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A remarkable story of struggle and survival in World War II by France's No. 1 bestselling novelist Early in 1942, two young brothers join a Resistance group. All the members of the group are young, most of their families came from elsewhere in Europe or North Africa and all of them are passionately committed to the freedom of France and Europe. They find they are not welco ...more
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Published by Harper (first published 2007)
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Carmo Santos
"Nunca matámos um inocente, nem sequer um imbecil."

Peguei neste livro assim que vi que o tema girava à volta da segunda guerra mundial. Já sei que a História não muda por mais que leia; os carrascos vão-me sempre chocar e o sofrimento das vitimas irá sempre doer-me.
Desta vez havia um pormenor que me deixou curiosa: os protagonistas eram todos adolescentes. Miúdos judeus, repatriados, que viram as famílias partir nos comboios numa viagem sem volta. De alguma formam escaparam às buscas, ficaram so
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Nuno Alexandre Chaves
Os Filhos da Liberdade, é sem sombra de duvidas o livro mais serio de Marc Levy. habituado à genial criatividade deste autor este é o 6º livro seu que li. para além de uma história marcante e comovente foi baseada em factos reais, que terão com certeza marcado Levy. O seu pai é nada mais nada menos que o protagonista desta história, que relata o dia a dia de jovens muitos deles autênticos adolescentes que se bateram pela França e pela liberdade que lhes foi retirada pelos nazis aquando a sua ocu ...more
Maria Carmo
This is an OUTSTANDING book, so true and inspiring for the great examples of life and generosity of these youth who were part of the French Resistance! It is incredible to think that they were young boys and girls of 17 to 20 years old, and what sacrifices they made for a country that, in many cases, wasn't their country of origin. Through the book, there is one moment when they are going to be arrested by the collaborationist government (who is collaborating with Nazi Germany) and they could ha ...more
Emerline
I started reading the first line and I knew immediately that I would be unable to put the book down long after the last words. This is Marc Levy at his finest.

Love is there everywhere, not the kind of sweet, dramatic love in his other works but the most simple, natural, essential kinds of love. Throughout the war, through joy and pain, through tears and blood, though life and death, there is still love.

The name and cover are really great. They suit the book perfectly.
Manu Cassar
Tout se tient dans la phrase: << Si nous entrons dans la Résistance, c'est pour vivre, pas pour mourir>> Ou, comment vivre en toute dignité. Autant de se dresser contre, il s'agit aussi de se construire contre. Donc il faut bien qu'on résiste, pour qu'on prouve qu'on existe.
An Aki
A novel that is totally different from all other Marc Levy's novels. This novel doesn't talk about the kind of love that Marc Levy always so passionate tells in his story. This story also tells story about love but a completely distinguish kind of love - the love for their country - the patriotism. I dont think this is a good book at first, but then it was so good that I even cry in the end. This book is just simply good and amazing.
Betty Wilde
Emouvant et très bien écrit ! Coup de coeur
Lindalee
When I was 17, I wasn't fighting with an underground resistance group in France. But, in WWII, hundreds of teenagers were part of a secretive, starving group of kids who blew up all kinds of German war-related necessities like locomotives and factories making ammunition. Yes, they also killed, while carefully avoiding injuring innocents.

Eventually, most were caught, beaten, starved and eventually killed. The whole time, they kept the secrets needed for their mission to continue. Along the way,
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Mae
How can I say this... this is a truly magnificent book. Well written, passionate and heartbreaking. This is the story of the 35th regiment of the French resistance, a group made up of communist, spaniards, mixed europeans and Jews. Marc Levy, in writing this book, accomplished the wishes of the Resistant fighters. He immortalized their struggle and their sacrifice. The main character Jeannot, is actually his father. These are the unsung heroes of the II world war. They were children, they were t ...more
Sophie
I loved the new Marc Levy, very different from the previous ones.
This book is a self-told story of a 18 years old jew that enters the Resistance in the South West of France in 1943. Very genuine, almost naive, we follow the hero and his brother through their actions of bravery, solitude, fears and their path until liberation of France.
It is historically passionating, full of love, respect and admiration for these heroes who are in fact the father and uncle of the writer.

Marc Levy has written sev
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Sharon
"I am very fond of that verb "to resist". To resist what imprisons us, to resist prejudices, hasty judgements, the desire to judge, everything that is bad in us and cries out to be expressed, the desire to abandon, the need to make people feel sorry for us, the need to talk about ourselves to the detriment of others, fashions, unhealthy ambitions, prevailing confusion.

