The best Books Coup de Gr ce release Set in the Baltic provinces in the aftermath of World War I Coup de Grace tells the story of an intimacy that grows between three young people hemmed in by civil
The best Books Coup de Grâce release Set in the Baltic provinces in the aftermath of World War I, Coup de Grace tells the story of an intimacy that grows between three young people hemmed in by civil war Erick, a Prussian fighting with the White Russians against the Bolsheviks Conrad, his best friend from childhood and Sophie, whose unrequited love for Conrad becomes an unbearable burden.. The best Books Coup de Grâce Love had made her a glove in my hands, of a texture both supple and strong.Espresso, another cup of espresso, and more espresso, as I read this book. The title of the book says everything you need to know. This is one book that didn't attempt to pull me in, as the first few pages are story stilts, but just when I thought I knew where its texture and narrator were taking me, it yanked me by the hair, surprised the hell out of me and quite frankly, made me a bit uneasy. Why read another war novel of despair after just having read Zweig's The Post-Office Girl? I'm not sure. I've always wanted to sample Marguerite Yourcenar's works and this was an easier, shorter avenue. Besides, there is more to this than war; there is love and bond, even when love becomes an additional wound. And there are those distilling moments of contemplation, when Erick tenderly presents imagery of Sophie, a woman who desperately loved him, but one whose love he could not return:In the glass were reflected the eyes of a child, or of an angel, perhaps; the face was broad with contours not sharply defined, like earth itself in spring, a region of fields gently sloping, traversed by streams of tears; the cheeks had the tint of sunlight on snow and the lips's pale rose almost made one tremble; her hair was as blond as those light golden loaves of good bread that we saw no more.This Sophie reminds me of the Sophie in Styron's Sophie's Choice, one whose world around her shatters and soon, she becomes one of the shards. Really, what can I say about this plot of layered despair except that I could hardly concentrate on Erick's stoic narration, I barely was able to uncover Conrad's motives (perhaps because he chose to live through his books, ignorant of many things occurring around him), and I only wanted to see Sophie illuminated? The prose is elegant and occurs in mouthfuls of expertly arranged words that at times are lyrical, and there in the background, there is Sophie, occurring through Erick's recollections: a woman in love with a man undeserving, a woman symbolic of the civil war occurring, a woman who must sacrifice everything she knows to fight for everything she believes.