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Set during and after the First World War, A Very Long Engagement tells the story of a young woman's search for her fiancé, whom she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as "killed in the line of duty." Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops. A Very Long Engagement is a mystery, a love story, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War.

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"A classic mystery....Only the best historical fiction can make the journey into a distant time and return with a believable sense of how things really were. This novel does it." Paul Watkins, Washington Post Book World

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"Riveting....A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping psychological thriller and highly moving meditation on the emotional consequence of war." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"[A] kind of latter-day War and Peace....This is a book that is many things: a war story, a story of official corruption, an idyll of young summer love, and a rich and most original panorama of French men and women living in peace and robbed of it." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

Review:

"Magical....Japrisot has a narrative style that reminds one of Flaubert....A powerhouse novel with an unforgettable character at its core." Boston Globe

Review:

Japrisot's eloquently easy, almost offhand style makes even throwaway lines remarkable, and his re-creation of the nobility, futility and horror of trench warfare is harshly beautiful." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"As tricky as Japrisot's earlier bestsellers in his native France — but also precisely, surprisingly evocative of the lingering pain of mourning and the burdens of survival." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Diabolically clever...the reader is alternately impressed, beguiled, frightened, bewildered....A considerable achievement." Anita Brookner, The Spectator

Synopsis:

A runaway bestseller in France when it was first published ten years ago, this irresistible novel set during the aftermath of World War I is reissued to coincide with the film adaptation by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, City of Lost Children), starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Dirty Pretty Things).

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Two years after the World War I has ended, the fiancé of a French soldier reported "killed in the line of duty" decides to investigate his death, suspecting he may still be alive. Winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié when it was published in France.

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Now a major motion picture from Amelies director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and featuring Audrey Tautou and Jodie Foster comes a very different love story: A Very Long Engagement based on the acclaimed novel by Sébastien Japrisot

A runaway bestseller in France and winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié, Sébastien Japrisots novel about World War I was acclaimed as “a latter-day War and Peace” by The New York Times.

Set during and after the First World War, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is the tale of a young womans search for her fiancé who she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as “killed in the line of duty.” Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENTis a mystery, a love story, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War.

Synopsis:

Now a major motion picture from Amelies director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and featuring Audrey Tautou and Jodie Foster comes a very different love story: A Very Long Engagement based on the acclaimed novel by Sébastien Japrisot

A runaway bestseller in France and winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié, Sébastien Japrisots novel about World War I was acclaimed as “a latter-day War and Peace” by The New York Times.

Set during and after the First World War, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is the tale of a young womans search for her fiancé who she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as “killed in the line of duty.” Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENTis a mystery, a love story, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War.

About the Author

Sébastien Japrisot was the pen name of Jean Baptiste Rossi. He wrote seven novels, including One Deadly Summer, The Sleeping Car Murders, The Passion of Women, and The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312424589
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
Coverdale, Linda
Translator:
Coverdale, Linda
Author:
Reed, Maggi-Meg
Author:
Coverdale, Linda
Author:
Japrisot, Sbastien
Author:
Keating, Isabel
Author:
Japrisot, Sebastien
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 15, 2004
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 CDs, 10 hours
Pages:
336
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8.2 x 5.4 x 1 in

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Product details 336 pages Picador USA - English 9780312424589 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A classic mystery....Only the best historical fiction can make the journey into a distant time and return with a believable sense of how things really were. This novel does it."
"Review" by , "Riveting....A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping psychological thriller and highly moving meditation on the emotional consequence of war."
"Review" by , "[A] kind of latter-day War and Peace....This is a book that is many things: a war story, a story of official corruption, an idyll of young summer love, and a rich and most original panorama of French men and women living in peace and robbed of it."
"Review" by , "Magical....Japrisot has a narrative style that reminds one of Flaubert....A powerhouse novel with an unforgettable character at its core."
"Review" by , Japrisot's eloquently easy, almost offhand style makes even throwaway lines remarkable, and his re-creation of the nobility, futility and horror of trench warfare is harshly beautiful."
"Review" by , "As tricky as Japrisot's earlier bestsellers in his native France — but also precisely, surprisingly evocative of the lingering pain of mourning and the burdens of survival."
"Review" by , "Diabolically clever...the reader is alternately impressed, beguiled, frightened, bewildered....A considerable achievement."
"Synopsis" by , A runaway bestseller in France when it was first published ten years ago, this irresistible novel set during the aftermath of World War I is reissued to coincide with the film adaptation by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, City of Lost Children), starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Dirty Pretty Things).
"Synopsis" by , Two years after the World War I has ended, the fiancé of a French soldier reported "killed in the line of duty" decides to investigate his death, suspecting he may still be alive. Winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié when it was published in France.
"Synopsis" by ,
Now a major motion picture from Amelies director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and featuring Audrey Tautou and Jodie Foster comes a very different love story: A Very Long Engagement based on the acclaimed novel by Sébastien Japrisot

A runaway bestseller in France and winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié, Sébastien Japrisots novel about World War I was acclaimed as “a latter-day War and Peace” by The New York Times.

Set during and after the First World War, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is the tale of a young womans search for her fiancé who she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as “killed in the line of duty.” Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENTis a mystery, a love story, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War.

"Synopsis" by ,
Now a major motion picture from Amelies director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and featuring Audrey Tautou and Jodie Foster comes a very different love story: A Very Long Engagement based on the acclaimed novel by Sébastien Japrisot

A runaway bestseller in France and winner of the 1991 Prix Interallié, Sébastien Japrisots novel about World War I was acclaimed as “a latter-day War and Peace” by The New York Times.

Set during and after the First World War, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT is the tale of a young womans search for her fiancé who she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as “killed in the line of duty.” Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENTis a mystery, a love story, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War.

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