Friday, September 19, 2014

LISETTE'S LIST by Susan Vreeland Audio Edition

With a list of stage and film appearances already to her credit Kim Bubbs has lent her voice to a number of animated features and video games.  She is a multi faceted actress who brings the characters in this absorbing drama to real life.

Susan Vreeland is, of course, an acclaimed novelist whose works include Clara and Mr. Tiffany and Girl In Hyacinth Blue among others.  Those of us who eagerly awaited Lisette’s List would say it was well worth the wait!

It is 1937 when Lisette Roux and her husband, Andre, leave Paris and all it has to offer for Roussillon,  a small village in Provence.   They have moved to care for Andre’s grandfather, Pascl, and Lisette knows she will miss the gaiety and refinements of Paris.  However, it is not long before she discovers the richness in this hilltop town.

Pascal was once a seller of paints and owns works by Cezanne, Pissaro, Picasso and Chagall.  He takes pride in the small contributions he has made to the creation of these works of art.  Pascall challenges Lisette to “do the important things first.”  So, she begins keeping a list.

When war breaks out Andre joins the army, and before going he hides Pascal’s paintings in order to keep them out of Nazi hands.  Later, when Paris falls and Vichy France is on the rise Lisette begins to look for the paintings.  Her search takes her through the French countryside where she meets Marc and Bella Chagall who are hiding there before escaping to America.  She learns much from them, including some things about herself.

She continues to search for the paintings despite hardship and tragedy tempered at times by kindness and courage.  Lisette continues to grow, to learn and so will we as we listen to Lisette’s List.

- Gail Cooke

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