The Kites

The Kites

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On a small farm in Normandy, as Hitler rises to power in Germany, young Ludo comes of age in the care of his Uncle Ambrose, an eccentric mailman, kite-maker, and pacifist. Ludo's quiet life changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family who own the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo instantly falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, remains elusive. Thus begins Ludo's adventure of longing, passion, and steadfast love for Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into war. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family disappear, and Ludo's journey to save her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780811226547
0811226549
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Richmond Mouillot, Miranda

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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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