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Le secret-Philippe Grimbert

Un secret


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De quoi s'agit-il?

Just when you thought it wasn't possible to come up with another original take on the consequences of the German occupation on the Jewish population of France, along comes this short, powerful novel in which the author tries to piece together his own parents' passionate and tragic past. The narrator is well aware that in some way he doesn't match up to his father's expectations of him; at the same time, having discovered a ragged toy dog in the spare room, he has invented an imaginary brother with whom he can share his lonely childhood. Confiding in his parents' friend, Louise, a physiotherapist who helps him cope with his many allergies and other weaknesses, the narrator slowly becomes aware that he and the rest of his family are living a lie.

At the same time as gaining a good insight into the terror and privations of the time, one is drawn into a story of jealousy, passion and coming of age.

Teachers will appreciate the fact that the language is straightforward, that chapters are short and that there is plenty to discuss around the motivation of characters.


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