Shares the memories of a Parisian woman about turn-of-the-century France, World War I, and the period between the wars
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For the first half of the book Smith allows Lucie to tell her own story, directing the flow of memories unobtrusively. Madame Lucie is a born storyteller and passes on many interesting bits of gossip and anecdote to illuminate the France of the early 20th century. She begins her story in 1900 and ends it after World War II, taking in the effects of the Depression and the dissolution of the French overseas empire; but her focus is always on the experiences of her family. The second half, told in the third person, ``Madame Lucie Observed,'' places Lucie in perspective and fills in the story of her later years as a Parisian concierge in the 1970s. The second half of the book is not nearly as effective because the change in voice and tone is so abrupt. Public and academic libraries will want this book for their history collections, since good primary source material is difficult to find, and this is so charming as well. Christine Corcos, Case Western Reserve Univ. Law Lib., Cleveland
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Book Description Yale University Press, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110300033168