This book tells in novel form the story of the
Spanish civil war waged in 1935-36 by the Franquist forces and the communist/socialist
The story is quite a gripping and bloody adventure.
part of Jan's ongoing campaign to keep up her French language skills and
fill in some egregious gaps in her knowledge of French literature, she
found this extremely hard going, but in the end very satisfying.
The biggest problem was that the book had a great
deal of technical vocabulary related to arms and ammunition and other war
materiel and she didn't have a dictionary! It took her almost a year,
but eventually she bought and installed the Oxford-Harraps English-French,
French-English dictionary on her computer so that she would never be in
the same predicament again.
Recommended, if you read French and have a dictionary!