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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  5,879 ratings  ·  449 reviews
The wife of a Resistance worker in Nazi-occupied Belgium falls in love with a wounded American pilot, forcing her to struggle with trust and betrayal.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1996 by Abacus (first published 1995)
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Belgium in the Second World War. My grandmother was Flemish, and it never even occurred to me that she and her family lived through the war in occupied territory. I approached this book as a window onto my own blurry family history, and this personal connection to the subject matter drew me in. Belgian collaborators, Belgian resistance fighters, Belgian children caught in the middle, and every one of them changed forever. What I would give to sit my grandmother down and have a chat with her over ...more
It's really too bad I can't give this zero stars. It's probably one of the worst, most cliche books I have ever read. Stay away from it!
An American B-17 bomber makes a crash landing into a field in a Belgian village during the Nazi occupation. Resistance workers hide the wounded airmen in homes in the village. Claire Daussois nurses the pilot, Ted Brice, back to health in the attic of the house she shares with her husband. A passionate relationship develops between Claire and the pilot, giving them a few weeks of happiness in a terrifying world. Meanwhile, the Nazis are carrying out reprisals against the villagers. There are som ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Charly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone especially Shreve fans.
Another engrossing work by Shreve that kept the pages turning. Perhaps less complex than some of her work but twists up to the end. Shreve is not going to brighten your day with an up-beat novel in this one, but as usual she brightens it with a well written entertaining work. For the most part you like her work or not.

As an aside, I seem to have drifted into a bit of a WWII resistance genre this year without consciously planning it that way.
This is a terrific book to curl up with on a rainy day and just read and read. The setting is WW II Holland and the love story that ensues will sweep you off your feet. I did not truly understand what the people of Holland risked when they hid our American soldiers that had been shot down. They were selfless and devoted to a cause greater than their own safety. A truly inspired read.
This book takes place during WWII in Belgium. An American pilot goes down in his plane while trying to bomb Germany. He is rescued by a group of resisters in the small town where his plane crashes. I found the book pretty boring, and I didn't really see why I was supposed to care about any of the characters. If it hadn't been really short I don't think I would have bothered finishing it.
Waste of time. Too mushy. I only bought this because Borders was selling it for like a dollar. Now I know why!
Dec 10, 2011 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Set in a Belgian village during World War II, Claire Daussois is struggling to keep her marriage alive amidst severe depletions in her Nazi-occupied village. All the happiness and joy seems to have bled out of her marriage. She and her husband have been sheltering refugees from the war - Allied pilots, fleeing Belgian soldiers and Jews are among some of the people they help.

Claire nurses the wounded, acts as interpreter and waits anxiously for the war to end. One day, when Henri, her husband is
I didnt just read this book, I devoured it. I loved the way the au the or used various character viewpoints to move the story along and give the reader a good understanding of what was going on. Her descriptions are amazing and heartbreaking at times. I honestly didnt feel like i was reading just another WWII book.


It was a quick read set in WWII about a plane that crashes in a little town in Belgium. The pilot is found by members of the Resistance and is put into hiding until they
A monument is being dedicated in Belgium to the crew of an Allied plane that was downed during World War II. This event is a connection to a brutal past. A small village endured the Nazi occupation. Extreme conditions brought out the best and the worst in the local population. Danger and desperation worked as an aphrodesiac for one ill-fated couple. A poignant and painful tale.
Claire Daussois is a woman trapped in a troubled marriage to someone she doesn't love. Living on a small farm in Belgium, they are in the center of activity of WWII. Claire and her husband, Henri, shelter people hiding from the Nazi troops. The Germans have taken most of the living supplies out of the town and yet they keep looking for more. An American plane goes down near the town. A school boy rescues the pilot of the plane and he ends up at Claire's shelter. Claire nurses him and when he is ...more
I was really pleasantly surprised from this book. From all the Shreve novels I've read so far, there is always some tawdry affair. The affair concept is completely tiresome. I keep reading her books because I bought a whole lot of them off Ebay and had read an excerpt and noted that I really loved how she wrote. I've started getting really agitated because EVERY single book, so far, there has been an affair. This one wasn't an exception...but I guess it's accepted knowledge that there is going t ...more
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Bobbi Woods
It was my rating suggests. Disclaimer: I think I may have gone into this book with an attitude--it was picked during a Book Club that I was not able to attend. When I found out that it was picked, I said, "Anita Shreve?? Really?"

