The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Book - 2012
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Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, brought up on the shores of Lake Geneva and in England, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status - and fluent French - will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation and how to kill, Marian parachutes into south-west France, her official mission to act as a Resistance courier. But her real destination is Paris, where she must seek out family friend Clément Pelletier, once the focus of her adolescent desires. A nuclear physicist engaged in the race for a new and terrifying weapon, he is of urgent significance to her superiors. As she struggles through the strange, lethal landscape of the Occupation towards this reunion, what completes her training is the understanding that war changes everything, and neither love nor fatherland may be trusted.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is both a gripping adventure story and a moving meditation on patriotism, betrayal and the limits of love.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2012.
ISBN: 9781408703519
1408703513
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,24 cm.

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JaniceDeG
Feb 23, 2017

The subject matter of this book had the potential to be a very good read. Unfortunately, this author did not deliver, and I found the book to be on the boring side. "Jackdaws" makes a better story using the same subject.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

Simon Mawer has based his story on the women who were parachuted into France by the Special Operations Executive. It is a tense read. I would have preferred a different ending.

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bitsysmom
Apr 14, 2015

Good book. Very easy read. Totally enjoyed it.

brianreynolds Dec 24, 2013

Until the final chapter, I was preparing myself for a debate with the dust jacket's contention that The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (not so aptly renamed Trapeze for American readers) "...is both a gripping adventure story and a moving meditation on patriotism, betrayal and the limits of love." But that's exactly what it is. I'm quite sure Northop Frye would have shelved it somewhere between Shane and King Lear—likely closer to the former. This a compelling read; Mawer's hero, Marian Sutro, turns out to be a hero, one with questions that take the reader far beyond the typical spy thriller.

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Nenner
Dec 06, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and loved the glimpse into the past. It is set during the Second World War and the danger presented is captivating! The author has created such a strong and dynamic main character and although it didn't have the drama that kept you turning the pages and never wanting to put it down, you will walk away feeling sad that it's over. And the ending!!....I won't say any more!
As someone who reads a lot of Christian fiction, the story contained a little more sexual content than I would have preferred, but overall was a great book!

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lalalady
Aug 16, 2012

Interesting piece of history and a strong central character. Will have me looking for more of his work.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This is the story of woman parachuted into France as a courier during WW II whose job it is to get out a nuclear physicist. An unsentimental story about love, betrayal and patriotism. Recommended.

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macierules
Jul 12, 2012

Simon Mawer is such a good writer...I did prefer The Glass House to this, but still an enjoyable read. I'm guessing Booker long list this year.

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