BESSETTE, Gérard SHORTLIFFE, Gary, trans.
Title: Not for Every Eye : A Novel. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Macmillan Company of Canada, Toronto, 1975,
Seller ID: 100972
BESSETTE, Gérard. Not for Every Eye : A Novel. Translated from the French by Gary Shortliffe. Toronto : The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1962.First Edition. Pp (6),1-98 . 8vo, white cloth, purple lettering to spine. "Hervé Jodoin, the dégagé, down-at-heel hero and narrator of this charmingly cynical French-Canadian novel, arrives in Saint Joachim to work in its sole bookshop. The proprietor, M. Léon Chicoine, is outwardly respectable, but in secret he's a champion of free thought and liberty. His most cherishedwares are not for every eye.. . . Hervé at first arranges his life tranqui lly enough, but before long - more for the sake of peace than from any biological urge - he becomes entangled in a fatiguing affair with his landlady.Worse, the confiidence his boss places in him as a fellow - libertarian le ads to an alarming row which involves M. le Curé and everyone else in SaintJoachim. A book by a subversive author named Voltaire is the occasion of t he crisis. This delightfully funny satire on life in the province of Quebeccould not, at first, find a French-Canadian publisher. In the end, having appeared in Paris, it was chosen by the Grand Jury des Lettres of Montreal as one of the ten best French-Canadian novels published between 1945 and i960. English-speaking Canadians may now discover this new and important Canadian novelist for themselves." - from the dj. Gérard Bessette (b. February 25, 1920, Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, Quebec - d. February 21, 2005, Kingston, Ontario). Penned name to front free endpaper, penned number to inside back cover, else very good in rubbed and lightly browned, but unclipped, dustjacket. 15.00