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A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot
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May 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: absolute-best-books-i-have-ever-rea
Read in February, 2005

I LOVED this book. And I loved the main character, Mathilde, more than just about any character in any book I've ever read. She is strong, sarcastic, always gets what she wants, and has a good sense of humor. Mathilde, despite her sarcasm and pig-headedness seems to inspire devotion in everyone she meets. How could you not admire someone who accomplishes as much as she does despite being in a wheelchair? How can you not admire her devotion to Manech? She would not rest until she got to the bottom of what happened to him. And the mystery of what happened to Manech and four other soldiers who were thrown into No-Man's Land by their own leaders keeps you reading on and on. There are so many different versions of what happened that Mathilde's investigation is constantly taking one step forward and two steps back. But there's a constant feeling of momentum--you know Mathilde will get to the bottom of this. As time goes on she gets closer to solving the mystery by meeting people who are closer to what finally happened to Manech. This is such a wonderful story of love and devotion, but don't worry, it never gets sappy. Mathilde would have hated that!
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