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I wrote La’s Orchestra Saves the World because I wanted to pay tribute to rather brave people. I wanted to say something about how ordinary people managed to get by during the Second World War. Most of them would not have regarded themselves as heroes and heroines, but they were. La (short for Lavender) was one of these. She worked on the land, helping a farmer with his chickens, and also started a little orchestra for British and American airmen. Music, she felt, helps. And it does--it inspires and heals.
The other group I wanted to pay tribute to was the Poles. Polish servicemen played a major role in the war. Their airmen, for example, participated in the Battle of Britain, that crucial battle that decided the fate of Europe. At the end of the war the Poles were betrayed and the contribution of their forces largely ignored. In the victory parade in London, the Poles were not allowed to march with everybody else (Stalin insisted on this). So those brave men stood at the side of the road and wept. This book is about them too.--Alexander McCall Smith
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I started this story and fell tumbling down it's notes and ended in love with this love able story. please don't miss the lovely serinityof La!!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read especially if you are interested in the English homefront during WW2.Published 2 months ago by Lawrence Wertan
Not the usual twists and surprised found in his other books, but felt like it was a good description of a woman's experience during that time.Published 3 months ago by hkyoon
Really well written and had an excellent plot that kept me waiting on tenterhooks the whole time. I like the ending a lot; they don't try too hard to wrap it all up and throw in a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eager Reader