Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Resistance by Anita Shreve (1995)

Inspired by The Cellist of Sarajevo, again....

A gripping story of one Nazi-occupied Belgian village, and the men, woman and children of the village who quietly resist the Nazis by sheltering a wounded American bomber. This resistance has tragic consquences for the village - and helps you to understand why some villagers were so reluctant to give any appearance of resisting.

The story centers around one villager - Claire - and her relationship with the injured pilot, Ted. To quote from the book jacket: "As she nurses him back to health, Claire falls in love and is soon locked in a passionate affair that seems strong enough to conquer all - until the brute realities of war intrude, shattering every idea she ever had about love, trust and betrayal."

Well written and compelling. A fairly light read. Also a popular book club choice (would be perfect with a meal of fresh bread, a selection of cheeses and hard salamis and some Belgian beer...)

See discussion questions here: http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides3/resistance1.asp

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