Resistance

Resistance

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by Anita Shreve
     
 

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As she has done in her novels Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, and Where or When, Anita Shreve once again leads readers into a harrowing world where lives are catastrophically overturned by emotion. Set in a Belgian village amid the wreckage of World War II, Resistance is a powerful exploration of passion, self-discovery, and sacrifice…  See more details below

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As she has done in her novels Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, and Where or When, Anita Shreve once again leads readers into a harrowing world where lives are catastrophically overturned by emotion. Set in a Belgian village amid the wreckage of World War II, Resistance is a powerful exploration of passion, self-discovery, and sacrifice from one of our most accomplished storytellers. Just as the Nazi occupation forces have drained her village of coffee, meat, and chocolate, the war has also depleted whatever joy there may have been in Claire Daussois's marriage. On their small farm in the south of Belgium, Claire and her husband, Henri, shelter refugees - Jews, Allied pilots, and fleeing Belgian soldiers - before passing them along toward France and freedom. Claire nurses the wounded, acts as interpreter, and waits for the war to end - and, in a way she finds difficult to admit even to herself, for her own life to change. And it does, when an American B-17 bomber is downed near their village. The pilot, badly injured, is found by a young boy who turns to Claire for help in saving him. Henri is away on Resistance work. As the pilot heals and recovers in her attic hiding place, Claire begins to awaken to the possibility of love. Over the course of a mere twenty days, closed off from the world and the war in her farmhouse, Claire and Lieutenant Ted Brice experience a life-changing passion that neither has felt before. That their love is also haunted and impossible only makes it more precious. The war recedes in the face of their joy - before imposing itself once more with shocking suddenness and inconceivable horror. Resistance is the story of a young Belgian woman, an American pilot, and the small war-torn village that shelters them. Richly peopled and fearlessly, gorgeously passionate, it is a powerful exploration of emotion at odds with commitment. No reader who has loved - or resisted love - will forget this lucid and moving tale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As in her earlier novels, Shreve (Eden Close) affectingly explores themes of love and loss with piercing clarity, once again capturing the fragile emotions of those in pain. Here, however, she moves from her customary domestic, contemporary milieu to WWII Europe-to the Belgian village of Delahaut, where young Claire Daussois and her husband, Henri, are members of an underground resistance movement. When a British plane goes down outside the town in December 1943, the plucky 10-year-old Jean Benoit finds a survivor, Ted Brice, hides him in his father's barn and then summons the aid of Mme. Daussois. As she has done with other refugees, Claire shelters the 22-year-old captain in her attic. When it becomes necessary for Henri to go into hiding, Claire and Ted embark on a brief affair, a passionate liaison made more poignant by its simultaneous inevitability and futility. With deceptive simplicity and superb control, Shreve evokes the impersonal horrors of wartime and its heartbreaking personal tragedies-often combining those elements to almost overwhelming effect, as when Jean witnesses the execution of several townspeople as reprisal for their resistance activities.
School Library Journal
YA-In December 1943, an American fighter plane is downed near a small village in Belgium. The pilot, Lt. Ted Brice, is rescued by a member of the local resistance movement. As he is hidden in the small attic at the home of Claire Daussois, he becomes acutely aware of the danger to himself as well as his hostess and her husband. A bond develops between Claire and Ted during his 20-day stay that changes both of their lives forever. Through this fast-paced novel, YAs will gain insight into the unthinkable horrors of World War II-German retribution, village collaborators, and local resistance workers. Shreve describes the landscape and the local residents in such detail that readers will quickly become involved in the lives of the characters.-Roberta Lisker, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316166584
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Resistance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I bought it because I enjoyed other books by Shreve. I had not even read the back cover when I started reading this book. It was riveting from the very beginning. I loved the history lessons that were woven between the story of love, determination, survival and sacrifice. I have a heightened sense of patriotism and respect for those who served in the armed forces and also those who were behind the scenes. My heart ached for a love that could not be. I usually don't identify with books that have male main characters. This book transcended gender lines and touches the 'human' in all of us.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
