The Kites

The Kites

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Asmall farm in Normandy, as Hitler rises to power in Germany. Ludo lives with his uncle, kite maker Ambrose Fleury, in the small town of Clery in the French countryside. Everyone in the Fleury family has an impressive "historical memory" that earns Ludo the ire of his teachers and arguments with Lila, the naive daughter of Polish aristocrats living next door. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family disappear. Ludo's journey to save her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself.
Publisher: New York :, New Directions,, 2017
ISBN: 9780811226547
Branch Call Number: FIC GARY R

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Dec 12, 2018

Vive la France! There is more to this than the interesting easy read story line and memorable characters. It is about an enduring French spirit during WW2. A hidden gem for literati types and Francophiliacs. No wonder this guy won prestigious awards on the 70s.

SnoIsleLib_DarrenN Aug 14, 2017

Yes, it’s a boy grows up chasing girl trope, but so much more interesting and thought-provoking than that sounds. A suspenseful, aching, but uplifting tale asking what we are actually willing to do to act on our highest quests and ideals (metaphorically represented by the kites and by Lila herself, though she’s so much braver and more active than the pedestal fascination that she initially is for Ludo), this title would make an excellent book discussion piece as well as individual read. The translator does a thorough job noting French political and cultural allusions that might be unfamiliar to the reader.

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