BookBrowse Reviews The Kites by Romain Gary, Miranda Richmond Mouillot

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The Kites by Romain Gary, Miranda Richmond Mouillot X
The Kites by Romain Gary, Miranda Richmond Mouillot
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    Oct 2017, 384 pages

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Translated from French, this is an elegant story about love and optimism set during World War II.

Published by New Directions for the first time in English, Romain Gary's The Kites tells a story of heroism and hope as the inhabitants of the small town of Cléry in Normandy face occupation by the Nazis during World War II. It is also about two lovers separated and reunited over the course of the tragic events.

Ludo Fleury is nine years old, an orphan raised by his uncle Ambrose, when he meets Lila Bronicka, a wealthy Polish girl vacationing in Normandy with her family. Lila is eleven, a "severe blond apparition" and Ludo falls in love at first sight. Over the years, Ludo is accepted as an unofficial member of the Bronicka family, and he and Lila begin a romance. Ludo's biggest problem is his rival for Lila's attention, her austere Prussian cousin, Hans. When war arrives, Ludo's idyllic world and his future plans with Lila are torn asunder. Poland is annexed by Germany, and ...

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