The Kites

The Kites

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Now in English for the first time, Romain Gary's final masterpiece begins with Ludo coming of age on a small farm in Normandy, under the care of his eccentric kite-making Uncle Ambrose. Ludo's life changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family that owns the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, disappears back into the woods. And so begins Ludo's adventure of longing, passion, and steadfast love for the elusive Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into World War II. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family go missing, and Ludo's devotion to saving her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his love, his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself.

Filled with unforgettable characters who, as the war goes on, fling all they have into the fight to keep their hopes--and themselves--alive,The Kites is Romain Gary's poetic call for resistance in whatever form it takes. A war hero himself, Gary embraced and fought for humanity in all its nuanced complexities, in the belief that a hero might be anyone who has the courage to love and hope.

Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780811226547
0811226549
Characteristics: 311 pages

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kennethek
Dec 12, 2018

Vive la France! There is more to this than the interesting easy read story line and memorable characters. It is about an enduring French spirit during WW2. A hidden gem for literati types and Francophiliacs. No wonder this guy won prestigious awards on the 70s.

SnoIsleLib_DarrenN Aug 14, 2017

Yes, it’s a boy grows up chasing girl trope, but so much more interesting and thought-provoking than that sounds. A suspenseful, aching, but uplifting tale asking what we are actually willing to do to act on our highest quests and ideals (metaphorically represented by the kites and by Lila herself, though she’s so much braver and more active than the pedestal fascination that she initially is for Ludo), this title would make an excellent book discussion piece as well as individual read. The translator does a thorough job noting French political and cultural allusions that might be unfamiliar to the reader.

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