Léon and Louise

Léon and Louise

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Summer 1918. The First World War is drawing to a close when L#65533;on Le Gall, a French teenager from Cherbourg who has dropped out of school and left home, falls in love with Louise Janvier. Both are severely wounded by German artillery fire, are separated, and believe each other to be dead. Briefly reunited two decades later, the two lovers are torn apart again by Louise's refusal to destroy L#65533;on's marriage and by the German invasion of France. In occupied Paris during the Second World War, where L#65533;on struggles against the abhorrent tasks imposed upon him by the SS, and the wilds of Africa, where Louise confronts the hardships of her primitive environment, they battle the vicissitudes of history and the passage of time for the survival of their love.
Publisher: London : Haus Pub., 2012, c2011.
ISBN: 9781908323132
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brownjohn, John
Alternative Title: Léon & Louise

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ididarodkid
Jun 30, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am 85 and can relate to the times and events that are a major theme. However, beyond that, it speaks to many levels of our decisions, commitments, and ability to walk the balance needed to survive under circumstances not of our choosing. It emphasizes what we give to others, is a circle and comes back in ways we could not imagine. For me, this was an exceptional good read.

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maven
Dec 25, 2012

I just couldn't get into it. It seemed like the start was interesting, but the writing felt rather bland and flat, so I gave up.

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