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B+

My French Whore

Genre: Fiction; Author: Gene Wilder; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

My French Whore, the actor Gene Wilder’s debut novel, follows Pvt. Paul Peachy, a love-starved train conductor/amateur actor from Wisconsin who impulsively enlists in 1918 — and ends up impersonating a spy.

Inspiration
”For whatever simplicity of language I’ve achieved,” Wilder thanks Ernest Hemingway and Jean Renoir.

Last Word
Even in print, Wilder’s soothing voice anchors his swift, cinematic story. B+

Originally posted March 9 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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