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Fair Stood the Wind for France [Hardcover]

H. E. Bates
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; Second Impression edition (1944)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AQGK2
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,660,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i can't stop thinking about this book 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair Stood The Wind For France. 8 Mar 2010
By KatyC
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love In Time of War 6 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough, Mr Kindle 30 July 2012
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 15 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong cover 29 Jun 2014
By paul
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Book of course is the same but it did not arrive with the cover shown. It was a shame as I had read this one years ago and lost it, so wanted a replacement. Not quite the same!! Delivery was excellent, arrived in a few days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fair Stood the Wind ror France 27 Jun 2014
By partner
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A very good story with lots of unexpected twists. You are there with them fighting to keep everything secret from the German patrols,all knowing the consequences in it all came to light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 29 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Classic that stands the test of time - read it three times now
Published 7 days ago by Shelley Marsden
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I have read this twice over and will read it again in due course: it is an exceptional novel.
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A classic that stands the test of time. First read this as an exam book many years ago, enjoyed it as much at this 're-read as I did then. Read more
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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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars So much tension in so few words.
I have read this book at least five times now over the space of probably 20 plus years. It is so beautifully and simply written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J E Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful/amazing book
The book i read was so old the pages were yellowish and it fell apart as i was finishing it. I had promised my
friends that i would share this amazing book so I purchased... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pauline Kershaw
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This is a favourite of mine and I have a few copies. I got it on kindle for convenience but prefer my hard back
Published 7 months ago by mairelouise
5.0 out of 5 stars A bookkeeping I read as a child
read this book as a teenager in high school.as part of my English lit exam.and loved it. Saw it when it was adapted and on.tv had this kindle.from.my two.daughters for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by wendy Hoare
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
A gripping read from beginning to end. A real insight into the atmosphere and fear in occupied France, and the courage displayed by ordinary people.
Published 9 months ago by Sarah Peart
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