- ISBN: 9781509848621
- SKU: 2030301006446
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.
Setting: Germany occupied France during WW11.
Plot: Germans invaded France displacing most of its people. France government was toppled. German soldiers took over. French men left their families and went to fight at the front leaving their wives to take care of their children at home. The German soldiers took over these homes, violated the wives and treated the children like trash. They took all the food produced by the French citizens and then gave them rations. Many French women and children lacked food and became malnourished while the German soldiers had more than enough to eat. They made the French wives cook for them but they were not allowed to taste the food. The leftovers were thrown to the chicken as the wives and children watched with empty stomachs. The few husbands who escaped from the German prisons came back home to raise children who their wives gave birth to as a result of being raped by German soldiers.
The Germans requisitioned the best furniture, art and utensils from the French homes and sent them to Germany.
French Jews were deported from their homes to work camps in Germany. Most of them did not survive.
Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War were treated as beasts of burden and lived in pathetic situations.
Nightingale is about 2 sisters who defied expectations and all norms and decided to contribute to the French resistance. One sister is part of a network that rescues downed airmen of the allied forces from France and takes them to safety.
The other sister rescued Jewish children as their parents were being deported and gave them fake French identities to protect them.
Germans wronged the human race a great deal. What is it about men with power subjecting their fellow men who they consider to be weaker to pain and misery? The holocaust, Rwandan genocide, Cambodian genocide, the plight of the Rohingya muslims, they Syrian war are some of the atrocities committed by those with/in power to their weaker men.
There are men who enjoy hurting others. It gives them pleasure and arousal. It gives them relevance. The evils of the human race are beyond measure.
Reviewed by Titus on 13 Apr 2020, 9:06 a.m.
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