Boekverslag: Pied piper
John Sidney Howard - The main character (the Pied Piper)
Nicole - the friend of Howards died son John
The kids - he pics them up everywhere along the route
The I person sees Howard come in an London club. WWII was on. They talk a little
about things. Then a bombingraid from the Germans comes. They stay in the club and
Howard starts to talk about his history and after that that he wanted to go away out of
England and go to France for a fishing trip. Here the real story begins.
With trouble he came in the Jura. He checkes in in a Hotel where he had been before.
He does not want to meet the English persons in the hotel (the Cavenagh's). But when
he meets the wife he has a talk with her. Her husband is a Member of the Leage of
Nations in Geneva. Then he makes a whistle for one of her two children. He didn't
interested himself in the war at all. Then he thinks of going home. Mr. Cavenagh asks
him to bring the children whit him to England so he and his wife can go to Geneva wich
he thinks will be invaded by the Germans. Howard agrees in that after a while. The
children, Sheila and Ronald, are exited by the idea of going whit a train. The next day
they leave to the station.
In the train a woman makes probles about Sheila being ill. He goes to a hotel and
books a room to let Sheila rest for some days. A medic looks at Sheila and says she
is fevrish, so she should rest some days. Rose, a doughter of the femme de chambre,
looks after Sheila while Howard goes to find his lost suitcase. Howard gets an offer to
go whit a motor-car farther on his journey but he says no to it becouse of Sheila. Later
he tries to get a car, but there is no one left. Then the femme de chambre gets fired
and she asks Howard to take Rose to her father in England, Howard agrees after
thinking (Rose could be handy in looking after Sheila and Ronnie).
They continue by train. Rose loses her hat and coat. The train stops at Joigny and did
not go farther, so Howard couldn't get to Paris as he had hoped. The continue by bus,
wich stops after a few hours of travveling becouse of an tire, then there is a German
bombing raid on the road and the bus gets hit so they have to go on by foot. After a
while the come to an place where another bombingraid has been and they find a boy
who has lost his parents. He says nothing and they deside to take him whit them. In a
farm they find a pram so most of the kids can sit on it while some are pushing. Howard
makes a whistle for Piere, that's the name of the new boy.
They go and sleep in a farm by paying the owners. It causes a little trouble because
they are English (left France at Dunkirke). The next morning they pay for dejuner.
When walking again they meet English Air Force men on their way to Brest. They
agree in taking Howard and the kids whit them a while. On a moment the have little
feul left. In a town Howard asks for a feul station. There is one and the find feul in old
cars so they can go on a while. The kids find a little child being made out for German
spie by the locals. Howard decides to take him too. It is a Dutch one (they found out
later). When the soldiers are almost out of feul again they can't find another fuel depot,
so Howard goes on by himself. Then he sees the Englis truck blow up.
They walk into Angerville, which is, as a great chock to Howard, occupied by the
Germans. The Germans are very nice and give the kids food and the Dutch one new
clothes. On a moment, while shopping, Howard lost sight of Ronnie, who was gone to
the Germans to see their tanks. Howard thinks he will betray them being English by
speaking English, but nothing happens. The walk along and sleep in a farm. Here he
thinks of a relative in Chartres. He goes there to speak whit the man. But when arriving
only the daugther (Nicole) and his wife are there.
Nicole gives them food. He finds out there are no boats to England anymore. He tells
them he wants to bring Pierre and Willem (as the kids foud out the Dutch's name) to
his sister in the USA. Howard discussed a way to get out of France by going whit a
Breton fisherman. Then they leave with Nicole to Rennes by train. Howard finds out
that Nicole was a big friend of his son John, who was killed in the Royal Air Force as a
pilot, she had even wanted to marrie him. The go in a refugees camp.
After sleeping a night there the go by train for Brest. They go out in Landerneau in
order to go to Mr. Arvers. He is rich and has a Polish Jew, Marjan. Howard agrees in
taking him to England too. In this chapter Howard and Nicole talked a lot about John.
Mr. Arvers arranged the fled out of France, Howard had to pay for it. They had to go to
a town, Lannilis, close to the coast whit some moves to distract the Germans and
meet a fisher called Focquet who should take them to England. So they do. Nicole
says she wants to stay in France to keep her mother. When they meet Focquet there
comes a German in the cafe where they have met and asks if there are any British
there. Sheila talks Englis to a German soldier and Howard has to show his passport.
Now the Germans got him. The Germans put them in a prison. Howard and Nicole talk
a lot about John in the night. The next morning after breakfast the are being questioned
by the Germans. They ask Howard about a English Major Charenton he doesn't know.
Then he tells them the whole story about his trip, but the Germans don't believe him.
Then they put him in a room whit Charenton who seems to be an English spy to listen
what they say. Then they take him to the Gestapo officer's room. He lets him see
Charenton and a fire pelenton. He wants Howard to talk about his espionage affairs but
he doesn't know what it is all about so the officer lets Charenton shoot.
Now Howard, Nicole and the kids get a good meal and may go in the garden to rest.
Then Howard has to go to the Gestapo officer, Major Diessen. He asks Howard to take
the daughter of his died brother to Amerika too unther treatning whit a gun. Howard
agrees because he sees that this is the only way to go too England. Howard gets all
his money back. They go by train and car to l'Abervrach. There they meet Focquet
again, he will bring them to England. On their way they meet an English destroyer who
sends them to Playmouth. There they were taken in a refugees camp. Then the story
goes to the London club again, the bombing raid had been stopped, where Howard the
I person tells that everything had become all right whit the kids. Then he leaves the
building stepping on broken glass.
Nevil Shute (17 januari 1899 Ė 12 januari 1960) was een Engels romanschrijver, die ook vliegtuigbouwer was. Hij overleed in 1960 op 60-jarige leeftijd in AustraliŽ waarheen hij na de Tweede Wereldoorlog geŽmigreerd was.
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