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A Very Long Engagement By Sébastien Japrisot Linda Coverdale A Very Long Engagement In January five wounded French soldiers their hands bound behind them are brought to the front at Picardy by their own troops forced into the no man s land between the French and German armie

  • Title: A Very Long Engagement
  • Author: Sébastien Japrisot Linda Coverdale
  • ISBN: 9780452272972
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Very Long Engagement By Sébastien Japrisot Linda Coverdale In January 1917, five wounded French soldiers, their hands bound behind them, are brought to the front at Picardy by their own troops, forced into the no man s land between the French and German armies, and left to die in the cross fire Their brutal punishment has been hushed up for than two years when Mathilde Donnay, unable to walk since childhood, begins a relentlIn January 1917, five wounded French soldiers, their hands bound behind them, are brought to the front at Picardy by their own troops, forced into the no man s land between the French and German armies, and left to die in the cross fire Their brutal punishment has been hushed up for than two years when Mathilde Donnay, unable to walk since childhood, begins a relentless quest to find out whether her fianc , officially killed in the line of duty, might still be alive Tipped off by a letter from a dying soldier, the shrewd, sardonic, and wonderfully imaginative Mathilde scours the country for information about the men As she carries her search to its end, an elaborate web of deception and coincidence emerges, and Mathilde comes to an understanding of the horrors, and the acts of kindness, brought about by war.A runaway bestseller in France and the winner of the 1991 Prix Interalli , this astonishing novel is many things at once an absorbing mystery, a playful study of the different ways one story can be told, a moving and incisive portrait of life in France during and after the First World War, and a love story of transforming power and beauty.
    A Very Long Engagement By Sébastien Japrisot Linda Coverdale

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    1. Tea Jovanović on said:

      Ovaj francuski roman spada u grupu mojih najomiljenijih uredni kih postignu a Nesvakida nji, udnovat, ljudski ratni roman i sudbine obi nih ljudi I ah, da, ta ljubav na francuski na in Sjajna ekranizacija romana, sjajna muzika iz filma

    2. Algernon on said:

      My love,I m not able to write today, so a fellow Landis is writing this for me Your face is all lit up, I can see you I m happy, I m coming home I would like to shout out my joy on the road, I m coming home I would like to kiss you the way you like me to, I m coming home I must step lively Tomorrow is already Sunday, and we re to be married Monday Fragment of a letter sent from the trenches by a teenage soldier to his girlfriend, on a cold morning in January 1917 Jean Etchevery, affectionately c [...]

    3. Jim Fonseca on said:

      A story of WW I translated from the French Just before the war begins, a young woman who is confined to a wheelchair meets the love of her life Of course he goes off to war and perishes in the trenches Little by little, over ten years, she learns odds and ends of details of what actually happened to him.We learn right at the beginning of the novel that so many soldiers were deserting and getting self inflicted wounds that army officers decided to make an example of five such men Instead of shoot [...]

    4. Chrissie on said:

      Oh my, explaining why I have rated this three stars is complicated, just as complicated as the book is When it ended, I liked it a lot Very much in fact, so it should get four stars Right Except that if you have been following the comments I have been making about it at diverse places at GR you will have noted that I have been annoyed, exasperated and at wits end as I read this book So what is going on As I stated, the book is complicated If you are adept at solving mysteries and love paying clo [...]

    5. Epiero on said:

      Una novela que narra la historia de cinco soldados arrojados a la muerte y la b squeda de la verdad por Matilde, novia de uno de ellos Una historia que es como un puzzle y que a trav s del paso del tiempo podr armarse.Largo domingo de noviazgo Un long dimanche de fian ailles, t tulo original es una novela escrita por el franc s S bastien Japrisot y publicada el 6 de septiembre de 1991 por primera vez La novela gan el Premio Interalli ese mismo a o El Premio Interalli Prix Interalli , se concede [...]

    6. Colleen on said:

      I LOVED this book And I loved the main character, Mathilde, than just about any character in any book I ve ever read She is strong, sarcastic, always gets what she wants, and has a good sense of humor Mathilde, despite her sarcasm and pig headedness seems to inspire devotion in everyone she meets How could you not admire someone who accomplishes as much as she does despite being in a wheelchair How can you not admire her devotion to Manech She would not rest until she got to the bottom of what [...]

