The Fantastic Brother by Rene Guillot ; Translated from the French by Christopher Hampton ; Illustrated by Richard Kennedy
Chicago : Rand McNally & Co., 1966. Second printing. Hardcover. 192 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $3.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. An excellent copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
From the Dust Jacket :
THE FANTASTIC BROTHER
by Rene Guillot
Illustrated by Richard Kennedy
In this book, Mr. Guillot's imagination and skill are at their most brilliant. He has created believable, interesting characters and has placed them in exciting, unusual situations.
Lucas Gaud is the fifteen-year-old son of the Master of the Hunt, in the service of the stern and elderly Comte de Lieue. Lucas becomes the paid companion of the Count's grandson, Luc, whom he grows to love dearly. He also develops a fondness for Luc's sister, Marie Ange. Although he sees her rarely, he senses a mystery that centers about her.
When he learns the family secret, it results in his taking a long sea journey with an exciting crew of buccaneers and a villainous captain. Left to die in a tropical forest in Africa, Lucas becomes part of another mystery and of a legend before he is able to return to France to win renown and happiness.
This is a haunting, unforgettable story, with many fascinating threads closely woven. A bare outline of its plot cannot do it justice, but to tell more would be unfair to the reader and to the author.
Rene Guillot is a distinguished French writer, well known in the United States for his many books for children, which have been translated in almost all of the countries of the world, including Japan and Israel.
After completing his education in France, M. Guillot went to Africa and taught school in Dakar until 1942, when he enlisted in the French army. He took part in the landing at Toulons, in the Rhine and Danube campaigns and then, demobilized, returned to Senegal for several years. In 1950 he returned to Paris and became a professor at the Lycee Condorcet.
Having spent twenty-five years in Africa, during which time he traveled all over the continent gathering folk legends and hunting elephants, lions, panthers, and buffalo, it is no wonder that he enjoys weaving fantasies about it for young people, and is successful in making the people, the country, and the animals seem so real.
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