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Resistance by Anita Shreve
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Jun 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from March 24 to 28, 2010

Claire and Henri Daussois are Resistance workers in a Belgian village occupied by Nazis during World War II. When an American plane fighting against the Germans crashes near their home, Claire takes in the wounded American pilot, Ted, hides him, and begins the slow process of nursing him back to health. While her husband is away working with other Resistance workers, Claire and Ted begin an intense affair. But, soon enough, their isolated existence becomes threatened as the Nazis begin to torture and kill any Belgian villagers who are even rumored to be against their cause.

I really enjoyed this book, however the overwhelming mood of this sober novel is extremely dark and depressive. The passionate love affair shared by Claire and Ted provided a stark contrast to the anger and hate of war while simultaneously seeming to be inevitable with all the intense emotions that are bound to encompass such a terrifying and sad time. Like many of Anita Shreve's books, the flavor of this novel is consumed by tragedy and death. If you begin this book with that understanding, you may find the kind of reading experience you are looking for. But this historical novel is definitely not for everybody. For me, this book helped put the struggles of my own life into perspective.

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