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The Rose Cafe: Love and War in Corsica
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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.
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