To resist and . . .to smile" (Emma Dancourt)

Just a little note at the beginning of the book - I claim no ownership of it but tho
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علاء بامطرف
أطفال الحرية
مارك ليفي يواصل بقلمه السلس وألفاظه السهلة نوع من السرد الهادئ والمليئ
بالشغف , في هذه الرواية التي تحكي محاولة مجموعة من الصبية في المقاومة
الباريسية ضد النازيين ,أثناء الحرب العالمية الثانية ,والرواية أيضا مشبعة بذاك النسق الانساني .
تتقلب شخصيات الرواية بين السجن والمقاومة والمقاومة الساذجة , وصف الزنزانات يجعلك تنتقل الى هناك .
((ستطلب منهم أن يخبروا حكايتنا، في عالمهم الحر، أننا خضنا الحروب لأجلهم، ستعلمهم أن لا شيء يعود مهماً على هذه الأرض إلا تلكم الساقطة التي تسمى الحرية والقا
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Susanne
A wonderful, heartwrenching, uplifting read. Other reviewers have said it all really. Levy uses an interesting and powerful device where he reveals the fate of characters as he introduces them. Unexpectedly this adds to the sense of tension and fear and the inevitability of capture evoked by his (true)story of resistance fighters who are no more than teenagers.
Margarita
It was a good book overall. The feeling it perpetuates is fairly straighforward and not very nuanced. I wish there was a little more character development, especially toward the end, it reads more like a teletype than a fiction piece. Definitely a decent read those, I will be reading more by this author in the future.
Octabis
So different from other Levy's book, this is extremely well written.
The fact that we know the fate of each character, main or secondary, is a great idea,and makes the story a reel one instead of fictionnary.
Impossible not to be involved with the story of those french teenagers in wartime.
Matty
Tout autre style. Ce roman historique relatant l'histoire de son père au cours de la seconde guerre mondiale s'ajoute à la longue liste des livres-témoignages autour de la WWII. Je l'ai trouvé très intéressant.
Issi
L'histoire d'un jeune et son frère dans la 35ème brigade de la 'Résistance' pendant la 2ème guerre mondiale dans le sud de la France. Des scènes assez dures, mais c'est le livre est excellent. Très touchant.
Chiara
Questo libro per la storia che racconta e le immagini che utilizza meriterebbe una costellazione di stelle,cinque son troppo poche.
Pisinat
Très différent de ses précédents livres, mais particulièrement poignant, il y raconte avec justesse l'histoire de son père et de son oncle
Yannick
It is fantastic book. Like eveytime I open a book wrote by Marc Levy, I can't stop turning page, I want to know the end.
Phyllis
young resistance fighters in France, based on real life story. Another reminder of the horrors of war.
Silvia
Very good! A different point of view of the resistance :) A sad but a lovely story!
Sandra
Amazing. I cried after two pages. Very Powerful.
Zakaria Yousri
Quand l'enfance apporte la liberté ....
Anthony Asael
son plus beau livre...
Beto
C'est correct...
Filipa
França encontra-se quase engolida pela presença nazi nos seus territórios durante o período da Segunda Guerra Mundial. Estes aterrorizam qualquer pessoa que eles considerem como sendo estrangeiro, sem qualquer piedade e muitos deles são torturados e enviados para os campos de concentração na nação alemã. O terror e o perigo estão em qualquer lado, amigos viram inimigos na ânsia da sobrevivência e as lealdades são testadas a todo o minuto. Mas em toda a França há pequenos núcleos que não se conte ...more
Sabine
Eine biographische Geschichte aus der Sicht des jungen Raymond, der sich der Résistance anschließt, um gegen die deutsche Besatzung und die kollaborierende französische Miliz zu kämpfen.
Ich fand das Buch sehr bedrückend, da es schonungslos und ehrlich die Erlebnisse des jungen Raymond und seinem kleineren Bruder erzählt. Ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste kämpfen die beiden, nehmen dabei auch den Tod in Kauf. Dabei geht es in der ersten Hälfte vor allem um verschiedene Aktionen, mächtige Personen zu sc
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Cath
This book, which is a translation, and is based on true stories of the period from the father and uncle of the author, reminds us how lucky we are if we are living in a free and democratic society. It outlines conditions in occupied France and the brave actions of the young people of 35th FTP-MOI Brigade of the Resistance, many of them refugees, to frustrate German initiatives and enhance the possibilities for an allied invasion and ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. One is moved to read about the ...more
Averil
What does resistance mean in the context of war, invasion & occupation?

This is a question answered so powerfully and poignantly in Marc Levy's Les enfants de la liberté ('The Children of Freedom').

I have long been fascinated by the history of the French Resistance, and have read many a compelling book featuring the heroic, humbling actions of that movement. Levy's Les enfants de la liberté must surely now top that list!

I have, over the years, so often pondered my own potential bravery in a s
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Marc Levy was born in France on October 16th, 1961.When he turned eighteen, he joined the Red Cross, where he spent the next six years. In parallel, he studied management and computer programming at Paris-Dauphine University. In 1983, he created a computer graphics company based in France and the United States.

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