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Resistance by Owen Sheers
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Some wonderfully evocative language describing a valley in the Welsh border region, the farming inhabitants whose menfolk have gone off to fight as an underground cell against the Germans when Britain is overrun by Nazis, and the relationships that develop with a German patrol. Unfortunately for me Sheers doesn't really express the feelings developing between the two groups adequately, and is rather naive about the consequences of isolating the two groups through a long winter in war time.

The interesting point here, of course, is the fact that over the centuries Britain has had to accommodate several groups of successful invaders, and Sheers does begin to unpack a little the politics of accommodation, compromise and collaboration. But here too I don't believe Sheers explores the subject fully enough.

I liked the book, but I don't think he did the subject matter full justice!
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