The Château

The Château

Book - 1995
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It is 1948 and a young American couple arrive in France for a holiday, full of anticipation and enthusiasm. But the countryside and people are war-battered, and their reception at the Chateau Beaumesnil is not all the open-hearted Americans could wish for.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1995
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679761563
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAXWELL
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 21 cm


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Aug 13, 2017

Trying to broaden my reading experiences this is the second book by Maxwell. I'm not sure exactly when he wrote this, but guessing it might have been mid-1950 I'd surmise he had been to Europe in 1948 while all of Europe was far from recovery of the war. First starting out with the details of all the luggage (supplies) I nearly laughed out loud remembering my first experience with rail stations & the cumbersome methods getting from one point to another. This is a feature guidebooks never mention even decades into the present. This couple did very well trying to fit in & accepting the rudiments available - none of this 'at home we have...'.

I think it would be beneficial, when reading this, to have a more favorable interest or connection to the country, it's people, culture, food. Skim reading became the norm since I have zip interest in France, except possibly the resolve of the Resistance, Edith Piaf, or the wild horses, not even the food appeals to me. My only other related read was Peter Mahle sp? A Year in Provence, which of thoroughly enjoyed.


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