So this short play is about a gang of smugglers who are young but around their twenties, just trying to adjust to life, and the only way they can really get by in life is smuggling drugs and working for loyal boss Tarzan, who got the name from it's actual definition, and before you think of this as obvious forgery (like the name Elsa for a baby may seem someday), this play was published in 1968.
Their cigarette business gets them a little bit crooked with the police, who are sometimes nice, sometimes menacing, sometimes understanding, but in this world as well as the real one, to smugglers and every criminal in general, especially murderers, they are all the same.
What I really liked about this book, or should I say play, is that I recently read another play from the great Moliere called The Miser, L'Avare in French, and I kind of really hated it, and I expected to hate this play, especially since it had more pages, and didn't. When you are with a ton of cocaine smugglers, it usually makes for a good book, mostly because even if nothing is going on for them at the moment, you can feel the breath of your enemy strategizing against you and zooming in. The characters are also a little relatable and kept my interest, even if, aside from Moineau's comic book hobby and harmonica playing, he and Tit-Noir feel like carbon copies. I just had more than a few problems with the outcome of this book, which unfortunately fails to deliver the giant story it promises at the beginning. It spends too much time in the second act doing the same thing, and like Wild Geese, it was relatable but frustrated both my patience and my - pardon my poetry - heart. So yeah, this is a very dramatic book and I don't think I'll forget it anytime soon, ending in what some people would call a proper conclusion, but I found it to be one that I could smell coming twenty-five pages away and set itself up to be perfect after the overlong Act 2 but only gave itself a nibble of goodness.
You know what, though? I didn't mind the book too much and it was enough to make me wish there were more, of Act 1 and 3 that is. If you are in French immersion and end up with this book (which may be one of the only cases you can get it) I think you'll enjoy it. The time will go by quickly.