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Is Paris Burning? by Larry Collins
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Jul 28, 2011

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, nazi-paris

A fascinating fictionalised history: a collection of accounts of the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in 1944. Collins and Lapierre manage to string together a range of different narrative tools, using a kind of fictionalised interior position in conjunction with documented history of the time. There are certain moments of privlege, and certain moments of exclusion, but a gripping and often touching read is the end result. You get the 'high end' of the story, with de Gaulle and Patton etc, but also many ordinary anecdotal stories, which are often the most interesting, and devastating. Many of the internal conflicts within the allied and axis forces are laid bare for those that thought this was purely a 'them and us' kind of thing.

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