The Kites

Author(s): Romain Gary


Published in France in 1980, The Kites is a beautifully written novel about the triumph of joy over darkness. Set in Normandy before and during WW II, The Kites is narrated by a young orphan Ludo Fleury, who is madly in love with Lila de Bronicki, a charming and self-absorbed Polish aristocrat. Despite the looming war, Ludo remains obstinately in love with Lila, and becomes involved in the Resistance. Ludo's uncle and guardian, the colourful Ambroise Fleury, a passionate amateur kite-maker, is deported to Auschwitz, while Ambroise's best friend, Marcellin Duprat, one of France's greatest chefs, battles the Occupation with an unrelenting love of haute cuisine, and Julie Espinoza, a Parisian madame refashions herself as a collaborationist countess, running a Resistance network under the noses of the Nazis. Written by one of the greatest and best-loved French authors, The Kites is both a ripping good story and a sobering reflection on the tragic human tendency to search for an enemy. It's funny and heartbreaking, dark and optimistic, tender and unsparing.


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Miranda Richmond Mouillot was born in the USA but now lives in France. Her first book, A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and Ruined House in France, is also published by Text.

General Fields

  • : 9781925498813
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.435
  • : September 2017
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Romain Gary
  • : Paperback
  • : 1117
  • : English
  • : 843.914
  • : Adult
  • : 384