Adieu La Vie

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
A woman is murdered. She and her son have lived as outcasts since the Occupation, reviled by fellow villagers - she for cohabiting with a German officer, he for being fathered by him - and no one is surprised when the son is convicted of the murder. Years later, an unassuming widow tries to kill an old man in a nursing home. Even at the dawn of the new millennium there are accounts to be settled. More

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About Peter Robert Scott

Peter Robert Scott studied at RADA and during a long career has written many plays, eight of which have been staged professionally in theatres throughout England. Currently living and working in France.

Inventor of Flagships,a naval strategy boardgame, available as an applet for free online play at the website below (currently under redevelopment).

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Review by: jrrymllr on July 17, 2012 :
A gem of a book! It's a mystery, and a good one, but what really grabbed me was how brilliantly the author sketches the lives and characters of villagers living in a small town in west central France during World War II and how their experiences changed their lives fifty-five years later. It's authentic -- the author MUST live or have lived in France and talked with people who suffered through the occupation. There are a lot of flashbacks (or maybe flashforwards) and unless you speak French you might want to write down the relationships between the characters (I had to, at least). If this had been a paperback, or even a hardbound book I would have bought it! Most online books don't even belong on the same website with this one.
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Review by: May Cadman on April 29, 2012 :
I read this pretty well in one go because I was really gripped by the story. I needed to know what happened in the lives of these young people of a little french village during the second world war, and the way these events cast their shadow over the rest of their lives. No-one is simply a hero or a villain, and it is easy to see how difficult it must have been to live under occupation. And I needed to know who the murderer was!
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Review by: tonman on April 21, 2012 :
This is a brilliant account of modern day France and the shaping of it by the pressures imposed from the time of the Vichy and collaborators. A small town is evoked in which the contradictions between what people choose to remember, and what actually happened, are forensically examined It moves seamlessly from the modern day to wartime France and from the elders of today to the sparring, loving youth of the war years.
A book to read in one sitting if you can.
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