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Henri is a simple farm boy who has joined the army during the napoleonic wars. He gets a job as a cook and eventually becomes the personal chef to his idol, Napoleon. However, Henri experiences combat during Napoleon's brutal russian campgain. It is in Russia that Henri meets Villenelle, a young woman from Venice with webbed feet, whose husband sold her to the french army as a prositute. He also meets Partick, an priest excommunicated for watching young women undress. Together these three desert the army and make a journey across europe to their homes. But when the journey is over they must confront problems from their past, Villenelle's husband, as well as her old lover, and a chef Henri had offeneded years earlier who still looks for revenge.
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Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   rape    -   lesbians Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, general Married, fooling around?    -   Yes


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Italy    -   Eastern Europe Water?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   lesbians! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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