An Iceland Fisherman

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An Iceland Fisherman

Breton fisherman and his girl marry just before fleet leaves; he is lost in a storm. [Fr. Lit.: An Iceland Fisherman in Magill I, 410]
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Le touriste flanant dans les rues de Rochefort, en Charente-Maritime, s'etonnera peut-etre de rencontrer de nombreuses references a Pierre Loti, l'auteur des romans Aziyade (1879), Le Mariage de Loti (1880), et Pecheur d'Islande (1886).
(4) Neanmoins, malgre l'effort de Barthes et la grande popularite de certains des romans de Loti, en particulier Pecheur d'Islande, l'ecrivain demeure relativement obscur, ou en tout cas "incompris," comme le suggerent au moins deux biographies qui lui sont consacrees.
We see that he struggled with Pecheur d'Islande for over a year, evidently doing a great deal of rewriting, but these pages contain no insights into what the issues were.
After the success of Le Mariage de Loti, French readers re-discovered Aziyade and gave an enthusiastic reception to his subsequent novels: Roman d'un Spahi (1881), Mon Frere Yves (1883), Pecheur d'Islande (1886), Madame Chrysantheme (1887), Matelot (1892) and Ramuntcho (1897).
In a subplot from his masterpiece, Pecheur d'Islande, the Navy tears the childlike fisherman Sylvestre from his grandmother only to throw his life away in Indochina.
Other early successes included Pecheur d'Islande (1886; An Iceland Fisherman) and Madame Chrysantheme (1887; Japan: Madam Chrysanthemum).
Over the next twenty-six years he produced ten more novels, almost all of them best-sellers and some of them, like Pecheur d'Islande, real masterpieces.
The young sailor in Lofts 1886 Pecheur d'Islande "avait rencontre des dames d'un age assez mur, coiffees en cheveux, qui faisaient les cent pas sur leur trottoir ...