Hysterically funny French satire of life in a small village in France.
Many of my graduate school studies were firmly grounded in the 19th century. Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier—suggested by a good friend—recently came my way, and it proved to be a very funny story.
According to Wikipedia, Clochemerle is a French satirical novel, which was first published in 1934. The book is set in a fictional French town called "Clochemerle", situated in the Beaujolais region. The book is a comic work, satirizing the conflicts between Catholics and Republicans in the French Third Republic by telling the story of the installation of a fixture in Clochemerle's town square.