Question Of Loyalties

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  • Title: Question Of Loyalties
  • Author: Allan Massie
  • ISBN: 9780340530917
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
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  • Allan Massie

    Allan Massie born 1938 is a well known Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist Massie is one of Scotland s most prolific and well known journalists, writing regular columns for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times Scotland and the Scottish Daily Mail He is also the author of nearly 30 books, including 20 novels He is notable for writing about the distant past.

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  • A great book that clarifies the complexities of life in Vichy France and questions of morality and decency under the extreme stresses of war and occupation by a foreign power Before reading this I assumed that Second World War figures liked Marshall Petain and Pierre Laval were simply evil Nazi stooges Of course, life is never that simple and we learn, through Massie s excellent writing, the deeply troubling dilemmas faced by people with conflicting demands placed upon them, who want to do what [...]


  • This novel is about the quest by Etienne de Balafre to find out about how his father, Lucien, died during WWII It is the story of both Etienne and Lucien After the collapse of the French army to the Nazis in 1940, Lucien, a French intellectual and publisher of a literary magazine, is induced by Marshal Petain to become a minister in the Vichy government The novel does a good job of presenting to the reader the difficulties faced by Lucien in deciding whether to support the Vichy regime or the re [...]


  • It s a long time since a book has made me think as much as this one did Massie explores the question of patriotism and integrity through the different paths that two brothers choose when France falls to Germany in WW2 Lucien, an intellectual who respects P tain from his record in WW1, decides to join the government of Vichy France while his brother Armand joins De Gaulle s Free French Forces Both feel they are acting in the best interests of France It is rare that a writer puts forward the case [...]


  • This is a remarkable book, incredibly well written and deeply moving It is the kind of writing for which I wanted to slow down and savor every phrase, sentence and paragraph, rather than rush through it for the plot development Those who lived in France during the occupation and had to choose sides were faced with unresolvable dilemmas which divided families, towns and the nation Massie writes about it from the modern day perspective of a son recreating his father s involvement in the Vichy gove [...]


  • Read because it is a Radio 4 bookclub podcast I nearly gave up reading this book during the first part story of the son just after the second world war but I m glad I didn t for two reasons Reason 1 the second part tells the story of the father mainly during the Vichy government and it is captivating.Reason 2 Once you read the third part the son in later life , the first part makes a lot of sense.I think every French person that ever wondered which side they would have been on or think they know [...]


  • A very well written novel that explores issues around loyalty and collaboration and the difficult choices people have to make On one level I thought Massie was too soft on the Vichy regime, but maybe that s because he writes with the assumption that the reader already knows how cosy they were with the Nazis and exploring one man s choices in detail requires a sympathetic approach The attitude of the French during this period is vividly drawn and very depressing a mixture of fatalism at the impe [...]


  • A book centred on a Frenchman who became a junior minister in the Vichy regime A very literary novel, clearly heavily influenced by the many modern French novels dealing with loyalty and betrayal during WW2 There were a few places where I felt the writing over erudite, or where the tone slipped There was one page or so of simplistic satire about Vichy politics which seemed incongruous, and one sentence which read like a parody of existentialism and had me in stitches of laughter as it seemed so [...]


  • A beautifully written book which explores the ambiguities of France during the occupation Massie sets out the dilemmas which faced this nation after 1940 and shows how they were both misled and how they deluded themselves about the true state of affairs Without judgement, he forces us to ask what would we have done in those circumstances Anyone can be heroic after the event but at the timeDecent people often make the wrong choices in times of stress Allan Massie explores how that happens and how [...]


  • A very well written novel that explores issues around loyalty and collaboration and the difficult choices people have to make On one level I thought Massie was too soft on the Vichy regime, but maybe that s because he writes with the assumption that the reader already knows how cosy they were with the Nazis and exploring one man s choices in detail requires a sympathetic approach The attitude of the French during this period is vividly drawn and very depressing a mixture of fatalism at the impe [...]


  • A moving and thought provoking novel about personal loyalty, patriotism, courage, love and fate Allan Massie s hero is an intellectual in France faced with the dilemma of what to do when Hitler overruns France He is a patriot but his form of patriotism leads him to choose to stay in Vichy France and help accommodate the country to a new way of life under Nazi rule This book makes it impossible to take a simplistic negative view of all those Frenchmen who did not join De Gaulle or fight in the re [...]


  • Not only is this a thought provoking book but, it taught me much about Vichy France that I didn t know before I love Allan Massie s ability to convey the sense of people struggling to make the right decisions based on their perceptions of what is right and wrong at the time and to convey the sense that what was right or wrong was not clear to them as it is to us with the benefit of hindsight.


  • A wonderful book I know very little about the Vichy government and this was recommended as a way to find out about it I was astonished to discover, although it is pretty obvious really, that so many people supported the Vichy government and that de Gaulle was regarded with such suspicion.The book shows so well that nothing is black and white and that really it is impossible to judge what people did at that time.


  • A complex story about a man who wants to understand his father s life during World War II in France It is a story about how people responded to events during that war in a France that is shocked by the collapse of its army and the options presented by two well known figures Charles de Gaulle and Marshal Petain I m tempted to read the second and third books in this trilogy because of the good writing and thoughtful presentation of the dilemmas faced by the author s characters.


  • It wasn t until about 100 pages into the book that I started to enjoy the story and appreciate the writing Initially I was disappointed that it seemed to focus too much on the narrator, an older middle aged man, and his teenage romance I now, however, think it was part of the artifice and by the end I was gripped and did not want to leave the world Massie had created Not quite sure about how successful the motif of South Africa was but it didn t mar the book in anyway.


  • This was a rereading which I enjoyed just as much as the first time Indeed at times it felt it was the first time as there is so much in it It is quite a dense book but very readable Seeped in French attitudes to WW2 and time around it.


  • Liked the Etienne parts, but thought the Lucien part dragged Is it supposed to be ironic when one character says Don t tell me about the history of Europe, just tell me about your father



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