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Rosie's War: An Englishwoman's Escape From Occupied France
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Rosie's War: An Englishwoman's Escape From Occupied France [Format Kindle]

Rosemary Say , Noel Holland
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This is the extraordinary true story of a plucky young woman and her dramatic escape from a German-run internment camp in Occupied France. Written in Rosemary's own words and completed by her daughter and son-in-law after her death, it includes photographs and documents from Rosie's incredible journey. Rosie's story moves from artistic circles in Avignon, through occupied Paris and the privations of prison camp, and across war-ravaged Europe. A tale of remarkable courage: not only of Rosie herself, but also of the many people who helped and harboured her at huge personal risk. Rosie's story sheds light on the little-known story of the thousands of British women trapped in Occupied France. Moving, enthralling, and inspirational, 'Rosie's War' is a book for all to enjoy.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3028 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 257 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1843175576
  • Editeur : Michael O' Mara Books; Édition : 1st (18 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0051GDJWY
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rosie's War 13 mai 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Gripping discourse on life for a young English girl trapped in occupied France. The journeys she made, in France, were more poignant as I now live in France and the countryside is well-known to me.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A jolly good read 7 janvier 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is the first e book I have ever read. I am an avid reader and I live in south west France. It was a simply written honest story , I simply could not put it down. On my next visit to Paris I shall enjoy searching for the places mentioned.......a super read
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 WWII memoir fans, don't miss this one 18 août 2011
Par T Poe - Publié sur
Wow! What a page-turner! Anyone interested in personal memoirs of WWII should read this book, especially those who have/had relatives who witnessed it and grew up fascinated by their stories. Rosemary Say is a 19-year-old British au pair in France when she finds herself caught up in the German invasion of Paris and is deported to a Nazi prison camp, where she learns to survive under truly frightening conditions. Eventually she escapes and makes her way, by sheer grit and a series of seemingly miraculous turns of fortune, back to England. I chanced upon the book on a trip to Ireland, when my husband and I popped into the bookshop owned by "Rosie's" daughter and son-in-law, who compiled this memoir on her behalf when she became too infirm to do it herself. The story is well-paced, gripping, and vivid. Despite (or perhaps because of) their intervention, Rosemary's voice comes through as clear and authentic as if she had written it herself. Instead of a jumble of anecdotes (which, although being in turn touching, frightening, and hilarious, are all I have left of my grandfather's POW stories), this memoir tells a linear narrative that is no less captivating for being as close to historically accurate as Rosemary's co-authors could make it. A ripping yarn, and a tender tribute to every woman of the WWII generation who "KBO'd" it through the war. Oh, and I agree with the other reviewer that it made me stop and wonder, in amazement, what I would have done under the same circumstances. It's like sitting at your feisty old granny's knee and asking, over and over again, "And THEN what did you do?"
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Curiously Flat Restraint Eventually Becomes Absorbing 27 octobre 2013
Par Lady Fancifull - Publié sur
This book, an account written after Rosemary Say's death, was completed by her daughter and son-in-law. Say was a young woman working as an au-pair in France at the time of the German invasion. This is the story of her left-it-too-late-didn't-really see-it-coming 2 year attempt to keep her head down, and stay in France - and, when it-had-already-come and she was interned, to survive and escape. The subject matter was of interest to me, as I hadn't really given much thought before to non-Jewish foreign nationals, living in France once England and Germany were at war.

The preface, by Rosemary Say's daughter, talks about how getting her mother to express how she FELT while the events were happening, or how she FELT after the reflections of decades, was a little like drawing teeth. I guess part of it was the time itself, when emotional baring of the soul was far less common, when keeping a stiff upper lip and just getting on with things was the modus operandi, but, coupled with this, I surmise was Say's own character. She does not seem to be a person particularly overburdened with imagination, which can be a good thing as well as a bad thing! It was possibly that lack of imagination - and a political naivite and disinterest which led to her not leaving France at an earlier time in the first place.

Initially, I struggled a little with the book, as that very absence of emotion in the writing meant it was harder to be drawn in to imagining what it must have been like. She doesn't paint the pictures, there's a fairly dry recounting, but as I got further into the book, I became more and more absorbed by her very economy of words, her brisk, rather self-effacing personality and style of writing, and her very lack of emotionalism. This is not a shock-and-weep-fest. She continues to hide more than she reveals, and is pretty brisk and terse about the various love affairs. Ms Say was clearly no prude, and recounts without emotion both encounters in which she used her sex to bargain for favours with officials, as well as relationships with lovers for pure pleasure. She seems to have been pretty pragmatic about the former, and there is no suggestion that rape or coercion was involved (however much the inequality between her and the man offering something she needed in return for sex, is obvious) Much more emotion accrues to her sense of injustice involved in the pecuniary transactions she and her family had, with the British Government, over the financial cost of her eventual return to the UK, following her escape. Although she chose to ignore the original advice to get out, the fact remained that when she eventually set out to leave France, the Embassy official gave her some rather extraordinarily bad advice, telling her to go back to Paris as part of the route, when everyone was fleeing in the opposite direction as the Germans invaded.

In the end, I concluded Say's at times irritating reserve and refusal to 'spill her soul' was a real and positive advantage, giving me more of an insight to how times have changed, and how sometimes our over-readiness to emote can be too much. Less can be more
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptional 4 janvier 2012
Par CJWallace91 - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I chanced upon this in the Kindle books sale, and I'm very glad I did so.

An incredible insight into life in France during the occupation, which is fascinating whether you have an interest in that subject or not, as I didn't particularly prior to reading this. The writing style is easy to follow and really let's you get a feel for what Rosie was going through, or at least as much as is possible when not experiencing it first-hand.

I really can't fault this book at all.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 WHAT A DIFFERENCE A CAMP MAKES 30 juin 2013
Par little lady blue - Publié sur
Ninety-Nine percent of the books I have read about WWII have been of the Nazi concentration camp variety. This biography was a huge departure.

When the Germans arrived in France all `unfriendly' nationalities residing in France naturally were at risk. Rosemary Say, a British national, was imprisoned in France as a POW.

However, the POW's held in France, as terrible as it was, could not be compared to what was happening in the concentration camps. This does not negate the frightening experience for those like Rosemary, but the experience, at least as described in this biography comes across as just a huge inconvenience of being cold & hungry. The fact that Rosemary was able to make a successful escape at all is testament to this.

It was an interesting comparison & it is written in an easy conversational style that perhaps gave it a lighter air than it deserved.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rosie's War 23 mai 2011
Par Candis - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
A true story about being caught in Paris just as the Nazis moved in. What makes the book so breathtaking and captivating is that the heroine is so 'normal' -- I could identify with her every step of the way. 'What do I do now?' 'OMYGOSH what do I do NOW?' I finished feeling that I had actually experienced how terrifying, yet, at times, due to quiet heroism, how uplifting Rosie's whole experience must have been. A terrific read.
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