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The Mark Of The Angel

The Mark Of The Angel The year is and the place is Paris where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal Saffie a young German woman becomes maid then wife to Raphael a privileged French music

  • Title: The Mark Of The Angel
  • Author: Nancy Huston
  • ISBN: 9780099283645
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1957 and the place is Paris, where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal Saffie, a young German woman, becomes maid, then wife, to Raphael, a privileged French musician who finds her remoteness provocative and irresistable One day in the old Jewish quarter of the city, where she has taken Raphael s flute to be repaired, Saffie meets a HThe year is 1957 and the place is Paris, where the psychic wounds of World War II have barely begun to heal Saffie, a young German woman, becomes maid, then wife, to Raphael, a privileged French musician who finds her remoteness provocative and irresistable One day in the old Jewish quarter of the city, where she has taken Raphael s flute to be repaired, Saffie meets a Hungarian instrument maker and all their lives are unexpectedly, dramatically altered.Driven by passion but damaged in different ways by war, these two people find themselves crossing dangerous boundaries Told against the rising tide of violence unleashed by the Algerian conflict, The Mark of the Angel builds to a shocking climax conveying the loss of innocence and the tragic irony of these lives twisted out of shape by the weight of history.

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    1. I own a copy of this book I'd be willing to burn, but there is no checkbox option on here for that. There are three things I hate in any story. This book does all of them.The first is to have unsympathetic, static characters. No one in this book is a good person. Nor are they bad people in interesting ways. The characters are flat, sad, and awful.Second, having a book be essentially about the slow decline of awful, unsympathetic people is one thing. Having a cheap and stupid climax is an entirel [...]

    2. WOW! Again, it was one of those books that when i started it, wasn't sure if i'd bother to finish it. It seemed silly and slow and almost amateur. However, the farther i read the more i became enthralled in it! Amateur, it is NOT! It's the kind of story that is about everything and nothing all at once.just a glimpse into the lives of the characters.

    3. No sé qué hacer con esta lectura.Desde el comienzo sabes que estás entrando de lleno a la "novela del siglo XXI". Nada tan experimental como para ser incomprensible, pero, con esos guiños del narrador/autor que te ubican en una forma contemporánea de hacer literatura.Al final, la novela, la autora, quien cuenta nos da un bofetadón y hace un planteamiento poco usual, ¿lo digo? ¿Realmente importa? Bueno, no lo haré, quizás sí lean el libro, aunque lo dudo.Nunca me ha gustado contar la t [...]

    4. This author is from France. The book was such a bestseller there that it was translated for the States. Need I say more? While I was in New York City in August 2000 I read in the NY Times Book Review about this book. It primarily appealed to me because of the review written by Arthur Golden, author of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. I had just finished his book. Arthur Golden wrote that this book was "Compelling and highly originalYou many never read a novel crafted with more wonder and mystery." I would a [...]

    5. SPOILER ALERT. painfully recognizable, this novel in a nutshell deals with war, french imperialism, love and betrayal. i had a very tough time getting through this story. i couldnt get into saffies mindset at all. spoiler alert ahead.i dont care if she was unhappy with her husband. he meant well although he remains a flawed human being. you just dont betray people like this. im too much familiar with the dark side of love to enjoy reading about adultery so misschievously and heartbreakingly desc [...]

    6. Beautiful, precise, fallout of infidelity and the horrors of war. Hauntingly sad. Read it in English but if I happen to get my hands on a French copy it would be worth the reread.

    7. After reading Nicole Brossard’s ‘Yesterday, at the Hotel Clarendon’, I thought of exploring more works by French-Canadian authors when one of my friends recommended ‘The Mark of the Angel’. I got it recently and finished reading it today. Here is what I think.The story told in ‘The Mark of the Angel’ starts in 1957 in Paris. It has been twelve years since the end of the Second World War, but some things don’t seem to have changed much. There is trouble in Algeria and French troop [...]

