Le Coeur a l'Anera was the name of the home Ida Treat, wife of a French naval officer, found for herself on an island off the coast of Brittany. And in telling the story of her all-too-brief stay on the island, she crystallizes the story of invaded France on the outskirts (not the center of either fighting or escape). There is something of the flavor of Life and Death of a Spanish Town with less of analytical undertone. One experiences with her the fascination of the island and its people -- falls victim to the lure of a sense of security and peace -- shares her deepening appreciation of the sturdy island folk, a composite of French peasantry anywhere. Then the growing shadow of the coming war, the mobilization, the tension of conflicting viewpoints, the quartering of soldiers on the people and the insidious apathy of the nine months' ""phony war"". Then the fall of Norway, of the Low Countries, of France the invincible. And the coming of the German occupation, eager at first to make friends with the people, then -- as the year rolls on -- betraying the actual purpose of the conqueror. Very good reading -- but one finishes it with many questions unanswered.