Auchincloss Louis (EN) — Cat and the King

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Cat and the King
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A cat may look at a king, says an old proverb. The king is the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, whose fabled court at Versailles was the wonder of Europe; the cat is the watchful chronicler, Louis de Rouvroy, second duc de Saint-Simon, author of the famous Memoirs which are the definitive record of Louis reign.Auchincloss has conceived his novel as an extension of the Memoirs, in which Saint-Simon reveals his own storyas well as a great deal about the private lives of the great and near-great that did not find its way into the published record. With his inimitable gift for characterization, Auchincloss portrays Saint-Simon, the meticulous, proud aristocrat of the old school who is at once fascinated and threatened by the powerful centralized monarchy Louis is building and by the kings plot to bolster his position by marrying off his illegitimate children to princes of the blood.Elegant, crisp, and abounding in authentic detail, The Cat and the King shows us the factions, liaisons, intrigues and dalliances that made up daily life at Versailles as they might have been seen from Saint-Simons highly critical perspective. Auchincloss imagines the dominant figures of this greatest period in French historythe aging Louis; his pious morganatic spouse, Madame de Maintenon; Monsieur, the kings homosexual brother; the great warrior and ladies man Conti; and many othersas wholly believable individuals with peculiar tics and foibles of their own; but none is stranger, more fascinating, or more believable than Saint-Simon himself.A remarkable portrait of a quintessential man of his time, a discerning study of the use and abuse of power, and an utterly convincing recreation of a turbulent age that bears no small resemblance to our own, The Cat and the King is a many-faceted jewel that represents a new dimension of achievement in Louis Auchincloss distinguished career as a novelist.

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