    8. Out of the bookcase as I was looking for material I had not read and this beautiful and powerful story came to my hand and I am absolutely blown away!What a story. A young German woman (Sapphie) comes to work as a maid for a young French musician (Raphael) who has a great deal of money. It is hard to say whether he falls in love with her at the start or whether he simply wants her. Nonetheless they had a sexual relationship which results in marriage and a child (Emil) which she does not want. He [...]

    9. Set in late 1950s Paris, a city still somewhat traumatised by its WWII experiences, this is the story of Saffie, a somewhat inscrutable young Swiss woman who applies to me the maid of a successful flautist Raphael. Bewitched by her strange remoteness, he marries her, and they have a child together, despite their distant, cool relationship. And then she meets Andras, who enters the story to repair Raphael's flute. This is their story, and the story of the bloody Algerian conflict tearing Paris ap [...]

    10. Una historia demasiado trágica. Tuve que leerlo rápido porqu necesitaba terminar con tanta angustia.

    11. "in ogni storia d'amore folle c'è una svolta; può giungere prima o poi, ma in genere arriva abbastanza presto; la maggior parte delle coppie sbagliano nell'affrontarla, slittano, si ribaltano e vanno a sfracellarsi contro il muro, con le ruote per aria. la ragione è semplice: contrariamente a quanto si era creduto durante le prime ore, i primi giorni, o al massimo durante i primi mesi dell'incantesimo, l'altro non ci ha trasformato. il muro contro cui ci si schianta dopo la svolta è il muro [...]

    12. "Ya debes de haber reparado en cómo los mayores parecen recuperar un aire de inocencia. El tiempo misericordioso pasa una goma de borrar por sus mentes y cuerpos, desdibujando sus rasgos característicos, borrando sus recuerdos, disolviendo, una tras otra, las duras lecciones que les ha enseñado la vida Uno olvida, ya sabes Ah, sí, uno olvida"

    13. Nancy Huston m'a eu. Je ne la connaissais pas. Elle m'a eu. Sous les traits d'un amour adultère à Paris entre une jeune allemande et un émigré hongrois juif, ce couple qui est toujours accompagné par le nouveau-né Émil, fils du mari flûtiste Raphaël à la carrière internationale, se campe l'histoire qui débute en même temps que la décennie '50.En effeuillant un à un les vêtements du passés du néo-couple infidèle juif-allemand, Huston met à nu les personnages. Habillement, elle [...]

    14. Every time I pick up this book I read it again.Each time it's a different experience as the world changes year by year. It has had more influence on my own writing than anything I've ever read. Sophie is the effect of war and tragedy. For her, happiness is an intense and fragile joy surrounded by a void of non existence. "She stands there and does nothing." On the opening page there is a poem part of which reads "Now, now, don't cry" If I had been a teacher my ideal assignment would be two books [...]

    15. I read this book with great interest, and was quite moved and captivated. The book starts and ends grimly, but there is no other hope for Saffie, as we learn of her past. I was entranced by the beauty of the middle part of the book, and it made a mark on me. There is a fresh perspective on the holocaust, as seen through a child's innocent eye, and there is an epic love affair that is forbidden. I thought the writing was excellent at times, but was taken aback somewhat when the author had persona [...]

    16. The lasting impact of the horrors of war, the healing possibilities of love, then human need to continue conflict, cross cultural barriers, jealousy and intrigue are all aspects of this sad and engrossing novel. A rather sullen and mysterious maid is hired by an emerging flautist who falls in love with her. They marry, have a child and her coldness and distance do not diminish. Her husband sends her on an errand to an instrument repair expert and she falls in love. Their backgrounds are differen [...]

    17. Ce livre je l'ai lu il y a deja longtemps. J'aurais souhaite pouvoir donne 3 etoiles er demir ce n'est pas un livre obigatoire, mais a l'epoque c'etait le premier roman j'ai ku qui Decrit la vie d'une allemande pendant la guerre (par rapport au miseres vecu par les deportes, ou les francais). J'ai trouve tres important de demontrer le misere allemand. Le style de l'ecriture est interessant, un peu different, je me suis demande plusieurs fois si c'etait un livre en traduction ou bien ecrit par un [...]

