Thursday, September 29, 2016
In the spirit of Girl in a Train, Gone Girl and other recent thrillers comes Dear Mr M by Herman Koch. Mr. M is a Dutch author named Herman (please note the actually author of the book's name etc) He lives on the 4th floor. On he 3rd floor is another Herman, who largely goes unnoticed by Mr. M. This neighbor Herman is writing a letter to Mr. M. He doesn't seem to be a fan. And he is stalking the author and his wife. And he believes that the subject of Mr M's best novel is well, him. That book focuses on a teacher who went missing, presumably killed by a school boy and girl who were his students. It seems Herman was the shook boy, whose teacher went missing. HIghly entertaining, I whole-heartedly recommend.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
As war comes to Paris, an American Doctor, his wife and son have the choice to flee or to stay and protect the American Hoapital and its patients. Approached by the French Resistance, hey unhesitatingly accept the risk and become a drop location and help ferry many out of Nazi-occupied France, including downed British and American pilots. Their teenage son takes photographs (even owning a camera was outlawed) to be sent out of the country. Eventually, all three are arrested by the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps. Over and over again they are given opportunities to flee due to their citizenship but chose to stay with those weaker than themselves. This is an amazing story of personal sacrifice. I highly recommend.