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When the spoilt and haughty Dona Constanza tries to divert a river to fill her swimming pool, she starts a running battle with the locals. The skirmishes are so severe that the Government dispatches a squadron of soldiers led by the fat, brutal and stupid Figueras to deal with them. Despite visiting plagues of laughing fits and giant cats upon the troops, the villagers know that to escape the cruel and unusual tortures planned for them, they must run. Thus they plan to head for the mountains and start a new and convivial civilisation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749391300
ISBN-10: 0749391308
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » De Bernieres's debut novel is the delightfully funny tale about the battle between Dona Constanza and the locals in her village, after she diverts a river to fill her swimming pool. When troops of soldiers are called in by the Government to deal with them, the villages plan to flee to the mountains and start afresh. (Kirkus UK)


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Louis de Bernieres Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter, a collection of stories Notwithstanding and a collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria.

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