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The Gendarme

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Engrossing book

    Gripping story that moves between the experiences of a young Turkish gendarme forced to oversee atrocities against the minority Armenian population and the experiences of an elderly man as he begins to remember the traumas he had buried from decades before. Very moving, well-crafted, interesting book that exposes a conflict that has gotten little attention in the past.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Outstanding novel that is also informative!

    This is historical fiction at its best! A difficult to put down story placed at the time of the "Armenian Genocide" during World War 1. The 100 year anniversary is coming up in 2014 and this book will, I'm sure, be a part of that. Also highly recommended, from another angle and equally gripping is Steven E. Wilson's recently released novel "The Ghosts of Anatolia: An Epic Journey to Forgiveness." The two books compliment each other.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

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    Tragic and Haunting

    Very interesting book. Perspective flashes back and forth between 1990 when the narrator is 92 years old and WWI during the Armenian genocide. It dances between whether the dreams of WWI are memories or fantasies. My only complaint is that the part of the narrative in 1990 didn't hold my attention as well as the earlier memories. But the descriptions of the atrocities during the march of the Armenians were full of beautiful savagery. They really draw you in to the unspeakable cruelty that was committed, and let you share the crippling burden of having such horrifying memories recalled after decades of amnesia. Is it better to not be able to recall your past, or to remember it in painful detail? Is the power of forgiveness strong enough to heal such memories? The images will linger in your imagination long after you put the book down

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