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A Partisan's Daughter by Louis De Berni'res
ISBN: 0099520281
ISBN13: 978-0099520283
Author: Louis De Berni'res
Book title: A Partisan's Daughter
Other Formats: lrf lit azw mobi
Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage Books USA (April 1, 2009)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1885 kb
Size ePub version: 1920 kb
Size fb2 version: 1719 kb
Category: Literary

Chris is in his forties: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. He's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a prostitute into his car. Roza is Yugoslavian, recently moved to London. She's in her twenties, but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And though she's not a prostitute, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway. Over the next few months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does it even matter?

Books reviews
Reading 'A Partisan's Daughter' following the great satisfaction of reading 'Bird's Without Wings' and 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' has left me grossly dissapointed. This book stoops to the level of grocery store paperback novels with a seemingly meaningless and depressing "love" story about an unlikely pair. The lack of character development of the main characters and surrounding cast leave you unlikely to like anybody in the book. The disappointment of the plot of the book will only be surpassed by the ending, which will leave shaking your head and wondering if the same writer of the 'Birds Without Wings' wrote this novel as well. I give it 2 stars because I was entrigued enough to read this book in its entirety, however it is not nearly as fascinating as some of his other works
Not his best, but still very good.
Another book club choice. An interesting read though that keeps one turning pages to discover the outcome. I would recommend this book.
Well written as usual by de Bernie red but insipid storyline
I loved LeB's two best books but found this to be a sad sordid version of Scherazade -- hard to finish, though I did.
I loved Corelli’s Mandolin when I read it years go so I picked up A Partisan’s Daughter. It reminded me of Andre Dubus’ style where you are focused on these two characters who form an unlikely relationship. It was like looking at a two person play through a fish eye lens. So who was Rosa? This was written before internet dating. In today’s world you have no idea of anyone’s identity. It also speaks to the dangers single women face and what they do to survive. After the first chapter I couldn’t put it down! I read it quickly. Great roles if they make it into a movie or you’re teaching a writing class about character development!
Do not let the two star reviews stop you. Many seem to be comparing this to his highly regarded, Corelli's Mandolin. Since I have not read that–it is on my list now– I am reviewing this for the book in itself. It was very good! Read it and love it for what it is. An interesting tale. I felt like I was sitting on a train and watching the lives of the characters pass by. I kept wanting to get back on and "watch." I couldn't seem to shake the need, as Chris in the story, to come back and find out more about Roza. She, too, had me wanting. But what I love more is Louis de Bernieres' writing. He had so many beautifully crafted lines of philosophy. I wanted to highlight them all. His grasp of the insight of a man were fascinating and rarely given in literature. As a woman, I loved the raw and real perspective. It was unapologetic and unfiltered. How refreshing. This is a beautifully written story that has profound wisdom tied up in the story. That is a great writer! Enjoy this book...I did.
Louis de Bernieres is a highly regarded writer. His previous books like "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" and "Birds without Wings" have been well loved masterpieces which capture so tellingly individual tragedy and relationships during times of social turmoil and violent conflict. Was he trying the same for "A Partisan's daughter" which hints at a bigger backstory for Roza in Yugoslavia in the last days of Tito? Familiar themes suggest themselves but are not developed - indeed the opposite, everything is squeezed into a short account with no character development or real plot. Instead we are given a mishmash of anecdotes - some political, some salacious and some confused. Was this what the editors thought could be rescued and might still fly given the power of his writing - if so, they all miscalculated.
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