Léon VILLE "Guillaume the Boer"
Saint-Remi editions, France, 2020, pp. 152
It is a very beautiful reproduction of the second edition of this strong novel. The first edition dated from 1902 but here we present the reproduction of the second which dates from 1936 (as indicated on the front cover). Even if we like the above editor very much, we hesitated to read previously the works of the same author Léon Ville (1854-1948) because he is classified "youth". Yet not this one, for a very good reason! Here is the summary: "Guillaume le Boer is a novel which celebrates and exalts as it should be the heroism of the Boer farmers struggling to death to safeguard their independence against the English invader. This book aspires to stimulate energies and galvanize the hearts by putting in it this sacred fire which alone allows to defend great cases. To do this, Leon Ville tells in these pages what were the bravery and the sacrifice of the Boers of the Transvaal, who fought desperately to remain faithful to their religious faith and preserve the freedom of their country "(op.cit.page 149).
Guillaume Burlat and his family run a farm in a province in the South African Transvaal where they are once visited by some English soldiers asking them to leave "you have one hour to leave" (op.cit.page 10). The telephone did not yet exist in 1902 and so they decided to go to a father's friend "I will take you to Louis Dieper, a friend I know I can count on" (op.cit.page 17). This is only an English manipulation to "bring a total extermination of our race" adds the head of the family Guillaume at the beginning, on page 8. So they start walking to reach Dieper. But on their long road they were forced to park in a small cabin guarded also by the English. In a fit of anger Guillaume strangles an English soldier on page 54. While continuing their journey they will meet a compatriot Rabier who will also commit a murder against an English soldier on page 78: "... who jumped back uttering a cry of pain. " What will happen next with the two justified murderers? They will go to prison for having murdered the "liberators" of the English crown which aims to help the blacks to become stronger than the white?
But the element that we liked the most would be the drawings that accompany the pages and which are signed by someone pre-named F.A.G. We had written to the two publishers, Mademoiselle Jeanne Saglio and her father, Mister Bruno, but we had never received a response. We did a personal research on the internet but we must admit that this last instrument is completely Zionist and could not provide us an answer. There is another former cartoonist Ernest Bouard (1864-1938) who had made the cover of the novel "A handful of heroes"for the same author Ville published a year before, in 1901. Their artistic style not being similar, we cannot then provide response. But our readers may know it. So they just have to leave us a comment below this article.
written by Dionysos ANDRONIS