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FAIR STOOD THE WIND FOR FRANCE Paperback – 1976

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS (1976)
  • ISBN-10: 0140012796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140012798
  • ASIN: B001KT7HYW
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback slight crease by H.E.Bates- previous owners inscription in ink inside cover + a stamped mark-Pub:-Penguin 1973-presents 255 pages...novel of the WWII war-Book condition:-vgood tight copy. #14

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By maggie powell on 23 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I struggled to get up for work having read the second half of this book until 3am, although sense told me to get a good night's sleep just could not put it down! The writing beautiful, lyrical and evocative. The story- absolutely gripping, literally couldn't turn the pages fast enough, yet some of it so gorgeous had to re-read bits. The ending very poignant, and a week later I m still thinking about the Mill, the vines, and the beautiful dark eyed Francoise, the Doctor and the old lady left behind to who knows what. The final part, the escape, the shabby town and Marseilles is just amazing, i'm still crouching down hiding with Franklin at the train yard... great and moving ending too. Wish this had been on our reading list at school and why has it not been made into a film?
Absolutely brilliant - one of his finest.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE on 30 July 2012
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I really enjoyed this novel. On a European train journey, I was actually wishing the journey was even longer to try and finish the book! Splendid evocation of Occupied and Vichy France. Nice balance between the British pilot's belief in his own 'immortality' and the absolute pious faith of Francoise the young besotted farm-girl.

In contrast to some other reviewers, the ending was moving and it's abruptness added impact - no further spoiler comments from me.

So why the two star rating? This review is of a product and that product is the Kindle version. It really is not good enough for Kindle to continue to produce a product littered with typos and transposition errors. Furthermore, the kindle version actually cost more than a hard copy. How can that be justified?

There was no other content than the bare text to justify the extra cost. Why are we being asked to pay more for an inferior product?

I strongly urge you to read this novel but buy the book NOT the Kindle version.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KatyC on 8 Mar. 2010
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Exquisitely written with the detail of a fine pencil drawing, Bates describes the scenes, smells, emotions, and dangers of a time spent during a hot summer in wartime France.
A Wellington bomber comes down in rural, occupied France, with a crew of five on board. The pilot, Franklin, is seriously injured, but is lucky enough to be kept safe by a farming family sympathetic to the allies.
Secresy is vital as the family risk great danger in housing the crew, and helping in their escape.
Over the course of his stay, a romance blossoms between Franklin and Francoise, the daughter of the house.
For an example of the text, here is Francoise going fishing.....
"Beyond the mill, on the north side, under the wet stones where the sun never reached, there were always small striped worms, almost like small carmine watch-springs coiled in the clay. She spent five minutes getting enough worms to fill the tobacco-tin she carried in the bag....."
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2000
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This is my favourite novel about love under the extreme conditions of war. A downed bomber in France, the danger of detection, the love of a woman, the story of true romance and the ability of two people to build such close, intimate, and wholly trusting bonds is beautifully described in truly well-written English. I am going to buy this book for my fiancee - I want her to see depicted that true love of a woman most can only dream about. I always hoped to find such trust and commitment, and in Bates' novel I find it described so beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Brooks on 18 May 2014
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I had previously read H. E. Bates Love for Lydia and really loved it. Although I would not have picked a novel about war to read I was persuaded by the positive reviews. I was very surprised how much I enjoyed and was moved by the characters and found myself emotional by the end, which is always a good sign of a novel and one that doesn't happen very often.
Jane
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Judith R. Gillespie on 15 Oct. 2010
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This gripping novel,published in 1944, captures the spirit of trust and comradeship that typified the attitude of many during the war. It also shows the desperate conditons of those living in occupied France and the lengths some would go to to help others. As good as a text book for history students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clive Huustwick on 29 May 2014
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Not read this book since School, 45 years ago, memory fading on some things but it was as though I was reading it for first time. A great story that pulls you in and keeps you hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C E Lavis on 6 Sept. 2014
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An evocative tale of war torn France. Gentle and moving. H E Bates manages to take you right into the french farmhouse and feel the tension, the sadness and also the love.
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