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How did they escape retribution?
on 23 December 2013
After the first 100 pages, I realised that I'd read this book before!! Truthfully, there is an amount of text that is largely superfluous. But it does paint a true picture of the extent of the collaboration and anti-Semitism that existed in Occupied France from 1940 onwards.
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