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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Book Review: Gil Brewer, 77 Rue Paradis (1954)
In 1951, Gil Brewer published his third and most successful novel, the million-selling 13 French Street. Then, three years later, in what seems a winking attempt to recapture his past success, Brewer published his eighth novel, 77 Rue Paradis, which, as its title implies, is set on an actual French street. The later novel concerns Frank Baron, a disgraced aeronautics man who has been searching the world to find the party responsible for sabotaging his factories. From here, the plot gets silly. In the end, 77 Rue Paradis is serviceable but forgettable. Grade: C-
A: Excellent. I intend to read it again. B: Good. I might read it again. C: So-so. I didn't mind reading it. D: Bad. I resented reading it. F: Atrocious. I finished it only because I'm compulsive that way.