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August Books 18) Resistance, by Anita Shreve

Top ten books available in English tagged "Belgium" on LibraryThing:

King Leopold's Ghost, by Adam Hochschild
The Sorrow of Belgium, by Hugo Claus
The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier
Villette, by Charlotte Brontë
Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brussels, Bruges, Ghent & Antwerp
Resistance, by Anita Shreve
The Angel Maker, by Stefan Brijs
Asterix in Belgium, by René Goscinny
The Folding Star, by Alan Hollinghurst
The Misfortunates, by Dimitri Verhulst
Fear and Trembling, by Amélie Nothomb

It will be apparent that I am working very slowly through the fiction on this list. (Cloud Atlas comes in at #12, by the way.) Resistance is quite a decent wartime romance, American pilot inevitably has a secret love affair with the woman who saves him, and some quite interesting dynamics around the villagers, with everyone's loyalty open to suspicion, especially with the (graphically described) brutality of German reprisals. I did not feel completely satisfied with the Belgianness of the setting, but I suppose it is a fair try from an American writer writing for an American audience who is interested in aviation rather than Belgium.
Tags: bookblog 2013, world: belgium
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