My Brother Yves

My Brother Yves
Item# ISBN: 978-0-8059-9325-7

Translated by John LeVay

My Brother Yves tells of the unlikely, intense friendship that grows at sea between an educated officer and a semi-literate country boy with a violent streak and a tendency toward alcoholism. Yves and Pierre contract a pact akin to the medieval blood brotherhood, and this commitment is ultimately the salvation of the wayward Yves. A true story, My Brother Yves is set in the 1870s and '80s and takes us vividly back to the days of the tall ships and mid-Victorian Brittany.


Pierre Loti is the pen name of Julien Viaud (1850-1923), a career French Navy officer who attained the high rank of Captaine de Vaisseau. He produced a dozen somewhat autobiographical novels, many with an oriental flavor and most with a strong sea-faring element, as well as six lyrical travel narratives.


John LeVay (Ph.D., York University) was born in Toronto in 1933 and was, for many years, a lecturer and Victorian specialist in English literature. Now retired, he lives as a hermit-bachelor in a secluded cottage in the Kawartha-Lakes district of Ontario. He is the author of Margaret Anglin: A Stage Life (1989). His grandfather was a Breton naval captain and knew Pierre Loti.

(2004, paperback, 236 pages)

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