The Resource The Kites

The Kites

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The Kites
Title
The Kites
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Romain Gary ; translated from the French by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
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eng
Summary
Published in France in 1980, The Kites is a beautifully written novel about the triumph of joy over darkness.Set in Normandy before and during WW II, The Kites is narrated by a young orphan Ludo Fleury, who is madly in love with Lila de Bronicki, a charming and self-absorbed Polish aristocrat. Despite the looming war, Ludo remains obstinately in love with Lila, and becomes involved in the Resistance. Ludo's uncle and guardian, the colourful Ambroise Fleury, a passionate amateur kite-maker, is deported to Auschwitz, while Ambroise's best friend, Marcellin Duprat, one of France's greatest chefs, battles the Occupation with an unrelenting love of haute cuisine, and Julie Espinoza, a Parisian madame refashions herself as a collaborationist countess, running a Resistance network under the noses of the Nazis.Written by one of the greatest and best-loved French authors, The Kites is both a ripping good story and a sobering reflection on the tragic human tendency to search for an enemy. It's funny and heartbreaking, dark and optimistic, tender and unsparing.Born in 1914 in what is now Lithuania, Romain Gary wrote nearly thirty novels and numerous short stories and screenplays. He was twice awarded France's most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, once under his own name, and once under the pseudonym Emile Ajar.Miranda Richmond Mouillot was born in the USA but now lives in France. Her first book, A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and Ruined House in France, is also published by Text.'[Gary] recalls France in this moving and intermittently charming novel about idealism, creativity and love under the crushing pressure of war.' Sydney Morning Herald'When a French Resistance hero and awarded author focuses on World War II, his novel is bound to carry the ring of authenticity. In Gary's case, there is also whimsy and humour...Gary relays everyday humanity and depravity in shades that are rarely black and white but either grey or wildly colourful.' North & South 'Gary is a good model for our own century of transnational lives.' David Bellos, author of Romain Gary: A Tall Story'A rich and layered love story that begins in innocence and moves through hardship toward a broad humanity.' Kirkus Reviews'The Kites is indeed a treasure, capable of accessing an enormous node of insight and almost-overwhelming beauty spliced with bittersweet candour.' Bomb Magazine'A poignant story dotted with moments of hilarity and absurdity made even more interesting by Ludo's unusual outlook on life.' West Australian
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On a small farm in Normandy, as Hitler rises to power in Germany, young Ludo comes of age in the care of his Uncle Ambrose, an eccentric mailman, kite-maker, and pacifist. Ludo’s quiet existence changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family who own the estate next door
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New York Times Notable Book, 2018
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1914-1980
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  • Gary, Romain
  • Richmond Mouillot, Miranda
Dewey number
843.912
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1914-1980
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  • Richmond Mouillot, Miranda
  • Gary, Romain
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  • Fiction
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adult
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The Kites
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OVERDRIVE:20eb5aca-d195-45ef-a1af-ceea4a74d4a2
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9781925626018
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optical disk
Label
The Kites
Publication
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OVERDRIVE:20eb5aca-d195-45ef-a1af-ceea4a74d4a2
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925626018
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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