Friday, 4 September 2009

Review:- Sebastian FAULKS – “Charlotte Gray”

Publ: 2006
My own copy
ISBN: 0 09 939431 6
Genre: World War II
Pages: 496p
Continuing to read books by this author
Rating: ***** ****

What led you to pick up this book?
I was thoroughly enthralled by Birdsong and The Girl at the Lion D’Or and this is the third of Faulks’ French novels.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
A Scottish girl travels south to help with the war effort and in so doing meets and falls in love with an airman. She is trained as a courier and when his plane is downed on the continent she goes in search of him.

What did you think of the characters?

What did you think about the style?
Very readable and everything seemed so true to life one could imagine oneself in wartime England and France. The conflicting emotions and politics that being in France evoked in its residents whilst under Occupation are very well drawn.

What did you like most about the book?
An excellent combination of action, romance, history and characterisation.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.

Would I recommend it?

“I’ve got to have conversation lessons from some old dame...”
Borowski was laughing. “It doesn’t sound like you at all, Greg. Who is this French mistress?”
French mistress, Borowski. In English we say French mistress. A French mistress is something else.”

Other people’s dreams, Charlotte remembered her father telling her as a teenager, are the most tedious conversational topic on earth.

I will wait until the war is over. Thins will be forgotten if we win. In fact, history is already being rewritten.

When you are forty you have no cell in your body that you had at eighteen. It was the same, he said, with your character. Memory isd the only thing that binds you to earlier selves; for the rest, you become an entirely different being every decade or so, sloughing off the old [persona, renewing and moving on. You are not who you were, he told her, nor who you will b

Sebastian FAULKS see The Girl at the Lion D’Or.

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