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Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski
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Jun 17, 2009

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bookshelves: europe-the-known-world, ww2
Recommended to Sandy by: found on bookshelf in an independent bookstore and just bought i
Recommended for: .... whomever is interested...
Read in June, 2009 , read count: 1

This poignant story is about an Englishman who seeks his son in the ruins of post-WWII France. The man is very ambivalent about finding the boy as it will force him to face many painful and unhappy memories. He never knew his son, saw him only once as he, Papa, was escaping Paris years before and his wife had just given birth and thus could not come with him. So he has no real way to be sure any given child is his. Through a friend he is sent to meet a small boy who probably is, may be, but no way to b sure..... his son. He easily & quickly grows fond of the child, but he is dreadfully afraid to commit, even as he falls in love with the child. The story is really rich in its portrayal of post-war ruins and hardship, of black market corruption and shortages all around, including for the orphans at the orphanage.... Jean, little boy, is just darling and any reader wants Hillary to take him away from his sad life.... But can the man overcome his own fears? It's a very well written and gentle book, short and richly described with real understanding of the man's character.... I don't like him much, but I understand him. I definitely recommend this book. It's a short read.

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