PRLog - Dec. 10, 2010 - LEMOYNE, Pa. -- Lemoyne, PA - Sunbury Press has released the second edition of Patrick J. F. Quere's controversial novel "Grognard" about a misanthropic sociopath. The book has been linked to a copy cat murder in the author's home town of Hollywood, Florida. In response to this controversy, there is a new foreword from the publisher. The book cover has also been updated.
Grognard by Patrick Quere
About the book:
Meet Felix Moullec, misanthrope, sociopath, anti-hero --- the ultimate under-achiever in a land of fading opportunity, sexual abuse, broken families, and rusting infrastructure. He aspires to be nothing and hates everything. Author Patrick J.F. Quere has created a character for the ages.
Following is an excerpt:
Felix remembered the love he had for the catholic ritual. He loved the flowing embroidered robes and all the gold and the crystal. He loved the effigies of saints captured in stained glass. He loved the Gothic architecture that was vaulting to heaven. He loved the powerful morbid organ and the catchy fate-sealing songs. He loved the clang of the thurible and the ambrosial fragrance of frankincense and myrrh. And above all he loved the divine mysticism. But then one Sunday the bells tolling the end of mass began to skip, and Felix overheard the priest tell an altar boy to “put on the other record,” and then the bells resumed but they were playing an entirely different strain. Felix looked up at the golden steeple and he could see the black rectangles of speakers set in the narrow decorative windows. And he knew then that it was all bullshit and that he was alone in the universe.
Praise for Grognard:
“...a well written novel of understated, psychological horror that gathers its power in an accumulating storm of words and ideas that beat you down like dark driving weather... Grognard is, I believe, a work of dark, horrific art.”
George Andrade, Horror News
"As for his (Quere's) depiction of family happiness that degenerates into casual murder and brutal evisceration, what purpose does that have? The only likely one I can think of is that it offers a vision of US society as a whole as a kind of nightmare - placid on the surface, but savage, self-serving and without any genuine qualities, underneath."
Bradley Winterton, Taipei Times
“The book, Grognard, meaning ``grumbler'' in French, is a fictional story about a young man's troubled childhood growing up on the wrong side of the tracks and how various social, economic and political forces prevent him from advancing in life to the point that
he goes mad. Julie Brown, Miami Herald
WARNING - ADULT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT
Profits from the sale of this book during December 2010 and January 2011 are being donated to two prominent mental health charities.
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