Bag of Marbles

Bag of Marbles

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552102741
  • 9780552102742

Review Text

It sounds like fiction. Two kids, ten and twelve, crisscrossing France with knapsacks on their backs. One night in 1941 Papa comes to their room and tells them they must leave. Leave Porte Clignancourt, leave Paris, find a train, somehow get into unoccupied France, stay alive. Never, never admit that you're Jewish. Thirty years later Joseph Joffo tells it in the present tense - "the present tense has no surprises; it is a straightforward kind of tense. . .it's the tense of childhood." Joseph and his brother Maurice are off on the most fantastic adventure of their lives in the middle of the most nightmarish war. To Dax, the little town where they "cross over," to Marseilles, to Menton, to Nice, to the Alps living by their wits, dodging the SS, sleeping in barns, running, hiding, bluffing, scrounging. And they do very well at it. In Nice Joseph has a flourishing little business going in black market olive oil and tomatoes. In Nice they are also snagged by the Gestapo, imprisoned and interrogated for a month. . .on their way to the death camps. But no, they talk their way out of that too, with a little help from a priest and some forged baptismal certificates. And on to the mountains where Joseph lives with an old bookseller, passes a message for the Resistance and one day in 1944 delivers the newspapers that say PARIS LIBERE. It's a helluva story, the intrepid wanderings of these two small soldiers of fortune equipped with only their chutzpa. . . and Joffo's a born storyteller. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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