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Title:
Zeeland, or, Elective concurrences : a novel
Author:
Koning, Hans.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Montgomery [Ala.] : NewSouth Books, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
255 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Genre:
ISBN:
9781588380500
Format :
Book

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When Michael Beauchamp, an American refugee caught in Nazi-occupied France, flees across Southern Europe, he unknowingly follows his grandfather's footsteps as he eludes armed pursuers across the wasteland of a continent ravaged by war.


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Library Journal Review

Some 150 years ago, Dickens taught us the fictional possibilities of coincidence; here, Koning gives us a potent refresher. This is the dual story of World War II soldier Michael Beauchamp, an American serving the British, and his grandfather, Michel Beauchamp, a publisher of Communard tracts in the 1870s. Synchronicity is everywhere, with Michael's imprisonment, escape from a Nazi camp, edgy, furtive treks across Europe, and attempts to find and refind the love of his life neatly paralleling Michel's flight from Paris, edgy, furtive treks across Europe, imprisonment, escape from the Foreign Legion, and efforts to find his lost wife. At one point, the elder Beauchamp saves the life of the younger. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes sweet (the ending is a coup of coincidence, but the reader doesn't know whether to expect it or not), this is both an elegantly written experiment and a page-turner from a noted journalist and author of such books as America Made Me. Highly recommended for literary collections and larger libraries. Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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