Dumas’ Musketeers picnic on the battlefield

Dumas’ Musketeers picnic on the battlefield

Among picnics on the battlefield the déjeuner sur l’herbe in The Three Musketeers sets the pattern for sardonic humor. It’s meant as yet another instance of the Musketeers’ bravado, but Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet (his co-author) add comic relief to the serious...
Sloan Wilson’s Gray Flannel Picnic

Sloan Wilson’s Gray Flannel Picnic

Without giving any reason, Ernest Hemingway thought Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit was trash. However, Americans still readjusting to World War Two and its aftermath, thought otherwise. It was a best seller, and Nunnally Johnson faithfully adapted it...
Churchill on the Rhine

Churchill on the Rhine

Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister picnicked in Holland on the west bank of the Rhine River with Gen. Bernard Montgomery, and Field Marshall Alan Brooke (February, 1945). Allied armies had already crossed the Rhine and invaded Germany, and though the area was...
Günter Grass’ Normandy Beach Picnic

Günter Grass’ Normandy Beach Picnic

Günter Grass’ Normandy beach picnic is satire of Nazi’s at play. It’s an episode in The Tin Drum that take place on June 5, 1944 on a concrete pillbox on the “Atlantic Wall,” the array of German artillery bunkers in Normandy facing England. For the sake of fiction,...