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The Silence of the Sea / Le Silence De La Mer: A Novel of French Resistance During the Second World War by 'vercors' Paperback – 5 Nov 1992

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers; New Ed edition (5 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854963782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854963782
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Not only a distinguished piece of fiction but also a brilliant piece of reporting on French resistance.' Life'Saying something new about such a work was the central challenge faced by Brown and Stokes. To my surprise, they have succeeded in meeting this challenge.'French Review

About the Author

James W. Brown is Professor of French at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lawrence D. Stokes is Professor of History, Dalhousie University. Translated from the French by Cyril Connelly

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
In 'Le Silence de la Mer' Vercors writes of the tensions between a highly educated, articulate and sensitive German soldier, and the French family with whom he is billeted. The war and the opposing sides have created a barrier between these people, preventing what could have become a long lasting and firm friendship. Each night the German solider, uninvited, joins the father of the house and his niece by the fire, telling them of his hopes for the future of a united Europe, his love of the French language and literature and displaying his true sensitive nature, contrasting with the shock of the brutality of war and the stereotype of a typical German soldier. He receives no response to these almost poetic monologues, and his polite and courteous 'Je vous souhaite une bonne nuit' each night is met with silence, reflecting his isolation in the cruel and impersonal world of war. However, the blushing and glances of the neice suggest a sympathy with this foreign young man, and a feeling that under different circumstances, a sincere relationship could have developed. Vercors' poetic and sensitive style of writing, and the constant undercurrents of tension beneath 'the silence of the sea' strongly evoke the conflicting emotions of period in which it is set, creating a deeply moving and fascinating book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angie on 17 May 2011
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A very short novel, but full of timeless meaning. Purchased for a book club exercise it was particularly helpful to have both French and English parallel text. The writer skillfully highlights the enigmas and emotional issues faced by individuals and occupier living in an occupied nation during war. The situation the author describes can just as easily apply to other aggressive situations where individuals acheive dominance and power over others, whether this comes from themselves or the authority given to them by those they represent. The book examines the reactions of the individuals within that situation and powerfully explores their responses. Well worth reading if you want to gain insight into the psychology of such situations, and despite being about the Second World War has huge relevance today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hayden Taylor on 24 Oct. 2011
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Product arrived swiftly and in good condition. Very useful book. I'm studying this as part of my A-level course, and the English version after the French one is great for getting the gist of the book before actually trying to read it in French! The notes at the beginning are also very interesting and useful, and vocab at the bottom of the pages is again very useful, if a bit thin on the ground for A-level standard - I found having a dictionary to hand was crucial!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty on 26 Aug. 2014
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I love the original French version, but it's great that I can lend this copy to non-French speaking friends and know that they can enjoy Vercors' masterpiece as well. A thought-provoking, intriguing look into France under the Nazi Occupation. A seemingly simple novella that instead captivates the reader. A great book for those interested in WW2, French history and culture. French-learners often find that this a great first book to read, with the English translation being a helpful tool to ensure comprehension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prof de Francais on 24 Oct. 2011
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First class resource, very accessible for youngsters beginning to access foreign literature before reading and watching the original production. Very well made too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Porthouse on 6 Sept. 2013
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It lived up to my very high expectations--remembering it fondly from French A level studies. I did need the English translation this time.
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I bought this book because we are studying it in my French class. It is very good because there's a good introduction to begin with then the story in French and then the story in English. Even whilst you are reading the French some of the less common vocabulary and phrases are explained at the foot of the page, which is very helpful.
The story is explained by many other reviewers so no need for me to do so too.
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