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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803259239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803259232
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A breathtaking account that feeds the soul as much as it satisfies the appetite for vicarious danger."--Kirkus Reviews "This book is riveting. Adventure, terror, horror, and excitement are all here; it is a feminist class as well ... full of interesting information about wartime food, clothes, schooling and manners. It is also a sturdy tale of married love, sustained and requited. The translation is so good that it reads as if it had been written in English."--Times Literary Supplement "Lively and absorbing... [Aubrac's] book interweaves the everyday experience of incredibly hard times...with Resistance activities."--London Review of Books "There is a relish for the idiosyncratic ramifications of human character that reveal themselves in crisis... As the record of a female resistante's exploits, Aubrac's account is doubly valuable. [There is] a compelling sense of immediacy as events unfold."--Washington Post Book World "An excellent historical introduction on the Resistance movement ... and an appropriately taut translation ... enhance the impact of this stirring tale of heroism, which concerns not only Resistance members but ordinary citizens, notably women."--Publishers Weekly

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This is Lucie's harrowing account of her participation in the Resistance: of the months when, though pregnant, she planned and took part in raids to free comrades- including her husband, under Nazi death sentence- from the prisons of Klaus Barbie, the infamous 'Butcher of Lyon.'

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I am very interested in history of the mid 20th ceentury. I don't know much about the work of the French Resistence and bought this book. Butthen I became concerned that it may be written by someone who was jumping on the bandwagon and claiming to have been active against the Nazi occupation, but in fact who had done little that was veryfiable.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. This book gives a most amzing account, not only of the author's braveness, but that of her husband and many associates. There really were some very couragous and active resisters in France.

And the book had a great personal side to it as well. As well as describing the Nazi oppression and French resistance, it gives an excellent account of life (and love and friendship) in occupied France.

A must read!
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An astonishing story line no fiction writier could compete with. The story of a brilliant woman who displayed immence courage, conviction and love. Her bravery in recuing her husband is oustanding. It is easy to forget how diffiuclt and dangerous it was to be an active reisitant in France WW2. A special thank you to the translators who have done a first class job in brining this book to a wider audience.
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This true story of brave resistance fighters in France during World War II shows the courage and fortitude of some French people who resisted the Nazi occupation of their beloved country. I have since purchased and watched the video (French speaking with English subtitles) that is based on this book.
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Books on exploits of whoever in WW2 seem to come out as if from an assembly line at regular intervals. This book originally published under a French title in 1984 then in English in 1994 seems to have taken a long time to surface.

Considering the book covers only from May 1943 to February 1944 it is still well worth a read. The good thing being at the end we are told what happened to all the characters afterwards in life. We read all these stories of these men and women and their exploits but we will never fully understand what they actually went through be they free throughout or captured and questioned but survived. But for these people there is the good chance we would all be speaking German.
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Superb insight and stunning account of life in France during WW2, through the eyes of Lucie Aubrac whom successfully juggled her roles as mother, teacher and resistant. As the book has been translated I didn't have high expectations of the writing style or quality but I was pleasantly surprised at how exceptionally strong those aspects have turned out to be.
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Well written! A book of insight into French Resistance bravery and the link with British SOE during WW2. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone interested in the French commitment to the defeat of 1939/45 Nazism.
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I read this as one who is keenly interested in the French Resistance and the Maquis and have found many of the places where particular events took place and this book fleshed out even more vividly my knowledge of that era
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After visiting the Resistance museum in Lyon recently this volume was most informative. Still fascinating nearly 70 years after the second world war how France still struggles to resolve dealing with its fascist history, anti-Semitism and deep rooted right wing politics.
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