John Hawkes's tale opens as a French child, asleep beside a lily pond shortly before the First World War, swallows a frog. Mysteriously, the creature survives within him - a companion throughout a life filled with physical and psychological pain but also with a strange, frog-given, exhilarating power over others. An Aesopian fable? An ironic children's story? 'The Frog' goes far beyond these, as the adventures of Pascal, the misanthropic victim, and Armand, the tyrannical frog, move between a chateau, a mental institution, and a brothel. Soon 'The Frog' becomes a mock philosophical treatise on the culinary arts, the limits of belief, the sinister appeal of illness, and - as the frog usurps even Pascal's sexuality - eroticism. This parable of violence and illusion explores with aching poignancy the very qualities that make us human.
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Review: The FrogUser Review - Aisha H 240511 - Goodreads
Done. A child who always sleep near the lack that full of frogs. Moreover, in one day when he was sleeping a frog came to his mouth then he move to his stomach. After that, this accident made the boy behavior like frogs and his mother was always said to him that he looks like a frog. Read full review
Review: The FrogUser Review - Gregory Blecha - Goodreads
ohn Hawkes' "The Frog" is a sensual, indulgent tale about a boy named Pascal who swallows a frog while sleeping beside a pond. The frog's presence induces severe stomach pains, but when Pascal's ... Read full review