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Charlotte Gray

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Good stuff, but not without reservations..

    What I like about this novel is the same sort of thing I like about writers like Charles Frazier, Cormac McCarthy, David Anthony Durham and Maria Doria Russell. Namely, they¿re literary writers who aren¿t afraid to write a novel with a plot. With drama. With love stories and betrayals. With small people caught up in big moments in history. That¿s absolutely grand. I wish there were more novelists like them. I don¿t think Sebastian Faulks is quite as good a writer as any of the above, but he does deliver in a great many ways. The opening scene as Peter Gregory crash lands his plane is marvelous, full of danger and action straight away. I commend him for making a female character the focus of what¿s essentially a war novel, or, at least, a war/resistance novel. So that's the good part. The book does falter, though, with many of Charlotte's improbable decisions. She's so determined and skilled and focused it's hard to believe. At the same time some of the love scene material is over the top and in general a bit maudlin. You could blame it on the character, but the author seems to want us to believe as Charlotte does. So, it's not perfect. But it's not a bad read either. If the subject matter interests you do give it a try. It's entertaining, if not a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    Good story

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. The adventures were good, but I could have use more details. The end was a bit abrupt and I could have had more about Peter and his situation. Overall good adventure...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    painfully touching

    This story touched me in a way that no otherWWII novel has. The warmth of charlotte's character and the insight the authur reveals to the reder about children and parents is amazing. The love story is wonderful without being contrived. Of course the pain presented by andre and Jacob is almost too much to bear. I am a Jew who has 3 year old twin grandsons one who is Jacob. I loved the book while crying, knowing that these events happened over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    Excelent Book.....horrible movie

    Charlotte Gray is a great story following her through her missions through France always hopeing she will find her love. the hardest part the read was what happend to the 2 jewish brothers. i loved the book and was very very disapointed by the movie version. it came out with a completly different ending that i did not like. dont watch the movie first if you must. read the book then watch the movie and decide which it better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    Amazing Story

    This book was amazing. One could not help relating themselves to Charlotte in some way or another. Faulk writes beautifully and conveys setting, emotions, and feelings effectively. The story draws you in; not only because you want to know what happens in the end, but also because the words are enjoyable to read and Faulk's writing beautiful. His portrayal of an independant woman in a time of trial is the best of it's kind. I am 16 years old and I only read this book bacause the movie is coming out. Thanks to the good old motion picture, I heard about one of the most inspiring books I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    Interesting Perspective

    Though Charlotte Gray doesn't give such a brutal and touching perspective like Faulks' Birdsong, it's still very well-written and enjoyable. I like the different perspective it gives from a person who is not fighting in the trenches but in the form of resistance. I also thought it was very interesting how Faulks incorporated a character from Birdsong into Charlotte Gray.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    Charlotte Gray

    In this book hope and despair are distributed in equal measure. As we are taken into the lives of Charlotte and Gregory, we feel that ultimately there would be hope for mankind. Their love is a beacon that transcends the misery and horror of war. The characterization of Andre and Jacob, however, vividly and poignantly brings the horror and pain of war into focus. Sebastian Faulks is realistic in his approach and the novel is convincingly written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    Engrossing

    Very good flow, but the most astounding parts are the chapter/paragraphs dealing with the 2 Jewish Boys Andre and Jacob.You just can't help in falling in love with them. Handled sensitively by the author and you wish your physical presence in that era. The rest of the story with the main protagonist is ably done and just so. Good Buy and good value for money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    Did not grab my attention

    After reading all of the critical reviews of this book, I was expecting big things. I was disappointed. I read the first 125 pages, and finally realized that not much had happened, and the book still had not gotten my attention, a quarter of the way through! The premise of the story about a young couple who just meet being separated during WWII made for a promising start, but the story just dragged along and never really got going. It focused too much on the title character's musings about her depressed childhood and her fantasies about her missing boyfriend; difficult for a male to wade through.

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