Noah's Child Hardcover – 1 Feb 2012
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A tale about a dark moment in history - the Holocaust - from which Schmitt has conjured a radiant tale... Written in a language that is by turns emotional and humorous, where every word counts and is loaded with meaning. --Le Soir
Noah's Child cannot fail to delight the thousands of readers who took Oscar and the Pink Lady to their hearts... His books are like fables that people can make their own. --La Libre Belgique
From one of the world's biggest selling authors comes another million-copy worldwide bestseller: A beautiful and tender fable seen through the eyes of a Jewish child living in Belgium under the Nazi occupation.
Isn't it time you discovered Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt?
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Joseph is told that he will be staying with Father Pons, a catholic priest, who will take care of him, keep him safe and prevent him being deported; he is given a new identity - he is now to be known as Joseph Bertin, and it is impressed upon him that in order to survive, he must conceal his Jewish heritage. Joseph is taken to Villa Jaune, an orphanage filled to capacity with children of both Jewish and Christian faiths, where Father Pons risks his life daily so that he can keep his boys safe. But Father Pons is not just a guardian of the children his care, he also becomes a guardian of the Jewish faith itself. As the threat of the Gestapo gets nearer and nearer, Joseph grows closer and closer to Father Pons and, whilst he fervently hopes that his parents survive, he also starts to wonder how he will ever be able to leave the catholic priest who means so much to him.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, a playwright, novelist, writer of short stories and one of Europe's most popular authors, has written a poignant, sensitive and thought-provoking fable, that although is short in length, examines the larger themes of love, faith, courage and humanity.
Also recommended by the same author: The Most Beautiful Book in the World: Eight Novellas
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