Monday, June 24, 2024

"Balcony in the Forest"

 A riveting novel by Julien Gracq about a French Army officer assigned to a small post in the Ardennes Forest during WWII as "the phony war" begins to turn dangerous. An excerpt:

"You can keep your stovepipe and all that goes with it. Along with the first armored units you'll have engineers and motorized sections right away - and tough ones. And those bastards won't come by the road, either: they'll go around. They come and knock very politely at your bank-vault door, but after a couple of hand grenades you can say good night."

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