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Grey Souls - Philippe Claudel
Grey Souls
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This is ostensibly a detective story, about a crime that is committed in 1917, and solved 20 years later. The location is a small town in Northern France, near V., in the dead of the freezing winter. The war is still being fought in the trenches, within sight and sound of the town, but the men of... show more
This is ostensibly a detective story, about a crime that is committed in 1917, and solved 20 years later. The location is a small town in Northern France, near V., in the dead of the freezing winter. The war is still being fought in the trenches, within sight and sound of the town, but the men of the town have been spared the slaughter because they are needed in the local factory. One morning a beautiful ten year old girl, one of the three daughters of the innkeeper, is found strangled and dumped in the canal. Suspicion falls on two deserters who are picked up near the town. Their interrogation and sentencing is brutal and swift. Twenty years later, the narrator, a local policeman, puts together what actually happened. On the night the deserters were arrested and interrogated, he was sitting by the beside of his dying wife. He believes that justice was not done and wants to set the record straight. But the death of the child was not the only crime committed in the town during those weeks. More than one record has to be set straight. Beautiful, like a fairy story almost, frozen in time, this novel has an hypnotic quality.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780297847793 (0297847791)
Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Pages no: 183
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0 Grey Souls by Philippe Claudel
bookshelves: france, published-2003, historical-fiction, spring-2010, translation, wwi, mystery-thriller Read from May 24 to June 03, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** Won the prix Renaudot award in France, was shortlisted for the American Gumshoe Award, and won Sweden's Martin Beck Award. In addition to ...
AC
AC rated it
Perhaps in the original this works. But as is, I'm simply not persuaded.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0
Won the prix Renaudot award in France, was shortlisted for the American Gumshoe Award, and won Sweden's Martin Beck Award. In addition to his writing, Philippe Claudel is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy.I don't quite know where to begin.
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