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A Packhorse Called Rachel by [Kellermann, Marcelle]
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'A fascinating tale, and true, beautifully written, Fay Weldon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Publisher: M-Y Books Ltd (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV5780
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Going by the title line `A girl's bitter struggle with the enemy in occupied France', you'd think you were in for some pretty grim and bleak reading. Actually that's not the case. Partly because it's autobiographical - so we know she lived, literally, to tell the tale - but also because this story of the eponymous Rachel's quiet desperation and courage is lifted by descriptive passages that are nothing short of exquisite - in fact the rich descriptions of the Auvergne reminded me of D H Lawrence. Kellermann writes in a terse style whose very tightness speaks of repressed emotion, while ironically her dark humour lightens the page with telling acuity, powerfully describing the sharply polished and pressed Gestapo as `coal-black shining crows, their left wings marked with the blood-red insignia, the Devil's swastika well in evidence.' for example.

A talented pianist and a Chemistry student, Rachel volunteers to join the fight against the occupying Nazis and the turncoat Vichy government - and her role is covert surveillance of German troop movements and the supply of provisions to the Resistance fighters. Already fighting illness and malnutrition that's left her covered in painful, suppurating boils, Rachel tremblingly offers up her virginity to a boorish drunk farmer in order to secure the bleak mountainside shelter that will be her operational base and, accompanied only by her faithful dog, Nourse, and a gentle shepherd boy, dedicates her life to the Maquis.

Read it and find out for yourself whether the ending can be said to be a happy one - but there's probably no better summary than that provided, rather impressively, by the author's friend, Fay Weldon: `A fascinating tale and true. Beautifully written'.
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A different aspect of life with the Resistance in the Auvergne. A good insight into the struggle against the occupying Germans and their own countrymen who possibly saw the work of the Resistance more of a great risk to the local population than any hope of liberation. Difficult to fully understand the terrible role played by the Le Malice acting against their fellow countrymen......but in this book one can hear some of the reasoning.
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The nub of the story was a good one but written poorly. I found that the narrative jumped about in time and place so often that it became confusing. Relationships were not adequately explained and how and where people really fitted into the scheme of things.
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A very well written personal experience of a brave lady who had the courage to do something to resist the barbarian Nazi regime in occupied France during WW2. I found this a fascinating book and finished it full of admiration for Rachel, the author.
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Marcel Kellermann notes, with descriptive talent, and intricate detail that only someone especially observant could recall. From the opening raid to the closing trial, the book gives an incisive view, as we understand the mind and soul of the resistance better with each page. This is the story of a young woman paralleled with the struggle of a nation as it regains its courage to fight back.
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