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Fascinating and compassionate portrait
on 4 March 2016
This is a fascinating and compassionate portrait of the author's aunt which follows her bid to survive amid the sometimes cruel realities of the German occupation of France during the Second World War. The author does not flinch from describing the inevitable moral ambiguity of her behaviour basing his conclusions on evidence both written and oral from people who knew her. Perhaps the saddest part for me, in a life that seems to have had plenty of sadnesses, was the ending of it. Priscilla became a Roman Catholic in order to marry her aristocratic French husband, a conversion which appears to have had little impact on her love affairs, but she never seems to have been taught that God offers mercy and forgiveness. Therefore she believed that her remarriage after the war was an unforgivable sin in the eyes of God. Her unlikely spiritual adviser appears to have been a verger at the (Anglican) Chichester Cathedral. I highly recommend this book.