Norman R. Beaupré
is a novel about two boys, one from New England and the other from
Berlin, Germany, during WWII. The central question or issue is what
makes one an enemy. Are there only two sides to a war? Are women and
children enemies? Why are some people designated as enemies?
The war is the backdrop to this novel with Himmler as the Nazi driving force that is out to eliminate the undesirables. The novel sets up a parallel situation between the two boys and their families while balancing the two views of war, one within and one without the war zone. The story also deals with the range of undesirables such as, the Gypsies, the Jews, the homosexuals and the pacifists. Woven into this is the escape of the German father into Switzerland whose quest for sanity and freedom from hatred comes to a climax when he seeks to rejoin his family.
Beyond the weapons and ideologies is the vital issue of people living on the fringes of war for they become the marginal enemies.
ISBN: 1-59526-142-7 Paperback
ISBN: 1-59526-144-3 Hardcover
Format: 6 x 9 in - 124 pages
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