    7. Helena on said:

      Opini o publicada em As Horas que me preenchem de prazer.No in cio do s culo XX, Mathilde viveu um amor intenso com Jean em crian as conheceram se, em jovens amaram se Apesar da defici ncia de Mathilde, presa a uma cadeira de rodas, Jean viu nela uma mulher de pleno direito, que desejou ternamente Desde ent o se juraram amantes e noivos.Durante a I Guerra Mundial, Jean e quatro companheiros s o lan ados em terra de ningu m, entre as trincheiras francesa e alem , por desrepeito aos seus deveres e [...]

    8. Laura on said:

      Perhaps this is better in the original French It opens promisingly enough on a dark January night in 1917, five soldiers are hauled up to the bizarrely named Bingo Cr puscule trench and forced into No Man s Land as punishment for wounding themselves in order to get out of the war Ostensibly, by the next day all are killed by German fire However, a letter sent in 1919 to the fianc e of one of the dead soldiers leads her to believe otherwise She embarks on a search to trace anyone who might know w [...]

    9. Crystal Starr Light on said:

      I ve been reviewing for over 5 years In that time, there is only one book that I ever started that I did not finish Well, now that number is increasing to two.I won t give a summary as many, many others have given a really detailed summary that is far better than anything I could ever have done justice to Instead, let me tell you why I stopped at page 113 and why I have no inclination to finish this book.The first twenty pages are spent introducing five soldiers their names, their prison numbers [...]

    10. Susan on said:

      This was a wonderful novel with fascinating characters, a good mystery, plus an interwoven love story.I learned a lot about WWI in France, about France during that time period, and about French geography.What is remarkable about this novel is the way thatthe clues are many tiny snippets of information,told by different people in different ways Over the years, the protagonist gathers these snippets often helped by her many assistants and fits themtogether Reading the book requires careful attenti [...]

    11. Nick Davies on said:

      I bought this book because I enjoyed the film I bought the film because I think Audrey Tatou is lovely I left it a good couple of years between watching the film and reading the book cause I wished to forget much of the plot and enjoy the story anew, and I was glad I did this.This was quite different to most books I read normally, but it was enjoyable indeed an interesting and complex tale of a young French woman trying to get to the bottom of what happened to her fianc , disgraced during WWI an [...]

    12. Jan C on said:

      Fascinating.Five French soldiers had enough of war and tried to give themselves a blighty by shooting themselves in the hand Instead, they are sentenced to death There were than five but the others were commuted to life imprisonment for one reason or another But, France had outlawed firing squads So the five were thrown, bound, to no man s land and left to their own devices Both sides could shoot at them.One of the five is engaged to Mathilde Donnay She doesn t seem to be the girl to give up Sh [...]

    13. Carmen on said:

      Lectura amable sobre una historia triste ambientada en la I Guerra Mundial, una guerra llena de trincheras y de vidas truncadas El anhelo y la b squeda, envueltos de tozudez y perseverancia, nos llevan de la mano por historias tristes qu bien podr an haber sido reales.Narrativamente no me ha sorprendido Est muy bien escrita Nos cuenta los que quiere y como quiere, muy al estilo franc s, y con un toque de que la vida es como es y hay que ver el lado bueno.Me ha costado entrar en la historia pero [...]

    14. Lainey on said:

      A Very Long Engagement tells the story of Mathilde, a woman who has been told that her fiance, Manech, died in the war Something seems fishy about his death so she begins to investigate She wants to know what happened to him, and something keeps telling her that he is still alive somewhere She soon learns of five soldiers condemned to death for self mutilation, one of them was Manech The reader unravels the clues along with Mathilde as she receives and information about her fiance s mysterious [...]

    15. Tempo de Ler on said:

      Blog tempodler 2012 06 Pela forma como foi escrito, levamos muito tempo a entrar na hist ria de Um Longo Domingo de Noivado Esta dificuldade pode desanimar o leitor que se v for ado a obrigar se a ler, de forma a avan ar no livro A dificuldade em associar os nomes s personagens, especialmente entre os soldados, vem adicionar bastante confus o e torna se complicado acompanhar Japrisot O autor n o perde sequer muito tempo a descrever estas personagens, faz um apenas um relato apressado do passado [...]

    16. Briynne on said:

      This was so very lovely It s earned a place on my mental best books to recommend to acquaintances who ask me what they should read because they know I m a librarian list The book is simultaneously an effortless historical novel set in WWI era France, an intricate mystery, and a sincere and deeply felt love story I was so hooked on this book that when I accidentally left it my office desk drawer two nights ago, I felt positively forlorn and moped around the house all evening, such had been my ant [...]

