Mert Reisoglu Reisoglu từ Üçkuyu, 03911 Üçkuyu Belediyesi/Sultandağı/Afyonkarahisar, Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ
The author was a Russian French Jew who died in Auschwitz. The papers that comprise the first draft of this essentially unfinished trilogy were discovered by her daughters about forty years later. The irony was that she wasn't Jewish in practice or belief - flet herself to be French and was a renowned novelist.None of that helped her of course. The book has many rough edges but it has the immediacy of being about the fall of France and written at the time. The characters are far from heroic and there are a huge number of them - it can be hard to keep up in the first part. But it is a compelling portrait of a city (Paris) and a country falling apart. The second part focussed on one French woman and her growing love for the German officer billeted on her and is in huge contrast with the first part. Definitely worth reading but not easy.
It's a novel about WWII with a Naval Commander as its central figure. Aboslutely amazing book! Loved how it reflected the feelings of war and the brutal reality of how close Hitler came to winning.