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The Rose Cafe: Love and War in Corsica by…

The Rose Cafe: Love and War in Corsica

by John Hanson Mitchell

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As a young adult, John Hanson Mitchell found himself on the island of Corsica with absolutely no agenda other than to work in a cafe in order to watch and listen to the people around him. As a dishwasher in the Rose Cafe he had the opportunity to mingle with the guests and learn their life stories. Forty years later he writes about his experiences, describing Corsica as otherworldly and mysterious; hinting at zombies and shadowy characters. While there isn't a standard plot to Rose Cafe, Mitchell does an amazing job not only describing the people he met, but bringing the island's history to life. Because he was on the island in the early 60s, World War II was still fresh in a lot of people's minds. Mitchell himself was "in hiding" to avoid the draft. ( )
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"While studying in Paris in 1962, John Hanson Mitchell spent a luminous six months on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Working (illegally) at the Rose Cafe in Ile Rousse, Mitchell spent his idle hours there observing the lives of the people who frequented the cafe. From a group of local card players (some with possible underworld connections, others refugees from the Second World War) to colorful continental types and a younger crowd of fellow students, Mitchell tells the stories of people spellbound by the lush charms of the island." "In the prose that has made his other books so well-loved, Mitchell captures the rhythms and intrigues of a life lived elsewhere, bringing us an insider's portrait of the shadows that loomed over postwar Corsica. He reveals in the process the island's magic at work on his own life - how it cultivated the bloom of his writing talent and shaped his sense of place."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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