This book contains all the necessary elements for a riveting, compelling, heart-rending story. All the more because it’s true.
This is a true story of a man on death row in Montluc prison in 1943. It follows him from his assassination of a commandant to his betrayal, capture, imprisonment, trial, and eventual escape.
Reasons I like it:
#1. True WW2 story told in first person by the aforementioned person.
#2. Andre is part of the French Resistance, a true patriot.
#3. After Andre is captured, he tries to escape from a moving car. An intriguing method to say the least. If only the S.S. hadn’t been driving nearby.
#4. Acting like he fainted to escape further torture was slightly funny in a sad way. And when they came to interrogate him he acted like he could barely move, so they let him be.
#5. Andre learns how to unlock his handcuffs with a safety pin, which had to be a great relief. His one difficulty was trying to put them back on before his door was unlocked or a nosy guard looked through the peephole.
#6. He decides to plan an escape and begins by dismantling his door using a spoon (people were sooo ingenuitive!). After he finds out he’s condemned to die (and after crying for awhile) he redoubles his efforts for escape.
#7. His descriptions are beyond description. 😉
#8. The way he got messages to and from his family was quite unique.
#9. The way he made the grappling hook and where he hid it. Truly genius (I know, I keep using that word).
#10. It was so sad when his father came looking for him. And then he ends up just giving the parcel to the Nazi….
#11. Poor Brunoy, daylight escapes seem to have the tendency to end in disaster.
#12. Gimenez. Andre is completely befuddled to get a cellmate…and scared to death about sharing his escape. Giminez is just 18, a French volunteer in the German army. He’s rather naive and sticks close to Andre. Thus, when Andre invites him on the escape, Andre has to promise not to leave Giminez.
#13. The scariest, heart-pounding moment is when they’re making the escape across the prison roof. Or maybe when they’re at the restaurant.
#14. After he escapes and joins the French again, he takes a German prisoner. That is the pivotal point in the book. At that moment he must decide between revenge and forgiveness.
#15. They made this book into an amazing movie. It pretty much follows the book completely. The first time my sister and I watched this, it was in French (a language I can read, yet not understand when spoken). So we had to guess alot at what was going on, as I hadn’t read the book at that time. And when we did watch it in English-WOW!
Reasons I didn’t like it:
#1. Bad words, and lots of ’em!
#2. Giminez talks eh, not so good, about things he did with women. Thankfully they leave that part out of the movie.
#3. Andre disappoints me greatly when he and Giminez get caught. I shan’t spoil it by telling you how.
I’d give it four books for the book, and five for the movie. I’ll throw in a few scenes from the movie for your enjoyment and the trailer if I can get it. 🙂
No clearplay needed for the movie, btw. And I could only get the opening scene from the movie. :/