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The English Air [Hardcover]

D. E. Stevenson
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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Mar 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002212056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002212052
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! 16 Feb 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've wanted this book for ages, as it was recommended to me, but have found it very hard to get hold of - eventually found a copy on Amazon, slightly more than I wanted to pay - but worth it! The book is basically about a young man who was raised in Germany before the war and indoctrinated in Nazi ways, he then comes to stay with his cousins in England...he can't understand the mentality of the English, everything is so different to what he is used to. He eventually ends up falling in love with an English girl, but knows he cannot take her back to Germany. It is very well written, and gives a meaningful insight into the thinking of a boy who was brought up in the Nazi era. The book has a good blend of humour and romance, as well as some rather sad moments. I recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book 25 Jan 2000
By Kristi E. Jalics - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This may not be my favorite D.E. Stevenson, but I find it a thoroughly enjoyable WWII light novel of an English family visited by a young half-German relative who comes to understand and love their culture. It may have been written with a bit of propganda in mind, but is an enjoyable, romantic story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars How does a strong-minded person learn tolerance? 10 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
D. E. Stevenson has written a wonderful book about a young, half-German man who comes to visit his English relations and falls in love with an English girl. This is set just before WWII. He comes prepared to dislike the English, yet, in the course of his visit, makes many friends. All of us have incorrect, pre-conceived ideas about other peoples and cultures and this story helps us learn the importance of giving people who are different than us a chance. We may not only find that we like them, but we may even be able to learn something from them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful reading. Relaxing and "light." 8 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Again Stevenson has written an interesting tale that is refreshingly light but insightful, relaxing yet entertaining. Delightful reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a history lesson 21 Dec 2007
By "Bobby Wickham" - Published on Amazon.com
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Franz/Frank is the son of a German father and British mother, raised in Germany between the wars. He visits his English relatives with ulterior motives and has his eyes opened. I won't give away the rest of the story, but found it very believable.

Interesting insight into the attitudes and conditions of the English middle class during WWII. Sympathetic and kindly. Not a lot of humor as in many of DE's other stories, but the characters are likable and easy to care about.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting war-time story 4 May 2012
By Karen Bramblet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While this is not one of my favorite D. E. Stevenson books, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Half-English half-German Franz comes over to England before WW2 to visit the English side of his family, and also to spy out the land, as it were, and see what the morale/feeling in England is. His father is quite high up in the Nazi army and Franz himself is ashamed of his English roots and determined to do his best on his "mission." At first he thinks the Brits are soft and foolish, but as he gets to know his English relatives better he comes to see the underlying steel of their character. To make matters more complicated he falls in love with his beautiful cousin and hopes he'll be able to propose, but her guardian, Dane, who saw what happened to Franz's mother in a "mixed" marriage, forbids him to speak to Wynn of his feelings. Because of his new perspective on England, Franz is overjoyed when Chamberlain is able to sign a pact with Hitler. The blow is all the harder when Hitler breaks the pact and attacks Poland. In despair, Franz returns to Germany, where he falls in with the German resistance movement. Dane hears him speaking his anti-Nazi propaganda over the radio and realizes it is Franz, and follows the speeches with interest, until one day in the middle of a speech he hears shots fired and the line goes blank. What has happened to Franz?! Read the book and find out. :^) Likeable characters, an interesting plot, and a good picture of a time we hopefully will never experience again make for a very enjoyable story.
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