"A love story or rather the story of a betrayal. The man betrayed doesn't cry out for vengeance, he is prostrated. Then he tries to turn the tragedy to ridicule, in order to overcome it. Monsieur Miaille becomes Monsieur Miette (crumb), thus he survives, although greatly diminished. Return to the fold (Fantoine) after a short odyssey, and acceptance." -R.P."In this book and in Pinget's others a certain authority operates throughout, an authority that slowly reveals itself as unquestionable." -Kirkus
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