A Passion in the Desert

A Passion in the Desert - Honoré de Balzac,  Ernest Dowson Despite having been made into a dreadfully bad film, this short story is actually quite well done.An unnamed Provencal soldier is relating a tale of his time during the Mameluk wars to the unnamed narrator (who, in turn, is telling it to his lady friend in order to impress her with his knowledge of animal training). The soldier gets lost in the desert and is befriended, for lack of a better term, by a female leopard. Their relationship is mutually dependent and, eventually, a little confusing for both.This brief read is quite a good introduction to French literature for those who have not yet given it a try.