War on the Margins (2020)

War on the Margins France has fallen to the Nazis Britain is under siege As BBC bulletins grow bleak residents of Jersey abandon their homes in their thousands When the Germans take over Marlene Zimmer a shy clerk at
  • Title: War on the Margins
  • Author: Libby Cone
  • ISBN: 9780715638767
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • War on the Margins
    France has fallen to the Nazis Britain is under siege As BBC bulletins grow bleak, residents of Jersey abandon their homes in their thousands When the Germans take over, Marlene Zimmer, a shy clerk at the Aliens Office, must register her friends and neighbours as Jews while concealing her own heritage, until eventually she is forced to flee Layers of extraordinary histFrance has fallen to the Nazis Britain is under siege As BBC bulletins grow bleak, residents of Jersey abandon their homes in their thousands When the Germans take over, Marlene Zimmer, a shy clerk at the Aliens Office, must register her friends and neighbours as Jews while concealing her own heritage, until eventually she is forced to flee Layers of extraordinary history unfold as we chart Marlene s transformation from unassuming office worker to active Resistance member under the protection of artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, who manage to find poetry in the midst of hardship and unimaginable danger Drawn from authentic World War II documents, broadcasts and private letters, War on the Margins tells the unforgettable story of the deepening horror of the Nazi regime in Jersey and the extraordinary bravery of those who sought to subvert it.
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    1. War on the Margins is a debut novel from Libby Cone, set on the Channel Islands during World War II, with the main focus of the story centering on how the islanders endured the Nazi Occupation Moreover it s a story about resistance, as a number of the islanders unify in an attempt to expel the Fascist menace for some though it s also a story of endurance, as the hardships of imprisonment become a reality.From the outset I ve got to say that War on the Margins is a real eye opener I was fully awa [...]

    2. This book was intriguing from a historical point of view it explores an area I ve not seen done much in historical fiction As the only part of British soil occupied by the Nazis, the Channel Islands give us a microcosm of how occupation might have been if Britain had been taken The author utilizes first hand sources and empathetic storytelling to give us a window into a dangerous, spellbinding world.I liked how the author was balanced in her portrayal of the Channel Islanders Both the collaborat [...]

    3. When Libby Cone mailed me about reviewing her book War on the Margins and told me that it was a prequel of sorts to the Guernsey Literary and Potato peel society, I wanted to get my hands on the book.Her mail also told me that I would like the book if I had liked the Guernsey book I expected a saccharine sweet account of the war and was pleasantly surprised with the way Libby has tackled the subject.France has fallen to the Nazis.Britain is under siege.As BBC bulletins grow bleak,residents of Je [...]

    4. This book was a real eye opener for me, while I knew that the Germans had occupied the Channel Islands during WWII, I had no idea that life was so difficult for the inhabitants, especially the Jews who lived there They had to register as a Jew were not allowed to move house they had to shop only between the hours of 3 4pm had to wear the Jewish star not allowed to visit public places had to relinquish their businesses Many depended on the kindness of friends and neighbours for food to survive.Li [...]

    5. This book has similarities with the Guernsey pie book, they both deal with the occupation of the Channel Islands And it s something I have not heard much about at all.Marlene Zimmer has stayed behind on Jersey when the Germans come and soon things get really bad All sort of restrictions are put on Jews, and her being one makers her scared so she runs away She meets two women who have their own resistance and joins them Hers is not the only POV, we also gets to follow some other people Peter, a P [...]

    6. Libby Cone s novel was a short read for me and this was due to its short and snappy chapters which were interspersed with, what I assume to be, real Nazi orders that were published during their occupation of the Channel Islands This blurring between fact and fiction as we find out at the end of the book that the characters were based on real people immediately made me interested in Cone s story, and made the character journeys throughout the novel even poignant I have awarded War on the Margin [...]

    7. Well it certainly has taken me a long time to read this book considering it has less than 250 pages Part of this is because I ve been ill and have had no concentration for any reading at all even facebook was taxing at times , and partly because I had real trouble getting into it I was really hoping to like this one I enjoy historical fiction focused around this time and started reading it when I was in primary school This one sounded like it would have a good balance of historical fact and stor [...]

    8. I found this book title while searching for books that feature the Channel Islands as I am hoping to visit there and wanted to earn about the history This book hit the nail for me right on the head I tried the free sample first and was hooked right away After ordering the whole kindle version I ended up staying up all night reading it.Although the book is written in novel form, it is loaded with copies of actual documents, letters and poems, from the World War Two time period, and many of the c [...]

    9. Libby Cone s War on the Margins has been sitting on my shelves since the summer of 2010, and I apologize to the author, Libby Cone, for not getting to it sooner drey s thoughts War on the Margins takes place during WWII on the Channel Islands which I had to look up, by the way located off the coast of France specifically Jersey.It tells the story of a local girl who goes into hiding when she s named a Jewess, and the couple who shelter her It tells the story of what happens to those who trusted [...]

    10. I bought the Kindle edition of this book in December 2008 I can t remember exactly what led me to it, but I strongly suspect that it was a recommendation that I saw at either the BookObsessed or MobileRead forums I did start reading it sometime in 2009, but set it aside as my interest waned.But then I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society late in 2009 This renewed my interest in the story of the German occupation of the Channel Islands and I picked up my Kindle to finish reading [...]

    11. War has been declared but at first the residents of Jersey believe they are safe until the Nazis invade their little island Marlene Zimmer is a shy young woman working in a government office but when the residents of the island are ordered to register if they have any Jewish background, she still doesn t believe it includes her Then her manager calls her in and questions her last name Marlene admits her paternal grandparents were Jewish She is forced into hiding She finds two middle aged Jewish [...]

    12. It was very interesting and I would recommend it but it s obvious that Libby Cone isn t a natural author She doesn t have the poise and flow that you come to expect from books written by good authors and although I enjoyed the book it was disjointed in places and I did find myself skim reading towards the end.Very historical and factual and I really did want to know what happened to the characters And they were all pulled together well at the end but in times it was too slow, others too fast, an [...]

    13. Libby Cone is brilliant at depicting the struggles and adversities the Jews of Jersey had to endure during the Nazi regime s takeover during World War II She introduces many little known facts and historical references within War on the Margins I was deeply touched by the plight of those whose lives were devastated and or those who were killed The intelligent, compelling and sober book is a must read for World War II and Shoah Holocaust history buffs, and for those who want to gain a in depth i [...]

    14. I won this book in a twitter competition by DuckBooks Looking forward to reading it as it is not my usual genre.Not my usual genre but I really enjoyed the story and the characters Well researched and written.

    15. This was an unexpected surprise This was written by a personal friend, and I initially read it as a favor But in the end, I loved the book on its own merit I enjoy books by first time authors, and this is one of my favorites.

    16. From this book I got to know in details the occupation of the channel islands by the Germans during world war Two, it gives the best possible insight into what life in Britain would have been like had Hitler won War is not neat and tidy.

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