To use the typewriter to stop his sister from losing her life twenty years ago, he is going to have to remove the safeguards put by the inventor, a friend of Jules Verne who found crystals with extraordinary properties. As Guillaume tries to unravel the mysteries of the typewriter, assisted by his friend Sylvie who has secrets of her own, he is confronted with a secret agent who wants to use it to make a major change to history, and a Buddhist monk who is trying to stop him because if he succeeds, the universe is in danger of collapsing.
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In Web of Destinies, you will discover France as you've never seen it before.
L'hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, where Docteur Guillaume Chambon works:
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Rue de Sévigné, where Guillaume lives with his friend Sylvie:
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The nearby banks of the Seine transformed into "Paris Plage".
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Guillaume doesn't usually stop to listen to musicians in the métro, but the one time he does, it changes the destinies of two people.
(Did you know that Alain Souchon, Manu Dibango, Jacques Higelin, Touré Kunda and Dany Brillant all started their careers singing in the métro?)
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A vineyard in Burgundy, where Guillaume and Sylvie were born.
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Place des Vosges, where Guillaume's friend has an antique shop, and clues on the inventor of the typewriter.
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Guillaume lives in the Marais, a district where Jewish and gay communities live, and where Sylvie feels safe and accepted as she is.
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Dijon, where Guillaume's grandfather lived; he locked the typewriter in a trunk in his attic, but what did he use it for?
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Château des ducs de Bretagne in Nantes, where Guillaume and Sylvie look for clues on the power of the typewriter.
(The dukes of Brittany lived there between the thirteenth and sixteenth century. Nantes was the centre of the historical province of Brittany until the separation of the Loire-Atlantique department in 1941, and since that time Nantais have been pushing for the reunification with Brittany.)
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The Nice Flower market, where Guillaume will find something he wasn't expecting. \
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The Food and drink of Web of Destinies
When Guillaume's grandfather Louis passes away, he sees Louis’ fellow members of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Brotherhood of the Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup) at the church.
They were recognisable by their crimson and gold robes symbolising the red and white wines of Burgundy. Louis had risen to the rank of Commandeur and had asked to be buried in his robe, with his silver tasting cup and ribbon. His death, on the 8th of May, had been unexpected.
The last time Christophe had seen his father-in-law, one week ago, he was his usual self. Marie-Ange had made him a coq au vin and he had asked for seconds, washed down with Christophe’s wine which he never failed to praise eloquently.
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When Guillaume went to the kitchen to eat breakfast, he found Sylvie was already up, spreading Nutella on a slice of fresh baguette. They were lucky to have what was considered by many the best boulangerie in the district two minutes’ walk from their apartment.
In Nice, Guillaume enjoys the delicious specialities, Socca and Salade Niçoise.
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The Market on Place Saint-Paul brought together produce from the regions of France. Guillaume cooked lunch with the ingredients they had bought: slices of pain de campagne with saucisson from Lyon were followed by chicken breasts from Bresse with Normandy fresh cream and Paris champignons. Not a single crumb was left of the tarte Tatin, the upside down caramelised apple tart that Guillaume had mastered to perfection.
After you finish reading Web of Destinies, cook yourself a delicious tarte tatin-the recipe is here
The music of Web of Destinies
Sylvie is Guillaume's flatmate and best friend, a graphic designer and bass guitar player in the all-girl rock band The Wild Ones. Guillaume is a fan of The Wild Ones, and goes to a gig at the Montgolfière bar, but something inexplicable happens that night.
“So what did you think of last night?” Sylvie asked the next morning.
“It’s strange, I only remember the first half of your gig. That new song of yours is great.”
“Which one? We played three new ones.”
“Wild about you.”
“I’m glad you liked it. What about our cover of Barracuda?”
“Well that’s the thing. I don’t remember anything after Honky Tonk women. All I remember is waking up and typing another story at three AM.”
When her band is looking for a cover song to complete their CD, Sylvie suggests the the Led Zeppelin song Kashmir.
She sang the first verse, “Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreams.”
Sylvie waited for her friends’ reactions. It was a song that the seventies rock band considered their best musical achievement. Sylvie’s band had gained confidence, but this challenge was going to stretch their abilities.
One day, Sylvie comes home with a new bass guitar, a Les Paul, like the one Suzi Quatro played. She doesn't know it yet, but her guitar is going to play an important role in the story.
Suzi Quatro was Sylvie's role model, the first female bass guitar player who headed her own band in the history of rock.