The Gendarme

The Gendarme

Book - 2010
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A haunting, deeply moving novel-an old man comes face-to-face with his past and sets out to find the love of his life and beg her forgiveness.

To those around him, Emmet Conn is a ninety-two-year-old man on the verge of senility. But what becomes frighteningly clear to Emmet is that the sudden, realistic dreams he is having are memories of events he, and many others, have denied or purposely forgotten. The Gendarme is a unique love story that explores the power of memory-and the ability of people, individually and collectively, to forget. Depicting how love can transcend nationalities and politics, how racism creates divisions where none truly exist, and how the human spirit fights to survive even in the face of hopelessness, this is a transcendent novel.

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Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399156342
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 23, 2019

I just cannot get the rhythm of this read despite the importance of the subject matter. My first knowing of Armenia was 1980's, working with a man of that descent, later simply due to interest in WWI history. A genocide the US refuses to acknowledge...little wonder, a sad commentary. I'll try other avenues to broaden my learning of this event.

Jun 02, 2016

A book about how far love can take you. Cross countries, time and trials. A very poignant end.

Jun 23, 2012

Very well written and based on true events. Gruesome in parts but definitely worth the read.

A gripping and well-written novel about the horrific events of the carefully planned and executed Turkish genocide of the Armenian community in the death throes of the Ottoman Empire (1914-1923). It should be noted that, 100 years after the genocide, the leaders of the Turkish Republic, from the tyrannical president on down, unanimously deny that it took place. Any Turk disagreeing with this position is likely to be thrown in jail, guilty of insulting the state.

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Jun 02, 2016

cfollowstheroad thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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