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The Mistress

2.83 of 5 stars 2.83  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  11 reviews
She is called Simone. She is the illicit lover of Dr. Emile Bastien, who practices medicine on the rue de Maubeuge, treating Parisians and Germans alike. However, Simone is more than his mistress--she is the guardian of all of his most dangerous family secrets. Still, there is one secret the mistress has not been let in on: an ingenious scheme that arouses her suspicions e ...more
Published March 13th 2000 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 1999)
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Some smart passages and sections cannot make up for a scattered plot and flat characters. Set in Paris during World War II, the story follows Simone and her married lover, a doctor. When authors choose a more artistic style over traditional storytelling, I find small details crucial to successfully creating a novel that is as much a story as a work of art. Those small details are missing here. More than that, Mr. Tapon assumes readers will be able to understand the implications and deeper meanin ...more
I listened to this book on audio. I liked it.....but.... I didn't love it.....
The Mistress is not so much a story of war as of the drive to survive, made sharper by forced deprivation. There is no romance here, no love, no sacrifice, no heroics. It compels the reader to consider whether these people and their actions are deviant or typical, to wonder how the self would react under similar pressures.
At the beginning I didn't really like it, but I don't know why I wanted to know waht was going on for this mistress, and from the second chapter, the story starts and I couldn't close the book. I enjoyed it and I recommend it.
Meh. Just enough interesting detail to keep me reading til the end but no pay off for doing so. None of the female characters felt real. But killing the Nazi officer by sewing cheese inside his guts during surgery? Genius.
This book was a bit confusing. I had the impression that the author wanted to use the tip of the iceberg technique, but he didn't give the readers enough information making it hard to figure out what was going on.
Intriguing setting and setup, but the reader gets lost in substantial gaps between characters' motives and actions. Something essential was lost in translation.
Quick and interesting read. Lacked a little depth. The ending was tragic but a little void of emotion. But still entertaining.
Namrata Jain
aah, can keep you hanging till the end but really takes you nowhere.
What was I expecting anyway! =/
Francis Tapon
Nov 19, 2007 Francis Tapon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like drama based on World War II
This book is partially based on my family. It's written by my brother.
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