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Superb - factually accurate and a gripping story
on 18 August 2007
The history of France during 1940-45 is complex and much debated, and Reginald Hill's book captures the essence of these complexities very well. Following the plight of a French family and a German Officer posted to Paris during the Occupation, the book covers the history of this period in excellent detail. It picks up on many of the political and sociological issues faced by the French people during this period and how they dealt with them - and indeed how they reacted to the changing prospects of the war. The atrocious realities of the round-ups of French Jews and their subsequent deportation are told with breathtaking clarity. It goes on to draw astute parallels between the defeat of 1940 and the liberation of 1945. The story itself plays brilliantly on how humanity struggled and coped (or didn't cope) with the events of this era, and keeps you guessing right up until the last few pages as to the fate of the main characters. A wonderful, moving, thought-provoking read made the more chilling by its closeness to the reality of the period - the characters may be fictitious but the story is all too real. Definitely recommended - an absolute must to anyone interested in the history of the period. Thank you Mr Hill!