The Eskimo Solution

The Eskimo Solution

Book - 2016
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"A crime writer uses the modest advance on his next novel to rent a house by himself on the Normandy coast. There should be little to distract him from his work besides walks on the windswept beach, but as he begins to tell the tale of Louis - who, after dispatching his own mother, goes on to relieve others of their burdensome elderly relations - events in his own life begin to overlap with the work of his imagination." -- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: London : Gallic Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781910477229
Branch Call Number: GAR
Characteristics: 159 p.


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Jan 07, 2017

This little book is a very quick read. It has two story lines: a French author attempting to avoid writing the second story line, namely a book in which the protagonist kills people in order to make life easier for the people who inherit from them. The "Eskimo" solution refers to the idea that the elderly in northern indigenous cultures would place themselves on ice floes to die rather than eat the scarce food needed for the young and healthy. Whether myth or fact, this is the basis of the protagonist's rationalization of murder of the elderly so that the younger generation can live more carefree lives. Unfortunately, fiction intrudes on real life.... I wondered at times if this book was all a big joke on the part of Pascal Garnier or a serious look at the avarice of the young and a total disregard for the quality of a life. Three paws up from Abby Tabby and Kristi

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