[PDF] (Entre ciel et terre Vango #1) Par Timothée de Fombelle

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Entre ciel et terre Vango #1Formidable Magnifiue Etc etc I devoured the majority of this book over 300 pages in 24 hours while off work with a fever so this may not be the lucid review Simply it s almost impossible to put down Each chapter ends with a hook or reveal so cleverly planned The whole plot structure is a complex narrative with Vango at the centre surrounded by a complex web of characters Ethel is superb a strong yet young female presence reminding me of Lily from Cogheart In fact the fast paced narrative reminds me a lot of Cogheart Moonlocket and the zeppelins are another shared feature I d be interested to hear if teachers have shared this with UKS2 classes Although nowledge of Stalin Hitler and Nazism isn t essential to understanding and enjoyment of the text I think the plethora of characters and jumps in chronology would be a challenge to most primary readers Right I m off to order Vango 2 Fantastico Wow what a ride this was The two books in this series really seem to be just one book splint in half so I shall review them as a single unit Random thoughtsVango is completely unforgettable Even though I don t Sigwa know what he looks like the author paints such a crystal clear portrait of his soul that I feel Inow him well This troubled young man has no idea where he came from and I was completely invested in finding out his heritage along with him And nearly every character in this book is vividly drawn You grow to love them all except for the bad guys This author has fine tuned the art of showing to such a degree as to be breathtaking He really tells nothing but lets you see the story for yourself Utterly brilliantAnother thing this author does uite cleverly is set you up to believe a scene is going a certain way only to mischievously turn everything on its head It is completely mind twisting and terribly delightful all at the same time It also makes you suspicious and looking for alternate meanings in every detail of and character that enters a scene And FUNNY I have never laughed at a book so much de Fombelle s sense of humor is witty surprising tender hearted mischievous a bit irreverent and sometimes ridiculous This story is monumentally complex very Dickens like with a huge cast of characters and many plot lines woven together You really have to use the brain to eep everything straight In the end it all comes together in a glorious satisfying ending Everything has a purpose in the end One last thing that impressed me was the author s ability to evoke the time period so clearlyit really felt like I was going back in time while reading this book Even the prose is similar to works of the era it took place in The historical detail is spot on This is a classic tale of exuisite charm and beauty it is so rare to find modern authors who write with such skill My hat is off to Timothee de Fombelle he has truly created a literary work of art Notes on content There is a smattering of language here and there There was a slight bit of adult type innuendo that most children would probably not pick up on The tone of this book is very much adult level so it would take a mature child to appreciate it I m thinking Probably appropriate for young adult and adults Pirates Russian aristocracy zepellins mysterious monks Nazis and family secrets A real adventure all set in Europe between the world wars Vango is washed ashore on a small island off the coast of Sicily with Mademoiselle and grows up in a safe environment as A Wild Child Of The Outdoors Eventually Discovering A Secretive wild child of the outdoors eventually discovering a secretive of monks on a nearby island With little companionship except from the mysterious Mademoiselle Vango decides he wants to join the monks but the leader forces him to learn something of the real world before escaping it Vango gets much than he expected travelling the world in a zeppelin and getting into a heap of unexplained trouble I hope the second book allows us to learn about vango who is still much of about Vango who is still much of mystery after 421 pagesI recommend reading Sam s review at which is better than mine What a delightful book It is beautifully written containing such passages as Small miracles can accompany great misfortune He had always thought that You just need the confidence to believe it Let her make the most of it while she can Which is what you might say about a hen that s still prancing around when it s got a date with the saucepan Should I untie the horse from the piano on the second floor Peter the gardener inuired of the housekeeper without batting an eye Realizing something was most definitely up Mary began to take charge of operationsFast paced and set during WWII the plot jumps from place to place and person to person while the reader tries to eep up Moments from being accepted into priesthood Vango finds himself shot at and pursued his only hope is to hide in Notre Dame and find a means of escape as uickly as possible from the mysterious assassin and all of the French police Having been washed shore when only a toddler Vango now finds that his past is hunting him down at a time when war in Europe is brewing at a deeply alarming rate and the stories behind those few Vango trusted reveal a world beyond his comprehension Not only must Vango prove his innocence but he must also understand why half the world is after him Special *Commendation Needs To Be Made *needs to be made the translator Sarah Ardizzone who brought de Fombelle s words to life so much so that it feels like she must have written it herself Just incredible As with de Fombelle s Toby books it is not just the intricately woven plot which seems to effortlessly grip up but the fact that every single character is painstakingly painted to a point where you believe you could meet them walking down the street I loved every single page and the book should also be acknowledged for its welcome list of very strong female leads Born in 1915 and raised on by a nanny simply nown as Mademoiselle Vango has no idea who he is or where he came from He and Mademoiselle were rescued from the sea by the strange Mazzetta when Vango was only 3 and they remained on Salina one of the Aeo. Paris 1934 Devant Notre Dame une poursuite s'engage au milieu de la foule Le jeune Vango doit fuir Fuir la police ui l'accuse fuir les forces mystérieuses ui le trauent Vango ne sait. ,

