Teetering on the brink of the outbreak of World War 2, Jean Arnaud comes of age. He encounters a host of supporting characters; each helping shape the man he is to become. A quirky tale in which the author teasingly whetted my appetite and made me sit up and ask: What happens next? But don't expect every question to be answered!
By not continuing the tradition of gardeners in the family, Jean was sowing disorder. But he also conceded that a mystery hung over his birth, and that such a child could thus not be tied down to the Arnaud's profession from father to son. He had to be given a chance to decide his own destiny, and his seriousness and application consoled Albert.