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Disturbing yet fascinating...,
This review is from: Monsieur le Commandant (Kindle Edition)
Thank you kindly to Gallic books for offering me a copy of this book for review.
**Based on real events****
In the form of a letter to his local SS officer we hear the story of French Academician and Nazi sympathizer Paul-Jean Husson, as he deals with his passion for his German daughter in law Ilse...and his hatred of the Jews...
This is a difficult one for me. I read it pretty much in one sitting - the story as it unravels kind of demands that level of attention - and as a look at that period of History and at least one man's changing fortunes and ideals, it is extremely compelling.
A confession. Yes. Strangely fascinating and yet harrowing in places. I found it difficult to read and yet even harder to put down...I have not read many stories about the Occupation of France prior to this one and this is a very different view from the rooftops...I have given no spoilers and no indication. The power of the story is in the telling of it...
Stylish writing but over burdened with words I felt upon occasion, it was not a "flowing" read but once you get used to the overall tone of the book this is not a problem.
I really can't tell you whether you will like this book or not because I honestly have no idea whether I did . It certainly gave me pause for thought. In my Amazon and Goodreads reviews I am giving this one 3 stars because I can't give it 3.5 which is what I would actually say it was for me.
Very much in the eye of the beholder - if you are interested in this period of History then I certainly would not let this one pass you by. If you want pure escapism this is not really for you...it is a harsh and unrelenting tale but I'm sure one that will stay with you.
Happy Reading Folks!