My French Whore by Gene Wilder

I love when the cover and the title give nothing away!

CAUTION: SPOILERS (small ones)

Goodreads Rating: 3.73 Stars 

Description: The beloved actor and screenwriter Gene Wilder’s first novel, My French Whore, set during World War I, delicately and elegantly explores a most unusual romance. It’s almost the end of the war and Paul Peachy, a young railway employee and amateur actor in Milwaukee, realizes his marriage is one-sided. He enlists, and ships off to France. Peachy instantly realizes how out of his depth he is—and never more so than when he is captured. Risking everything, Peachy—who as a child of immigrants speaks German—makes the reckless decision to impersonate one of the enemy’s most famous spies.

As the urbane and accomplished spy Harry Stroller, Peachy has access to a world he could never have known existed—a world of sumptuous living, world-weary men, and available women. But when one of those women—Annie, a young, beautiful and wary courtesan—turns out to be more than she seems, Peachy’s life is transformed forever.

This book was one shock after another. It was nothing like I expected. It was recommended to me so I read it. I didn’t even read the description. I dove in completely blind, which I almost never do. All I knew about the book was the title and that the cover said it was a love story. It was so much more than that! I was also pleasantly surprised when I realized that it was written by the same Gene Wilder as the man who played Willy Wanka. I didn’t even know he wrote books! I am considering reading another one of his as this was his first.

This book was so much more than a love story. Honestly, the “love story” aspect of it wasn’t even the most important part. It wasn’t the real story. My French Whore was set during World War I and shows the journey of an American soldier, who got himself into a very sticky situation. He knows his time is limited and tries to enjoy what he has left. With a French Whore.

I would have liked for it to be a little longer and for him to have had a little more time in France. I would have liked to have learned more about him and why he made the decisions he made. I think Wilder could have added another 50 pages or so and made the book quite a bit better.

This book was a quick and easy read. Only taking a couple hours. If that. It even made me laugh a couple times. However, I am not going to give an amazing review just because of its author. I enjoyed it, but the ending was very bland and left me slightly confused. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it, but I probably won’t reread it.

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