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While Still We Live Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1985


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"A master of the suspense novel."
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It began very innocently. A holiday visit to Poland. But before enojoying the sights and sounds of this fascinating new place, happiness took a violent turn and became a nightmare of terror...when suddenly you're mistaken for a Nazi spy, and to save your life, you have to prove you are innocent.

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Hellen MacInnes is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: While Still We Live --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (March 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449208354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449208359
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on December 26, 2000
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I READ THIS STORY FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO. MY SISTER RECENTLY REDISCOVERED THE BOOK AND TOLD ME HOW MUCH SHE ENJOYED IT. I AGREE, THE SECOND READING IS EVEN BETTER.
IN 1939, HITLER INVADED POLAND AND WORLD WAR II BEGAN. THIS IS THE STORY OF A YOUNG ENGLISH WOMAN WHO IS VISITING POLAND AND STAYING WITH A POLISH FAMILY. SHE'S ENCOURAGED TO LEAVE BECAUSE THE NAZIS ARE INVADING, BUT GIVES UP HER OPPORTUNITY TO GO BECAUSE SHE'S BECOME SO INVOLVED WITH HER FRIENDS AND POLAND'S STRUGGLE TO REMAIN FREE.
THROUGH THE STORY, SOME OF THE HISTORY OF POLAND IS REVEALED AND THE CONSTANT FIGHT THAT COUNTRY HAS HAD TO MAINTAIN INDEPENDENCE FROM FOREIGN AGGRESSION. SHEILA MATTHEWS, THE MAIN CHARACTER, JOINS THE POLISH UNDERGROUND AND WORKS AGAINST THE NAZIS. THE TRAGEDY OF THE POLISH PEOPLE WHO ARE FIGHTING ALONE AND WAITING FOR HELP FROM THEIR ALLIES IS SAD, BUT VERY COURAGEOUS. SHEILA IS ALSO INVOLVED IN A ROMANCE WITH ADAM WISNIEWSKI, A WEALTHY LANDOWNER WHO IS ALSO A RESISTANCE FIGHTER.
THE PACE OF THIS BOOK IS A LITTLE SLOWER THAN WE MODERN DAY READERS ARE ACCUSTOMED TO, BUT THE AUTHOR REWARDS US WITH THE METHODICAL MANNER IN WHICH THE STORY AND PLOT ARE REVEALED. I HAD THE FEELING OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE LIVING IN WARSAW AS THE CITY IS EXPERIENCING BOMBARDMENT. THE DAILY EXPLODING BOMBS, THE NEWS OF THE DEATH OF FRIENDS, THE LACK OF HEAT, ELECTRICITY AND WATER WERE ALL A PART OF THE RUIN OF WARSAW. FINALLY, STARVATION AND THEN THE INVADING GERMAN ARMY MARCHED INTO THE CITY.
THE TITLE OF THE BOOK COMES FROM THE OPENING WORDS OF THE SONG OF THE POLISH LEGIONS WHICH LATER BECAME THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF POLAND. THE POLISH ARE ACTUALLY SAYING THAT "AS LONG AS I'M ALIVE, POLAND WILL NOT DIE." THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE ENDURED!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on March 31, 2001
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I read this one just before I emigrated to America & kept my copy for years until, one day I realized I'd lost it.
Now I have a well-worn paperback again & re-read this simple, hopeful story at least once a year.
It's about a young English woman in Poland during the long, phoney-war summer of 1939. When she finally decides to leave for the safety of England, she can't go, she's half in love with Poland & curious about why so many people seem to know her.
When Hitler's planes & army invade Poland, she is cast into the dangers & intrigues of the Polish underground. There she finds courage & love & must prove herself.
Originally published in 1944, it was quite a daring book for its day. We modern readers, used to coarse, repetitive language & explicit sex & violence, must sit back & become familiar with a different time with different priorities.
I've always enjoyed Helen MacInnes' books - they are well written, thought-provoking & well-researched.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1998
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This book really took me by surprise. I wasn't enthused about reading it, as I didn't really believe it was a spy story. It starts a little slow, but it builds up and up and you're practically on the edge of your seat! The characters are believeable, and the story is gripping. This book gave me a lot of respect for the Polish people and what they went through at the beginning of WWII. Helen MacInnes really treats her audience like an intelligent friend, and her books are easy to read. This one I couldn't put down until I had finished it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
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Perhaps the author did let her anti-Nazi feelings cause her to step over the bounds now and then into a few ill-advised comments on German people, but if you can set aside the war-time emotions and the uncertainties of the time (the novel was written in 1944) and just concentrate on the story and the characters, you will find a truly gripping book.
I don't need to summarize the story, since others have already done that - but, I would like to point out a feature that I found truly satisfying. Some of the publisher blurbs and book-cover artwork might lead the reader to expect this book to be a romance novel with a wartime setting, but it is not. The initial suggestion of a romance is quickly lost in the catastrophe of the German invasion, and the heroine stays pretty much uninvolved romantically till near the very end of this long novel. When romance finally does come, it comes convincingly as an adjunct to the plot and not in a way to supercede it. I thought it was masterfully handled.
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There are a number of nonfictional and fictional books concerning non-Poles caught up in the German-Soviet conquest of Poland in September-October 1939, and this is one of the fictional ones. However, it is very realistic.

What inspired MacInness? There is mention of the lack of rain as a major factor in allowing the rapid movement of German panzer columns, and the author being caught as a suspected spy for the Germans. In these matters, it parallels The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt: War Through a Woman's Eyes, 1939-1940 (read the Peczkis review).

The siege of Warsaw brought wealthy and poor Poles together. They faced a severe onslaught of German bombers and artillery. The Germans had vastly larger, mechanized forces.

The military defeat of the regular Polish forces was only the beginning of Poland's agony. The Germans arrested and murdered intellectuals, closed schools, and reduced the population to a very low standard of living. Guerrilla resistance was dealt with by the savage destruction of rural villages and their inhabitants, regardless of age or gender (for example, the village of Korytow. p. 379-on).

The Germans could find no Pole, of significant stature, who would serve as a collaborator. (pp. 395-396). That, and not the falsely-claimed lack of German desire for one, explains the absence of a Polish Quisling.

Contrary to the claims of another reviewer, the author does not present Poles in a unilaterally rosy light.
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