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- Publication date : October 23, 2008
- File size : 1069 KB
- Print length : 283 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (October 23, 2008)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B000SI87C2
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #162,368 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author sets the story in the war torn, Nazi-occupied Belgian village of Delahaut, where the resistance works behind the scenes to defeat the enemy. While flying on a bombing mission, American fighter pilot, Ted Brice, makes a last minute decision that causes his plane to crash in that village.
When a ten year old boy, the son of a Nazi collaborator, finds the wounded pilot hiding in the woods, he finds a way to secrete him in his father's barn. He then notifies twenty-something Claire Daussois, who has a secret room in her home where she has hidden others during the war, of the pilot's plight.
Claire, along with her husband, Henri, take the pilot in, before he can be discovered by the enemy, and Claire nurses him back to health. When an event occurs that angers the Nazis, causing reprisals amongst the villagers, Henri is forced into hiding. As time goes by, Claire and Ted engage in a brief, but passionate, affair, only to discover that, in war-time, betrayal is a two way street.
"Resistance" is the compelling tale of a love affair set against the background of the anti-Nazi resistance in Belgium in World War II. The first 61 pages are brilliant, describing an American pilot, his buddies and their aborted mission over Europe. Shreve does an outstanding job of conveying the chaos of the air battle, the bomber's crash landing and the pilot's desperate rescue by a Belgian child. Also admirable is her delineation of the complicated situation/relationships of the townspeople. Some are collaborating with the Nazis, some are actively resisting. The motives of some are unclear. The atmosphere is one of fear, suspicion, survival.
It is the love affair in "Resistance" that seemed kind of mundane and predictable to me. Despite the tense circumstances, I never felt really emotionally invested in the lovers. Added to that, there are at least two plot developments or choices made by the main characters that seemed implausible and inconsistent with things they had said or done before. Now I understand that characters can be unpredictable - often those are the best kind - and it isn't disappointment that things didn't go the way I expected. The inconsistencies were real eye rollers for me and undermined the credibility of part of the story.
Oddly, I really liked the final chapter of "Resistance," which sweeps us ahead 50 years to reveal some, but not all, of what happened and who survived. It's not a simple happy ending and it leaves some questions unanswered. It's an intelligent and graceful ending to a book with a wobbly midsection.
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I am half way through reading all Anita Shreve's books and each one is just so different to the next. This story takes you back to Second World War Belgium and centres on a small village and the effect of Gestapo reprisals on villagers who aid an American plane crash landed nearby. Who can trust who is ever present - everyone is careful who knows what has happened but still they carry on sheltering and working against the german army that is always so close. A young boy braves all to help. Lives are changed forever. Anita Shreve weaves magic throughout - this story will be with you for days after you have finished her pages. It leaves you wanting more sadly.
The action/drama in "Resistance" is different and varied style which adds to the attraction for a devotee to her works.
I would refer ...and do constantly ...to others who are not aquainted to her style ....Shreve comes high on the list of inspiring
It is the way she pauses ...one liners ....spaced paragraphs ....she hits you with emotion,she gives an immediate picture
which involves the reader from the start. I just love this writer.