Something to Remember You By

Something to Remember You By

A Perilous Romance

Book - 2013
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From the author of Kiss Me Like a Stranger and My French Whore, comes this romantic, dramatic fiction set during World War II.

Beloved actor and author Gene Wilder's novella, SOMETHING TO REMEMBER YOU BY, begins on Christmas, 1944. In a foxhole in Bastogne, Belgium, the innocent yet charmingly clever protagonist, Corporal Tom Cole, is injured. Wilder moves the action to a romantic wartime London with dimly lit blackout-compliant restaurants and mad dashes to the Tube station at the sound of the air raid sirens where Cole convalesces and falls in love for the first time. But is the mysterious Danish girl he meets at the Shepherdess Caf#65533; on the up and up? Cole is a cellist back home in the States, and Anna says she's a monitor at the War Office, scanning radio waves for incoming German planes. But is she? When Cole goes to the War Office one day to surprise his new lover, she's nowhere to be found.

Wilder's story takes Cole on a quest for the woman he loves but no longer trusts, and ultimately parachutes him, a newly minted intelligence officer, behind enemy lines into a concentration camp to save her life and discover the truth.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312598914
Branch Call Number: F Wil


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May 27, 2017

I wanted to like this book more than I did because I love Gene Wilder. I thought the dialogue was contrived and stiff but I enjoyed the plot, mostly. It's possible to create a complex, intriguing plot like in a short amount of time (like Raymond Carver, Fitzgerald, Shirley Jackson, etc.) but this little novel fell short of that. I'm reading the other books Wilder wrote in hopes that they are more challenging and powerful...

Aug 14, 2013

Do I really have to give it one star - pity negatives aren't allowed here. The only saving grace for this book is that it is short. There is not character development, no feeling for the setting or the times (perhaps as a playwrite Wilder hoped the director would provide these). The plot is something a 10 year old boy would be ashamed of: really, an enlisted medic is injured and then promoted to an officer, given a couple of weeks training as a spy and then leads 2 rescue missions into France - but since the SS is extremely stupid he survives by cramming 6 passengers into a Lysander (1 pilot and 1 passenger). To add insult to injury this was supposed to be a romance (I spun romance on the library reading game): Teenage Ninja Turtles provides better romance.


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