With this title, how can I not read it?
Not a bad book. Just not very exciting.
Based on a historical events, this is a story of an unhappy marriage and colonialism. Henri Lambert, famous illusionist, has been drafted by the French emperor to demonstrate the power of France to north African leaders, in hopes that they will be impressed and too afraid to fight back when France sends in its conquering troops. There’s some great description of French court life and Algerian architecture, and there’s a brief philosophical bit about conscience and complicity, but the tempo of the story never really picks up. Like Emmeline and Henri’s marriage, there’s just no thrill.
Loosely based on Robert Houdin.