Bad Faith: A History of Family and Fatherland: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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"A superb exploration of the fractured mind of French anti-Semitism" (Simon Heffer Literary Review)
"The story she has uncovered is so strange and powerful that it would be an unusual reader who was not profoundly moved" (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday)
"A work of phenomenally thorough, generous and humane scholarship....Callil understands anguish, and lays bare its causes with clarity and precision. Bad Faith exemplifies what Primo Levi called the 'continuous intellectual and moral effort' that is the only adequate response to the events described here" (Hilary Spurling Daily Telegraph)
"Bad Faith is a book of passion and anger which, nonetheless, manages to keep it's head as a significant work of history" (Mark Bostridge Independent on Sunday)
"We cannot know what Anne Darquier would have thought of Callil's book, but my guess is that she would have been as moved, astonished and impressed as any other reader" (Ruth Scurr The Times)
The story of one of history's most despicable villians told by a brilliant author - shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This is not a pleasant story but it is well told and provides a first rate insight into France in the mid 20th century. If one wonders how many Frenchmen could become complicit with the Nazis at that time the book provides at least part of the answer - sadly there were people like Darquier.
Well worth reading if you are interested in mid-20th century France, Nazism or human wickedness.
Brilliantly researched and in great--too great??--detail, the reader should be left with an incredulity that the main character actually died in his bed some 20 years after the end of the war, having escaped to the security of Franco's Fascist Spain.
It does put the reader in the place of the "average " French citizen during the Occupation. If you wanted to live, eat, survive and your family too, what would you have done? Read Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
This book is very detailed and thorough and will go down as the text to read on this subject. Some of the stories are so surreal you will find yourself wondering how it took place, if anyone needed proof of if it was justified to go to war then this is it.
Throughout the book it jumps between years which was at some points hard to follow but other than that it was a very good book and worth a read.
He meets and marries an alcoholic fantasist (from Tasmania interestingly) called Myrtle Jones and they have a child who becomes a bit of an encumbrance not to mention a drag on their finite resources, so they bundle her off to a `nanny' in England and to all intents and purposes abandon her, except to use her plight as emotional black mail to extort money from her Australian relatives. Her story is woven into that of the Darquiers and is genuinely moving.
Lois Darquier becomes a Nazi collaborator and `Commissioner for Jewish Affairs', and is responsible for sending thousands of Jews to their deaths, sadly he escaped justice along with his equally as culpable wife.
This book is excellently researched, beautifully written and historically spot on, it thoroughly and succinctly addresses the `International Jewish Conspiracy' and exposes it for the myth it truly was and does so in an objective way. Anyone interested n the more obscure stories from history will find this book an absolute treasure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A "must read" for anyone who wants to understand the depths obliquity and sheer wickedness to which an ordinary couple may go.Published 21 days ago by adrian garai
Book received in good condition, as described. Looking forward to reading it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a brilliantly researched book. The central monstrous character is brought to life in hideous detail. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Campbell
I chose this rating because it is the subject matter that interested me. I would only recoomend it to those who are interested in the events leading up and during the German... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by sandra west
Interesting book well researched. Only bought because there was an element of family history in it (James Roy Workman) and his parents.Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by Jane Blundell
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