I earlier read another memoir of the same period from a French POW. It was an underwhelming piece. I started this memoir with low expectations. It started out with great bluster from a German jingo and ethnic eltitist and ended with love and dissolution with war and government. This memoir, without any added embellishments would make a spellbinding movie or TV series. Indeed, I was so mesmerized with the narrative and wished so much not to be parted from it that I delayed reading the last 10 pages for a week.