“Le club des vieux garçons” by Louis-Henri de la Rochefoucauld
Who are the members of the Old Boys Club, a secret society like no other that meets once a month at the Jockey Bar, rue Rabelais in Paris? Hard-core bachelors who resist, the modern world, champagne glass in hand? Simple party-goers who are a little vain? Or mystics in their own way? Monk soldiers in knit ties? Led by François de Rupignac, they sow their wild oats. We will not spill the beans.
But let us point out that in this colorful novel, the grandparents of the hero, the duke and the duchess with a ready tongue, are not good enough to be thrown to hunting dogs. This book, typically French and British, will appeal to the public of Downton Abbey as much as to the laughing, nostalgic readers of Pierre de Regnier, Guitry and Wodehouse. To be read, laid back on your reclining chair, in loden, tuxedo or in houndstooth suit … One single watchword: formal dress code