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A Wreath For the Enemy

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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Published 1964 by Signet Books (first published 1952)
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Mariel
Nov 14, 2013 Mariel rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the sea-floor
Recommended to Mariel by: Sylvia Plath
In my youth...I had an overwhelming passion to be like other people. Other people were a whole romantic race, miles beyond my reach. Not now. I don't really think that they exist, except in the eye of the beholder.


The dream of other people is dead. I had looked forward to reading this book. I want to be someone else pretty much all of the time.

Glittery unicorn stickers dot the forever I's. Hey, HER father is a famous poet, friends with a Duchess and second wife a young French chick. Ooh la la.
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Jane
Sep 04, 2014 Jane added it
This is lovely: a quite beautifully written book that speaks so profoundly. I find myself wanting to say so much, and at the same time being almost lost for words.

‘A Wreath for the Enemy’ is a coming of age story, the story of a girl and a boy, whose paths cross one summer on the French Riviera.

Penelope lived there, in the hotel that her father and her step-mother. It was the most bohemian of establishments, catering for artists, performers and eccentrics. Penelope’s life had no rules, she was f
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Jane
May 20, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is lovely: a quite beautifully written book that speaks so profoundly. I find myself wanting to say so much, and at the same time being almost lost for words.

‘A Wreath for the Enemy’ is a coming of age story, the story of a girl and a boy, whose paths cross one summer on the French Riviera.

Penelope lived there, in the hotel that her father and her step-mother. It was the most bohemian of establishments, catering for artists, performers and eccentrics. Penelope’s life had no rules, she was f
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Mary Holland
Oct 19, 2012 Mary Holland rated it it was amazing
The plot framework for this novel is the coming-of-age story, ostensibly of two teenagers who meet on the Rivera after WWII. Penelope Wells is the daughter of a poet who owns a hotel and is being raised in a highly cultured and bohemian setting. She is, however, fascinated with the middle-class English Bradley family who have taken the villa across the way and longs to be 'ordinary'. The first section "The Duchess and the Smugs" is told from Penelope's point-of-view.
The second part is told from
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Gisele
Oct 06, 2016 Gisele rated it it was amazing
I read this book quite a long time ago, but it's a testament to how good it is that I remembered it now, and chose to include it on my book list.
What do I remember the most about it? Well, growing up is a hard thing, and no matter what kind of life you have, you always yearn for somebody's else. We just have to make sure we learn to appreciate the life we do have, and the people we are surrounded by, before it's too late.
Elaine
Oct 01, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it
It was a pleasure to read and different from the style of the books I've been reading recently. Very little description in this one and much more action and dialogue. I was fond of the main character Penelope Wells as well as her bohemian family. Many other interesting characters that will stay in my memory also inhabited the book. Look forward to reading more of Frankau's works.
Debra L Woods
Sep 26, 2013 Debra L Woods rated it really liked it
I knew about this book from the 1950's something Reader's Digest Condenses book, The Duchess and the Smugs. I LOVED that story, and that's the beginning of this book. There's a lot about death and dealing with death and loss. I don't think the protagonist, Penelope Wells is ever able to come to grips with it in this book. This is supposed to be the authors best writing. I doubt I'll read anymore of her meanderings as much as I liked this one.
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Popular British novelist. Her father was novelist Gilbert Frankau, her mother satirist Julia Davis, and her uncle British radio comedian, Ronald Frankau.

Her writing success came when she was only twenty, with The Marriage of Harlequin (1927). A relationship with the married Humbert Wolfe ended only with his death in 1940. She then ceased to write for a long period.

During the Second World War, she
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