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3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,431 Ratings  ·  497 Reviews
This tale of impossible love--told with the same narrative grace and keen eye for human emotion that have distinguished all of Anita Shreve's cherished bestsellers--leads us into a harrowing world where forbidden passions have catastrophic consequences.
In a Nazi-occupied Belgian village, Claire Daussois, the wife of a resistance worker, shelters a wounded American bomber
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1995)
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Jun 04, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2008 Maya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 04, 2008 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 30, 2007 Rubi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waste of time. Too mushy. I only bought this because Borders was selling it for like a dollar. Now I know why!
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 really liked it  ·  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.
Jan 04, 2008 Christi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 10, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 24, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anita Shreve's books are all so different but written in a way that instantly grabs you.
This one is set in WW2 in occupied Belgium.
Ted an American pilot's plane has crashed.
A very moving story of the harsh realities of war.
Claire's husband Henri is a member of the resistance.
Young Jean finds the injured pilot and brings him to Claire who hides him in their loft.
I loved this book and so didn't want it to end.
Sadly told and heart wrenching.
Nov 09, 2014 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2012 Florence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 17, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2011 Helena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Bobbi Woods
Jan 01, 2013 Bobbi Woods rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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
Sally Brock
Feb 21, 2016 Sally Brock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I'm drawn to this time and these people but since reading Suite Francais several years ago I continue to follow, through fiction, the people of the Resistance. In this story, Shreve draws an even more complicated picture of the choices that were made by ordinary citizens in times of extreme fear. Seen are the horrific consequences of these acts that separate neighbor from neighbor, son from father, and wife from husband. The paranoia is palpable in this tale and though the war i ...more
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
Sep 01, 2014 Lorrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those rare books that I would read more than once.
Kathleen Dixon
Dec 14, 2015 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, war, belgium
Set in the appalling times of Nazi-occupied Belgium, and with no shrinking from the vicious cruelty of retaliations against villagers nor from the constant danger that the Resistance existed in, this is nevertheless a love story. Claire and Henri are part of the line that hides escapees, Ted is the American pilot of a downed aircraft.

Shreve tells her people with great skill and the story unfolds in a realistic manner. I was drawn in to the surroundings and carried along with the tension and the
Sep 08, 2014 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon Metcalf
Feb 02, 2016 Sharon Metcalf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Harry Brake
Jan 06, 2016 Harry Brake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never quite getting a chance to see the complete sun, filtered through shades of grey, somber, yet, moments of hope and pormise. Such is the feeling you receive when you work through Anita Shreve's Resistence. Amazing writing, and another side of the Belgium involvement during World War II.

I find Shreve's writing poignant, targeted to capture the perfect momentum and feeling that you would imagine for a specific time period, not out of place and in places almost too real. You wake from sleep won
Jun 25, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resistance by Anita Shreve is refreshing in the way that it approaches the intricate web of resistance against the German occupation of Belgium. It portrays a very human struggle between right and wrong, much more character driven than plot driven. There are no violent fights between the resistance and the Gestapo, no accounts of highly improbable spy tactics that perhaps other thriller novels set in World War II utilize. Instead, the majority of the story takes places in a Belgian farmhouse, as ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2015 Rita Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Sep 28, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
May 03, 2015 Bob Walenski rated it it was amazing
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
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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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