Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier by Alice Kaplan

By Alice Kaplan

A yr in Paris...Since global struggle II, numerous American scholars were lured by means of that imaginative and prescient - and been remodeled via their sojourn within the urban of sunshine. Dreaming in French tells 3 tales of that have, and the way it replaced the lives of 3 remarkable American girls. All 3 girls might cross directly to develop into icons, key figures in American cultural, highbrow, and political existence, but if they embarked for France, they have been younger, little identified, doubtful approximately their destiny, and interested in the tradition, sophistication, and drama that purely Paris may perhaps provide. but their backgrounds and their desires could not were extra diverse.

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How could the local populations have ignored deaths in the tens of thousands, right under their noses? 34 The Dachau camp had not yet become a full-fledged museum, and parts of it were still being used by the government as an internment camp for Czech refugees, as well as a site for trials of the Nazi camp guards. It was an easy trolley ride from town. On the trolley car, Martha and Jacqueline met a young GI who, to their surprise, knew nothing about Dachau. He decided to accompany them. Their visit coincided with one of the first debates on what was to preoccupy both Germany and France for the next sixty years: how to commemorate Chapter One what had happened.

On the trolley car, Martha and Jacqueline met a young GI who, to their surprise, knew nothing about Dachau. He decided to accompany them. Their visit coincided with one of the first debates on what was to preoccupy both Germany and France for the next sixty years: how to commemorate Chapter One what had happened. Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp; as early as 1933, the Nazis were using it for political prisoners. In a second phase it became a center for slave labor and a site for medical experiments.

It’s hard to tell which version she wrote first, the French or the English, or how she altered each as she went along to make the other work—that was the fun of it, a kind of bilingual crossword puzzle. She copied out the final version in two neat columns on a blank white page, each verse a perfect straight line of the kind French students learn to write by drawing faint lines in pencil with rulers. If there is a message in her light verse, it is that love is fickle and uncertain, but breezy. As for the reality, Claude, who saw her daily, pooh-poohed the romantic tales—there were no great love affairs.

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