The Postmistress of Paris- Meg Waite Clayton

[Highlighted Excerpts taken for reference from The Postmistress of Paris- Meg Waite Clayton]

Don’t you just love books that portray women’s role and contribution during the World Wars especially in a field reserved for men: espionage? 

The Postmistress of Paris

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton reminds me of the book The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah , where Isabelle risks her life time to save others. Characters like Nanée and Isabelle inspire us with the courage that women showed at the time of war. Nanée the postmistress, was fearless she took messages to hidden refugees, went to internment camps to free men, she went over the border to rescue a girl. She always endangered herself for others.

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

Nanée agrees to be the postmistress to try and help refugees. Her role in the life of Edouard where she took every measure to bring him and his daughter to safety sometimes at the cost of her own dignity and life is moving.

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

Eduoard and Luki

This passage where Edouard is in the camps and imagines his Luki on the dreaming log is touching. He then takes up a pen to write to her another letter he could never send. But the writing kept him alive. It is true writing helps keep you alive and you can feel someone’s presence through it even though the distance.

The Photographs

 This part of the book of Edouard developing photographs and speaking of them is so interesting. When he set the tray down in the bathtub to reveal the photograph he took of Nanée where her chin stretched high so that in the eerie silvers of the image nothing but her neck and the line of her jaw up the underside of her chin created a Rorschach test of a photograph. I was so taken up by the description of this photograph that I made a sketch from a pin I found and turned it into a photograph of sorts- Nanée’s beautiful neck.

Nanée’s beautiful neck
My Version of Edouard’s Photograph- Nanée’s beautiful neck.

Nanée’s beautiful neck bears a resemblance to Man Rays 1929 Lee Miller The Necklace.

Man Rays 1929 Lee Miller The Necklace.
Man Rays 1929 Lee Miller The Necklace.

In the heart of the passage, I found stories narrated through photographs, the heroic and carefree Nanée and the relationship between Edouard and his little girl Luki. It’s been a nice book to read.

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