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Lian island off the coast of Sicily At 10 Vango discovers a hidden monastery on another island called Arkudah and befriends its founder Father ZefiroThe story begins in April 1934 just as Vango now 19 is ready to take his vows following Father Zefire into the priesthood Lying prostrate in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with others about to be ordained a shot directed at Vango suddenly is heard Within seconds Vango finds himself on the run a wanted man for a crime or crimes of which he is completely innocentEluding the very Inspector Clouseau like Superintendent Augusta Boulard of the Paris police as well as unknown but the just as persistent sinister pursuers from Stalinist Russia and Gestapo from the newly created Nazi Germany Vango does find aid from old friendsFirst with the elderly anti Nazi German commander of the Graf Zeppelin Hugo Eckener and second with young beautiful Ethel 16 who witnessed the shooting at Notre Dame Since the death of their parents Ethel and her older brother Paul have lived in the family s Everland Castle on Loch Ness Scotland Paul is in the RAF and Ethel skillfully drives a speedy Railton automobile all over Europe looking for Vango As Vango remains on the run a master of disguise and escape he begins to wonder who he really is and why he is the focus of such an intense international manhunt The reader of course has been wondering this all along Is the mystery solved by the end of the novel Well remember there is a second bookWhat an exciting adventure reading Vango is I began it one night after dinner and by the next afternoon I had finished reading this 432 page whirlwind of a novel Timoth e de Fombelle has brought together such a varied cast of characters some real figures from history others completely imagined all excellent at the part they play in Vango s story Though there is a lot of back story throughout the novel the central story runs from April 1933 to Christmas Eve 1935 and both the settings and time frame are pivotal points of the interwar years Politically Hitler has just seized power in Germany Stalin had just been re elected in Russia thanks to the assassination of his political rival the anti Communist Sergi Kerov and both dictators were beginning to tighten their grip in their respective countries through the use of secret police The Zeppelin had been in use since before World War I and during the war was actually used for bombing raids over England By 1934 the Nazis had insisted that a swastika be painted in the right fin of the Graf Zeppelin in the novel Eckener has trouble with the Gestapo after painting over the swastika a real nail biter scene Commander Eckener and Captain Ernst Lehmann of the Graf Zeppelin are two characters taken from real life that populate VangoVango was seamlessly translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone I can t think of one awkward sentence in the whole book and I think she has really captured the feel the flavor and the style of the storytelling which reminded me very much of novels written during that period of time And as epic as Vango is nothing is superfluous Everything is there for a reasonAll this results in a very exciting and interesting Zeitgeschichte But the mystery remains who is Vango and why does someone want his arrested or even dead And what is the meaning of the Latin words How many ingdoms La maison de la nuit, tome 2 : Trahie know us not that are embroidered on the handkerchief Vango is almost never without I have not ideaI don t any of the answers to the mystery raised in the story but I can t wait to read the second book Vango A Prince Without a Kingdom Maybe the answers to all the uestion raised in Vango Between Sky and Earth will be answered One thing I donow is that this is historical fiction at its bestThis book is recommended for readers age 12This was an EARC received from Net GalleyThis review was originally posted at The Children s War Dear VangoI m sorry but I m just not that into you I stuck with you through the end of the book but it is time for us to go our separate ways Don t get me wrong we had our good times I mean who wouldn t want to visit a Scottish Castle fly in a German Zeppelin and hang out on a secret Italian island with monks You are definitely an exciting guy But I found you largely emotionally unavailable If we are going to have a long term reader relationship I have to at least feel like I El curso en ue me enamoré de ti know who you are Don t give me that I don t evennow who I am line And please don t bring up Ethel Dr Eckener and the Cat I now you had deep meaningful relationships with each of them but I am not feeling it I wish you many happy seuels in your future Sincerely Jeanie Outside Notre Dame a group of men who were about to become ordained priests are lying facedown on the cobbled stones A group of policemen led by one superintendent Boulard are making their way through the crowd searching for one 19 year old man Just then one of the the crowd searching for one 19 year old man Just then one of the stood up He wasn t very tall His robe was weighed down with the rain His face was streaming He turned full circle in the midst of so many bodies none of which moved On every side plain clothes policemen emerged from the crowd and began to many bodies none of which moved On every side plain clothes policemen emerged from the crowd and began to towards him The young man bought his hands together as if in prayer then let them fall to his sides The clouds in the sky were reflected in his eyes Vango Romano the superintendent called outThe boy nodded Thus begins Timoth e de Fombelle s book Vango Between Sky And Earth Originally published in 2010 in France Entre ciel et terre the English translation of the book by Sarah Ardizzone has only just been released this yearThe book begins in 1934 with Vango the main suspect in the murder of a priest After the confrontation at Notre Dame Vango is saved by a passing Zeppelin and goes on the run Vango s bid for escape will see him cross the skies to Germany and beyond and as his tale unravels and intersects with those around him his story backtracks to 1918 and the Aeolian Islands where he and his nurse found refuge as survivors of a shipwreck And then jumping ahead to 1925 and the discovery of a secret Pas ui il est Son passé cache de lourds secrets Des îles siciliennes aux brouillards de l'Ecosse tandis u'enfle le bruit de la guerre Vango cherche sa véritéUn héros inoubliable.