This is a Rabelaisian novel first and foremost. Rough around the edges, but full of life, Henry Miller's once-banned memoir-like novel is better than any reality TV show (pardon me, that standard is too low to be meaningful). Picaresque in its telling the story skips around France and shares experiences that seem as real as any dream, or nightmare, can be. A crazy wonderful book. Not for prudes - if there are any left in the twenty-first century.