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'A beautiful love story.' 'It's a great love story told with great humour... along the lines of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Atonement and The Postmistress.' 'Swiss author Capus is an apt storyteller... On its surface, this is a story about enduring love. But it is also about the way that power can be abused... and the daily sacrifices people make to preserve what they hold most dear.' 'Capus' leads are riveting, credible creations -- he sensible and correct, she feisty and headstrong. We root for them, especially when war takes over and threatens to sunder them for good... This love-conquers-all tale could easily have been trite and saccharine, but instead Capus' fusion of gripping drama and believable characters renders Leon and Louise both powerful and poignant.' '[G]em of a novel...' '[W]insome bonbon of a novel in which "The End" feels like an unexpected and unfairly realistic awakening.' 'A perfectly plotted love story, which never becomes over saccharine.'

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Alex Capus is a French-Swiss novelist who writes in German. His works of fiction and non-fiction that have been translated into English include Sailing by Starlight (2008), A Matter of Time (2009), Leon and Louise (2012) and Skidoo (2014).


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Von Kundin am 23. Juni 2013
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Aufgrund der positiven Bewertungen habe ich mir dieses Buch gekauft. Ich finde die Geschichte eher langatmig und langweilig. Nicht zu empfehlen
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Von Tina am 23. Dezember 2012
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Ich habe das Buch auf Grund der zahlreichen guten Rezensionen erworben und wurde herbe enttäuscht. Die Geschichte ist lahm und oberflächlich geschrieben, der Erzähler ein Betrachter von Außen, der Hauptfigur und ihrer Gefühlswelt so fern ist, wie man es nur sein kann. Ich frage mich immer wieder, welche Bücher die anderen Rezensenten lesen, damit dieses Buch im Vergleich wie ein Gutes wirkt. Für mich ist das Fazit: vergeudete Lebenszeit!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Alex Capus offers everything a discerning reader wants from a novel 1. Juli 2013
Von Tina Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Leon and Louise" is an insightful look into varieties of love and loyalty and, like Alex Campus' "A Moment in Time" and "Sailing by Starlight," it gives the reader a personal sense of history--of being there. I think it will make a very good movie, but no movie could convey Alex Campus' writing, which always has depth, wit, and fascinating details. (Here I have to say I've always read his books only in translation--two in English by John Brownjohn, one in Spanish by a translator whose name I can't remember.)
I wouldn't describe "Leon & Louis" as a beach read like, say "Bridges of Madison Country," to which it could be favorably compared, because I think it's more provocative and more artfully written than that usually implies. "Leon & Louise" offers and demands more. Yes, it's a story of the love that endures between Leon and Louise, but it's also about the love between Leon and his wife Yvonne. In addition to the love theme, there's an exploration of loyalty and honor in a marriage and in an extra-marital relationship as well as on the job and in a city (Paris) occupied (by the Nazis in World War II). It's about family in the universal sense but depicts one with unique characteristics. (I love the Le Galls!) It's about the vicissitudes of marriage As if that's not enough, it relates to the friendships we have with people we see only in passing like the concierge and the street beggar we get to know and care about as Leon does, and we also benefit from his awareness of the humanity involved in every exchange with these people we sometimes finally get to know. The book also poses some very compelling questions: How does our romantic past affect our present reality? Do some star-crossed lovers benefit from their frustration and all they imagine might have been? Should a wife encourage her husband to find the woman he once loved and lost? And how about the very broad but essential question(s): What sustains love and what matters in our lives?
These are all questions Alex Capus raises in a very artful way. But here is one question specific to "Leon & Louise" that I'm still wondering about: Why did Louise remain a stranger to Leon's family--even when loyalty to his wife would not have been compromised? The questions a reader continues to consider show the power of this book.

An additional comment, directed at Audible.com: Please let us know who the translators are when you describe the book online and when the book is recorded (as I hope this one will be). Every recording should begin with the title of the book, the author, the translator (if it's not in the language of the original), and the reader. Why is this so often omitted. I've compared translations, so I know translators make an enormous contribution!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charmed! 10. Januar 2014
Von Alicyn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was surprised and thoroughly charmed by this story. It has so many elements to consider; living through two wars from two different perspectives, the ways love can be experienced in different situations, and the magic of an unbreakable bond between two people for a lifetime. The style of writing was intelligent and intriguing with the many quirky people and events that Leon and Louise experienced. The depth of the characters and their travails was particularly engrossing. A good bit of the interest was the history of the occupation of Paris as seen through Leon's eyes. The letters from Louise were wonderful and defined her personality so well that one could imagine they were reading correspondence from a dear friend who felt comfortable enough to not sugar coat a bad situation they were enduring. I will go back to this book to enjoy again some of the parts I liked best. A wonderful read for me!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "although we're nothing special, we're unique notwithstanding." 17. Dezember 2012
Von Amelia Gremelspacher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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So states the grandson of Leon Le Gall at the scene of his funeral. Le Gan men have heads that are flat in the back. But they have no outstanding talents, are lazy, and hold education, Church, police, and intellectual authority is some kind of contempt. Leon has chosen a full two and a half hour mass in a showy Catholic church for his funeral. The relatives all know this is his last note of mischief for them all because he had been fully agnostic. At the last minute, a small and green eyed woman walks briskly through the church, leans into the open casket and leaves a bicycle bell. After regarding the males in the front rows eye to eye, she leaves.

The story returns to Leon's first glances of Louise at the age of 17. They meet during World War I during a lull in fighting in the area of France where they live. The war comes to bear on them. The peace helps them to find each other briefly. The new war contains pieces of contact. Each of them always knows the other one is the soul mate, the one person that resonates with each other. WWII in fact takes Leon as prisoner in a sense. He is forced to work in clerical support for the Nazis, and his only rebellions are caught.

Capus paints a vivid picture of the flat skulled man who refuses to fall into society as another member, but ends up doing it anyway. He has little tics and tends to pick up junk, like all the men in his family, and tinkers to set things right. He loves the sea. And we learn the little he knows about Louise. We know her smile, her strengths, her quickness. But by and large for most of the book, she is a mystery. The plot is one of small people caught in large blood lusts in a country which suffers the soaking of warfare over and over. The book draws close the simple banality of evil as it soaks through a people. At first the Nazis are a quiet presence. But things change. Yes we learn that evil banality too. This is a worthwhile book to explore and to read. It will set you to thinking as well, and those thoughts are needed in the world.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen good historical novel 21. Januar 2014
Von winnie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Here is an intriguing tale of love and marriage in France based on the real story of Alex Capus's paternal grandfather. The pace of the story is a bit slow, especially in the beginning, but it becomes more compelling as you get to know the characters. World War II changes everything for Leon, his family and his lover. Capus gives us a good look at life under the Vichy government as seen thorough the eyes of Leon. Although he is not the hero we might want him to be, he proves that he is a good man who tries to do the right thing without endangering his family.

This is a good read for a rainy weekend and would probably lead to some interesting book club discussions.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sweet story: a nonfiction book that reads like fiction 14. Februar 2014
Von Peach Blossom Lane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author is writing about his grandfather's first love. The book claims to be nonfiction and Capus says he can substantiate all of it through their preserved written letters. I guess this is possible, as the few times he does insert actual quotes from letters, they are very detailed and descriptive. Either way, it's a good read and I like the author's style and plan to read more of his work. I am giving it a four-star because I reserve five stars for great literature.
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