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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
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.