Paris Bound tells the'story of two disparate lovers, Professor Roy Musgrave and his student Nadia Benbouzid, who make the trip from Morocco to Paris, staying at camp sit's, a pension in Burgos and finally a hotel in Paris. Their escapades include almost running out of petrol in the Rif and smuggling out of Morocco not only contraband currency but a Moslem girl. Only Nadia's charms and initiative save them from disaster. In the intimacy of tent sharing, their relationship deepens, each seeing in the other the answer to their future happiness, for Roy's divorce is nearly through and Nadia is eminently available. Moreover, each seems to have exactly what the other needs for completion, his scholarly prowess complementing her youthful zest, his stability her daring and so on. In Spain, however, he begins to weary a little of the girl's appetite for fine clothes and jewellery, especI'lly when she returns from shopping expeditions laden with trinkets. Who pays for them? Is it Roy? Is it Nadia? Is it'someone else? Are the goods in some way wheedled or 'won' from shopkeepers? She refuses to answer and is insulted by his interrogations. After a quarrel, in which Nadia is overcome by jealousy of Roy's wife and miffed by his refusal to contemplate becoming Moslem, Roy walks out of the Paris hotel to see a vintage French movie, about which Nadia is less than keen. He returns from a surreal experience on the Paris MÃ©tro, in which he meets his guru Marcel Proust, to a shocking reality in the hotel.
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August 01, 2002
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