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Un sac de billes -Joseph Joffo-teaching resources

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When Parisian hairdresser Joseph Joffo decided to commit his childhood, wartime memories to paper in the early seventies he couldn't have had an inkling of the effect Un sac de billes would have. The book is now one of the most widely read French books by learners of the language as well as by French children themselves.

The Joffo family had taken refuge
from Russian oppression in France and felt safe in the bosom of the republic. The threat represented by the relatively sudden and unexpected arrival of the German army caused le père Joffo to put into practice the family escape plan which involved members of the family going off in groups to pursue their lives out of harm's way.

The novel is viewed through the eyes of the grown up Joseph's remembrance of his younger self and as such offers a poignant and amusing account of the many heart-stopping adventures which befall the two brothers.

Despite the savage nature of the fate which potentially awaited him, Joffo's writing is not recriminatory in any way and tends to emphasize the positive, concentrating on those who risked their lives to ensure that he and Maurice survived.

Apart from offering an insight into the privations of wartime the book shows the gradual change that living constantly in danger of betrayal can effect on a young mind.

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