Something to Remember You by

Something to Remember You by

A Perilous Romance

Book - 2013
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Beloved actor and author Gene Wilder's newest novella begins at Christmas, 1994, in a foxhole in Bastogne, Belgium, where his innocent yet charmingly clever protagonist, Corporal Tom Cole, is injured. Wilder's story takes Cole on a quest for the woman he loves but no longer trusts, and ultimately parachutes him, a newly minted intelligence officer, behind enemy lines into a concentration camp to save her life and discover the truth.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780312598914
Characteristics: 164 p. ;,19 cm.


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May 27, 2017

I wanted to like this book more than I did because I love Gene Wilder. I thought the dialogue was contrived and stiff but I enjoyed the plot, mostly. It's possible to create a complex, intriguing plot like in a short amount of time (like Raymond Carver, Fitzgerald, Shirley Jackson, etc.) but this little novel fell short of that. I'm reading the other books Wilder wrote in hopes that they are more challenging and powerful...

Aug 14, 2013

Do I really have to give it one star - pity negatives aren't allowed here. The only saving grace for this book is that it is short. There is not character development, no feeling for the setting or the times (perhaps as a playwrite Wilder hoped the director would provide these). The plot is something a 10 year old boy would be ashamed of: really, an enlisted medic is injured and then promoted to an officer, given a couple of weeks training as a spy and then leads 2 rescue missions into France - but since the SS is extremely stupid he survives by cramming 6 passengers into a Lysander (1 pilot and 1 passenger). To add insult to injury this was supposed to be a romance (I spun romance on the library reading game): Teenage Ninja Turtles provides better romance.

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