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The Short Reign of
Pippin IV- A Review
The story revolves
around an amateur Astronomer, Mr. Pippin Amulf Heristal, who lives in Number
one, Avenue De Marigny, Paris. His family consists of his wife Marie and
Pippin, who is so
much interested in Astronomy, sets his telescope at balcony in order to conduct
research on the shower of Meteors. His wife, who is dedicated to household
work, is very strict about not wasting money on unwanted things. On the
contrary, Pippin’s daughter Clotilde took fancy to the American culture, does
different acts like writing stories, acting etc. deviating from the regular
teenagers of France.
Further, she is madly in love with an American youth called Tod Johnson.
While Pippin was
leading his life peacefully, a sudden change occurs in his life due to the
political instability in France.
The Nobles and various party leaders, who can’t arrive at a consensus decides
to bring back Monarch in France by appointing Pippin as King of France naming
him Pippin IV
moves to Elysee Palace
along with his wife Marie and daughter Clotilde. His innocent wife who is
verily attached to the household work becomes the Queen of France
Pippin, now with the
vested responsibility as a King becomes very busy as he is always surrounded by
Nobles and other officials of the Palace. Now he starts thinking whether he is
really fit for Kingship. The much worried King visits his uncle Charles Martel,
the Proprietor of a small but prosperous art gallery and antique store in Rue
De Seine. When he asks for suggestion from his uncle, he only says that the
Royals has nothing to do except to remain a powerless King.
The Pippin IV soon
finds that the Country has no opportunity for the poor and downtrodden. On the
other hand, it only supports rich and famous. In order to change this scenario,
the King starts giving a sort of electrifying speech at the Convention of
Nobles and political leaders, but in vain. They only mock at him.
History repeats as
the politicians of various Parties creates a riot in France and there becomes political
unrest all over the country. It is decided to out law and desist the King. What
happens to the King and his family? Is he safe or his life is in danger?
John Steinbeck the great
author, who is also a Nobel Prize winner, has set his hand to give a political
satire comedy, and ultimately has succeeded in his mission. Even though the
author is a sort of emotional and serious writer, he has given the clear
account of the flaws of Kingdom through
his own style of writing in a humorous
way. ‘The grapes of wrath’ is the work of masterpiece by John Steinbeck, who
also contributed to the literary world many other novels.