intensely fascinating at this point--with Sumner and Toquette agreeing to allow their house on Avenue de Foch become a nexus point for the French Resistance. the whole situation is incredibly tense, even a bit ridiculous, because Avenue de Foch had been turned into "Avenue de Gestapo", seething with Gestapo presence, the Gestapo Headquarters In Paris, homes requisitioned for use by Gestapo high-ups, and Nazis running marches and drills up and down the Avenue...right while an American couple (and even their son, sneaking around with chalk to vandalize swastikas with "V For Victory" graffiti!) commits to helping the very Resistance networks that all their new Gestapo neighbors are more and more intent on finding, torturing, and crushing. it's hard to believe a situation like this could exist--spies living on the same street as an army of their sworn enemies...and of course I fear for the family.
well, either his style picked up some finesse and smoothness, or I had an attitude shift when I decided take this a bit further tonight...but whichever the case, I'm happier. actually--some great sentences and rhythm established. the main text really only goes to page 230, before endnotes and index and all that stuff kicks in, so this should be a quick but very memorable piece of history to lose myself in again tomorrow.
I generally prefer a little more flair to a writing style--this book features a simple, stark approach to storytelling, even a bit ham-fisted--BUT I can't fault him for keeping things moving. and the story--a true one--is gripping in and of itself; maybe no adornments is the best approach. in a few pages, Paris has fallen to the Nazis, and that ratty, horrid little Fuhrer has driven through to enjoy the victory...while Doctor Sumner Jackson, physician, lifesaver (even back in World War One, and now this!) stays to help the inhabitants of his adopted home.