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  • Paris Library

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I like to read real life stories and this one was excellent

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  • Enjoyable & Entertaining!

    What an interesting story - I feel I've learned so much about a subject I really knew nothing about. In Paris, 1939, Odile Souchet is a young woman absolutely obsessed with books. Her dreams come true when she secures a position in the American Library in Paris; when war is declared, the staff are determined to remain open and continue providing books to those who not only want them, but need them. Then the Nazis invade Paris, and life will never be the same again. In Montana, 1983, Lily is a young girl who reaches out to her neighbour, a woman who keeps very much to herself. As their friendship grows, Lily begins to learn more about Odile's earlier life in France, and the secrets she harbours. I have been completely engrossed in this novel to the detriment of everything around me - what an engrossing story! I knew nothing of the American Library in Paris before now and found the details of their work to be absolutely fascinating. Both Odile and Lily are flawed characters; their relationship is very touching but not perfect. It's worth mentioning that the translator has done a wonderful job; it all flows beautifully and I would never have guessed it was written in another language. This is a beautifully written and well-spun story but my hackles were up at the phrase 'England and France declared war on Germany'. As a Scot, this really rankles with me - it wasn't 'England', it was Britain or, as is now more common, the U.K. A small detail, but a very important one to the other three countries whose ancestors fought in all wars! Apart from that, this is an enjoyable and informative read and one I'm happy to give 4*.

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