↠´ Read Ã April in Paris by Michael Wallner ☆ I suppose the message of this book could be about being yourself but that doesn t work out too well for the Nazi corporal in this novel The Nazis tended to frown on that kind of thing I suppose it could be that life is short and we should enjoy it That might tend to explain why said corporal appears to sleep with whoever provides the invitation He s in a city he doesn t really belong to, working for people he doesn t really respect, doing a job he can t stomach He s trying to find himself and we re along for the ride.
However, through most of the book, I felt like I was missing something, some details or conversations that happened elsewhere that would have explained a few things, but were left out It would have been nice to read them I felt as if the author were trying to make a big bang out of the ending but it fell flat.
A short, quick read of historical fiction that takes place in Occupied France during WWII The main character, Roth, is a German SS soldier who speaks perfect French and is assigned to work for the Gestapo as a translator during interrogations of captured French Resistance fighters As fate would have it, Roth meets the woman of his dreams but she is the daughter of a French bookshop owner and he keeps his identity as a German soldier a secret from her Already leading a dangerous double life to pursue his relationship, he is unaware that he is involved with a key member of the French Resistance In Michael Wallner s debut novel, the plot is somewhat predictable and formulaic, but it is nonetheless a good storyline that moves along with a brisk pace and really becomes engrossing during the second half of the novel There was a lot of detail in the desc Michael Wallner S Thrilling First Novel, Set In Occupied France During World War II, Movingly Recounts The Impossible Love Affair Between A German Soldier And A French Resistance FighterRoth, A Young Soldier In The SS And A Fluent French Translator, Works As An Interpreter During The Interrogation Of Resistance Fighters But While Off Duty, He Slips Away From His Fellow Officers, Changes Into Civilian Clothes, And Wanders Aimlessly Through Paris Disguised As His Alter Ego Antoine One Day He Is Drawn Into An Antiquarian bookshop And Becomes Enchanted With The bookseller S Beautiful Daughter, Chantal The Two Begin To Meet And Fall In Love Before Roth Has The Courage To Reveal His True Identity, Or The Time To Discover That Chantal Is Part Of The Resistance Written In An Elegant And Arresting Style, April in Paris Is An Engrossing Novel From A Promising New Talent Onvan April in Paris Nevisande Michael Wallner ISBN 385519141 ISBN13 9780385519144 Dar 248 Safhe Saal e Chap 2006 It is the middle of WWII in occupied France Michel Roth is really lucky that his skills as a translator have landed him a job in Gestapo headquarters in Paris instead of at the front He is the quiet sort who likes to stay just under the radar Michel has some friends among the staff but he is a bit of a loner when he decides he would like to explore this beautiful city He knows that if he strolls about in his military uniform he will be shunned by the Parisians, so he works on a plan He hides civilian clothes in a laundry bag, finds a deserted building where he can change and become Antoine.
just a visitor to Paris Since his language skills are good , he assumes he can pass as French He finds a bookstore to explore and gets a glimpse of a beautiful young woman whose name he discovers his Ch Not very challenging or thought provoking, but entertaining Entertaining in an improbable made for Hollywood love war story kind of way without the cheesy ending Think Pearl Harbor with Ben Affleck The writing was slightly confusing and there was one short chapter I can t remember which that seemed disjointed The protagonist is described vaguely and just didn t seem fleshed out for lack of a better term I also had a problem with the idea that his French resistance love interest, Chantel, showed absolutely no interest in him a known enemy Nazi pig and then bang Her clothes are off and she s on top of him WTF No love story here, but something out of porn a topia instead and the name Chantel didn t help either.
See of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsApril in Paris is billed as a wartime love story, but it is a novel with surprisingly little romance between the two characters, Michael and Chantal Wallner instead shows how Michael s belief in his love for Chantal, a woman he barely knows, is actually fuelled by his love of his idea of himself as someone completely different from reality Michael is a bilingual Wehrmacht Corporal who finds himself working as a translator during SS interrogations His regular metamorphosis into French student Antoine is his escape from these daily scenes of brutality and I appreciated how Wallner depicts this duality in his personality As readers we get to see scenes of wartime Paris both from the German and the Parisian perspective which is interesting.
I found April in Paris to be a ver Certainly, there have been a vast number of books on this subject, both fiction and nonfiction Honestly, because it is a heart breaking subject, I have often avoided novels of this type My interest was piqued in this case because April in Paris is written from a German point of view sympathetic to the Resistance It perhaps long overdue for the world to reexamine the events of WWII in light of the fact that every German soldier was not a devout Nazi Still, books and films that take this approach remain, for me at least, difficult to access I seem to feel, however irrationally, that they are untrustworthy, as if they are somehow alive and could turn on me And I dread trying explain to anyone how I m reading a book about how Nazi soldiers weren t really so bad after all.
I think it is an interesting and somewhat troubling cultural fact that someone like me, born 30 years afte
Audiobook performed by Paul MichaelRoth is a young German army corporal, assigned to Gestapo headquarters in occupied Paris so that he can use his flawless French as an interpreter during interrogations He s disturbed by the torture he witnesses, but fulfills his duty as a soldier, accurately translating the words if not the emotions expressed When not on duty, however, he slips away from his hotel billet, dons civilian clothes and walks the streets of Paris disguised as the Frenchman, Antoine Being out of uniform, by itself, is a punishable offense, but he crosses the line when he falls for Chantal, the daughter of a bookseller He does not reveal his true identity to her, and she hides her allegiance to the Resistance The reader knows that this star crossed relationship is bound to end badly, but the way in which Wallner reveals the story kept me in a I read it some years ago, and remember that I enjoyed it I have it as paperback on my real shelf.