Ted shares his thoughtful review of David LeRoy’s The Siren of Paris at Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms — http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2012/10/siren-of-paris-by-david-leroy-book.html. Here is a snippet:
The story is told through a series of relatively short vignettes with Marc surviving the sinking and going to work in a rural hospital before feeling a strong call to return to Paris, the siren song. Back in Paris working for the French underground, he secretly in plain sight moving downed pilots and refugees out of the country while keeping his cover, until Marie turns up again in his life.
His life in the underground is revealed as LeRoy warps time to create an aura of both mystery and realization. The story often slips over into the metaphysical, as those lost in Marc’s past appear in his dreams and, perhaps, in his reality. His life spirals downward with his arrest and interrogation by the Gestapo and his desire to protect his colleagues in the resistance. LeRoy’s evocation of life in the underground and, later, in Auschwitz and Buchenwald is realistic and harrowing. The story has narrative drive and shows insight into both character and many of the troubling aspects of the situation.
This is LeRoy’s debut novel. It tells the story of Marc, a French born American student. Marc never suspected that he would become trapped in German occupied France when he came to Paris in the summer of 1939 to study art. While smuggling a downed airman out of the American Hospital, through the Paris resistance underground, his life is plunged into total darkness when someone he trusts becomes a collaborator agent for the Gestapo. Marc then must fight to save his soul when he is banished to the “Fog and the Night” of Buchenwald, where he struggles with guilt over the consequences of having his trust betrayed.
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