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BOOK REVIEW: THE MERCY ROOM
BY GILLES ROZIER

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This story takes place in occupied France during World War II. A teacher of German at an all girls' school is recruited by the Gestapo to translate sensitive documents.

The storyteller of this book has a love for literature which was not allowed during this time. As a result, the storyteller builds a secret library in a basement.

Each week, the teacher must wait outside the commanderís office for the next assignment. Sometimes the teacher would wait for hours and would see many people pass by. One day, a very handsome Jewish soldier, Herman, is among the prisoners. The teacher was surprised to see this soldier. He was the same man noticed by the teacher some time ago although he was now more mature.

The teacher knew a rescue attempt had to be done. The teacher hides Herman in the basement. This was the beginning of their affair. During this time the two share not only love but also their love of literature.

What happens to Herman?

This is a haunting story. The one thing that certainly makes it interesting is that the author never reveals the gender of the teacher. Some hints are given but you still keep guessing if it is a man or woman. The author does a good job of taking the reader back to occupied France and you can just feel the history of this time period. Readers will have many opinions about the teacher. Read this one and see if you can figure out the gender!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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