Great stuff here. Filled with the excitement of a war novel and the intrigue of the Commune revolution in Paris. At times flirting with romantic interludes, it more often than not turns to violent scenes of war, murder and betrayal.
An exciting, sentimental, wonderful piece of historical fiction set during the Paris Commune, with some very heroic heroes, and some fairly tough women given that the novel was written in the 1890s.
The story occurs just a few months after “The Street of the First Shell” in The King In Yellow. After the defeat of the Franco-Prussian War there was a communist insurrection in Paris and a short-lived Reign of Terror in the spring of 1871. The story is exciting and has plenty of fighting, escaping, jumping over walls and wearing disguises; in this sense it is a adventure-romance in the mode of The Prisoner of Zenda, although quite a bit more scary in that the background is based in reality, and quite bloody.
This makes for a strange combination: a lovers’ romance intermingled with the anti-romantic details of a gruesome civil war.”