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Larry Astell, bewoont met zijn Amerikaans-Franse familie een chateau in het Franse Champagnegebied. Na een verboden liefde voor een dochter van een Italiaanse diplomaat stort hij zich geheel op zijn werk als journalist in Parijs. Zijn leven neemt een andere wending in de loop van de tweede wereldoorlog. Na de oorlog keren de nog overgebleven Astell-leden naar hun woonplaatLarry Astell, bewoont met zijn Amerikaans-Franse familie een chateau in het Franse Champagnegebied. Na een verboden liefde voor een dochter van een Italiaanse diplomaat stort hij zich geheel op zijn werk als journalist in Parijs. Zijn leven neemt een andere wending in de loop van de tweede wereldoorlog. Na de oorlog keren de nog overgebleven Astell-leden naar hun woonplaats terug waar ze de balans van de oorlog opmaken. Een verhaal, dat net als de eerste roman van deze schrijver ("Tanameria" een traag begin heeft maar daarna door een goede spannende opbouw tot het eind toe weet te boeien. Het lezen wordt vergemakkelijkt door de talrijke dialogen. De aanwezige realistische gedeeltes hebben een duidelijke functie. Duidelijke druk....

Title : A Farewell To France
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ISBN : 9780340347096
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 735 Pages
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A Farewell To France Reviews

  • Teresa
    2019-04-09 13:54

    Read this book in my late teens and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED's one of those books that has stayed with me.

  • Abby Lewis
    2019-03-25 18:24

    Goodreads Win. Not my usual book. But all in all it was a good book! As always I find myself getting involved and relationg each character to myself and falling in love. Quite a big book too if you like the longer novel.

  • Florita
    2019-04-19 18:35

    3.5 starsWhat a tome! But it certainly wasn't ponderous - more like pleasantly garrulous. There were instances where the writing could've been tighter, but Barber's intimate knowledge of 'newspaper men' really sparkles. I'm not going to describe the plot etc, others have it most efficiently.I enjoyed the descriptions of the champagne process (although once would've been enough) and I thought the novel really attempted to present French rural life before the war - that is in terms of the big estate being the lifeblood of a small community that was effectively a large family that worked together, united by their vigneron heritage and their environment.Historically speaking I wasn't quite sure of the novel - for example the scattered, casual references to concentration camps; but perhaps that reflects Barber's generation and milieu of authors - history provides the backdrop not the reason for the novel. The episodes relating French Resistance work were thrilling and so were the brief descriptions of political intrigue in France before German occupation.Barber however only presents a cursory picture of women - whilst he acknowledges their ability to be active and effect change, they are still passive objects who conform to masculine ideas of femininity - it's a man's world that he describes.I did enjoy it immensely - mainly because I'm a sucker for epics and the unhurried pleasure of reading that ensues from knowing there are pages & pages to come! Not every book has to be 250 pages to be readable and enjoyable :)

  • Beth
    2019-04-13 18:28

    I adored this book. The book is about an American, Chris, whose family are champagne producers in France. His grandmother is French, while his grandfather is American. Both parents are American. Anyway, this book begins in the early 1930's, when Christopher falls in love with his sister's school roommate, Sonia. They are 19 and 17. They carry on an affair for a year before they are discovered, and Sonia then is returned to her parents in Italy.Six years pass, and when Sonia returns to France, WWII is beginning, and she is engaged to an Italian diplomat. The engagement is obviously an arranged marriage - but why? The two lovers cannot stay apart.WWII rages on all around them, and this book is largely an account of the family's experience in the war, and the war in the Champagne region of France. This book has it all - romance, adventure, love, war, etc. The plot and background are absolutely superb. The romance is one of the best ever - the chemistry between the two is made very real by the author.I loved this book.

  • Susan
    2019-04-21 20:45

    A miserable book and I have no idea why I finished it. I always think it will get better - didn't happen. This took place in pre-WWII France so it was a bit interesting how things were during the German occupation. But, there was such potential for this to be wicked exciting - a Jewish/French girl living with an American/French "champagne" family; a daughter that married a German who got stuck in Germany; the American son, in love with an Italian diplomat's daughter. Unfortunately all the potentially exciting rescue/escape moments all fell flat. Even at the end when the main character had joined up with the French resistance was VERY ho-hum.

  • Lili
    2019-03-24 19:32

    This passionate love story is set in the intoxicating days of the 1930's in Paris and the Champagne Chateau of Douzy during the years leading up to the outbreak of war, culminating in the German occupation of France in 1944. This epic novel is a vibrant account of a country at war, with tales of duty and devotion to both family and country, of heroic acts by the Resistance and above all the romantic story of lovers pulled apart by circumstances.

  • Alison
    2019-04-15 19:54

    I won a copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads.We really enjoyed this massive saga! The story focuses on Sonia and Larry from teenagers to late twenties/early thirties. From childhood friends to lovers.We also follow their, and their families struggles through WWII to a satisfying conclusion.We would be interested in reading more of Noel Barber's books.

  • L D
    2019-04-13 13:47

    I have read my copy of this book so many times it has begun to fall apart. It is epic in scope and is set in in one of my favorite historical periods. Pre WWII France and wartime France with the Resistance, Nazis, Vichy and occupied territories the Champagne region....and the characters from servants to diplomats and all the strata between. Very engrossing and memorable.

  • Gerald
    2019-04-09 18:41

    This was my third Noel Barber novel following Tanamara and Sakkara. It involves a similar theme, i.e., a great story of the champagne grape growers in World War II France and the intermarriage of English and French families caught in the upheaval of the times in that part of the world. I also read this one about ten years ago.

  • Kim
    2019-03-30 15:34

    Very enjoyable read. Interesting learning historical facts via a novel. I had no idea how fast the Germans took Paris at the start of WWII. I did find something false about some of the characters' reactions/actions towards the end of the book.

  • Aelia
    2019-03-24 20:27

    Great book, I couldn't keep it down. I recommend skipping the prologue and starting from the chapter one and then once you're finished reading the whole book, go back and read the prologue. I wish Noel Barber was still alive, I would definitely read all of his books!

  • J
    2019-04-09 15:26

    This was loaned to me by a friend. I found it more interesting than I had originally thought I would.

  • Vicki
    2019-03-26 21:38

    Wow! LONG book but a worthwhile read. Love WWII stories of the Resistance. The love story was great as well... this book had it all. It was just a bit too long but otherwise a great read.

  • Tania Easton
    2019-04-08 21:28

    It was ok .....Took so long to read.

  • Margareth8537
    2019-03-29 20:40

    Very divided feelings over this. At times thoroughly enjoyed it but then it seemed to go very flat.