A Country Road, A Tree

A Country Road, A Tree

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Samuel Beckett is a young writer living in Paris--intoxicated by new friendships with James Joyce and the other writers and artists making the vibrant city their creative home--when war breaks out in 1939. He determines to stay and is swiftly drawn into the maelstrom, joining the Resistance. With him we experience the terrifying excitement yet stubborn vibrancy and camaraderie as the Parisians flee the Nazis and the Resistance goes underground; his friendships with the astonishing group of men and women who find themselves caught up in the Occupation; his quiet, committed love for Suzanne, the Frenchwoman who will become his lifelong companion; and his dangerous work encoding critical messages in translations and narrow escapes from the Gestapo. Here is a remarkable story of survival and determination, and a portrait of a uniquely brilliant mind.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780345816382
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm

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firebird770
Apr 03, 2018

As told through the eyes of Samuel Beckett, an author and famous writer who was close friends with James Joyce, another great author and his time spent in France just before the beginning of the Second World War and the part he played in the Resistance. He was born in Ireland and spent most of his time in France during this very dark time in history. He was deeply affected by it and so the book is the reality of this and how it played out in his day to day existence. A time of survival of the fittest. I found it difficult to stay focused as the sentences were short, crisp and repetitive but certainly the feelings of those involved in this great time in history brought to light the immense difficulties that the French people endured. Certainly Samuel Beckett helped in his own small but very needed way.

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exlibrarian
Jul 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this imaging (based on her research) of Beckett's time during the Second World War. If you are a Beckett or Joyce fan, you will appreciate it, and even if you know nothing of them, the rigors of everyday life in France at the time is well told.

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uncommonreader
Apr 15, 2017

I really enjoyed Baker's imagining of Beckett's life in France during WW II. The author illuminates the genesis of Beckett's later works.

TVFAN Jun 16, 2016

4/5 stars. This book was a wonderfully descriptive book about Samuel Beckett and his time in France during World War II and its aftermath.

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