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The Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis

The Wife of Martin Guerre (original 1941; edition 2013)

by Janet Lewis, Kevin Haworth (Introduction)

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Set in 16th century France, this is the story of Bertrande de Rols, a young French woman. After an early marriage her husband disappears. Eight years later, a bearded stranger comes to the village and claims to be her husband, Martin Guerre.
Title:The Wife of Martin Guerre
Authors:Janet Lewis
Other authors:Kevin Haworth (Introduction)
Info:Swallow Press (2013), Edition: 1, Paperback, 112 pages
Collections:Read in 2014

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The Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis (1941)

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    The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis (PuddinTame)
    PuddinTame: The Wife of Martin Guerre by Janet Lewis is a biographical novel about Bertrande de Rols. The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis is a nonfiction account of the case.
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    The Return of Martin Guerre [1981 film] by Daniel Vigne (PuddinTame)
    PuddinTame: The Wife of Martin Guerre is a biographical novel of Bertrande de Rols, based on the same case that inspired the movie The Return of Martin Guerre.
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    Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (alanteder)

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Janet Lewis' short novel The Wife of Martin Guerre examines this classic case of circumstantial evidence, telling the story mainly through the perspective of Guerre's wife, Bertrande de Rols. A readable and lyrical adaptation of the tale, with all its twists, turns, and surprises. Lewis delves deeply into Bertrande's frame of mind as she ultimately concludes that she must confront the man purporting to be her husband, and the powerful ending really speaks to the all-important question of truth versus justice.

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One morning in January 1539, a wedding was celebrated in the village of Artigues.
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Blurb from 1996 Penguin: For eight years Bertrande de Rols mourns the disappearance of her young husband ... When he suddenly returns, Betrande is overwhelmed by a renewed bliss, but as the months pass she becomes possessed by the terrible fear that the man she has welcomed is not Martin Guerre. Impelled by an oppressive sense of sin and intense hatred for her betrayer, Bertrande is driven to accomplish her own tragic downfall. The Wife of Martin Guerre is a strange and haunting love story, in which Janet Lewis re-creates with immediacy and rich detail this famous incident which took place in sixteenth-century France.
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