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Fair Stood the Wind for France (1944)
de H. E. Bates
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I had read this novel perhaps forty years ago, but I had no real recollection of the story line. On a second reading I have enjoyed the fact that the book is beautifully written, and the developing love of Franklin and Francoise is delicately handled. One has to put oneself into how life was in occupied France during WW2, and the huge risks the family took to shelter and feed these five British airmen. If interested in this era in our history it is novel of its time which portrays all the hardships, scarcity of supplies, lack of medical facilities, limited travel opportunities, all the things we take for granted today. I was a little disappointed in the ending and would have enjoyed a 'happy ever after scene' back in Britain.
okay, not great
The prose is good. The story is fiction, and subject to the pressure of actually being written in wartime. The love story is a trifle mawkish, but we're talking 1944, here. Chiefly entertaining as a WWII artefact.
155. Fair Stood the Wind for France, by H. E. Bates (read 9 July 1944) This was a part of a dual Book-of-the Month selection for June 1944. I started to read it on July 3, 1944. On July 6 I said it was "very good." But when I finished it on July 9 I said: "Not so good." i remember I was upset by the immoral behavior of the hero and heroine, since I, then and now, prefer my good people in fiction to be morally upright.
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When John Franklin brings his plane down into Occupied France at the height of the Second World War, there are two things in his mind - the safety of his crew and his own badly injured arm. It is a stroke of unbelievable luck when the family of a French farmer risk their lives to offer the airmen protection. During the hot summer weeks that follow, the English officer and the daughter of the house are drawn inexorably to each other . . .
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)823.912Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1901-1945
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Written in a very tense, immediate style...gripping up to the very end. ( )