    18. "En fin de compte, L’empreinte de l’ange est un roman particulier que je n’aurais jamais lu si on ne me l’avait pas prêté. Il m’aura pas mal perturbée, surtout au niveau de l’intrigue et des éléments que j’aurais appris sur notre histoire. La fin m’aura ébranlée par sa soudaineté ainsi que son caractère tranchant, injuste. Cela étant, j’ai pu constater que Nancy Huston avait une plume de talent, sachant faire passer une multitude d’éléments entre ses lignes, ses m [...]

    19. Chris Bohjalian (sp? sorry Chris) endorses this book, and yet I can't really understand why. This book was such a solidFine. It definitely picked up towards the end, and it had pacing (in the sense that you can plow through it in a day) but overall it just didn't have enough substance or interest to make me even want to write anything about it. I did like the tragic ending because apparently I like tragedies, so if you want a little 1960s France tragedy, give this one a try. #tooambivalenttowrit [...]

    20. Non so. Mi hanno prestato questo libro per farmelo leggere perché molto emozionante. Il difetto più grande di questo libro è però l'esatto contrario: il racconto molto, troppo impersonale. Come se una asettica telecamera spiasse le vite dei protagonisti, le registrasse, e le raccontasse cinquanta anni dopo. Questo occhio esterno rende i personaggi assolutamente piatti e monodimensionali, e anche quando li vuole raccontare cattivi o malvagi, non riesce nello scopo di coinvolgere. Peccato, per [...]

    21. Dire que je suis passée à côté est un euphémisme et une contre-vérité. J'ai plutôt réussi dans la douleur à passer au traversCe roman tant vanté est court et pourtant sa lecture m'a été si difficile, si pénible. J'ai détesté, dès les premières lignes, le style de l'auteur, le ton de la narration, les personnages. Bref la seule qualité que je reconnaisse à ce roman c'est qu'il ne laisse pas indifférent.

    22. This is a novel in which the story told is not as important as the way it is told. I was fascinated with Huston's use of prose to sculpt her story and her characters. No paragraph, no sentence was written without thought as to its shape in the whole. Reading this novel was almost equivalent to watching a well-choreographed dance. It was a true pleasure to read.

    23. This book gave me nightmares. There is not one pleasant character and there is a sense of impending doom from page 1. I don't recommend it. However, in spite of not enjoying it at all I thought it was well written, albeit" in a very artificial style. The writer makes comments to the reader which is annoying!

    24. I read this in the original French, and found the prose just to my liking. It feels natural, elegant and measured but not self-conscious, and the characters are expertly revealed gradually, and very compelling. Having studied it in depth for University, I will be re-reading it as a whole/as a novel and I am very glad to have discovered it.

    25. I read this book first in French in 1999 and then again in English in January 2012 as I had recommended it for my Book Club. You can see what my Book Club thought of the book at bookclub9/

    26. Well, if you are looking for an uplifting, inspirational book, don't bother with this one. "The Mark of the Angel" was a depressing read and just when I thought Saffie was finally seeing a glimmer of hope, it was at the expense of her husband and child. A total waste of time!

    27. despite the pathetic resolution it is quite an interesting book when read in the right context. maybe because of that the author stress as often as she can "we are in the Paris of 1940's" (or 50's?) not bad at all but certainly not a jewel

    28. What a sad story! A well written novel that was a quick easy read. I enjoyed the characters in spite of their prediliction towards complicated lives that resulted in sadness and at times despair.Even infant/toddler Emil is tragic and wise beyond his years.

    29. The characters in this novel were all tragic in some respects. The narrator tells their story by looking down upon them from above and there are many portents of what will become of them. There is much love and betrayal intertwined with the politics of France in 1950s.

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