Rated of 5
I liked Charlotte Gray because of the realism that the author brings to the conditions that the conflicts and characters go through in the novel. The characters are many-sided and they let you know not only their likeable traits, but also the ones that are not so ideal. They are described in an original way by their views on the many-faceted political problems of the time when the story is set. Everyone has an opinion even if it is one of strong indifference. Sometimes their loyalties change, which gives us an even clearer view of what the person must be thinking because we can see the similarities that this person betrays in both situations. The author shows us by the extent of which we know the people in this book that a person's character shines through particualrly strongly in times of trouble. We as readers can understand what people may be thinking, even if we do not agree with their views. The inhumanity of society is exposed when we learn the motives of each character. It brings us closer to mankind and boldens the unnessesarity of the tradgedies that took place in World War II. This draws you in so that you are caught up in the emotions of the characters as they struggle to save the ones they love, themselves, and their country.
Rated of 5
An excellent book, that captures reader's attention in every possible way. Very descriptive, and intriging.
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Alexandra After all the hype and praise surrounding this novel, when I finally read it myself I found that my feelings resembled those of a deflated balloon. This book has been vastly overrated. It has little coherence or focus and the characters fail to excite your sympathy or imagination. Faulks begins by doing one thing, and ends up with quite another. The love story in the first half has no time to develop properly, so it ends up dissolving into the background. In the second half Faulks throws in the Holocaust to stir up some excitement, but he forgets that this tragic event and its implications cannot be bundled together in the last few pages of a novel. Towards the end he gets so desperate that he resorts to sentimental clichés to create some emotion - an old man who is ill and thinks his son has abandoned him, two small orphaned children... "Charlotte Gray" fails in every possible way. If you want to read a truly exceptional book about the Second World War, you should buy "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" instead.
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Scott Hunter Little does the unwary reader suspect how their emotions will be squeezed, stirred and hung out to dry as they follow Charlotte Gray into war - torn 1940's France. Sebastian Faulks has again produced a novel of great power and perception, which, coupled with his extraordinary ability to breath life into his characters, makes Charlotte Gray one of the most deeply disturbing novels I have ever read. Yet, as with Birdsong, having ruthlessly exposed the horrific inhumanity of man during times of conflict, Faulks shows us the sliver of light at the end of the tunnel, the hope which makes it all bearable. The images spinning off the pages of this book will live with you for a LONG time. Mr Faulks, you are a dangerous man.
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