That said, it wasn't so bad except the theme has been so overdone and I feel like we read WAY too much about Nazis in my Book Club for some reason. At the next meeting, I plan to veto all Nazi books for 2013. :-)

A Belgian couple, Henri and Claire are part of the
Jacqui Mccann
Having read several of Anita Shreves novels previously I ordered Resistance online. If I had looked at this book in a store I probably wouldnt have purchased it. Its a short book but I felt that Shreve has tried a differemt writing style which just didnt work for me. Whilst the concept of the book is good the story didnt really flow and was a little staccato. I struggled to relate to the characters and one of the ressons for this may be the way she refers at times to characters in the third pers ...more
BRAVO!!!! This book by Ms. Shreve was right up there with "Fortune's Rocks". I cannot believe I had the pure luck to put this on my "To Read" list and save it for a rainy day when I really needed a new Shreve book. I think there's only one left now. I will leave that one also & save it for when I really need it.

This book got under my skin and into my thoughts so deeply that I was unable to sleep last night. I kept unconsciously thinking about the farmhouse and where would Ted be next, etc. I
I love historical fiction...and to find one by Anita Shreve... even better!!

Wow! Something much different by Anita Shreve. Resistance is such a sweet but tragic love story. Just heart-wrenching! This story had me captivated throughout it's entirety. Shreve gives such vivid descriptions of the characters and wonderful detail in each and every setting. She also gives the reader a tidy ending which I was very happy about... I don't know how I would have gone on not knowing what happens to some of t
The plot may be based on a cliche, but the book is so wonderfully rich and well written, that it's easy to overlook. The foreshadowing is brilliant. Not only is this a great love story (meaning it has some reality in it), but it's an enriching look at a moment and place in history, and addresses provocative themes of retribution, betrayal, loyalty, courage, the difficult choices faced when attempting to live an awakened, ethical life. It also shows how these dilemmas find us, even when we try to ...more
I have read most of Anita's books at this point. I have concluded that the main characters will always have experienced a love such as only that which someone who has also met and shared a love of the same depth can know. I'm still searching for an ending which won't have me wanting to go GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR ANITA!!! Dang YOU!! Let them make it and liveeeee it past the ordeal which brings them together in the forst place. Give hope to the reader's.....sigh.
Karen Wolff
It took me a while to get into this book, which was a very different style to the book I had just been reading. This novel began with very short sentences, very different to the subtle nuanced writing of the Polished Hoe that it came as a shock!

I felt the staccato effect used when writing about the bomber fighting was hard to follow and the short sentences moved me on as if I was darting from object to object or person to plane. For example,
'Tail to pilot. Our wingman is about three hundred y
Rita Robinson
Resistance, Anita Shreve, a seemingly simple story set in Belgium during WWII that, nevertheless, encompasses all the major themes of life, experienced by great and wonderful, loving and hateful, evil and caring, noble and detestable people of all ages. The love story within the turmoil of Nazi occupation grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go. Powerfully built, subtle scenes and detail keep you reading . . . . And sighing.
An emotional masterpiece! I could not put this book down and read long into the night never wanting it to end. I felt I was Ted and Claire and Jean throughout the entire story. I still find myself walking around my house or going about my day and suddenly catching my breath and wanting to sob because I have remembered some detail of their story. A profound story of love, hate, and the human spirit.
Bob Walenski
So Sensitively and beautifully written, Shreve's Hemingway like terse writing is more poetic than in some of her later books. the images and simple story of a plane crash landed, the horrors of those occupied in France trying to help, and yet save their own lives is so poignant and heroic. And of course love flourishes despite the many reasons why it shouldn't. And of course man betrays himself and this book is haunting, as it captures how precious every day can be in the delicate balance betwee ...more
I started the book one evening an could not put the book down until 3:00 AM. One review was right on stating that you will stay up late to read this book (even though you know you have to get up early for work).

This is my first Anita Shreve book and must read another!
Set in WWII occupied Belgium. A woman and her husband help allies escape to France. An American bomber crashes in their village, the wife and the pilot fall in love. Shreve's writing is brutal, humorless, yet very readable. She doesn't pull any punches and she's very thoughtful.
Mirah W
A wonderful book about a couple of takes in refugees trying to escape the Nazis during WWII. Of course the wife falls in love with one of the refugees, but their story is beautiful. I think this is my favorite book by Shreve.
Another World War II story but this time set in Belgium and about the Resistance there (i.e. another part of the war that I didn't know much about). I didn't really know what Belgium's role in the War was so it was interesting to find out that they had an Underground Railroad of sorts there for Jews, Americans, etc.

The love story was okay, I believed it but I liked the rest of the book better. I especially that that the description of the plane going down was exceptional. I re-read it, even thou
I've unintentionally read a few novels lately set during WWII, and this is another one. A somewhat sad story, but engrossing nonetheless. For the most part, I liked Shreve's writing style. It started out a bit slow, but I did eventually start to care about the characters and how everything played out. I thought she created some diverse characters, though I did find the American pilot, Ted, to be a bit flat. Occasionally, I also didn't like how she wrote out dialogue scenes involving more than tw ...more
I did not feel connected to the characters and left the book for days at a time.
I read this many years ago and it has been my favorite Anita Shreve book so far.
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Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school (a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites) and everything Eugene O'Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). A ...more
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