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The Gendarme
by Mark T. Mustian

Published: 2011-09-06
Paperback : 336 pages
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To most people, Emmett Conn is a confused old World War I veteran, fading in and out of senility. But in his mind, Emmett is haunted by events he'd long forgotten. In his dreams, he's a gendarme, a soldier marching Armenians out of Turkey. He commits unspeakable acts. Yet he feels ...

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To most people, Emmett Conn is a confused old World War I veteran, fading in and out of senility. But in his mind, Emmett is haunted by events he'd long forgotten. In his dreams, he's a gendarme, a soldier marching Armenians out of Turkey. He commits unspeakable acts. Yet he feels compelled to spare one remarkable woman: Araxie, the girl with the piercing eyes-one green, one blue.

As the past and present bleed together in The Gendarme, Emmett Conn sets out on one final journey to find Araxie and beg forgiveness, before it's too late. With uncompromising vision and boundless compassion, Mark Mustian has written a transcendent meditation on the power of memory-and the dangers of forgetting who we are and have been.

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by flora31sirius (see profile) 08/16/11
The charming Mr. Mustian attended our book club meeting in person. He indicated that he would accomodate other book clubs via skype.

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  "The Gendarme"by flora31sirius (see profile) 08/16/11

Mustian has combined a fascinating multi-theme plot with fluent, poetic writing. Best book ever! Must read!

 
  "Mustian Creates Magnificent "Memoir" Honoring Many"by KeaKiya (see profile) 08/02/11

 
  "Very literary"by meredithds (see profile) 03/01/11

This is a beautifully written book about an imporant and often overlooked historical event.

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