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The Alice Network: A Novel af Kate Quinn
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The Alice Network: A Novel (udgave 2017)

af Kate Quinn (Forfatter)

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"It's 1947 and American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" take care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents, right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launching them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Alice Network: A Novel
Forfattere:Kate Quinn (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), 510 pages
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The Alice Network af Kate Quinn

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Women + historical + good writing /research = great story. I could even stomach another WWII novel, of which there are too many. This one stands out because of the perspective and topic. A must-read and good for a book group. ( )
  JanEPat | Dec 7, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book but I found the constant moving back and forth from WW I too WWII a little off-putting, I would be getting into the story and boom, the next chapter would switch to another era and I would have to readjust to the new time period. The female protagonists were interesting and I liked that there was a little bit of romance for the younger one. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Dec 7, 2021 |
I had read enough about this book that I decided I would read it at some point, and then I actually won a copy of it here on Goodreads(!). But every time I thought about actually sitting down to read it I hesitated... war is depressing after all, did I really feel like wallowing in it? I finally decided I would read it broken up into just an hour or so at a time. Well-- I nearly read the entire thing in one go, I didn't want to put it down. I adore this story. It has grit, and beauty, and the characters are so well developed that they feel like real world people. It is interesting, and layered, and very well balanced. I was emotionally invested, rooting for the characters I liked and wishing ill to the villains. =D I also really enjoyed the history, I paused at mention of a particular event in a village because it sounded so specific I began wondering if it really happened (it did!) I'm stunned I hadn't heard of it before! It's just a very interesting time and place all around. There were a couple small aspects that I wish had been changed. Eve is described as being well suited to spy work, brave, smart, self sufficient, able to hide her emotions and lie as easily as breathing... But the moment she arrives in the field it's like they recruited her off a college campus at random or something. I think the author was trying to make the point that she had a lot to learn, and maybe to contrast it with the tough as nails woman we see her as in later years. But I think it was overdone, she came off wide eyed, unprepared, and entirely ill suited to the work, which felt very inconsistent.
And then later when she is confronted, (perhaps panic made her act without forethought?) But it's described as if it were her last/best move, completely disregarding the fact that people are always easiest to convince of things they already want to believe! And the evidence was pretty paltry. She had been successfully deceiving already, her best bet was to talk him around to believing her. -If he had preemptively threatened to start torturing her or something, *then* it would have made more sense to take such an impulsive risk, but not so much as it happened. (And she didn't even have the proper framework in place to be able to report her findings then anyway, so going back in those circumstances was more foolishly suicidal than boldly, patriotically, willing to risk life for the cause.
Just a single line setting something up would have made it more more believable/justifiable).
All those situations played out that way simply because that was the direction the author wanted to push things to end up where she wanted. Which is fine, but if circumstances had just been explained a little bit differently, then they would have made far more sense beyond just that reason. Still, they're small tweaks.
I'm really so pleased to have read it. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
Terrific literary historical thriller. Thoroughly enjoyed it, very satisfying. Vivid and very well written. I'll be seeking out more of Quinn's novels. Almost a 5 star. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
Two women, a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947, are brought together in a story of courage and redemption.

1947 - In the aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also riding on the hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. When Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915 - A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner joins the fight against the Germans when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drinking and secluded in her crumbling London house. Once Charlie shows up at her door inquiring about Rose, Eve, with her own agenda, decides to help Charlie find out what happended to Rose. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Sep 10, 2021 |
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"It's 1947 and American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" take care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents, right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launching them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads"--

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