Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in Verity's own words, as she writes her account for her captors.
©2012 Elizabeth Gatland (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel - which was extremely well narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell - and was more than a little impressed by the intricate storyline. The tale is a riveting narration of female strength, courage, and bravery during the war with Nazi Germany. Painfully specific at times about torture/interrogation techniques used on Nazi prisoners, this book hits hard at the message that women play a large part in any war...and not just in stereotypical roles, either! I especially liked the epistolary format...a series of written documents and letters seen in retrospect...that constitute a good portion of this novel. It read like a first person narration, but was a flashback seen through salvaged documents. Also, the plot device of seeing the same pieces of action from two perspectives was kinda brilliant! I appreciate how the initial perspective leads the reader to certain conclusions, and greater insight ensues with subsequent details when we hear from the second main character. I might just have to go back and listen to this one again, because I am sure that I missed some of the subtleties. I would also realistically consider reading more by this author.
Awesome book . . . this is historical fiction at its best. I don't want to spoil the story for other readers, so I will not be saying much. This is the kind of book that kept me thinking about it when I wasn't reading. It got me thinking about current issues as well as contemplating the bravery and treachery of people in another time and place. It brought me to tears, helped me view beauty and ugliness, and made me smile at remembered friendship.
The only thing I would change is if I had known how often Wein could make the reader want to reread sections, I would have chosen a kindle edition rather than a recorded book. I would have missed some very good narration, but I could have flipped back a few pages to puzzle about what was really happening.
Boring all the way through. Trying to be dramatic, but just trying too hard overall. The author may have cared about her characters, possibly because she identified with their perspective and experience of life, but I just couldn't get myself to care. And I'd venture to guess that a majority who try to get into this story will not either (and won't write reviews about it b/c they again just don't care enough to).
Having two narrators obviously gave the heroines their own voices to good effect.
At first, I wasn't sure that I liked this novel, but by the end, as I walked down our road with tears flowing freely, I did not want it to end. Highly recommend!
if you like stories about WWII, british RAF and authors who love to jump all over the place, then you may enjoy this one. some reviewers said to stick with it, it's a slow go. Well after chapter 8 it hadn't gotten any better for me. my mind drifted and it just became noise. when that happens it's time to say good-bye.
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