The Train

The Train

Book - 2011
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Against all expectations, Marcel Fron has made a normal life in a bucolic French suburb in the Ardennes. But on May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, this timid, happy man must abandon his home and confront the 'Fate' that he has secretly awaited. Separated from his pregnant wife and young daughter in the chaos of flight, he joins a freight car of refugees hurtling southward ahead of the pursuing invaders. There, he meets Anna, a sad-looking, dark-haired girl who seems foreign to everyone. As the mystery of her identity is revealed, Marcel has to make a terrifying choice.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House Pub., [2011], c1958.
ISBN: 9781935554462
Characteristics: 153 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baldick, Robert


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FW_librarian Nov 13, 2016

As with his Inspector Maigret stories, Simemon is a master of characterization. While fleeing from a Nazi invasion, a naïve small-town husband is separated from his pregnant wife and daughter during their long and arduous train ride to the south of Belgium. A young foreign woman who has escaped from the authorities ends up in the husband's train car and a desperate relationship is created with secrets and perhaps, an unknowing ulterior plan.

Lauraparr Feb 11, 2014

Beautiful but sad love story. Really like Anna's character. She remains very mysterious throughout the book but both her and Marcel are very touching.

LProfeta Mar 02, 2012

Simenon is a French author with over 500 books to his credit.It describes the evacuation of France at the time of the Nazi invasion.The French loved their country very much and were forced to leave or be killed, with all their belongings in one suitcase. Young children were terrified. The only information was on the radio, reception was very poor and the Germans were invading another country each day, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and France and the people had no where to go in all this madness.

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