Excerpt from Le Roi des Montagnes
Le Roi des Montagnes was published in 1856, and since that time it has remained one of About's most popular works. It is a brilliant satire on almost every department oi modern Greek life, from the Court to the lowest functionary in the state. While there is no attempt at elaboration in the sketches of character, the sketches oi hadji-stavros, Photini, Mary Ann, Madame Simons, and John Harris stand out bold, inter esting, and distinct. There is not a tiresome paragraph in the work, and the reader is carried on with impetuous haste and with increasing interest. The story which is related, the satire, the ﬂashes oi wit, the humor, and the captivating style, all tend to keep the mind oi the reader on the alert and to make him wish that About had written much more on Greek customs.
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