The book was surprising on many levels. That it should start off so slowly was surprising considering an American plane landed perilously close to enemy territory and it's up to the Resistance movement in Belgium to help out the survivors. Having that as the premise of the first third of the book, should, in and of itself, be pretty exciting, but it was rather dull. What was further surprising was that the author revealed her ability for suspense, excitement, and emotion later in the book. The last two thirds of the book were incredibly tender and the interactions between the characters were heartbreaking - as was their courage. The end was full of twists and surprises. Overall, if you can get past the first hundred or so pages - it's worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the back of this book I was totally drawn into what I thought would be a great romance. Well all the details in the beginnig about the planes etc. really killed the romance. When the romance actually happened it lacked depth and passion. The ending was terrible and nothing was really wrapped up well. I am disappointed in Resistance as all the other books I have read by Anita Shreve have been amazing. I hope her new book is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was given to me as a gift & I'm glad because I never would have picked it for myself. I liked the storyline, but I wish there was less details in the beginning and more towards the end. I loved the book, but felt the ending was lacking. The story wrapped up but too much was left to the reader.
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SCook87401 More than 1 year ago
An amazing story that leaves you wanting more
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LadyLucyLehn More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Anita Shreve's books and this one is not my favorite. I still really enjoyed it, in fact I finished it in two days. It is very suspenseful and each break leaves you hanging, wanting more. There is a lot of detail given, especially about the war, the planes, the logistics of the resistance groups, but much less about the actual romance between the two characters. I enjoy that I learned a lot reading this piece, but was not impressed with the lack of the love story. The ending also did not satisfy me. Suspenseful, yes. And realistic, I suppose too, but still lacking the romance that we were promised.
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CBH More than 1 year ago
Resistance refers to the civilians throughout Europe, in particular Belgium, who helped downed fliers disregarding their own safety and discovery by the Germans and others that were German sympathizers. These brave rescuers would hide these men in their homes, usually a hidden room in their homes or barns, get the usually needed medical help, feed and clothe them, and try to keep their "roomers" to themselves and a very few trusted that were part of the resistance network. Many allied pilots and crewmembers stayed alive only because of the actions of these brave souls. Many times other civilians were also hidden if they were Jewish or were hunted by the Germans for some other reason. This hiding was just as dangerous. If any of these anti-German residents were discovered, they usually faced immediate execution or a trip to a German prison or concentration camp. If the Germans knew of a hidden person and no one would turn them in, there would be retribution to those in the nearest town, usually killing ten citizens for every person known and still not discovered. Other times some of those, as in Resistance, fell in love with their saviors, many times not knowing if it was true love of just the fact that someone was there. Some of the husbands would have to leave their wife and home and disappear to do some more rescuing or move some along the line back to their own nation when that path seemed safe. In Resistance, Ted, an injured pilot rescued from the woods by a young boy, was taken eventually to Clair and Henri's home and hidden in an attic room. Ted needed medical help and received it from another resistance woman who snuck into their house to offer the aid. When Henri left, Ted and Clair found an attraction to each other that at first felt wrong but became near normal for them after Henri was gone for a few days. Forbidden love! The resistance force, as well as all that lived in German occupied nations such as Belgium, lived in very primitive situations where food was very scarce, animals they had on their farms were being taken by the Germans as they needed them, and any other basic living needs were almost non-existent. They lived a very hard brutal life. But the help they gave the allied soldiers meant so much to all those involved. This book goes into detail and allows the reader to suffer as all those brave resistance friends and the pilots and their crews that survived in various kinds of injured distress.
daffiet More than 1 year ago
She is a dependable writer, always know when you pick up one of her books that you won't be dissapointed. This book is no exception, catches your attention right away and keeps you holding on until the very end.