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While Paris Slept: A mother faces a heartbreaking choice in this bestselling story of love and courage in World War 2

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Her perspective reveals suffering, pain, loss and much anguish and this is the one that resonates the most and is the strongest of all the points of view. A book that takes a look at the round-ups and how some people had no choice to work for the Nazi regime, and that hope did not die, even when tested.

Here in the USA, for example, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and information-free fascists of various sorts attempted to install a dictator in their attack on the US Capitol building on Desecration Day, January 6, 2021. Set in several time frames, While Paris Slept opens a sequence of doors as new aspects of the story emerge and converge. In 1944, to save her son from certain death, Sarah, a young mother, entrusts her newborn baby to Jean-Luc, a French railway worker, before being pushed onto a train to Auschwitz. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. In 1944, facing immediate deportation from Paris, Sarah is forced to make a heartbreaking, split second, decision, which will have lasting repercussions for her family and another young Parisian couple.The narrators were absolutely wonderful, the French and American accents were superb and helped me distinguish who was talking extremely easily. Overall a solid read about the the choices a mother makes to ensure the survival of a child but the prose tends towards excessive sentimentality, the wartime atmosphere fails for convince and the story has a rather simplistic feel which the glib epilogue only reinforced.

The story feels rather drawn out and despite the situation being clear throughout the second half of the book I was frustrated that the emotional heft and meaningful nitty-gritty of the impossible situation was limited to the final ten percent. Nueve años después, Sarah y David, su marido, supervivientes de Auschwitz, dan con el paradero del hijo al que buscaban desde que finalizó la guerra. It mainly follows Jean-Luc, a French railroad worker and Charlotte, a French girl who ends up helping in a German hospital during the war.Overall, While Paris Slept is an atmospheric, intense, impactful novel by Druart that sweeps you away to another time and place and reminds you that survival of any form takes unimaginable sacrifice, courage, strength, and often moral and ethical dilemmas. The narrative moves between these two timelines and from alternating perspectives with the first third focusing on Jean-Luc and Charlotte and the lead-up to the decision that sees them flee Paris.

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