From her childhood home in Tunisia, 19-year-old Nicole moved to Algeria to attend the university. On the night of her arrival, watching from her apartment balcony, she witnessed the surprise Allied air and sea attack on the city of Algiers in November 1942.
Compelled to join the war effort, Nicole enlisted in the French Army, which shipped the young lieutenant to Italy, where battles raged and tragedy struck.
Nicole then took part in the Allied landing on the French Riviera. Working as a translator and interpreter between French and American personnel, she helped the Allied armies liberate Europe from Axis occupation. As the war ended, Nicole married an American officer, then sailed to the United States as a "war bride" in 1946.
Mektoub is Nicole's story of her coming-of-age amid the uncertainties of war in North Africa and Europe. This memoir chronicles her experiences during World War II and her relationships with people she loved and lost.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was an easy read but when I started it..I couldn't put it down. Nicole O'Connor is one of the most amazing women I have come to know. I was awed that such great courage, fortitude and resolve for love and duty was contained in such a tiny package of a woman. She inspired me all the way through her ordeals and relationships throughout her journey through the war and in her life since and to this day.
This book was really something. It traces WW 2 from Algeria to Germany, with a perspective rarely explored- that of a female French soldier. Witness to some amazing events.