A Hilltop on the Marne

A Hilltop on the Marne Based on her experiences in war torn Europe from the American writer and journalist living in France during World War One

  • Title: A Hilltop on the Marne
  • Author: Mildred Aldrich
  • ISBN: 9781406506037
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on her experiences in war torn Europe from the American writer and journalist living in France during World War One.

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    1. Such a beautiful little book! I stumbled on "hilltop" at an antique store for $2 and I think it's some of the best money I've ever spent on a book. I often find that civilian accounts of war are overlooked in favor of soldier's stories or the memoirs of Generals. You would be doing yourself a disservice by not reading Aldrich's version of the earliest battle of WWI.Told through the author's letters to an unknown party, Mildred Aldrich makes you feel both at home and displaced at the same time. A [...]

    2. An amazing story set in 1914 in Huiry, France, about 40 kilometres to the east of Paris. Her move to Huiry was just a few months before the start of WW1. This is a non-fictional record written by Mildred Aldrich from a set of letters that she wrote regularly to a friend in the USA, where Mildred had been born and raised. She became a journalist and eventually ended up as a foreign correspondent in France and these letters tell of her decision to leave Paris and lease a house in the country where [...]

    3. A splendid and moving account of the opening days of World War I from a strong-willed American woman living right near the battlefield of the Marne. Her observations and encounters are very much at the personal level with the refugees, the village inhabitants, and the soldiers billeted in her village. Mildred Aldrich is a generous and empathetic individual realizing both the predicament of France being invaded and the young soldiers who want to defend their motherland. She helps in any way she c [...]

    4. A Hilltop on the Marne, which was first published in 1916,presents a far-reaching account of Mildred Aldrich’s experiences during the First World War. Aldrich, a retired American journalist who worked for several papers in the Boston area before moving to France in 1898, had just moved to an idyllic hamlet in France’s Marne Valley before World War One was declared. In Huiry, a ‘little hamlet less than thirty miles from Paris’, she found herself adjusting to life in wartime, volunteering [...]

    5. This beautifully written memoir begins innocuously enough, with an American woman retiring to a quiet home on a French hilltop after a lifetime living and working in Paris. A bare three months later, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. A month after that, Germany's Kaiser started World War I, and our narrator found herself living in a war zone.Ms. Aldrich, an ardent Francophile, elected to stay in her new home, and thus was witness to battle, the movement of French and English soldiers to [...]

    6. What a gem I found in first edition, at an antique shop!!!For those less lucky - find it, and treasure it.

    7. I enjoyed this. A pleasant read. I wish every person of this caliber would write a book - or become a statesperson! But no, never mind. A statesperson would ruin it all.Aldrich is a peace-lover who still understands war. Not that she agrees with it, but she can see its place in the history of humankind. Yet she is a person who is so much above it all - life, love and conflicts - that she doesn't care about her own connection to it. She will always be her own island. Her way of seeing things from [...]

    8. Aldrich's book is in the form of letters to an unnamed person, but it reads as a memoir of June-September 1914. Aldrich left Paris to move to a beautifully situated home overlooking the Marne. Little did she know events would bring WWI to her doorstep and a parade of soldiers to her garden. My 1915 Houghton Mifflin (by Riverside Press) edition has a map on the endpapers, a favorite feature of mine. Too bad the spine makes reading some place names difficult. Mildred refers to herself as elderly a [...]

    9. This was one of those books that I didn't want to end. Such a fabulous, rich, and wonderful book. I think it was so much more enchanting for me since I am here in Paris. So relatable.She writes about her life in France during WW1. She arrived at her new home one month before the war began in 1914. I can't imagine - she is very brave and courageous in my mind. I just adore her little stories of meeting the different regiments and her hosting them at her home. There were so many different officers [...]

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