Monday, 29 March 2010

A Life of Her Own: The Transformation of a Countrywoman in 20th Century France

I read this book for class and adored it. The orginal title is Wild Herb Soup, and both titles are appropriate as she is truely has her own life and is influenced by the people and places around her . The book is the story of Emilie Carles's life in France.

It details her life as a peasant girl, school teacher, wife, hotel owner and political activist. Emilie's life and personality is a combonation of her environment and her experiences. She is influenced by her peasant upbringings, her father and her husband but she is not them. She is Emilie and she has what it takes to live the life that she desires to live- a life of helping others.

Emilie's tale is artfully woven and describes the roughness of peasant life. the effects war, political tension and the consequences of standing up in what you belive in.

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