The Belly of Paris Characters

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Florent Quenu is the main protagonist of The Belly of Paris. A man of gentle temperament, Florent is tall and lanky. He is painfully thin and is always hungry. Unlike those around him, Florent is unconcerned with money and appearance. He cares nothing for outward trappings and thus is usually dressed in black trousers and a black coat. AS a result of his tender nature, Florent has a soft spot for children. Florent is disgusted by the excess he witnesses upon his return to Paris, and as such, the sight and smell of food becomes more and more repugnant to him as the narrative progresses. Having been wrongly accused and sent to Devil's Island, his main focus eventually becomes exacting revenge on the government which imprisoned him. Florent is haunted by the memory of a young woman who was shot during the coup d'état. The young woman...

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