The Fleur de Lis

Elena Poniatowska

NOVEL. ERA, 1988. 264 PAGES.

Mariana, the narrator of this novel, is a Duchess who spends her early years in France among valets, butlers and monogrammed crockery. This charmed existence comes to an abrupt end with the advent of the Second World War: the Duke, her father, is sent to the front and the narrator, along with her mother and sister, escape to Mexico, a country they know nothing about but that will become, in every sense of the word, their home. Little by little, Mariana learns a hundred small lessons that help her to understand the truth about her former class and her new country. During this learning process, a second fascinating character appears, Father Teufel, a genuine mixture of angel and demon... 


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