In Vino Veritas

Allen Douglas

in War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926943 | DOI:
In Vino Veritas

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This chapter discusses Georges de la Fouchardière, who is considered as the most distinctive journalist of the Canard after the war. It looks at his most important contribution, which was a weekly column that featured fictional conversations with Alfred Bicard, an alcoholic and compulsive gambler. The part of the self-image of the French was that they were controlled drinkers who never fell down in a drunken stupor. This was questioned by the Canard during the 1920s, as the weekly portrayed them as drunks who clung to lampposts and even saw double. The chapter then moves to a discussion of apéritifs as a symbol of the pleasures of life and wine as a totem-drink. The drinking habits of the French are also contrasted with prohibition in the United States.

Keywords: Georges de la Fouchardière; Alfred Bicard; drunks; apéritifs; wine; drinking habits; prohibition

Chapter.  7974 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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