The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
by Anatole France
1881 / 234 pages (Kindle)
rating: 7.5 ?
“The poor man who has no desires possesses the greatest of riches; he possesses himself. The rich man who desires something is only a wretched slave.” (p. 17 – Kindle)
I read and quite enjoyed France’s Penguin Island years ago so when the 19th Century group chose this for the discussion I rather looked forward to it.
And it started quite well, I was promptly involved in Part 1, The Log, where Sylvestre keeps a diary and tells the story of how he desired a certain book so much, he obsessed over it. In the meanwhile he befriends a poor neighbor by giving them a large log for their Christmas fire. Years later he’s still desiring the log and travels to Sicily to find it but it wasn’t there – instead a series of rather mysterious events took over. >>>>MORE (no spoilers)>>>>