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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.
Coming home for those of us born just after the War is listening, finding, creating the stories lurking like Old Mother in the depths of our collective unconscious souls.Published 2 days ago by AJ Matheson
I liked this book quite a lot, although it was a bit slow at the onset. Characters are well drawn, and the story is compelling. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joan B. Walden
Good story with twists and unexpected turns. Good book to pass on to friends.Published 15 days ago by temple wood
The language in this novel is lovely, and there were lots of interesting parts, especially about how people lived in rural France during the German occupation in WWII. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prof Lesa
I loved her other books - Chocolat and one about wine, this was too dark (black) for me to enjoy.Published 2 months ago by Barbara C.
I really liked this book. It took a bit to get into it, but once I did, I enjoyed it a lot. This would be a great Sumer read.Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Melcher
The story creatively weaves a story that includes the innocence of children and the misery of addiction during WWII in France. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K S Johnson
I enjoyed this novel about a woman's memories of her childhood in occupied France. Well written and suspenseful. Would make a good book club read too.Published 2 months ago by Suzanne York
This book was recommended to me as a great holiday read by a very dear friend. Having read and loved Chocolat, I eagerly began this novel, which is set in a small village in France... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen B