Jules Renard (February 22, 1864- May 22, 1910) was a French author and member of the Academie Goncourt, most famous for the works Poil de Carotte (Carrot hair) (1894) and Les Histoires Naturelles (Natural Histories) (1896). Among his other works are Le Plaisir de rompre (The Pleasure of Breaking) (1898) and Huit jours a la campagne (Eight Days in the Countryside) (1906).
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call me a philistine... Aug 28, 2004
...but the best thing I can say about this book is that it didn't take very long to read. I got a few genuine chuckles out of it, but for the most part I thought this was one of the most pointless books I have ever read, full of jokes that weren't funny and pathos that didn't inspire sympathy. I can see how this might have been groundbreaking 110 years ago, but to this 21st-century reader (and French literature aficionado) this book was about as appealing as the cruel treatment Poil de Carotte gets from his wretched family.
Quintessentially French Jun 13, 2003
Poil de Carotte is very well written, though most Americans may not understand the thoughts of Renard!
A strange family story Sep 28, 2000
The book told the story of a poor boy in early 20th century France who had a terrible family life. His mother was a distant character and the boys father was complex and distracted by his politics. The story shocked me due to the raw nature of his family and the depression that a boy at his age could endure. It was definately and inspired reading for those intrested in French culture.