    17. daniella on said:

      I read this book during my last life altering interval, and I sobbed through the last twenty pages Out and out sobbed Tears, running nose, inadvertent noises, the whole deal.It s beautiful Plain and simple beautiful Mathilde is such a simply strong character, the sparse dialogue allows the story to move without interruption and to exist in its own space and time, and the predominantly female cast is varied and distinct What a brilliant man to create such women so inherently unique and real The n [...]

    18. Eve on said:

      Japrisot is a genius A wonderful, wonderful book At the end, everything just came together and I was so moved How can someone have such an intense love for another individual And the detailsI felt like I was in the trenches along with the five soldiers I MUST read this book physically in case I missed anything Too bad a lot of his work has yet to be translated to English.

    19. Lisa on said:

      In January 1917, five wounded French soldiers, their hands bound behind them, are brought to the front at Picardy by their own troops, forced into the no man s land between the French and German armies, and left to die in the cross fire Their brutal punishment has been hushed up for than two years when Mathilde Donnay, unable to walk since childhood, begins a quest to find out whether her fianc , officially killed in the line of duty, might still be alive Mathilde moves throughout the country f [...]

    20. Carmel on said:

      I was unimpressed by this book The author s writing style was confusing to follow, as he wrote it in present tense and avoided writing conversations using quotations The plot jumped from one point to another very quickly and with out much notice There were also too many characters to easily keep track of The five soldiers each have a name, nickname s , and number, along with multiple relatives and friends who also have nicknames It was hard to keep track of all the different relationships and th [...]

    21. Ninon on said:

      J aime d amour l adaptation de ce livre en film alors en le choisissant comme lecture j avais tr s peur que mon avis futur sur le livre soit biais mais pas du tout Ce livre fut un immense coup de coeur, une aventure telle qu il m en a tir des larmes chose assez peu commune pour moi lorsque je voyage avec les mots plus qu avec les images.Mais la plume de S bastien Japrisot est si vivante et si juste que cette histoire que je croyais si bien conna tre pris de nouveau vie et une toute nouvelle dime [...]

    22. Kristen on said:

      I started this book a long time ago, but couldn t make it past page 8 or 9 It seemed so boring But several months ago, a friend asked me if it was the same book as the movie, and he said that he had liked the movie So, I decided to give the movie a try As luck would have it, our old DVD player kept skipping since the DVD was a bit damaged, so I haven t seen the whole movie yet But, I was inspired to pick the book up again to figure out what I had missed in the movie With a bit of perspective fro [...]

    23. Michelle on said:

      This book is at its strongest when commenting on the stupidity and the horror of war The mystery love aspect Not so much I tried to like Mathilde, but she left me cold I m not sure why She was clearly written with love, but maybe it was a love only the author could behold For the rest of the world, she might just be plain old annoying The weakest part of the book for me though was all the names, which were numerous, and each character seemed to have at least one I got very confused in places, wh [...]

    24. Kate on said:

      For such a small book it seemed to take a while to read.Another book to remind us that war is not an answer and human resiliance amazing.Finishing this book is satisfying however it takes a while to get there You need to be careful to pick up all the clues from various angles, I needed to re read bits to ensure that I had the correct gist of things The plot and subject are excellent the complexity of the characters well portrayed and I like that the reader is an active participant My suspicion i [...]

    25. Chrissy on said:

      Fantastic I was utterly unable to put this book down once I started it, even though I d already seen the movie multiple times and thus knew exactly what to expect S bastien Japrisot has a beautiful, poetic style that comes across stunningly in the translation, and characters that practically jump to life on the pages The story is captivating, a confident blend of mystery, romance, war, drama and comedy that sucks you in from the first sentence and refuses to let your attention go until long afte [...]

    26. Tracey on said:

      Can t believe I actually finsihed this book Several times I wanted to give up but I kept thinking hoping it was going to get better The plot itself was interesting and had potential In a nutshell this book is about France and post WWI and young woman looking for her fiance who is delcared MIA Some of the little stories and flashbacks were interesting but this book was long and boring at times Also the characters were confusing I give it two stars for not being terrible but could have been about [...]

    27. Gillik on said:

      Such a beautiful gem of a book.All the evidence points to Mathilde s fianc dying in a trench in WW1, having been condemned by the French military for deliberately shooting himself in the hand According to just about every eyewitness Mathilde can find, from haunted survivors to the family members of fellow condemned soldiers, Manech went mad, was tossed bound into No Man s Land and died alongside four other would be deserters But Mathilde searches for him anyway I think the mystery itself suffere [...]

    28. Benjamin on said:

      Probably one of my favorite college memories is reading a little of this book everyday with gelato and espresso in between class and my shift at the computer lab At a certain point it was necessary to read through the night to discover how it ended.

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