about the power of love and human connections that transcend societal barriers. The Dean, an elderly and solitary clockmaker, witnesses the deep-seated prejudice and judgment prevalent in the town. Despite being an outcast, he possesses a genuine heart and an unmatched talent for his craft. His exceptional clock, built with extraordinary precision, becomes a symbol of hope that brings together the most unlikely individuals.

The authors' prose is rich and poetic, effortlessly transporting readers to Sainte Agnes. The descriptions of the town, its streets, and the Dean's shop are so vivid that one can almost smell the scent of wood and hear the rhythmic ticking of the clock. This attention to detail allows readers to experience the world through the Dean's eyes, feeling every emotion and observing each interaction.

What truly sets The Dean’s Watch apart is its exploration of human nature. The characters are multifaceted and relatable, with flaws and virtues that mirror real-life complexities. Erckmann-Chatrian skillfully interweave different storylines, each shedding light on various social issues such as class divide, prejudice, and the limitations imposed by society. It is through the Dean’s unwavering faith in humanity that readers are reminded of the transformative power of kindness, empathy, and understanding.

As the plot unfolds, tension builds, and unexpected twists keep readers captivated. Moments of excitement and heartache are brilliantly balanced with moments of contemplation and reflection. At its heart, The Dean’s Watch is a sentimental story that reaffirms the beauty of the human spirit and the capacity for change.

In conclusion, Erckmann-Chatrian's The Dean’s Watch is a masterpiece that seamlessly blends historical accuracy, poignant storytelling, and profound observations on human nature. This book is highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction and those who appreciate nuanced narratives that explore the depths of the human soul. Through the magnificence of its prose, it leaves readers with a sense of hope and reminds us all of the enduring power of love and compassion.

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By Erckmann Chatrian

Translated by Ralph Browning Fiske

Copyright, 1897, by The Current Literature Publishing Company


On the day before Christmas of the year 1832, my friend Wilfred, with his double bass slung over his back, and I, with my violin under my arm, started to walk from the Black Forest to Heidelberg. It was unusually snowy weather; as far as we could see across the great, deserted plain, there was no trace of road nor path. The wind kept up its harsh aria with monotonous persistency, and Wilfred, with his flattened wallet at his belt, and the vizor of his cap drawn over his eyes, moved on before me, straddling the drifts with his long, heron legs, and whistling a gay tune to keep up his spirits. Now and then, he would turn around with a waggish smile, and cry: "Comrade, let's have the waltz from 'Robin,' I feel like dancing." A burst of laughter followed these words, and then the good fellow would resume his march courageously. I followed on as well as I could, up to my knees in snow, and I felt a sense of melancholy take possession of me.

The spires of Heidelberg began to appear on the extreme horizon, and we hoped to reach there before nightfall. It was then about five o'clock in the afternoon, and great flakes of snow were whirling through the gray atmosphere... Continue reading book >>

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