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The sailor from Casablanca by Charline Malaval

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The Sailor From Casablanca by Charline Malaval is a wonderful novel with two timelines – 1940 France and Casablanca and 2005 in Casablanca. The story follows a sailor full of life and strength and a young woman's search for the truth about her grandfather after finding some war letters.

War is a terrible thing. It changes people beyond recognition – bodies return, but the mind remains. "The war [First World War] buried him alive" – ​​not physically, but mentally. The war to end all wars brought back a generation of men who were shadows of themselves. "It wasn't like we were brave in the trenches; we just had no choice."

Young men saw no further war in the 1930s when they signed up for the French Navy. War is not glamorous. War turns boys into men and men into heroes. In war, the choice must always be made – whether you do your duty or for dessert. This dilemma is examined throughout the novel to reveal the truth.

The novel examines relationships – within a marriage – and also looks at the germ side of sex workers and one-night stands.

War has a habit of focusing the mind. We have to decide who and what is most important to us.

There are several narrators in the novel in 1940, but only one in 2005. We see thoughts about events and characters from different angles.

The Casablanca sailor was a well-constructed novel that I enjoyed. I think it would be a wonderful film.

I got this book for free. A positive rating was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

This entry was posted in Mass Market Fiction on June 11, 2020, and is tagged with Book Review Charline Malaval, The Sailor from Casablanca. Bookmark the permalink.

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