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The Paris Library: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Janet Skeslien Charles (Forfatter)

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"Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside the library's legendary director, Dorothy Reeder. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear - including her beloved library. After the invasion, as the Nazis declare a war on words and darkness falls over the City of Light, Odile and her fellow librarians join the Resistance with the best weapons they have: books. They risk their lives again and again to help their fellow Jewish readers. When the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983. Odile's solitary existence in gossipy small-town Montana is unexpectedly interrupted by Lily, her neighbor, a lonely teenager longing for adventure. As Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, they find they share a love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. Odile helps Lily navigate the troubled waters of adolescence by always recommending just the right book at the right time, never suspecting that Lily will be the one to help her reckon with her own terrible secret. Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of terrible choices made, and how extraordinary heroism can be found in the quietest of places"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Paris Library: A Novel
Forfattere:Janet Skeslien Charles (Forfatter)
Info:Atria Books (2021), 368 pages
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The fact that the book featured actual people was very interesting. The book certainly glossed over the fate of the Jewish citizens in France during the war. ( )
  shazjhb | Jun 13, 2021 |
Una historia de valentía y traición basada en las vicisitudes de los trabajadores de la Biblioteca Americana de París en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

París, 1939. La joven Odile Souchet lo tiene todo: un atractivo novio oficial de policía y un trabajo de ensueño en la Biblioteca Americana de París. Pero cuando estalla la guerra y los nazis marchan sobre París, Odile se expone a perder todo lo que le importa, incluida su querida biblioteca. Sabe que en los momentos difíciles los templos de la cultura peligran porque los libros contienen palabras e ideas prohibidas que deben destruirse. Odile no puede permitir que eso suceda: debe salvar esas páginas, de modo que puedan nutrir la mente de quien llegue despues. Junto con sus compañeros, se une a la Resistencia y pone el centro a disposición de los judíos: expulsados de sus casas, tras los libros se sienten seguros, y Odile los defenderá cueste lo que cueste.
  bcacultart | May 31, 2021 |
This book had me waffling up and down as to whether or not I liked it. The story itself, based on a true WWII story about The American Library in Pairs, was intriguing, and on the whole i felt that the author, Ms. Charles, did a good job in describing the people and the time. The book is set in two time frames that meet together through two people - Odile, a French woman who worked at the library during the war, and Lily a teenager in Montana in 1983, who forms a friendship with the mysterious French woman who lives next door. The first part of the book deals with Odile and it begins in 1939 Paris, just before the Nazis took the city. Odile has just graduated from library school and lands a job at the American Library. Excited to be doing what she loves and has trained for, she meets an unforgettable group of library employees who become like family to her. When the Nazis move in, this incredibly brave group of people vow to keep the library open, and to provide first class service to their patrons. They all believe that adversity can be overcome with words, and they all believe that it is a divine privilege to provide these words and books to the public. Interspersed throughout the book we see an older Odile who is living alone after her husband and son have died. She has many regrets from some of her actions in the war, and is contemplating ending it all when a young girl knocks on her door asking for her input for a school project. So begins this May-December friendship where each of them learns how to forgive themselves and to forgive others. There are many instances in the book where Odile as a young woman made some very rash and dangerous decisions , and her impetuousness and thoughtlessness made it difficult for me to begin to like her. The same is true with Lily. That is where I began to lose interest in the story, as these digressions didn't appear to be germane to the story. I struggled a bit with these parts of the book, but then I'd get back to the main story and I'd be off again. On the whole I enjoyed the book, but my rule of thumb for really loving a book is that I feel that I can relate to the characters. In this one, I could not do that. Four stars for me on this one. Really quite good, but just not great. ( )
  Romonko | May 15, 2021 |
WWII historical fiction. Focuses on American Library in Paris, it's employees and patrons. Story about Odile, young new employee from 1939 - 1983. Pivots between the 2 eras, but mostly on war. Fascinating story. By 1983 Odile is a widow living in Montana, pretty much a recluse until a young girl, next door neighbor Lily, forces her friendship on her. Odile teaches her important life lessons through reliving her life in Paris and the reason she left and the pain it left her with.
  bogopea | May 11, 2021 |
"Language is a gate that we can open and close on people. The words we use shape perception, as do the books we read, the stories we tell one another, and the stories we tell ourselves."
(from the Author's Note within the book)

Oh, how the language one uses can encourage, affirm, support, console, energize and inspire others. So too, it can frighten, intimidate, demoralize, destroy and cut one to the quick. While weaving stories of two timelines - World War II and the 1980s, author Janet Skeslien Charles has written a cautionary tale. Be careful what you say in haste. You may live to regret those words.

This was a beautiful tale of the staff, volunteers and patrons of the American Library in Paris of World War II juxtaposed against the later tale of one who had served at the library, then living in Montana during the 1980s. The library was a gathering place for intellectual discourse, research and building of community - a place to share the love of books and language. Children's story-time was a popular offering as well as all the current English language periodicals. As the Germans descended upon the city during World War II, life at the library became more and more challenging. So many subscribers and war-wounded were either no longer permitted or able to partake of the library's offerings. Yet, the staff embraced their call to service and courageously did so in spite of all the German roadblocks.

This is also a story of love, hope, and anticipation. There are several relationships woven throughout the story: parents and their children, siblings, young lovers, friends, colleagues as well as that of student and teacher. Ms. Charles' writing is highly descriptive and exquisitely delivered. Her extensive historical research was obvious in the story's delivery. This is a lovely book for fans of historical fiction and the written word. ( )
  KateBaxter | May 9, 2021 |
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"Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside the library's legendary director, Dorothy Reeder. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear - including her beloved library. After the invasion, as the Nazis declare a war on words and darkness falls over the City of Light, Odile and her fellow librarians join the Resistance with the best weapons they have: books. They risk their lives again and again to help their fellow Jewish readers. When the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983. Odile's solitary existence in gossipy small-town Montana is unexpectedly interrupted by Lily, her neighbor, a lonely teenager longing for adventure. As Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, they find they share a love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. Odile helps Lily navigate the troubled waters of adolescence by always recommending just the right book at the right time, never suspecting that Lily will be the one to help her reckon with her own terrible secret. Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of terrible choices made, and how extraordinary heroism can be found in the quietest of places"--

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