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An intellectual thriller putting forth the supposition that Christ did not rise from the dead. It questions what effect this revelation would have on the individual believer, on the Church as a whole and on the political stability of the world. The German military attaché in Paris receives a visit from a seedy-looking man who claims to be a French army officer in desperate need of money, offering to sell them military secrets.

Piers Paul Read FRSL (born 7 March 1941) is an award-winning British novelist, historian and biographer. He was first noted in 1974 for a book of reportage Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, later adapted as a feature-film and a documentary. Read was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge where he studied history. Among his most popular works are The Professor's Daughter, A Married Man, and A Season in the West.

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Bertrand de Roujay is a loyal Frenchman invariably unlucky in love. Women to whom he offers his name seem fated to betray him, while others whom he would not marry remain steadfast. After the Nazi invasion of France Bertrand flees to join the Free French under De Gaulle in London.

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Set between 1931 and 1945, this novel follows the life and loves of the aristocratic Bertrand de Roujay. A truly brilliant book!! An exquisite and deeply moving portrait.

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Zinnthi
Lengthy and interesting story about the Resistance in Southern France during ww2. Quite complex and detailed and wholly credible. An old book but as relevant today as when written. Mr Read is an excellent writer and years ago when I lived in England I remember my enjoyment of them. Time has not changed that quality, and this book is still a very good read.
Dolid
Great read!
Snowseeker
close to true accounting of ww2
Anayajurus
My life can get back to normal, now. I finished reading, The Free Frenchman by Piers Paul Read. I normally read about 8-10 books, at a time. Some I have to, i.e., I was given them to review, some I am required to read for Lay Dominican Study Group. I also belong to two reading groups, so there's two books I also have to read. But there's always one or two that are recommended by friends and I am seduced.

The Free Frenchman fell into my lap, while I was sorting books for my town's library book sale. Once a month the library has a book sale. I volunteer to help sort the books into some sort of order. (Not that I have any selfish motive for volunteering. Perish the thought.)

I read Alive by Piers Paul Read and was riveted by the author's narration. I also read Monk Dawson by the same author. So the novel interested me because I knew it would be a good read.

However, I was almost turned off by Read's simplistic depiction of Dominican history. Being a Lay Dominican I was offended by Piers Paul Read's specious history of the role the Order of Preachers' played during the Middle Ages. (Secret police of the Catholic Church--I admire the author's imagination!) I know there were bad Dominicans and very bad Dominicans, but they don't define my family. It was just that Read only told his readers the bad stuff. He should have had Dominique enter the Dominicans, as a penance, to make up for his one-sided depiction.

Oddly, I didn't mind that Antoine Dubec was a Dominican friar. I kind of liked the man. He certainly was committed to his interpretation of Christian social justice and was willing to risk his life for it--and more. He broke the Seal of Confession. He's in hell.

Anyway, as I was saying, I was reading a chapter or so from each of my tower of books, until The Free Frenchman hooked me. I had no idea of the machinations behind the German occupation of France. It was riveting. From page 100-584, I only had eyes for The Free Frenchman. My tower of books collected dust. I stayed up too late reading. I ignored my blog. I was too involved with Bertrand de Roujay. I admired him. I was shocked by his immoral behavior. I was nervous he'd get caught. I was saddened when Madeleine was unfaithful, and Jenny, too. How could he ever trust another woman? And then he himself... And he used Lucia--how could he! And how many times can a man die?

So the hero is human;that's true. The story rings true. The history is convoluted but true. The de Roujay family itself branches out in three different directions to fight for France. More than that if you count ex-wives and lovers. What a story!

Who wins? "In a war it is always the devil who wins." Spoken by Edmond de Roujay to his sobbing grandson Thierry. Those who are traitors become heroes, and vice versa. History is written by the winners.

But miracles do abound, thanks to a praying grandmother--Alice de Roujay. She holds the family together with her prayers. Her little part of the world is a sanctuary. I always felt relieved when all the characters were at Saint Theodore, with her. "The world outside...was the principality of satan, and it was impossible to live in it without giving the devil his due." Actually, these expressed thoughts are Bertrand de Roujay's about his sister's convent, but I thought they fitted Saint Theodore.

France was a nightmare in WWII. The author proved by his story that morality is relative. Everyone claims they are on the side of God. Foolishness! How wretched the illusions of those who imagined that it could ever be right to kill for Christ. How mistaken the example of the crusaders; for evil could only be answered with evil, the bombardment of London with the obliteration of Berlin. God took no sides in wars, because as Christ himself had said, his kingdom was not of this world, and no legions of angels were ever summoned to battle for His cause. p. 565 Bertrand de Roujay's thoughts in prison.

I loved the book. I learned a lot of French history. I learned how weak human nature is. I learned how noble humans can be. Although I found myself depressed, when I finished the novel. But I'll attribute that for wanting more. Piers Paul Read gives us much to chew on.
Beranyle
Is it only accidental, that quality English writers receive little feedback on this site, whilst other "American" authors, receive feedback ad nauseum, which ends up being unhelpful as there seems to be little consistency within the reviews.

I agree with the only other review regarding this book, even though I am only halfway through. A truly brilliant book!!
Free Frenchman download epub
Author: Piers Paul Read
ISBN: 0804102538
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Ivy Books (April 12, 1988)