SHADOWS LENGTHEN by Clara Longworth de Chambrun


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In a way a continuation of Shadows Like Myself (1936) this is however less autobiographical and more a picture of life in France during the war and the period that followed. It begins in the '30's and is highlighted with visits to Scotland, Shakespearean research, Edward's abdication and George's accession. There follows her criticism of American public opinion, then against France in favor of Germany, of the lack of action on the part of England and the U.S. when war threatened, and the coming of German invasion. Flight to Paris, the privations of the occupation, her personal interest in the American Library, her husband's in the American hospital; the liberation with its mob violence, unfair trials, plunder, etc., etc., which to her was worse than the occupation. Throughout is her strong defense of the Vichy government, of Petain, Laval, Herriot and their policies, and an equally strong condemnation of the French government in Africa and the return of the De Gaulle party. On the whole, interesting reading which pictures the times intimately and which gives a little known angle.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1949
Publisher: Scribner