Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks

 

This is a proper work of literature. If you’re looking for a light and frothy beach read, step away now. But if you’re looking for a moving slow-burner of a novel, this could be for you.

 

 

Charlotteis a feisty young Scottish woman who heads to London for work during the 2nd World War, but after meeting a British airman, she realises she wants more from life.

 

 

So she heads for France to work undercover. And her airman goes missing.

 

 

In France she meets some incredible characters, particularly Julien and Levade,and two gorgeous little boys who have lost their parents.

 

 

I really grew to care for Charlotte, Julien and the airman, Peter Gregory. The stories of Levade and the two little boys broke my heart. Yes, this is, in part,a holocaust novel. It doesn’t matter how much you read or know about the holocaust, it never fails to shock and sicken. And this is no different. It’s not overly graphic, but it’s what you as the reader know, that the characters don’t, which is so upsetting.

 

 

This is part of a trilogy of novels by Faulks set in France, which include Birdsong (blink and you’ll miss it, but the connection is there) and The Lion d’Or, which I haven’t read, but will be checking out soon.

 

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Hhhmm, I did find Birdsong rather hard going, so never bothered with Charlotte Gray. Perhaps I should become re-acquainted with Sebastian Faulks.

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  2. It is quite challenging, but also a beautiful story, beautifully written. I’m claustrophobic, so found the end of Birdsong really hard – he just seemed to be under the ground forever. To my mind, there’s nothing as bad as that in Charlotte Gray. I will definitely be seeking out more Sebastian Faulks.

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  3. Thanks very much, I hadn’t seen that! My book reviews have appalling stats, so anything I can do to get them read more widely is definitely a good thing!

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  4. This is one of my sister’s all-time favourite books. I think that I tried it, once, and found it a little ‘heavy’ but that was probably when I still had my baby brain. Worth another go?

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  5. It is heavy, I’m not sure many people would manage it, but if you’re ready for a challenge, it really is worth another go. It is a beautiful book and it’s a side of World War 2 that I wasn’t aware of.

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  6. Thanks for linking this in to Books You loved. Cheers

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