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When soul searching was not just new age hype May 17, 2001
This novel won the Goncourt Award in 1930 (This is the French equivalent of the Literature Pulitzer Award). It focus on the life of a former French Soldier of the First World War who after a conversation which one of his fellow comrades in arms feels the paradox inherent in everyone of life's conflicts. The conversation is broken to be retaken ten years afterwards when the meet in Malaya at a country club. Now his mate is the owner of a rubber plantation and he works in the administrative post with another company involved in the same type of business.
Helped by his friend, he will slowly but surely develop a wider perception of life, boosted by the fact that the customs of the locals allow him to relax his usual frame of mind. It is a novel of self discovery written at a time when such type of travel was not hype, so it feels very authentic.