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The Girl in the Blue Beret: A Novel Paperback – July 10, 2012
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“A deeply moving, relevant novel . . . What a stirring tribute to the Resistance this novel is; along with a heartfelt salute to the ordinary women and even girls who sprinkled sand in the gears of Hitler’s army, fighting back in innumerable subtle ways against the Occupation.”—The Washington Post
“[Bobbie Ann Mason] writes with care and grace, creating fully developed, complicated characters that readers will care for and remember long after finishing the book.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Ushering her readers back and forth across the decades, [Mason] perfectly weaves history with fiction. . . . [A] near-perfect war story.”—USA Today
“[An] impressive, impassioned new novel. The unforgettable story . . . is a gripping tale of redemption.”—The Miami Herald
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812978870
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812978872
- Dimensions : 5.18 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The plot is simple: Marshall stone, a twenty-three year old bomber pilot in WWII, is shot down and crash lands in Belgium. Only the kindness of ordinary Belgian and French citizens help him evade capture by the Nazis. But the 1940s story is only part of Mason's storyline. Mostly, we come to know Marshall Stone as a sixty-year-old commercial aviation pilot forced into retirement. Restless and unable to stop thinking about the people and places in the 1940s, Marshall returns to Europe to try to locate the people who risked their lives for him and other Allied pilots. He especially is obsessed with memories of a courageous teenage girl in a blue beret who protected and guided him in occupied Paris.
Mason's characters, both in the past and the present story, are complex, memorable, and often heroic, none more so than Annette Vallon, the girl in the blue beret. Although Marshall is the main character in the novel, it is Annette's recounting of her time in a German extermination camp near the end of the war that haunts the mind and saddens the heart of the reader most of all. Many great novels are at heart love stories, and Mason does not disappoint us here either.
"The Girl In The Blue Beret" is a wonderful novel that will appeal to romantics, WWII history buffs, and anyone who delights in reading great prose.
I'd also recommend books by Peter Stainer and Fred Nath that I also enjoyed very much that also take place in a similar period.