The Two Hotel Francforts

The Two Hotel Francforts

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe—a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class. As Portugal's neutrality, and the world's future, hang in the balance, the hidden threads in the lives of these four characters—Julia's status as a Jew, Pete and Edward's improbable affair, Iris's increasingly desperate efforts to save her tenuous marriage—begin to come loose. This journey will change their lives irrevocably, as Europe sinks into war.Gorgeously written, sexually and politically charged, David Leavitt's long-awaited new novel is an extraordinary work.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2013
ISBN: 9781608195992
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Uxorious husband is challenged to drag his spoiled wife out of WWII Europe. After a homosexual partner swap with another fleeing couple husband becomes heroic and the rest of the characters drift off the page. Ho hum.

Mar 01, 2017

This novel is set in Lisbon in 1940 as Americans are waiting for a ship to take them back to the US. However, the setting seems incidental to the story of the two couples and their backstories. It is a somewhat strange book, but a page-turner.

Feb 13, 2016

Encourage me to read N. Lochery's LISBON.

Aug 13, 2014

Kept me reading. A new view of 1940 Lisbon.

Dec 27, 2013



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