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The novel is set in Alsace, when this territory was annexed to Germany, after the defeat of France in the war of 1870. The Oberlé are a rich family with tradition, but in the face of the new social enviroment they are divided: on the one hand, some love the old France and their native land, seeking to live faithful to their customs; while the...

All Quiet on the Western Front

This is one of the best known books of this author. It tells the life of a German soldier in the First World War, beginning in early 1914, until 1918. He describes in detail the terrors of war: the difficulties, the misery, the suffering, the bombings, the attacks, the terrible fact of seeing all his comrades die around him successively. Hard...

Four Seasons in Rome

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Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

The book tells the story of the Apollo 13, the space mission in 1970 carried out by NASA. After a few hours of flight in space, one of its oxygen tanks exploded, leaving much of the ship unusable and forcing the crew to abort the mission and find a way to return safely to Earth. The Apollo 13 story is really a triumph of teamwork. No one is a...

Same Place, Same Things

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The House at the Edge of Night

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