Anna is the story of a woman and an era. Against the background of France and Germany at the time of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, Norman Collins tells with great brilliance the story of Anna, a beautiful woman.
Born in Rhineland, when she was 19 she fell in love with a French cousin whom she followed to Paris on the eve of the outbreak of war. When he was killed by her compatriots she found herself in besieged Paris, destitute, alone, and a German.
Thrown into prison, she got out only by marrying a middle-aged restauranteur for whom she had no feeling. These are the opening incidents in a novel that is full of incident, of tragedy, and of adventure, and which carries Anna from France to Germany, and finally to England, where at last she finds both peace and happiness. Few historical novels have a wider scope, a more enchanting heroine and a stronger theme. Here is one of the best of Norman Collins' major novels.
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Old Fashioned Yarn
There are some good sections in this book, particularly the description of the Franco-Prussian war and the siege of Paris, however, there is a lot of repitition in the story and I feel an abridged version of it would probably work better.
The main flaw for me was that the central character, Anna, is not very likable and by the end I didn't really care what happened to her. Norman Collins is a great storyteller but this story didn't keep my attention at all as much as some of his other books.
The pronuncation of some of the words, both in English and French, is a bit odd but overall she does her best with mediocre material.
No, I really could not see this happening. The story is too dated and predictable for a modern audience.
It is strange, given the fact that Audible has released 8 of Collins' book, that his two best and most famous books "London Belongs to Me" and "Children of the Archbishop" are not available for listeners.