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The Collaborator by Margaret Leroy
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May 27, 2011

really liked it

A fabulous read-by far the best of the trio of WW2 based books I've read in recent weeks. The female characters were superb-from the youngest through to the eldest they were most eloquent in explaining how the war was affecting them. The worries of a 14 year old, who should be enjoying life, are very different to an elderly lady suffering dementia, and who doesn't even rememeber that her son is serving in the army.The islands were evoked very well, and we had a real insight into their isolation, and the islander's fears that the British would abandon them to their plight. The ending was surprising-but strangely positive and uplifting. Many of the scenes and practises depolyed by the occuping Germans were harrowing, and based on events about which I had no inkling. All in all a wonderful read-perhaps not so much about collaboration, but rather, the strength the human soul has to deal with advesity in the most appalling situations-and yet maintain it's dignity despite overwhelming odds.
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