Book Review: The Foundling’s War by Michel Déon

About:
The Foundling’s War by Michel Déon is a novel set in Paris during World War II. This novel has been translated from French by Julian Evans and is the sequel to The Foundling Boy.

  • 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908313714

Book Review The Foundling’s War by Michel Déon

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Thoughts:
The Foundling’s War by Michel Déon is enjoyable but difficult to get into. I never read The Foundling Boy, and even though this is a standalone novel, I think I would have benefited from reading it first.

It was interesting and worthwhile to read about the nostalgia of occupied Paris, with all its corruption, difficult life and black marketers. A different perspective from the Americanized version where alcohol was fuel to life and colors were abundant.

Parts of the book were very engaging, and parts I found to be flat, trudging through and not very amusing. I did like the amoral adventures of the protagonist and his disdain for poltics, especially those of the Vichy.

I did find the book too long, the story is overly sentimental and a bit of a drag. The characters however, shine in this novel and make it a worthwhile read.

Synopsis:
Narrowly escaping death by firing squad Jean Arnaud, a 20 year old man and his friend Palfy, a conman, are biding their time in a brothel after the French defeat in 1940. Jean falls in love with a beautiful stranger and gets into serious troubles following his heart.

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I got this book for free.
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