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Harris has a challenging project here: to show the complicated, messy reality behind such seemingly simple terms as collaborator and Resistance. To the children, of course, these were mere abstractions: "We understood so little of it. Least of all the Resistance, that fabulous quasi-organization. Books and the television made it sound so focused in later years; but I remember none of that. Instead I remember a mad scramble in which rumor chased counter-rumor and drunkards in cafes spoke loudly against the new regime." The author's portrait of occupier and occupied living side by side is given texture by her trademark appreciation of all things French. Yes, some passages read like romantic, black-and-white postcards: "Reine's bicycle was smaller and more elegant, with high handlebars and a leather saddle. There was a bicycle basket across the handlebars in which she carried a flask of chicory coffee." But these simple pleasures, recorded with such adroitness, are precisely what give Framboise solace from the torment of her past. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Carol Clark, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ugly, depressing story. Trouble following the plot at times as it shifted from one time to another[[one character to another.Published 21 days ago by kathrynlibby
this is the second copy of the book that i have purchased. i purchased it years ago, read it, loved it, and was silly enough to give it away. Read morePublished 22 days ago by JMP
This was a really good book, very well written, the characters rang true. I loved the way the author built the suspense to the final crescendo, giving you just enough to keep you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan
Joanne Harris' novel is set in wartime France and fast-forward to modern days, when Framboise Dartigan runs a restaurant in a small village on the Loire. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanna Daneman
I wish I could have liked this book. It was SLOW! The motifs were all about the senses--nothing about the interior lives of the characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James R. Ouimette
Has won many awards. Our book club had mixed reviews on it. As one described it, it can be a "dark read" but well written.Published 4 months ago by An Amazon Customer