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The Last Day of the War (edição 2005)

por Judith Claire Mitchell (Autor)

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This exciting debut novel is the love story of a Jewish girl and an Armenian-American soldier who together enter a maze of underground politics at the conclusion of the First World War. Yael Weiss, an eighteen-year-old from St. Louis, reinvents herself as the twenty-five-year-old Methodist Yale White when she travels to Paris with the YMCA to work in a soldiers’ canteen. Dub Hagopian–the doughboy she has a carried a torch for all the way across the Atlantic–is at once the patriotic child of immigrants from Rhode Island and, covertly, a member of Erinyes, an organization dedicated to avenging the Armenian massacres of 1915. In her jaunty, engaging style, Mitchell captures the atmosphere of political carnival surrounding the Paris Peace Conference, where Yale, Dub, and their crowd gather, bursting with both the passionate ideals and the devil-may-care energy of youth. When they decamp to a château outside Paris, where Erinyes is hatching a radical plan and Armenian war orphans are billeted, Yale and Dub will face the largest decisions of their young lives. A beautiful love story,The Last Day of the Waris also a tragicomic farce about the workings of history and a testament to the moral fortitude of men and women swept up in the tide of their extraordinary times.… (mais)
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Título:The Last Day of the War
Autores:Judith Claire Mitchell (Autor)
Informação:Anchor (2005), 384 pages
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This book is fairly hard to describe. At the beginning of WWI, an 18-year-old Jewish girl from St. Louis has a chance encounter with an Armenian-American soldier and patriot. At the end of the encounter, he tells her to go to hell. He's on his way to France to fight in WWI, so she decides to join the YMCA program to go overseas to entertain soldiers. To do that, she must falsify her age (to 25) & thinks she must become Christian. So, "She is crazy . . . because the reason she is going overseas, the reason she is becoming seven years older and bilingual and Christian is this: if the soldier is going to France, and if France is hell, and if hetold her to go to hell--well then, hasn't he asked her please to come with him?" And, of course, they do meet in Paris. that's one example of a tendency toward romantic melodrama, but then it's given a twist that avoids the excesses of that tendency. Likewise, there's a tendency toward being didactic about Armenian history or the history of Europe around WWI, but those passages are offset by passages of such cleverly expressed cynicism about that history that the flaws are forgiven. And the characters are very appealing, especially the Jewish girl. It's a story of the frustratioins of both political diplomacy and of violent revenge, of personal and ethnic loyalty and love. ( )
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This exciting debut novel is the love story of a Jewish girl and an Armenian-American soldier who together enter a maze of underground politics at the conclusion of the First World War. Yael Weiss, an eighteen-year-old from St. Louis, reinvents herself as the twenty-five-year-old Methodist Yale White when she travels to Paris with the YMCA to work in a soldiers’ canteen. Dub Hagopian–the doughboy she has a carried a torch for all the way across the Atlantic–is at once the patriotic child of immigrants from Rhode Island and, covertly, a member of Erinyes, an organization dedicated to avenging the Armenian massacres of 1915. In her jaunty, engaging style, Mitchell captures the atmosphere of political carnival surrounding the Paris Peace Conference, where Yale, Dub, and their crowd gather, bursting with both the passionate ideals and the devil-may-care energy of youth. When they decamp to a château outside Paris, where Erinyes is hatching a radical plan and Armenian war orphans are billeted, Yale and Dub will face the largest decisions of their young lives. A beautiful love story,The Last Day of the Waris also a tragicomic farce about the workings of history and a testament to the moral fortitude of men and women swept up in the tide of their extraordinary times.

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