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Charlotte Gray de Sebastian Faulks
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Charlotte Gray (1998 original; edició 2010)

de Sebastian Faulks (Autor)

Sèrie: French Trilogy (3)

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In 1942, Charlotte Gray goes to Occupied France on a duel mission, to run a simple errand for a British special operations group and to find her lover, an English airman who has gone missing in action. It is in the town of Lavaurette that she finds friendship and experiences life under Nazi rule. From the author of BIRDSONG.… (més)
Membre:MichelleCarpenter
Títol:Charlotte Gray
Autors:Sebastian Faulks (Autor)
Informació:Vintage Digital (2010), Edition: New Ed, 514 pages
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Charlotte Gray de Sebastian Faulks (1998)

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Here's what I wrote in 2015 about this read: "One of the trilogy; nice, if a little unrealistic, story of a British woman going undercover in France during the resistance. Serving her country but seeking her lost lover even more." ( )
  MGADMJK | Jul 4, 2024 |
I wanted another war romance. I got one. Reading Sebastian Faulks I feel my vocabulary rising. lugubrious. Yeah I've seen that before, but what does it mean? and so it goes.

This will be one of my favorite reads for the year and encourages me to tackle and finish Birdsong. I like Faulks writing. Except. There are two things here, well, at least two things, but these two bugged me. There are some eyerolling sex scenes near the beginning of the novel which unsurprising to me earned this book an award "Bad Sex in Fiction Award (Winner – 1998)". I didn't think they were real bad, just uncomfortable. The other bigger bother comes at the end (following earlier glimpses) and I won't try to describe it but it is supposed to reveal to the reader as well as Charlotte Gray why she gets depression and why she feels there is something vacant or something in her childhood - like she missed it. Whatever it was it didn't work for me and I just think there had to be a better way to convey what happened. Overall, tho, this is a great book about WWII and the romance of two souls who had a love at first sight and then we see inside France during the resistance. This is a story about trying to save yourself and others, and not always managing it, but getting through it. Quite a few characters, some not well drawn enough for me, but most done quite well.

There was a movie done shortly after the book which somehow I never saw.

I should probably talk more about some of the content in the book. The book is broken into 4 distinct parts. Part One introduces us to Charlotte Gray who is a Scottish woman in wartime England. I don't recall if a date was given but this is perhaps early 1942 and she comes to London to work. A chance encounter on the train going there results in a contact who later introduces her to government agents who train people to be put into Vichy France to help drive the resistance against the Germans. Charlotte is a good catch for them since she is a good French speaker, having spent a year or so in France when she was younger. But stepping back a moment shortly after Charlotte arrives in London she meets an RAF pilot at a social gathering and the two of them are intensely drawn to each other. The pilot, Peter Gregory, is a survivor of the Battle of Britain and he has lost almost all of his fellow pilot friends. Both Charlotte and Peter have internal voids of some sort from their experiences which somehow is part of the magnetism they feel for each other. Peter has started flying clandestine nighttime missions over France. He has come to think of himself as invincible as a pilot. Well, he doesn't come back and Charlotte eventually finds out a few bits and this propels her to be very serious about her training. The story becomes rather emotional for the reader because we have come to care about these two people. At the end of Part One with her training nearly done we are with Charlotte looking at her future. "She closed her eyes and felt her lips come inward in a narrow line. She saw his face. Don't worry, my love, don't worry. I'm coming to get you."

Part Two starts in the summer of '42 in occupied France in a village called Lavaurette. It is a real place, and the population of men there and in much of France was decimated by World War I, the Great War. Petain has assumed power in Vichy France and we are almost immediately introduced to the anti-jewish sentiment of many French people. We follow a young boy on some errands for his mother and when he returns home later his family is disappeared, the house locked and a yellow star from fresh paint is on the door. I think I'll stop here. We do soon reconnect with Charlotte in England who is preparing still and is soon sent to France. And not surprisingly, after a time Charlotte arrives in Lavaurette, in disguise with a new name, and connects with the people at the beginning of the second part.

All of this felt very real in my mind which I consider a testament to the author's skill. ( )
  RBeffa | Jul 4, 2024 |
I have put off reading this book for far too long. However, it was worth the wait. I have decided that Faulk's early books are far superior to his more recent fare.
Charlotte Gray leaves her home in Scotland, in 1942, as she wishes to contribute to the war effort. She has a position as a Doctor's receptionist but finds it far from satisfying and she isn't particularly good at it. A chance encounter on her train trip to London, provides her with a contact, which allows her to embark on a new career. She had mentioned she is fluent in French, a skill highly regarded in these times. She is recruited as a courier, accompanying those in the secret service with limited French on their missions in France. During her time in London she meets and falls in love with an English pilot Peter Gregory. When Peter is listed as missing, she decides to stay on in France to try and find him. She offers her assistance to various resistance groups and becomes embroiled in the local village affairs.
What really surprised me was how divided France was, the collaboration with the Germans and the level of animosity towards the Jewish community by so many. Once again the shocking ignorance of what was happening to the Jewish community is depicted in all its brutality.
I found this a very satisfying read. ( )
1 vota HelenBaker | Apr 7, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book, it was a good story and quite well researched.

I don't really have too much to say about this book, it's similar to other WWII literature out there. Despite the title this book does switch between several different perspectives which I enjoyed and didn't "smooth over" the more painful parts of that era too much. It can however get a bit long-winded so be prepared to dedicate some time to finishing it, or in my case, put it down and pick it back up again at a later date. ( )
  LiteraryDream | Sep 30, 2018 |
"For the first time he believed that his own life, however tarnished in his eyes, was what was necessary for the redemption of hers." - Sebastian Faulks, "Charlotte Gray"

That line near the end of "Charlotte Gray" (1998) helped bring into focus a Sebastian Faulks novel that had been a bit fuzzy to me from the beginning. Having seen the movie based on the novel I had expected a World War II thriller, as well as a different kind of love story. The novel does have its tense moments, but they don't last long and they always seem secondary. But what are they secondary to? So much of the story seems too much like real life with its apparently directionless plot.

Charlotte Gray is an attractive young woman from Scotland who goes to London in 1942 to help with the war effort. She is the daughter of an officer in "Birdsong," the bestselling World War I novel that was the second book in the Faulks trilogy that also includes "The Girl at the Lion d'Or." Because she speaks French so well, she is sent to France for what is supposed to be a short mission.

But her lover, an airman named Peter Gregory, has been shot down somewhere in France, and Charlotte decides to stay and try to find him. Meanwhile she becomes involved with a Frenchman who falls in love with her though he doesn't even know her real name and also in the plight of two Jewish boys whose mother has already been taken to a camp in Poland. In the end she can rescue neither Peter nor the boys, though she herself is saved and manages to return to England, as does Peter Gregory with the help of others.

So redemption seems to be what Faulks is writing about. Sometimes we can succeed in saving others. Often we can't. Still we must try. Reunited with Charlotte, Peter realizes his role in her redemption (those are his thoughts in the above quote). And then Charlotte helps her own father find redemption. Father and daughter have been estranged since her girlhood for reasons neither is clear about. Still traumatized by his war experiences, he had said something or did something to his young daughter that, while short of sexual abuse, had much the same impact. Charlotte returns home to see her mother, but it is her father whom she helps bring home to her. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Jun 30, 2017 |
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